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  Newsletter:
  APRIL 2007, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING
3.   DOG WORKSHOPS
4.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
5.   TTOUCH TIPS
6.   CLICKER TIPS
7.   PUPPIES
8.   SHANTI UPDATE
9.   YOUR LETTERS
10.   YOUR LETTERS
11.   ODDS AND ENDS
12.   EVENTS
13.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

Hello TTouch Friends,

I hope all of you have healthy animals despite the problems with the commercial Pet Foods. I am really horrified that such a thing could happen. And how is it that they knew in the US so long ago and yet no one realized that the same contaminate was being used here until animals had died? Just the thought that one of my dogs could have died from eating one of the best dog foods in SA terrifies me and at the same time makes me very angry. I can only guess at how angry people must be who have actually lost a beloved pet.

My heart, thoughts & prayers go out to all those who have suffered such a tragedy.

Go to our section on Health #8 for some tips of how to proceed forward with this crisis.

Congratulations to 3 new TTouch Practitioners for Companion Animals: Kim Heller, Michelle Collett and Ilze van der Walt! Michelle is actually our first fully qualified Practitioner in Pretoria! And Ilze our first in Heidelberg.

New Practitioner Training Intro starts at the end of this week and we are all looking forward to having Kathy Cascade with us. Kathy is from the US and is an Instructor for Companion Animals. This will be her first trip to Africa and we are delighted she’s coming. Kathy specializes in working with Reactive Dogs, so we’re hoping to learn a lot!

By the way, if anyone knows a way to discourage ants on the grass – (without killing them) we’d love to know. Talcum powder has been suggested. Does anyone know if it’s OK for the grass? I am asking because of the tent we use at the training and a big ant problem in the Heat at the last session.

Thanks for the tips about the Car Ramp for dogs. At this stage we have found a couple of sources. One is via a distributor in Cape Town. It’s a ramp made of wood with steel sides and carpet for grip. The price is +R600. If you are looking, contact Sue on 021 558 9740. The second can be found by contacting Cathy at 083 538 1072 and they will make to order.

Keep well and enjoy the nip in the air!

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals

eugenie@ttouch.co.za



HOW MANY DOGS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?
 
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING

October 19-24

WE have had literally hundreds of requests for Information on this training and it’s very gratifying to see that people are truly starting to understand how effective this work can be!

YES – YOU MAY START IN OCTOBER! As Life often interferes with the things we want to do, there are many people who wanted to do an Intro, but just didn’t manage. So there will be a number of new people joining the training in October. It simply means that these people will have to do a make up class some time in the future. If you are one of those who wanted to do the training, but didn’t make it to an Intro, there’s still time – just give us a call or email us at info@ttouch.co.za.

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a workshop before then if you are keen to start. Having a basic knowledge can help you retain more of the Intro training, but again this is not necessary for you to be part of the TTACT III class. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at http://www.ttouch.co.za/ and look on the Workshop page for details.

After the Introductory Session and between sessions, students are encouraged to assist at workshops for further experience and do case studies. The program comprises only 2 sessions a year in order to help students with their finances and the need to get time off work. The workshops are scheduled to include a weekend in order to make it as convenient as possible.

The Program is a comprehensive training of hands on work with Companion Animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, etc. The training consists of 2 sessions a year lasting between 5 & 7 days, for 3 years.

VENUE

Practitioner Training

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Johannesburg Venue TBA
Session 2  - 6 Days                            with                              Robyn Hood

                     October 19-24

               R3900          + VAT

Eugenie

info@ttouch.co.za

011 884-3156

Johannesburg
Paws for Thought Kennels
6 Day INTRO                              with                              Kathy Cascade

April 27-May 2

R3900 + VAT

Eugenie

info@ttouch.co.za

011 884-3156

NOTE: If we have a large number of people for session 2, we will add a second week October 26- 31. This will keep the class smaller.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE?

We endeavour to help the student to be proficient and confident in the TTouch work. To this end we have a program that we believe gives a steady hands on experience for the best results. That includes such things as:

·        After session 2, the TTouch student is required to do 5 case studies between each session, 15 in total. This is to ensure that the student is doing and experiencing the work as well as getting feedback on what they are doing.

