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10.   HEALTH
14.   EVENTS
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Hello TTouch Friends,

Happy Spring! The change in temperature has been more than welcome. The garden is bursting with blooms of wisteria, poppies, bulbs, jasmine, petunias and clivias, the trees are full of green and the weaver birds are busy using our palm trees for nesting material and homes. It brings joy and light back into life after the death of my Mother last month. Even though her passing was expected and she had lived a fulfilling and loving life, it certainly marks the end of an era for my family and me.  So change is in the air and I hope to look to this as an opportunity to see what else I need to change to fulfil my own life.


I also look at my old dog, Danilo who is pushing 18 years and I know that this year may be his last. It’s hard to comprehend what we’ve been through together. Sarah Fisher in the UK keeps saying I need to write a book! It’s a pity I didn’t take notes during those years as we all could learn through hindsight! I do know that I’ve wanted a new puppy for a couple of years now, but as Danilo is (and has been) very wobbly in his back legs, I wouldn’t dream of having a puppy harass him in his last years. I do believe that this is one of our jobs as guardians of our animals and that is to allow them to become old with dignity and peace.


It’s been very hectic here in the TTouch office this past month, but excitingly so! Starting 2 new clicker classes and a big TTouch class allows me to connect with so many new and great people. I’ve just finished an article on Clicker Training for the new upcoming Dog Directory so do have a look when it comes out next month. There will be lots of pictures of Shanti and others having fun with the clicker.


The Practitioner Training for Companion Animals is set for October 19-24 and this is basically the last chance for you to join a Practitioner Training until 2010, so let us know ASAP if you’ve been dithering.


We had a very interesting 4-day training with the SAP Dog Unit in July. Some really great people doing their best to get the dogs trained and ready to go out to work. I will add the article we did for them on Stress and how it can affect the working dog (or any dog) to our TTouch Tips section. What so many of us don’t realize is that Stress is a factor in every dog’s life, even if it’s just excitement. So do have a read!


It’s so great to have so many of you joining us in this great journey we have in communicating with our 4-legged family!


Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


If Dogs were Teachers…
If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

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.


As you may know, the training runs over 3 years, with two 6 day sessions per year. Session 2 will take place in October. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training.    Although you have missed the Intro, I am confidant that you will be able to catch up with the work and knowledge. It simply means that you will need to attend an extra course at the end of this training period. There are many people who miss training over the 3 years for one reason or another, so there will be others in the same position.


 However, if it’s possible, you might consider attending a workshop before October. Having a basic knowledge can help you catch up and understand more of the info given in Oct. This is not a prerequisite for you to be part of the TTACT III class, but it is recommended. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at www.ttouch.co.za and look at the Workshop page for details.


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!


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.



Practitioner Training




Johannesburg Venue TBA
Session 2  - 6 Days                            with                              Robyn Hood

                     October 19-24

               R3900          + VAT



011 884-3156




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

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.  

ROBYN HOOD: 12 – 17 OCTOBER 2007!

The Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method: A way of training, healing and overcoming common resistances in Horses.

TTEAm offers a training approach that encourages optimal performance and health and presents solutions to common behaviouarl and physical problems. TTEAM horses demonstrate marked improvement in athletic skills and increased willingness and ability to perform. Not only does the horse benefit, but also a deeper rapport grows between horse and rider because of increased understanding and more effective communication.

 DATES: 12th – 17th October 2007 this will be all day (approx 9 ‘til 5)

o       First 3 days: ONLY TTEAM and TTOUCH

o       All 6 days: Solving problems under the saddle using TTEAM and Connected Riding
(Non-Riders R3600+VAT or Riders R3900+VAT)

BOOK NOW  - with Lindy Dekker at equibalance@iafrica.com or phone 083 616 0577 
VENUE:Donnybrook Guest House and Stables, 66 Chattan Road, Glenferness 


Learning the TTEAM techniques will help each rider increase communication with their horse, identify and relieve areas of bodily soreness or discomfort, and help solve training blocks while enabling the horse to learn with out fear.

A truly inspirational method for influencing behaviour, health and performance,
including the following:
Increase your horse’s willingness to learn and ability to perform
Identify and alleviate soreness without drugs

Train your horse safely, with confidence, even if you are inexperienced in handling horses

Overcome resistances without fear, pain or force
Enhance healing and speed recovery of injury- related problems

Learn ground exercises to improve balance and develop coordination

The TTEAM method provides solid, practical and informative tools to help with:
Sore backs
Stiffness & stress
Nervousness & tension
I inconsistent performance, stubbornness & laziness
Lameness & unevenness of stride
Girthing and saddling-up
Resistance to the vet and farrier
Bucking & rearing
Resistance to grooming, clipping, pulling manes & giving shots
Head tossing & tail wringing
Biting & kicking


For people from out of town there is Donnybrook Guest House. Dieneke is very sympathetic to TTEAM (we have had a number of clinics at Donnybrook) and may be able to give you a good rate. Have a look at the web site www.donnybrook.co.za and book from there or phone 011 4670533 or 083 326 3007

BOOKING for your HORSE - Please also let us know if you would like to bring a horse.  There is stabling available

INSTRUCTOR - Robyn Hood is Linda Tellington Jones’ sister and has her own stud farm with 120 horses. This means that she not only brings us wisdom about the work , but all the practical applications as well.

