"Yesterday while we were waiting for our Attention Training Class to start I noticed Buddy air scenting and softly whining. I looked in the direction he was looking and saw that Victoria had arrived with Phoebe and Oona (they were about 50 or 60 feet from where we were). Phoebe is Bingo's sister and Oona is a Labradoodle. Victoria had been coming to play dates when we had Bingo and for months afterwards so Buddy knows them really well, and Phoebe is just two months older than Buddy so they are matched for play :) However, Victoria hasn't been coming for about a month as Phoebe was in season. She also hasn't been coming to Leeward for training for the same reason. Buddy was sooooo excited and he started his LOUD frustration barking because we were not going over there to play! I started doing TTouch on him and it was interesting because he leaned in to my legs as I started to do it. It was as if he was saying, 'I really need this and I'm glad you are here to support me.' As I was doing the TTouch I could feel his body relaxing and his barking and whining stopped. I also did some grounding where you wrap your hands around each leg starting at the top of the leg and going down to the foot without picking up the foot. Then I took my hand and started at the top of his neck, ran it down his back and his tail (holding the tail with my hand around it). The transition was amazing! He relaxed and was then able to focus on me for class! YEAH!
The attention training classes have been great for Buddy, but we'll be back at your On The Road classes starting this weekend. The On The Road classes are so practical and great for Buddy's (or any other dog's) training in the 'real world'."
~ Trudi and Buddy
Axel: week 2
After teaching some touches to his owner, Axel is able to tolerate my presence.
This gentle method is currently being used by animal owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, zoo personnel and shelter workers in several countries.
Axel: week 1
Axel is unable to be approached.
Axel: week 6
I can now touch and interact freely with Axel.
Axel: week 3
Axel is introduced to the wraps.
TTouch - the Tellington TTouch - is a specialized approach to the care and training of our animal companions.
TTouch - the Tellington TTouch - is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence - a little like "turning on the electric lights of the body."
The TTouch is done on the entire body, and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therefore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the healing of injuries or ailments, or changing undesirable habits or behavior.
Developed by internationally recognized animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon), this method based on cooperation and respect offers a positive approach to training, can improve performance and health and presents solutions to common behavioral and physical problems. It also helps establish a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.
Using a combination of specific touches, lifts, and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. This allows the animal to be handled without provoking typical fear responses. The animal can then more easily learn new and more appropriate behaviors. By using the TTouch and a variety of other tools, like the Confidence Course, you can assist the animal in experiencing self-confidence in previously frightening situations. You can also learn how to apply the Tellington TTouch to assist with recovery from illness or injury, or just enhance the quality of your animal's life.
The Tellington TTouch can help in cases of:
~ Excessive Barking & Chewing
~ Leash Pulling
~ Jumping Up
~ Aggressive Behavior
~ Extreme Fear & Shyness
~ Resistance to Grooming
~ Excitability & Nervousness
~ Car Sickness
~ Problems Associated With Aging