·        After session 2, each student receives a Mentor who is available to help him with these case studies and any question he might have about how to handle a particular situation.

·        At session 2, we begin to take students to a Shelter to work on both cats and dogs. This is to give you an opportunity to experience as many different animals as possible. It also allows us to give back something to the animal community. (Please note that if anyone has an objection to going into the shelter, and we realize that it is hard for some, there is no obligation. There is always an alternative to work with the kennel or your own animals instead.)

·        At session 3, we start to introduce Client Days. This is a morning where we set up Clients and their dogs for you to help in a safe and supported environment.

·        In general, the course is very much a hands on training giving you a great variety of experience with as many animals as possible so that at the end of 6 modules you feel confident to handle the clients and cases that come your way.

·        TTACT students are encouraged to assist at workshops given by fully Certified Practitioners. This is a great learning experience and invaluable to the learning process.

·        The TTouch office and Guild is always here to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any needs!

·        Our Instructors all come from overseas and are the best in the world. One of the beauties of this program is that the same people teach it worldwide and so the information doesn’t get filtered down through many hands. The Instructors include Linda Tellington Jones (creator of TTouch), Robyn Hood (Linda’s sister and brilliant teacher), Edie Jane Eaton (also a Feldenkrais Practitioner) & Debby Potts (teacher par excellence).

·        This program is about helping you communicate with animals, giving people an alternative method of working with both animals and people, our human relationship with the animal world and giving you the tools to do all of these things. The program is dynamic, creative and yet very practical so that the work is clear and easy to understand.

At the end of 2 years, if you have done your case studies, you will acquire the Status of Practitioner–In–Training and are then able to charge for one-on-one consultations with clients.

The cost of the 6-day Introductory course will be R3900 + VAT.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone the office on 011 884-3156



Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.  
3.   DOG WORKSHOPS

The TTouch class is a great way to learn & absorb TTouch at it’s best. Over a 6-week period, you have the opportunity to go home, practice and then come back for more! SEE YOUR DOG MAKE CHANGES IS A FEW WEEKS!

PLACE/VENUE

DOG

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Sandown
Class – 6 weeks

Starts August 4

R600

Eugenie                                        011 884-3156 eugenie@ttouch.co.za

Bryanston
Weekend Workshop

19 – 20 May 07

R450

Niki                                         082 451 0433 niki.elliott@wol.co.za



Rottweiler: Make me.  
4.   HORSE WORKSHOPS

 

VENUE

HORSE

DATE

COST

CONTACT

                    MEYERTON
2 Days                                with                              Lindy Dekker

                     June 9 & 10

                  R500

Elsabe Potgieter
016 362 0193
082 322 1029  alexpot@xsinet.co.za


Heidelberg

2 Days                                with                              Lindy Dekker

 

May 26 & 27

 

R500

Elsabe Potgieter
016 362 0193
082 322 1029  alexpot@xsinet.co.za



Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!  
5.   TTOUCH TIPS

The History and Development of Mouth TTouch – Part 2

The Connection of the mouth to the Limbic part of the Brain

From the desk of Linda Tellington Jones – Published in “Stay in TTouch” Newsletter for practitioners

It may have been 10 years later that I received a note from Ann Finley, TTEAM practitioner from Idaho. She had just read that there is a connection between the mouth and the limbic system, and said that the limbic system was considered to be the seat of emotions and the part of the brain where learning occurred.

This was very exciting and made sense to me because of the transformation I had observed over the years when I had simply done lots of mouth work on a horse.

I can’t remember how many more years passed before I read Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence, but it was another ah-ha experience when I read his explanation of the relationship between taste and smell and the limbic system – and the connection to our emotions. I was again excited when I read an article in Time Magazine last year that validated the connection of the limbic system to our emotional states. (It could have been in Newsweek. I’m not sure since I read both).

As you can see it has been a process of clues over many years that has validated the usefulness of mouth work and the relationship to the limbic system, the effect on emotions and potential for increasing an animal – or persons – ability to learn.

We now have many hundreds of examples, not only horses, but for dogs, cats and humans.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We don’t include Pictures in this Newsletter because they add too much bulk to the file for downloading, but all of the pictures mentioned were taken in JHB when Linda was here last year.