Other Horse Workshops:







1 Day  - Introduction
     to TEAM 
Helen Minty

15 September


Helen Minty
016 590 1636
082 417 6730

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.  

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!







Weekend Workshop

29 & 30 September


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

Cape Town   Kenridge

One day

15 September


Debbie                                     083 992 8767 debbie.conradie@metroweb.co.za

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.  


Assembled for the SAP Dog Unit workshop to help understand how important TTouch can be in reducing Stress levels in the working dog. – or any dog!

By Daniela Zurr, DMV, and author or the book: Tellington TTouch in the Veterinary Practice

Stress is a state of high excitement. This means it can be a negative thing like fear of something or a positive thing like falling in love (in humans). It can also simply come from doing something that the animal or we really likes. Dogs who use their noses are usually in a high state of excitement and concentration. This causes high adrenalin even if they really like to work. To take care that they don’t get stress disease it is very important to have time to relax in between and to do the work in the calmest way as possible. A good example is when humans sometimes experience a heart attack if they hear extremely good news, like a big jackpot.

“Acute and permanent stress can generate pronounced deregulatory effects over higher cortical activities. As a result, the benefits of previous learning, impulse control and social inhibition may be momentarily compromised or turned off with control taken over by hazard avoidance behaviour instead of trained and wanted behaviour). The abovementioned findings highlight the importance of canine husbandry, socialization and management efforts that strive to reduce stressful influences in the dog’s environment and to teach coping strategies for dealing with stress.”              

This text is from Lindsay: Applied dog behaviour and training, Lindsay is a behaviourist and dog trainer who has a long career with training many kinds of military dogs for the US army.

Stress is working on three levels (axis):

  1. Hypothesis-gonad-axis: Stress reduces the testosterone (in males) and oestrogen (in female) production, which reduces fertility 

  2. Symphaticus-adrenal gland-axis: Acute stress causes high levels of adrenalin and noradrenalin in the system.  This increases the heart rate and lung capacity in the body and prepares the system for the “fight or flight” response.  Blood is redirected from “unnecessary for survival” systems (i.e. the stomach) to the functions that are needed for survival, such as the muscles and the heart.  The animal’s limbic system takes over the decision-making, and all rational thought processes are put on hold until the animal is out of what it perceives as a life-threatening situation. 

  3. Hypothesis-adrenal gland-axis: Long-term stress causes high levels of cortisol in the blood.  This increases the risk for stomach and intestinal problems, even ulcers, and depresses the immune system.  It also increases the rate of susceptibility to infectious diseases and reduces the amount of protein in the muscles.

This text is from Ganßloser: he is a well-known researcher of animal behaviour and a professor for biology in Erlangen, Germany.

Long-term exposure to constant stress can damage the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is important for learning.  Stress reduces the animal’s ability to remember and the possibility to learn new things.

There needs to be a healthy balance between exposure to short term stress (to allow the animal to develop tolerance), and long periods of relaxation.  This break allows for latent learning to happen –which is when the brain is digesting new information acquired and storing it.  The body also needs time to recover and to counter the stress hormones released. 

This text is a combination of Dr. Meyer, who is a vet and behaviour researcher and my knowledge.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.  

How to Calm Your Dog by Playing Tug – by Nan Arthur

Round one – lets go!
You will teach your dog the end of the behavior first, the release of the tug toy. This is called back chaining. You want to train the release first in order to make letting go of the toy the strongest part of the behavior. Concentrating on this element will help your dog stay calmer. He will be able to focus and listen to you, rather than spiraling into a frenzy.

Step one:
Have your clicker and several medium-value treats in one hand (and behind your back if your dog is overly focused on treats). Show your dog the tug toy, and as soon as he looks toward it, click and hand him one of the treats as you withdraw the toy. For now, all you want is for your dog to believe that looking at or toward the tug toy will make you click and treat. Be sure to hold the toy still so that your dog does not become overly excited by the toy. Repeat this step until your dog looks at the toy 5-10 times in several locations successfully.

