Friday, 30 January 2009

What is TTouch?

Tellington TTouch is a gentle and powerful method of working with animals without the use of force or fear.
It is a useful tool for dog owners wishing to do anything from building a bond with their new puppy to those training their dog for competition.

The Tellington TTouch™ is a specialised approach to the care and training of our animal companions to complement medical treatments and enhance traditional training methods.

Developed by internationally recognised animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, this method can improve performance and health and presents solutions to common behavioural and physical problems. It also helps establish a deeper bond between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.

The techniques are based on a similar set of body awareness exercises for humans developed by Moshe Feldenkrais; the principle is that the exercises interrupt unacceptable behavior patterns and responses and allow acceptable patterns to develop.

TTouch is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to stimulate the function and vitality of the cells in the body and to activate unused neural pathways to the brain.

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 Flower Essences, EFT and acupressure, the animal is supported in experiencing self-confidence in previously frightening situations. Even the most difficult problems are often eliminated.

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