Photo 1: Carmen works with Siobhan’s Boerboel/Staffie cross, Doggy who made one of the greatest turnarounds during the week. In the beginning he was very concerned about strangers and growled often when anyone came close. By the end of the week she was integrated into the group and comfortable with former strangers TTouching him. Here Carmen lightly contains his muzzle with her left hand (thumb on top of the nose and fingers under the chin) while TTouching his entire face with her palm softly over the eyes and her fingers reaching all the way to the sensitive and unfamiliar-to-touch end of the nose.

Photo 2: A Jack Russell quietly resting his muzzle in Nancy’s hand while she does Lying Leopard TTouches on his head.

Photo 3: Nicholas cups Bradie’s muzzle while gently TTouching the edges of the nose and outside of the front of the mouth. TTouching this spot right under the nose – on the outside of the lips as well as directly on the gums – seems to help dogs think and make good choices. Bradie was very interesting. He had been successful at agility until he had a bad experience with another dog and became very stressed and unable to focus and was hyper-active with much “fooling around”. Scotty had thought that distracting him with lots of play would help, but it hadn’t.

During the week he made huge changes with a combination of “The Suitcase” (using the Step-In Harness/Balance Leash across the chest combination) and a second leash on his body for the Suitcase, to be used whenever necessary to calm and balance him. The Mouth TTouches were another positive contributing factor. The change by the end of the week was a big relief to Scotty and her dog.

Photo 4: Kalyn, Niki Lucas’ German Shepherd female, calmly accepting containment of the muzzle with the thumb over the nose. This positioning of containment of the muzzle – resting the muzzle lightly in the hand and accepting the thumb over the “stop” (top of the muzzle) has the effect of creating a new level of trust in dogs. Kalyn gained much confidence during the week from the Mouth TTouches and from my very focuses and precise TTouches all over her tail. Niki had not been able to groom her tail for quite a while, and Kalyn was protective of her hindquarter, and looked off stiff in her back and hind legs and uneven with the movement behind.

By the end of the week she looked like a new dog – moving with a smooth even gait with much increase in confidence. She also began to enjoy working with other people, which was a new behavior.

NOTE: If you want to know more about Mouth Work, go to http://www.ttouchsa.co.za/files/companion/howto.php#a



Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.  
6.   CLICKER TIPS

TIMING OF THE TREAT

Click and wait? Discussion from the Berkeley ClickerExpo from Karen Pryor’s Mail

Here’s an interesting clicker training issue that sparked a lot of discussion in Berkeley.

One of the great benefits of using a conditioned reinforcer, such as the clicker, is that it allows you to identify and strengthen a precise behavior even though you cannot give food at that particular instant. The click functions as both a marker signal, identifying movement, and as a bridging stimulus, bridging the gap in time and space between action and reinforcer. That is the very basis of all the wonderful shaping we can do with the clicker. We can reinforce in the middle of a jump, or at a distance. We can catch the flick of an ear, a lifting paw, a tiny shift in weight, that will be past before food (or some other reinforcer) can be delivered. We can even click the moment an animal makes a good decision: turning away from a temptation, controlling an urge to jump up.

Then the food comes.

But what if the food, or other reinforcer-earned, expected, anticipated-doesn’t come right away? What happens when you click for a behavior, touching a target, say, and then delay the presentation of food? What does the animal do? Does it matter? Is there a length of delay that is ’too long?’

In Chicago, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and his students reported on a phenomenon they have been studying in sheep. What Jesus and his students did was to train sheep to touch a target for a click and a treat. Then they instituted a delay. After the click, the student waited five seconds, motionless, before presenting the food. What happened? The animals began exhibiting a new, untrained behavior such as pawing the ground.

As a biologist I would call this ’displacement behavior.’ Displacement behavior is an activity that arises when an animal is in conflict: wanting to do something but unable to do it. Displacement activities are usually related to either feeding or grooming. Horses and cattle nose or paw the ground. (In humans, nail biting or scratching the head when perplexed-grooming-related activities-might be considered forms of displacement behavior.)

Jesus and his students found that this behavioural response was reversible. Reduce the delay to less than two seconds, and the animal waited attentively. Put the delay back in, and the intervening behavior arose again.