Step two:
This time hold the tug toy closer to your dog and wait to use your clicker until your dog actually touches the toy with his nose or puts his mouth on the toy. It’s okay to hold the toy really close to him so that he can smell it or mouth it. As soon as he touches it or puts his mouth on the toy, click and reward with your food treat. Do this 5-10 times in several locations. Feel free to add quiet praise such as "good dog," after you click and as you reward your dog. Don’t be effusive with verbal enthusiasm, however. Adding excited praise can over stimulate and energize your dog

Step three:
Next, you can raise the bar a little. Hold out for a little more interaction with the toy, or for your dog to actually put his mouth on it if he hasn’t already. The goal now is to get your dog to bite the toy first, and then to hold it while you gently tug before you click. Click and treat after 1-3 seconds of light tugging on the toy. Try not to move the toy around much; just allow your dog to tug back on it.

As your dog places his mouth on the toy, the click tells him he did the correct thing, and the food that follows encourages him to let go of the toy. Repeat this step 5-10 times in several locations before moving on.

You are ready to progress to round two when your dog is anticipating the food reward and releasing the toy successfully as you click. After you have reached this point, say "all done," or use another word or phrase to tell your dog you are finished. Place the toy out of your dog’s sight until you are ready to train again.

Round two—verbal release cues!
Move to this round anywhere from a few minutes to several hours after completing round one. It is important to continue the training within that time frame, as animals learn faster by training for short times, taking a break, and then coming back to it later the same day. Do not overdo your training, however. Leave enough time between sessions so that your dog is excited to train and is hungry and rested before starting again.

Step one:
Now, and anytime you begin a new session, go back to the last successful step and do some warm-ups at that level. Two or three clicks and treats should get your dog back into training mode. To keep the game at a manageable level, continue to train while sitting down.

Step two:
After your warm-up session, it’s time to teach your dog how to release the toy before your click and treat. Up to this point, you have been clicking after your dog takes the tug toy, and the click causes him to let go and receive his reward. Now you will use a verbal cue to indicate to your dog that he should let go and hear the click.

Have all your equipment ready, with your clicker and reward in one hand and the tug toy in the other. Use your high-value treats this time, as you need to be more important than the toy as the games progresses. Be sure to have some special rewards in your mix of treats.

Hold the toy out and wait until your dog’s open mouth touches the toy. As soon as he takes it in his mouth, announce a verbal cue such as "out," "drop," or "okay," and then click immediately after your verbal cue. Your dog should release the toy to get the treat after your click.

Step three:
As soon as your dog eats the treat, present the toy again, gently tug for 1-3 seconds, say your release cue, and click immediately after the verbal cue. Do this about 5-10 times with the verbal cue ahead of the click, and then announce "all done." Put the toy away and take a break for a short time.

Practice at this level several times in different locations before moving to round three. You want the release cue strongly associated before the click before adding duration to the tugging.

Step four:
Vary the amount of time before you say your verbal cue and click, keeping the range within 1-3 seconds. If you delay too long between your dog mouthing the toy and the verbal cue, your dog could begin to tug back and become so excited that the release cue becomes ineffective

Vary the amount of time before you say your verbal cue and click, keeping the range within 1-3 seconds. If you delay too long between your dog mouthing the toy and the verbal cue, your dog could begin to tug back and become so excited that the release cue becomes ineffective.

Step five:

When you see that your dog is anticipating the click, say your verbal release cue, but this time withhold the click until he lets go of the toy. Be sure not to repeat the release cue; just wait to see if your dog is able to switch the association from the click to the release cue. To facilitate this learning, when you say the release cue, free the pressure on the tug toy by pushing it toward your dog, rather than pulling back.

If your dog is able to release the tug toy at this point, click, treat, and then give him lots of praise. Repeat 5-10 times, using the verbal cue before the click and treat, and then say "all done," and put the toy away. Be sure to repeat this step several times in different locations before moving to the next round.

Next month we will look at round three and four.

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

Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily.  
Next 6 week class only early in 2008!

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.  

Resource Guarding, Part 2
Resource Guarding in your Adult Dog ....

What do you do if you’ve left it too long or got your pup much later and he is already a resource guarder?

Here is where you will need a great deal of patience and persistence, to help your dog learn that there’s no need to guard anything, and that it’s unacceptable to do so.

Your first job is to take away anything he may tend to guard - his toys, all bones, raw hides, hooves, food bowls, dog beds. Is he is protective of your furniture or your bed or even, in one of my clients cases, her whole house. When she went out her dog would not let her back in the house!  These resources are obviously a lot more difficult to remove from him, so he needs to be removed from them. Remove his access to the furniture, whether that’s by blocking him from entering a room, or by keeping him tethered to you on a leash, out of reach, or even in a crate next to you. Absolutely everything becomes yours, to be given out whenever you want to.

Now you need to teach him to “swop”. What does he have that is not of such high value to him? You only get a slight reaction from him when you want to take it away.  It could be a stick or a flower pot? It’s not the greatest thing in the world, but he guards it anyway, since it can be fun to play with.

