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Article By: Eugenie Chopin        Publish Date: 2006-12-28



Excerpt from the Full Article


For Renaissance magazine Christmas 2006


Tellington TTouch combines bodywork, body wraps & groundwork for dogs that can help animals cope with the fear of fireworks.


The best way to use bodywork is to start now so that when fireworks (or thunder) happen, your pet is better able to handle it. We know today that animals, like humans hold emotions like fear in the cells of the body. By doing bodywork, we can help release those fears. Start by doing long slow stokes down the body of your pet. Go from the top of the head to the tip of the tail. (And down the legs to the feet). You may find that a dog that has fear of loud noises is sensitive in the hindquarter/tail area. Just be gentle, stoke through and past the area and start again.


Long firm, but gentle strokes are much more soothing than the faster petting that we often do with our animals. Being aware of this can help sooth you as well as your pet!


Working on the ears can also be calming. Try doing slides in the ears from the base up to the tip along the whole ear. Then use circular touches inside and around the base.


TTouch uses circles to activate the thinking part of the brain and this is important to help an animal change past behaviour. These circles can be done with different parts of the hand or fingers, but if you have a dog that is trembling, try putting your whole hand on his body, then just move the skin in a circle and a quarter, hold for a momentary pause, then allow the skin to fall back slowly into it’s natural position. Start at the shoulder, doing only one circle in a spot and work your way down the body using one hand to do the circle and the other to support the body on the other side.


The circles will be relatively small as you’re just moving skin and should take a few seconds to complete if you’re slow and mindful. For a full description of the circular touch and others go to www.ttouch.co.za / What is TTouch/ How to TTouch.


The body wrap is also an essential tool for dogs that have noise phobias. It’s essentially an elastic bandage that is wrapped around the body giving a sense of security, rather like a swaddling blanket on a baby. While a long article is also available on the TTouch website (Go to News/Articles/Bodywraps), you might start by using an old T-shirt on your dog. Put the front side on his back and the front legs through the sleeves. The extra material can be bunched together near the tail with a scrunchie or a piece of elastic. Doing this daily for 15-30 minutes can affect a change.


Remember not to “fuss” over your pet, but speak calmly with a normal or even fun tone of voice. If your dog can play, then engage him in another activity. If not, do gentle slow touches. Best of all would be to learn some Confidence building exercises from a TTouch Practitioner in your area!

See this month’s TTouch Tips on Body wraps.

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