So that’s what happens in sheep. Would it be the same with our dogs? After the Chicago ClickerExpo, Dr. Rosales Ruiz undertook additional research with the help of two well-known clicker trainers, Sherri Lippmann and Virginia Broitman, authors of the Bow Wow series of videos. Sherri and Virginia felt that their highly experienced dogs would not be fazed by a mere five-second delay. After all, in real life delays occur occasionally. Sometimes we give a click when the animal is far away, and it has to come back to us for a treat. Sometimes we see a great behavior and give a mouth click, but we’re not quite ready and have to rummage through the bait bag, or even jump up and go to the kitchen, to get the payoff.

What would happen, then, if in a series of trials after each click you just paused for five seconds? Broitman and Lippman did that. Wow! Even with experienced clicker dogs, displacement behavior cropped up right away, and included barking, as in "What on earth is wrong with you, where’s my treat!" Delay, even for five seconds, had a huge effect on behavior.

While it will of course be a while before the research is completed and the report written up and published, these initial findings have some useful implications for us. It’s true that the click is a bridge, a stimulus that bridges the gap in time and distance between behavior and reinforcer. But, as KPCT Company president Aaron Clayton puts it, it is not the Golden Gate Bridge. Dr. Rosales-Ruiz points out that the tie between click and treat is classical conditioning, not operant conditioning. The actual pairing of the two, the conditioning, is only maintained by repetition. As clicker trainers, he says, we should respect that.

If you routinely click for a behavior, and then fumble around in your bait bag making the dog wait while you find a suitable treat and hand it over, you are taking a chance. You risk seeing a rise in undesired or superstitious behavior, such as wiggling, panting, getting up or lying down repeatedly, sniffing the ground or looking away. You take a risk that that ’hand moving toward baitbag’ becomes the reinforcing element, making the unwanted behavior harder and harder to get rid of. You weaken the effect of the clicker as bridge (and while there’s no research evidence yet, personally I betcha you weaken the effect of the clicker as marker signal, too.)

Kathy Sdao, in her Clicking with Class sessions at ClickerExpo, sometimes makes everyone transfer a handful of beans from a paper cup to their treat hand, and then dispense them, one by one, back into the cup, as treats. Can you do that? Can you do it fast? Kathy’s aim is to see to it that you learn to keep your treats ready and in your hand before you start a training session. And that you learn to restock the supply in your hand between behaviors, NOT after you’ve clicked and while the dog is waiting for a reward.

It’s not that you can’t have a gap; it’s just that there are sound, demonstrable reasons why the careful trainer does everything possible to eliminate prolonged, unnecessary, and habitual gaps.

And what about those dogs and dolphins and other beasts that work at great distances and for long durations without tangible reinforcers? Yes, you can do that, but that capacity is trained; distance and duration are extended and strengthened by other conditioned reinforcers such as additional cues; not solely by the power of the click. A good topic for another day!

With Kind Permission from Karen Pryor: Many more wonderful articles can be found at www.clickertraining.com



Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I?
Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!
 
7.   PUPPIES

SCARED OF THE CAR?  HELP FOR YOUR NERVOUS AND CAR SICK PUPPY

by Niki Elliott

Most of us would like to be able to take our puppy out for a drive or to visit friends and relatives. Unfortunately this dream is often shattered when the puppy spends the whole trip whining, shivering, salivating and some times being sick or worse!  One such trip can be the end of the puppy’s experience of the car until we have to take them to the Vet. Then it becomes a necessity and we put puppy in the car, and regardless of the fall out, we have to continue the journey.  All this can be avoided or removed by a simple and slow process. Each step should be taken over the course of a few days. This allows your puppy to get used to a non-threatening environment and allows him to learn to associate the car with good times, rather than unpleasant happenings.

Step One: With yummy treats and goodies in your hand or bag, walk your puppy around the car a few times with the doors open. Let him sniff wherever he likes, let him stick his head inside. If he handles this well, give him plenty of treats and praise. If he shows anxiety, just continue to circle the car and treat and praise. You may have to do this for a couple of days before he is relaxed in the presence of the unmoving car. Once you have achieved this move on to the next step.