Arm yourself with a handful of treats, just your everyday treats, not the caviar of treats!

Reach for the stick. Hold out a treat and say: "Swop". Now, think about it, stick or treat, which is better? Treat of course, so as he drops the stick for the treat, give him loads of praise and the treat.

This is the easy part, not much contest here! What Fido needs to understand that when he has something of value to him and you want it; if he gives it to you he will most likely get something of higher value in return.  Now comes dinnertime, and you don’t really want to trade for dinner. Dinner is a very important resource and attempts to play with his food or trying to take it away before the bowl is empty, result in attempted amputation -  what do you do?

You don’t give it to him. Or at least, not yet. Are you getting those pleading looks yet?

Don’t just put his bowl down in front of him. Make him sit or down or give you paw. Make him wait a minute longer. Put a very small portion of his regular dinner in his bowl. Hold on to the bowl for him to eat out of. Does he eat with your hands still on the bowl? If so, slowly pull it away whilst there is still some food in the bowl. Don’t get into a tugging match over it though, if he starts to protest, use your command, "Swop".

Put some more food in the bowl and give it back to him. This time you can put it down for him. You want him to realize that you’ll never let him starve, but you reserve the right to remove his dish. Keep this up, every day, just this, until you no longer get resistance when you take his bowl away.

Now at mealtime you make him go through a bit of a hassle before he gets his full dinner again, but this time, instead of leaving him to eat in peace, you put your hand on his head, and follow his movements, keeping it in place. Does he give you dirty looks, but continue eating anyway? GOOD. Move your hand, just stroking his head. This in itself is rewarding, but it may take him some time to realize that it’s okay; you aren’t going to steal his dinner away for good.

Once he’s used to you petting him while he’s eating, and he’s relaxed in your company, the next step is to remove his dinner. That’s right. Do what he’s been afraid you’ll do, right from the beginning. Take it, and turn your back on him. Put the caviar of treats into his bowl, and then give it back. Oh Boy! Just taste that! Exactly like "Swop", but you didn’t give the command. Do this a number of times.

By using patience and persistence and rewarding the good behaviour, you can turn your resource guarding dog into a dog you can pet while he’s eating. Please remember ... just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Everybody deserves to eat in peace.

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






Puppy Socialising Classes

Six week courses on Sundays & Weekday evenings


Kim Heller

082 570 0463

Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months.  

Ongoing: new every 6 weeks


Claire Grobbelaar
021 979 0848 or 082 784 7524

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.  
10.   HEALTH

Bloat – Truth and Myth

The term "Bloat" refers to any of three conditions:
Ø     Acute gastric dilation
Ø     Torsion
Ø     Volvus

Bloat, also known as the overfeeding or overeating syndrome, involves a swelling up of the stomach from gas, fluid or both (acute gastric dilation). Once distended, the stomach may twist abruptly on the long axis. If it does twist, but the twist is 180 degree or less, it is called a torsion. A twist greater than 180 degrees is called a volvulus

Signs and Symptoms of Non-Torsion Bloat - Acute Gastric Dilation
The signs are excessive salivation and drooling, extreme restlessness, attempts to vomit or pass stool and evidence of abdominal pain - the dog whines and groans when you push on the stomach wall. The abdomen will be distended.

If your dog can belch or vomit, quite likely the condition is not caused by a twist. You must take the dog to a veterinarian where a long rubber or plastic stomach tube will be passed into the stomach. If there is a rush of air from the tube, the swelling in the abdomen will subside and there is almost immediate relief.

Signs and Symptoms of Torsion or Volvulus - A LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION
The initial signs are those of acute gastric dilation, except the distress is more marked. The dog breathes rapidly, has cold and pale mouth membranes and may even collapse. The shock-like signs are caused by strangulation of the blood supply to the stomach and the spleen.

In torsion or volvulus, a tube cannot be passed into the stomach. The only treatment is IMMEDIATE surgery and you must rush the dog to closest veterinary surgeon.

Preventing Bloat - The Purdue University Study
Many measures have been recommended and tried, but-until recently there has been
little scientific evidence that any worked. Now, thanks to the Purdue University Bloat Study, that picture is starting to change.

Supported by grants from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation and 11 parent breed clubs, including the Poodle Club of America, this five-year prospective study is the first of its kind. And it is yielding information on what breeders and owners should and shouldn’t do to reduce Standard Poodles risk of bloat

The Purdue researchers, led by veterinarian and epidemiologist Dr. Lawrence T. Glickman, have thus far issued two reports of their findings, both published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The more recent of the two, which appeared in the November 15, 2000, issue of JAVMA, contains findings that should cause Standard Poodle breeders and owners to step back and re-think bloat prevention information.

One of the more important findings was that there are significant differences between the "large breeds" studied (Akita, Bloodhound, Collie, Irish Setter, Rottweiler, Standard Poodle and Weimaraner) and the "giant breeds" studied (Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Newfoundland and Saint Bernard)

The results reported here apply to the "large breeds" only, e.g. our Standard Poodles.

Old Thoughts: What We Used to Think About Bloat

Over the years, breeders, owners and veterinarians have developed a body of lore about what causes bloat and how it can be prevented. Here are some of those things which we now know are NOT correct, i.e. bloat is caused by –

Ø      Too much exercise on a full stomach

Ø      Overloading the stomach

Ø      Swallowing air when eating.

We USED to think that bloat could be prevented or reduced by –

Ø      Wetting dry kibble so that it won’t swell in the stomach.

Ø      Raising the food dish above floor level.

Weight, breed size, the ratio of the depth of the thorax to its width and stress were not significantly associated with the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. In addition, several measures that have long been recommended to reduce the risk of bloat were found to have no effect.

Factors That Make NO Difference
These measures, long been thought to reduce the risk of bloat, were found to have no effect:

Ø      Restricting exercise before or after eating

Ø      Restricting water intake before and/or after meals

Ø      Feeding two or more meals per day

Ø      Moistening dry kibble before feeding

Factors That DO Make A Difference
These four (4) factors ARE associated with an increased risk of bloat in large breed dogs:

Ø      Raising the food dish more than doubled the risk for bloat.

Ø      Speed of eating: Dogs rated by their owners as very fast eaters had a 38% increased risk of bloat.

Ø      Age: The study found that risk increased by 20% with each year of age. Owners should be more alert to 

                 early signs of bloat as their dogs grow older

Ø      Family History: Having a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or offspring) that had bloated increased a   

                 dog’s risk by 63%.

The Purdue research team concluded these are the things you can do to prevent bloat:

Ø      The strongest recommendation to prevent GVD (bloat) should be to not breed a dog that has a first degree 

                 relative that has had bloat. This places a special responsibility on an owner to inform the breeder should their

                 dog bloat.

Ø      Do not raise the feeding dish.

Ø      SLOW the dog’s speed of eating.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.  

Teaching the Clicker Class is always fun for Shanti as she gets to Demo certain things. We also took pictures for a Clicker Article that I wrote for the Dog Directory, so I’ve been doing a bit more training with her than usual and how it perks her up! In a way it shows me how little it takes to make our dogs happy. Just a little bit of individual attention goes a long way.

I have also taken to using a laser penlight to play with Shadow before bedtime and how she loves that! That little red light is something she can chase for a long time without getting bored. Of course, Shanti doesn’t quite get why the cat is so excited, but wants to join in whatever the game is about. So she jumps up and stands over Shadow with tail wagging wildly. This in turn makes Shadow a wee bit nervous, so she stops chasing momentarily, Shanti lies down again and the whole sequence starts over.

I often wonder if there is any way the 2 of them can learn to play together as they both obviously want to play. If any of you have ideas on dogs and cats playing together, please do let me know!

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.  


“ Jane, I think she’s gone…..” 

My words, scarcely uttered for fear of them being true, slipped out into that bright Balgowan balmy day – sun shining in a bright blue sky, the winter warmth spreading across my back as I knelt on the long grass beside my beloved cavalier, Annabelle. Clearly, she had been kicked by my horse and was in deep shock, her pupils dilated and her breathing laboured as a trickle of blood came from her nose into the grass as she lay there. 

Only minutes before she had been running free next to my horse, enjoying the freedom of  her first outride, with wide open spaces and the limitless joy of boundless space.  We were at our favourite spot, up  Gallopy Hill where the smells of wild birds and bush buck are on every patch of the dry winter earth…… and here she was, small, limp and seemingly lifeless.

Her stiff struggle of a seizure had been calmed by my voice and the reassurance of my massage. I prayed hard, and struggled to keep my voice steady and in control, talking to her all the time.  Talking to her was able to keep that gut-wrenching feeling at bay of my recurring nightmare of a few years before, of holding that warm, limp body of our little puppy, Rosie,  who had died after a freak accident.  I decided “ NO!”  THIS WON’T HAPPEN TO YOU ANNIE-KINS.”  Think, think….. talk, talk; keep her with us… 

I blocked out the sound of  Jane’s  crying as she held our horses, and asked her to walk the horses back and fetch my car to take Annie to the vet.   Annie was breathing again… her little ribcage moving ever so slightly.  Yes, her lips were still pink and that was a good sign…

Sitting alone with her on the top of that hill, time went by in slow motion –  I re-lived her short little life of seven months as  I furiously massaged the tips of her ears and kept thinking positive thoughts.  She was salivating badly and her bleeding nose meant she could only breathe through her mouth and this was proving difficult for her.  As I gently rubbed her all over, I kept talking, for fear of the dark thoughts that would seep into my head.  Talk, talk, and rub, rub.  Rubbing her ears especially, all I could remember were Doreen’s words of advice – “ If your dog is ever in an accident, or severely traumatised, rub the tips of the ears to help with the shock….”