Step Two: Once again arm yourself with truly drool-worthy treats, and leaving all the doors open and the car engine OFF, coax your puppy into the car.  If he is too small to get in by himself, pick him up, put him in, give a treat, and take him out immediately. Each time take a little longer to take him out, whilst treating him in the car. Make this a really great game. Keep your voice fun and lively, DON”T GET ANNOYED if your puppy will not get into the car. You can throw a favourite toy into the car for him to retrieve, or have a human friend sit in the car and call his name or sit in the car yourself and wait until he’s ready to enter on his own. Always leave the doors of the car open so that your puppy may leave at any time. Let him explore the vehicle at his own pace. Treat for every time he is in the car. Do NOT coddle him, or try to reassure, as this only reinforces the fear.

Step Three: Close the car doors when your pup is inside, but leave the windows open, and the car engine OFF. Pet him through the window and talk to him in a calm voice. When he sits calmly, reward. Don’t leave him in the car for   long, just a few minutes at a time and then get in the car too, but continue to leave the engine OFF.

Step Four: Start the car with your puppy inside (who should now be calm inside, as well as outside). Don’t leave the car, and don’t leave the driveway, simply sit there with him and treat a few times.

Step Five: By this time, your puppy should be calm and relaxed inside the car with the engine running, and yourself in the driver’s seat. After sitting in the car for a few minutes, take him for a short drive either just down your drive, around your complex or around the block. Reward his relaxed posture with really yummy treats, ignore any drooling and shaking. When you get home, lavishly reward him for a job well done. Repeat as necessary.

Step Six: Take him someplace FUN.  Puppy classes, the park, the beach, other friends or relatives with puppies, somewhere really fun for HIM. It is very important to remember that puppies tend to associate the car with the end result. If the end result of a car ride is always stressful vets visit, this association must be changed or your puppy will grow up never learning that the car goes to fun places as well. I strongly recommend repeating this step at least four times a week, for the rest of your pup’s life.

If you have been training or would like to train your puppy using clicker techniques, the whole process above can be achieved in a very short time. Go to www.ttouch.co.za/balance to see when and where you can find clicker classes for you and your puppy

The TTouch body wrap is also a fantastic tool to help with car sickness or if your pup is really battling to get over his fear of the car. The body wrap will help your puppy to feel more secure and give him a sense of his body. This will in turn help him to feel more confident and in control of himself. Once he feels better about himself his fears will lessen and so will the nausea associated with his fear. I would recommend that if you are going to use a body wrap, use the “half wrap” to get your puppy used to wearing it before taking him on an excursions in the car. This way he will not negatively associate the wrap with the car journey. Take a look on the web site where there is a really good explanation of the Body Wrap. http://www.ttouch.co.za/files/what/bodywraps.php.

Niki is a TTouch Practitioner II for Companion Animals and gives regular puppy classes. She can be reached at niki@ttouch.co.za



German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark,
check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter
patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.
 
8.   SHANTI UPDATE

How we Helped the Cat feel Safe in the Bedroom with the Dogs!

By Eugenie Chopin

Well, the Saga goes on of Shadow, the cat and the dogs. Up to recently, Shadow has not felt comfortable coming into the bedroom at night. The main reason was that she didn’t have a “safe” place – away from the dogs. And under the bed didn’t seem to be an option for her. So one day when I had the handyman around, I asked him to fit a shelf on my wall that is halfway between the top of a low bookcase and the top of a high bookcase. Once this was done, I put her up there a couple of times to show her where it was, and that was that! She since chooses (sometimes – she is a cat, after all) to come in the bedroom and sleep there at night.

But the interesting thing to me is how Shadow seems to change her favourite places from week to week. As the weather has gotten colder she prefers to climb up the drawers in my cupboard until she gets to the top shelf where she happily sleeps through the night. In other parts of the house as she feels safer, her places of choice have become lower and lower. Previously, she only wanted to settle in a very high spot where she could disdainfully look down upon the dogs!

Danilo (17 years) on the other hand, while having weakness in his back legs, is a very Strong guy! His joy and sense of life is full and he actually started playing yesterday with a soft ball. I could hardly believe my eyes. He had been to Doggy Paddle 2 days before and I’m sure that perked him up.

And of course the weakness in the hind legs is not so much the legs but the nervous system information highway down the spine, that isn’t working properly. It’s why TTouch is so great for him. I am actually quite sure that I have kept him walking this long with doing lots of touches down his spine. I have used connected circles and lots of the scratchy types of touches such as Tarantula, Zig-Zag and the Troika. I also do lots of circles with slides – both with and against the hair. It seems to invigorate the body and remind the nervous system to pay attention!