My feeling of helplessness dissipated as I remembered all my Tellington Touch training as I worked furiously and desperately on little Annie.  All my energy went into her, through my voice and my hands.  Her limp body had relaxed and her eyes were looking more normal.  I can remember thinking that it was such a beautiful day, and this was such a beautiful dog – she just HAS to pull though…..

It is now five days since that awful day.  Annie is still at the vet, off the drip now, and we wait to see if she has sight in her left eye from the head trauma of the kick.  Her bright, plucky character is coming back slowly each day. More and more I can see her bouncy indomitable spirit returning – at first only a glimmer, but growing stronger and stronger.    Thanks to the dedication of the vet team, I hope to bring her home soon – and to be able to cuddle this special girl.  I am convinced she loved me enough to come back to me, through the chaos and the pain, and fight for her life.  Our precious, darling Annie – surely she is one of God’s angels sent to be with us on Earth?

Sally Berriman

Animal Compassion

“All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: In suffering, the animals are our equals.” Peter Singer

A rather unusual overnight guest stayed at our home not that long ago, and in their infinite canine wisdom, my two dogs showed me the very essence of true compassion and understanding. We human beings would do well to follow their remarkable lead.

A rescued dog was being transported to its new home on the east coast, and I was asked to provide overnight accommodation for it en route.  I readily agreed, even though I was a bit worried that my own dogs might not like this new intruder in our home. But I should have known that I had nothing to worry about. Canines are much smarter than we often care to acknowledge.

The dog’s name was Meadow, and she was an extremely sweet old canine soul.  She had been rescued from a very abusive situation, and a kind-hearted human soul had agreed to adopt her, even though she was a ‘special needs’ dog. Poor Meadow had suffered severe head trauma before being rescued, and her acute neurological ailment was painfully obvious.  She teetered precariously on four wobbly thin legs, and her aged furry brown face incessantly wobbled back and forth, as if she were suffering from a malady such as Parkinson’s Disease.

When our guest arrived at my front door that afternoon, for some reason, I immediately thought of the great and grand actress, Katherine Hepburn, who had also suffered from Parkinson’s.  Katherine Hepburn had not allowed her illness to get the better of her, and obviously, neither had this sweet old female canine.

As Meadow timidly tottered into my unfamiliar living room, she suddenly heard my two mutts growling, snarling, and scratching incessantly at the closed bedroom door upstairs.  She very nervously peered in that direction. At this moment, I had little doubt that the ‘getting acquainted canine ritual’, which would soon ensue in our home, might be extremely painful for our already stressed overnight visitor.

While I contemplated the best method to introduce my two dogs to our special guest, they somehow managed to pry open the bedroom door themselves, and before I could stop them, they both came charging down those steps with only one thought in their collective canine minds - the urgent need to rid our home of this unwanted intruder.

But instead of witnessing a vicious canine attack, I witnessed something truly remarkable.  And, it occurred in the blink of an eye. Both of my dogs suddenly stopped dead in their tracks on the long wooden stairway as they gazed wide-eyed at the quivering, wobbly-kneed, old stranger below. Somehow, they both instantly knew that this new guest of ours was not a threat to anyone.  Instead, they somehow instinctively knew that this new guest of ours was a creature worthy of both their friendship, and of their compassion.

My tiny female Chihuahua-Spitz mix, who can be quite mean to other female dogs at times, approached old Meadow first. She ever so slowly walked up to our elderly visitor, sniffed her, and quickly planted an affectionate kiss of greeting on Meadow’s quivering left cheek. Little Blanca’s gentle heartfelt greeting immediately reminded me of the kisses I had lovingly planted on my aged grandmother’s quivering cheek as a child so many years past.

My large male dog, Turbo, soon followed suit; although his wet slobbery kisses on Meadow’s chin were much more exuberant than Blanca’s had been.  After all, our overnight guest was a female.

I was delighted that my dogs had so readily accepted our guest; and I suddenly wondered why I had been so worried about it. Soon, it was afternoon naptime, and both of my dogs always find a comfortable piece of furniture to do their snoozing on.  This day, however, they had other plans. They also obviously knew that our special guest could not jump up on any comfortable bed or sofa, as they so easily could.  They had both watched in silence as she had wearily plopped down on the blanket I had set out for her on our cold living room floor.

And now, to my utter amazement, my two pampered pooches immediately plopped down on the blanket right next to her; one on each side.  And soon, three tired, newly acquainted, canine comrades were dog-napping and snoring away on my living room floor - together. This was truly amazing to me, and I was extremely proud of my two loveable mutts that afternoon.  And, incredibly, the utterly selfless act of canine compassion that I witnessed later that evening still captivates me when I relive it in my mind’s eye.