I as very proud of Danilo yesterday when in the early morning I let Shadow in (it was one of her outside nights) and he actually sniffed her backside, then moved on outside. It may take time to get animals to tolerate each other, but it’s well worth the effort!



Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!  
9.   YOUR LETTERS

Hurrah for TTouch by Barbara Cooper

Hi All,
Just had to share a brilliant experience my daughter and I shared today, Easter Sunday. we were walking our three dogs miles from anywhere and came across a field with sheep with lambs. In the middle of the field lay a ewe on its back ... legs in the air, unmoving. We had already been passed on the track by the farmer in his 4x4, [had he even noticed or made a mental note for later] and as we paused to watch for signs of movement.... absolutely none for several minutes...the rest of the flock ambled across the field to sniff her before moving away.
It wouldn’t be the first time I had pulled a cast sheep back onto its feet but this time... feeling old, I sent my daughter over the fence to check for signs of life while I held the dogs. I got the thumbs up and she grasped the heavy fleece and rolled the ewe over onto its front. However, even after several such attempts the ewe could not get her feet underneath her, but eventually she did and staggered up but as she had probably been there all night....lots of droppings....couldn’t support her weight [actually her body had gone very lopsided] so she fell onto her back again. At last Louise heard me yelling EARWORK!!!!......and she proceeded to work the ewe’s ears for about ten minutes. The rest of the flock converged to watch. It was a brilliant moment when at last the ewe got to her feet and walked away, a little unsteadily at first, her lamb [who had merged into the flock] returning to bleat at foot. The ewe walked steadily around the perimeter of the field and the rest of the flock followed to investigate. We stayed to make sure she didn’t go down again and about three quarters of an hour later arrived back at the car. I couldn’t resist doing a detour and driving back up the track to the ewe’s field......she was still upright waiting with the rest by the gate to be fed! Hurrah for TTouch!

Barbara Cooper P2 England

haresleap@supanet.com  



Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.  
10.   YOUR LETTERS

The trials of a small dog in a big dog household by Lindy Dekker

NOTE: Lindy just assisted at the Companion Animal Training and came home with Taz who had been looking for a new home. Well done Lindy!

 

Just about a week ago – we brought home Taz. She is a Jack Russell cross-mature lady. I suspect some Chihuahua got into the mix as she has poppy eyes, an underbite of note and various teeth in various directions. When she gets really excited her ears stand up entirely and she looks like a little bat-eared fox! The day she arrived we had a puppy class to visit and while she was reasonably polite to most of the participants, there was one innocent labby puppy that she targeted. She was going to KILL. I have no idea why, but just that particular poor soul was IN FOR IT. Every time she saw him- even in her peripheral vision – she became a spinning helicopter of gnashing teeth and growls.

Sam (our 4 year old Pointer cross) was the ultimate gentleman as usual. He welcomes all visitors to his home – points out the facilities and wishes them a nice day before he moves on with the rest of his business.

 

After they had all left Sam did come to me to explain politely that while he had a lot of fun, he was glad of the break , but someone had been forgotten and he rather thought she could go home now. Taz was just plain exhausted and very sweetly went into her basket and fell asleep.

 

Minky – the cat – was horrified. When I came home from fetching Taz, Minky came running to greet me only to see this “thing” on the end of a leash. She looked at me in horror – “what is THAT”. She immediately retired to her ‘boudoir’ (aka the spare room) and was definitely unavailable for any cuddles. Within hours we had 3 formal complaints and an open line to the SPCA. (This was a great improvement on when Sam moved in – then she packed her bags, lock, stock and barrel, and only eventually unpacked her vanity case about a month and a half later.)

 

Taz is a real sweetie, but finding it really hard to train the people (isn’t that always the problem?). I keep insisting that she keep four feet on the ground and she keeps trying to explain to me that Jack Russell’s DON’T DO THAT – they do four feet above the ground. She is also confused about the fact that she doesn’t get to sleep on the couch, bed, chair or, in fact, anything other than her basket. She keeps trying to explain that it is a well known scientific fact that Jack Russell’s make excellent hot water bottles. It is tough going for her as a little dog in a large dog household!

 

The good news is that she is starting to walk and run straight. When she arrived she ran sideways down the hill on 3 legs. We thought of renaming her “Taxi” as she came at you sideways – like a taxi coming down the road when they’ve had too many accidents. By doing daily TTOUCH and talking her for walks every day she is now running straight and almost always on all four legs. Minky has had to abandon the SPCA (our phone lines have gone down again) and she now just completely ignores Taz and carries on with her daily routine.

 

After only a week it feels like she’s been here for ages and has really fitted in well.

Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.  
11.   ODDS AND ENDS

HELP! I’m Barking and I Can’t be Quiet –

 by Daniel Estep and Suzanne Hetts.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Barking! It includes:

  • The ten most common causes of excessive barking

  • Unique and easy-to-follow flow charts that will guide you to the possible causes of your dog’s barking

  • Effective options for correcting different types of barking problems

  • The importance of meeting your dog’s behavioural needs

  • Guidelines for the use of anti-bark collars

  • How to find help from professional trainers and behaviour consultants

  • References, useful Websites and valuable resources for barking management products

 

While we bought our book from www.dogwise.com , you can also access the E-Book for $19.95 by going to www.barkinghelp.com  There you can pay and download the book which will save you expensive shipping charges.

NOTE: We believe that understanding why your dog is barking is important so that changes can be made in either life-style or interaction with your pets. We also know that TTouch can in many cases solve barking problems when applied in work with a qualified Practitioner. Good Luck with those Barking problems!

Website of the Month: http://www.dogmania.com/ 

A site to take you to many different places in the dog world. Full of fun free graphics.

 Below is one of the poems I found there:

Black Dog

I sit here and watch you sleep
and memories of the years past play by,
How did we get this far
and why did it pass so fast?
It seems so boring to look at our lives as
others have looked at theirs, but
The old cliches run through my head anyway.
What is true is time has moved
and we have changed.
You and I are older,
both have our share of gray.
You sleep a lot now which was something you’d never do.
I remember when you would hardly sit still,
bit your gait is slower and less sure than it once was.
What used to push you into a frenzied outburst
now only earns an occasional snarl.
Old friend, you age before my eyes
and nothing I can do will slow it.
You’ve always been there whenever I need you
, but, now,
I can’t stop the changes taking place in you.
Someday I’ll reach for you at the foot of my bed;
you won’t be there.
It somehow seems unfair that such good things
have to end so sadly.
What will I do?
Who will understand?
I’ll never forget those intense brown eyes
that speak in a language of their own.
We do talk with each other, don’t we?
Just give me a moment for this melancholy to pass.
We’ll go for a walk and laugh at the day.
Oh my, my old black dog,
I can never say goodbye.



Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it.
By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
 
12.   EVENTS

We really recommend this! And it’s so easy to do!

 

 South African Mass Animal Sterilization Trust (SAMAST) is raising funds to sterilize pets in  
 disadvantaged areas.
 Their target is to raise R500 000 for 2500 Sterilizations. (http://www.samast.co.za)

 

     SMS "PETS" TO 38081 to donate R10 to this worthy cause!

 

You could WIN a River Adventure for a family of four worth R10 000 from Felix Unite River Adventures or a Pioneer Home Theatre System valued at R8000! Repeat Sms’s improve your chances!

 

Dr. Dion Woodborne is a veterinarian who has seen first hand the suffering of unwanted puppies and kittens. In order to raise money for SAMAST, Dion will be swimming 25km journey through icy, shark-infested waters starts at Melkbosstrand, going around Robben Island, and ending at Three Anchor Bay.

 

You can also visit the SAMAST website and pledge per km of Dion’s swim.

 

e.  Siberian Husky Club of Gauteng: Fundraising event!

 

The Siberian Husky Club of Gauteng is holding a fundraising event, part of the funds will go to assisting Joanne Van Niekerk with the wonderful job she does rescuing abandoned and unwanted Siberians.

The event will be held at the Barnyard Theatre @ Broadacres on the 20 June 2007.