Bed time had finally arrived, and my two dogs had already sped up to their cozy spots in our bedroom upstairs.

Blanca was perched in her usual favoured spot next to my pillow.  Turbo was in his usual spot at my wife’s feet, and he was gently fondling his beloved Teddy Bear, just as he does each and every evening before falling fast asleep.

As I was about to crawl into bed myself, I watched in both bewilderment and fascination as Turbo suddenly jumped off the bed with his treasured Teddy in his mouth.  I quickly followed him out of the bedroom. There he stood in the dark, at the top of the long bedroom staircase, silently gazing down at our overnight guest below.  After several seconds, Turbo silently carried his favourite Teddy Bear down that long flight of stairs. I watched in total disbelief as he slowly approached old Miss Meadow.  And, my jaw dropped in true awe and admiration as he then gingerly dropped his prized possession next to Meadow’s head, as if to say,
‘This Teddy comforts me at night; I hope it does the same for you.’

Our canine guest, in turn, seemed to sense how grand a gesture this truly was on Turbo’s part, and she immediately snorted her thanks, and quickly placed her wobbly head on the Teddy Bear’s plush foamy softness.  She also sighed a loud heavenly sigh.

As my extremely generous mutt turned away to head back upstairs to bed, he suddenly stopped, turned back around, and looked back towards Meadow once more.  He then walked back to her and plopped down on the floor at her side.

My gallant male canine spent the entire night huddled there with Meadow on the cold living room floor, and I knew that our somewhat stressed and frightened overnight visitor must have been extremely grateful for both his noble gift, and for his comforting overnight company. I was extremely proud of both of my dogs at this point.

The next morning, as we all somewhat sadly watched Miss Meadow departing in her new owner’s car, I couldn’t help but think, Why can’t we humans be as caring and compassionate towards our feeble, elderly, and disabled fellow human beings as these canine creatures obviously were towards theirs?

My dogs truly did teach me a very valuable lesson that day; and I now wonder what they will teach me tomorrow.  I also look forward to their next lesson.

More beautiful stories can be found at http://www.angelanimals.net/

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

a.   Book of the Month:  “Getting in TTouch with Your Puppy – by Linda Tellington-Jones

New Books now available at the TTouch Office!

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Getting in TTouch with Your Puppy by Linda Tellington-Jones, internationally acclaimed animal behaviourist and author of the best-selling Getting in TTouch with Your Dog.

Discover Linda’s unique exercises that teach puppies to execute certain tasks, instilling them with self-confidence and expanding their abilities to concentrate and learn. You’ll find out about: crate training; riding in cars; feeding and nutrition; house training; going for walks, leading politely, and negotiating obstacles; “Sit,” “Wait,” “Down,” and “Come”; meeting other dogs; relaxing in strange environments; grooming, nail, and tooth care; visiting the veterinarian, and more. In addition, Linda provides step-by-step instruction in her famous TTouch circles, slides, and lifts - gentle bodywork that has a scientifically proven, positive effect on the behavior, willingness, and health of dogs, while also deepening the relationship between canine and human.
Over 30 years ago, Linda Tellington-Jones began developing the Tellington TTouch Training Method, a positive, no-force approach to training in a way that effectively influences the behaviour and character of animals and their willingness and ability to learn. She is the author of 11 books, which have been printed in 12 languages, and she has released 18 video programs.
136 pp, 127 colour photos, ISBN: 978-1-57076-372-4 Cost R170.00

b:  Website of the Month:  http://www.sfspca.org/behavior/dog_library/index_library.shtml

This is the website of the San Francisco SPCA. In the dog behaviour Library section there are dozens of great articles for you on behaviour. And of course, lots more!

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout!
Run right back and make friends.
14.   EVENTS

c.  HAIG - Language of Dogs


à                What is your dog saying to you and other dogs?

à                How can you tell when play turns to aggression?

à                How do dogs show friendliness, fear or stress?

This educational video features a lively presentation and extensive footage of a variety breeds showing hundreds of examples of canine behaviour and body language. Behaviourist Sarah Kalnajs teaches you how to read these signals so that you can develop a better understanding of what’s really going on in the canine world. This video is perfect for dog owners or anyone who handles dogs on encounters them regularly while on the job.


When:              Thursday 6 September 2007

Time:                18h45 for 19h00

Where:             Tellington TTouch Office: 16 Gayre Drive, Sandown Ext 9

Contact:           Eugenie or Heather for a booking: 011 884 3156

Cost:                HAIG Members R20, Non-members R50


d. Urgent... Help Needed! By Animal Ambulance

The Animal Ambulance is in a crises as you guys all know we feed around 500 dogs in the townships every month. The area’s being Mabopane, Soshanguve, Moloto, Kwa-Mhlanga, Tembisa, Ivory Park, Olievenhoutbosch, Mamelodi, Ga-Rankuwa


We have run out of township food this is sad as without us going in there feeding we are not able to pull out the sick and the abused, as many of them are not reported unless we in the area feeding. This is the first time in almost a year that we can honestly say there is no pellets for us to feed them. These pets depend on us as many might recieve loads of love but they go to bed with a hungry tummy, as their owners are poor and they love their dog, but just cant give them much.

Many go to bed with only left overs and mealie pup. This is where the Animal Ambulance gives a helping hand in just giving these poor babies a bit extra. We need your help to be able to continue helping these poor animals.


Anyone wanting to help us with township food (your cheap food is the best PLEASE) we will truly appreciate it.

If you able to drop off the food that will be great 6 Bothma street Valhalla Centurion

For those who are unable to drop off a donation will be appreciated and we can go and buy the dog food our selves.

Our banking details:


Animal Ambulance 083 241 4452

Acc 62070413928

Branch 251145 

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.  

LOST BORDER COLLIE: Neo "went missing" from Blue Hills Friday 27th July. There have been reports of a collie looking lost in Glen Austin. If you know anything please call either Border Collie Rescue 011-395-2259 or the owners on 082-417-4191 or 082-494-9167

Basset Female Looking for a good home:

A very adorable 2-year-old female basset hound called Samantha. She is spayed and has has all her shots. She would suit someone who already has other dogs that are kept in the garden. She has a sweet personality and is a very beautiful little dog. If anyone can help find her a loving home then please contact me.
Julie: 083 212-0552 or halwrite@icon.co.za

2 Female Duchshunds looking for a foster home:
Owners are moving to the UK. Short hair, std Duchshunds, black & tan, 4½ yrs, best friends – need to stay together. They are quite spoiled and allowed to be inside and also sleeps inside. They are fully house and car trained, and used to a small garden. They are also used to small children. Please contact Michael on 083 635 2657 or mschreud@gmail.com

Husky Pupply looking for a home:
The Siberian Husky Rescue Club have an eight week old male puppy who looking for a home. He has one blue, one brown eye and the markings like the ’mask of zorro’. His colourings are black and grey. Jo-Ann reckons that he is a pure breed and that he will grow up to be a big boy. He was thrown over an eight-foot wall and spent the last 3 days at the vet. He will need lots of TLC to recover emotionally from his trauma. Siberian Husky Rescue Club will only re-home this puppy to people who understand the breed. A home check will also be carried out. 
 Anyone interested can call Siobhan Kelly on 083 399 3999.

Beautiful Malamute looking for home:
Mulan – Female, 7 years - Previous owner has passed away and her children have sold the property and are thinking of putting her down as they do not have an interest in her. She is very loving and caring and thrives on attention. Please contact me if you can help: Mariska Saayman - Mariska.Saayman@vcontractor.co.za

2 Male Bull Mastiffs are looking for a loving home (preferably together)
Their owners are emigrating. Max is about 6½ and Oscar is about 6.  They are house trained and live indoors, which makes them an integral part of the home security. They are gentle giants who live in harmony with each other and a dachshund, but have not had much experience of other dogs, cats or children. Both Max and Oscar have been neutered.  They are healthy and active. Max has an instability of the joint between the spine and pelvis (lumbar-sacral spondylosis), which is controlled with tablets. Max’s medication costs approximately R200 a month and I would be happy to subsidise that cost, particularly if he and Oscar were accommodated in the same home Please Contact Ronel at 012 460 4762 if you can assist.

Lab looking for a home
Inky - female, black Labrador, 7 years. Very gentle, kind and affectionate (a true Labrador!!). Very social and love to go for off-lead walks in the park with other dogs. I am a small dog (a little bigger than a Beagle) so I’d be suitable in a complex but please make sure they will let me stay forever! I don’t bark but I am protective over my owner. As any Labrador, I am super with kids of all sizes and naughtiness levels! Currently on Vets Choice.
For more info, please contact Tarryn on 083 643 8313 / tarrynd@gmail.com or Tracy on 082 853 6043.

Dalmation to be rehomed – owners relocated
Domino – M Dalmation, 11 Months, lovely nature and loves other dogs. Owner has moved and unable to keep him. Will do well with an active family and is good with kids. Please contact Simone on 0729067362.

CAT: We lost a close family friend to cancer last week and her lovely female cat became an orphanL Ju-Ju also suffered from skin cancer on her ears when she was little and unfortunately had to have her ears removed but she is still as pretty as a picture and has the most loving personality, she is 7 and sterilized. Contact Janine 083 601 9668

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
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