The show is "Tonight’s the Night" a tribute to male vocalists from Frank Sinatra to Robbie Williams, there really is something for everyone. The cost of a ticket will be R125.00.


f.
Edu Pet Veterinary Consulting: Educating Pets and People – Professionally

 

2 – DAY WORKSHOP: GROUP INTERVENTION WITH DOGS & CHILDREN THROUGH THERAPEUTIC PLAY

 

Both dogs and children benefit from playing. It is through playing that children and dogs try out and learn about their world and therefore it is essential for healthy mental, physical and social development. Play can thus perform a vital function in not only building the human-animal bond but also enhancing self-esteem and general well being.

 

PRESENTERS:                  

Drs Magdie van Heerden, Quixi Sonntag & Reineth Prinsloo.

DATES:

24 & 25 May 2007 (on request in other Gauteng areas and provinces)

VENUE:       

Gauteng: EduPet Humane Education Centre, Garsfontein Rd Extension,

Pretoria East (7.2 km from Hans Strydom & Garsfontein Rd intersection)

DURATION:

           8:30 – 16:30

REGISTRATION FEE:      

Gauteng: R950.00 pp (handouts, tea/coffee & light lunch included)

PROGRAM CONTENT:

The aim of this workshop is:

·         To equip you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to integrate dogs as a therapeutic aid in group intervention.

·         To assess the value of therapeutic play to enhance the self-esteem of the children, the dogs and the service provider involved.

It will be an experiential learning process where we, the participants, will be the children. The course presenters will alternate as facilitators, helping us see the world through the eyes of children and dogs.

 

For more information contact Magdie van Heerden @    Tel (H): (012) 996-0529; (012) 480-2021 (O) Cell:(083) 456-8889 E-mail: Magdie.hai@netactive.co.za or edupet@mweb.co.za

 

g. Winter Blanket Collection 2007
Last year Alan & Melissa raised R8638 and purchased 386 blankets that they split between various SPCA’s. This year they aim to raise R10000 and would like to add the Animal Ambulance and Hartebeespoort Animal Welfare Society to the recipients of these blankets.

If you would like to contribute their banking details are as follows:

Nedbank Sandton City Branch

M. Riback

Branch No.: 197005

Account No.: 1970645520
Alan & Melissa Riback 083 276 2962 or mel@ttw.co.za



Chihuahua: "We don't need no stinking light bulb."  
13.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES

Fluffy the Cat looking for a home

A very beautiful, and affectionate 11 year old female cat, is looking for a new home. She is a most devoted little companion and needs a really special person that will love and take care of her. Fluffy has communicated, (via Jenny Shone) that,  “her soul purpose is to teach and heal, to bring love to the unloved, to help open peoples’ hearts, heal their insecurities and find inner peace.

If there is anyone out there who would like to offer Fluffy a home, please contact: Pamela on 084 505 9258

 

2 Big dogs looking for a new home

The owners had to relocate to a smaller property and can no longer accommodate the dogs. They will need owners that have experience with big dogs, as they can be a handful at times. Amber: She is a Boerboel / Bullmastiff. Very protective and extremely awake to strange noises.  She is 4 this year and still very playful.

Thilo: He is a neutered Rottweiler and is turning 6 this year.  Extremely protective over his own property and will not bark unless it is really necessary.

 

We would prefer to let them go together, but know we cannot be picky at this moment.  If anyone is interested please give Nico Smit a call on 083 609 1016 or nicosmit@marltons.co.za

 

Dixie – Bull Terrier, F, 4yrs, Sterilized
The “Dad” has gone overseas and now Dixie is looking for a new home. She is a very sweet dog with humans, but ideally she should not be with other animals. If you are interested or you know of anyone who might be then please contact me on
Ph:  +27 21 888 4344, Fx:  +27 21 883 8632, Cell:  082 579 6863
E-mail  :
shirley.jooste@canon-ct.co.za 
Thank You Shirley Jooste

Husky – M, 10 mnts, Neutered
He has a beautiful mixture of black, grey and white with blue eyes. Lovable and playful, but unfortunately insists on fighting with an older female. The owners are not always present to intervene. If you are interested,
please contact Patrick on 084 637 1515 or Trudi on 084 652 7944

Registered Husky – 3 yrs old
He is black with white markings. Very energetic which is a problem for the owners. He has had obedience training. He is bored and lonely and looking for love and attention. If you are able to assist, please contact Rentia on 082 325 9605 or 073 084 6134.



Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?  
 
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