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Hello TTouch Friends,

There is great excitement around as Robyn Hood is here from Canada teaching the Practitioner Training for both Horses and Companion Animals. I’ve been hanging around the horse training this past weekend and it’s always fun to watch these huge animals work. For those of us who have never worked with anything larger than a Great Dane, it’s awe-inspiring. On the other hand, I have a theory that as horses are used to being stabled and lead via a halter, it’s sometimes easier to work with them. Often dogs have been taught nothing through their lives and when problems occur, even getting a harness and lead on can be a challenge!

But that could be a whole topic on it’s own. On Friday we start session 2 of the Companion Animal Training with 34 students and 8 Practitioners. It should be fun! We will be doing the first Shelter work with this class thanks to the Sandton SPCA for always having us.

And Thunderstorm weather has arrived, literally, with a Bang! For those of you who haven’t prepared your animals, I am inserting the Body Wrap article, which was written a few years ago for this Newsletter. If you want wraps, do call us here at the office, as you won’t find them readily available in the stores. And do remember that the body wrap is simply one tool in helping your dogs become more confidant in handling Noise Phobias. You also want to do TTouches as well as some basic groundwork! However, do try the wrap and just see what happens.

Linda Tellington Jones has been honoured with induction into the Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame. Again the equine community recognizes this amazing woman for her contributions. Congratulations Linda, I’m proud to be your friend! For details click here for Events…Linda Hall of Fame

Have a great Summer!

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


Here's a new way to train.

Now clicker training's quite the fad.
Results from some are not too bad.

TTACT III, session 2 - October 19-24

AS most of you know by now, we have started the new Practitioner Training for Companion Animals. We have let new students into the training at this upcoming session 2, but the next opportunity to join will be 2010!

Having said that, we sometimes let very enthusiastic people join is session 3 if they have attended a number of weekend trainings, etc. If you are someone who would like to do this, please contact us here in the office and we’ll fill you in on the details.

The cost of the 6-day 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

The concept stemmed from Pavlov's hound
Responding to some special sound.






                                    Weekend workshop

                         Nov. 10-11


Robyn Teifel
072 1808749

The dog would start to salivate
Before he got the food he ate.

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!

Eugenie’s next 6 week course will start early in 2008.






 Two mornings                  9-1 p.m.

Oct. 27  &  Nov. 3


Ilze van der Walt
082 921 4448

For more info, call 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

The modern click does much the same.
Enhancing our dog-training game


Written for the Tellington TTouch Newsletter January & February 2004
Updated March 2007

I’ve been wanting to write about Body Wraps for quite awhile so maybe I should do it now while the dogs seem to be rat hunting in the garden! Many of you already know and love what they can do, some of you have heard about them and a few of you have seen dogs around town wearing them! They are actually elastic bandages that we wrap around the animals body in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is to reduce anxiety. And remember that there are many things in a dogs life, for instance that can cause anxiety:

  • You might be home late from work and dinner is overdue! Who’s going to feed me?
  • There might be a feisty dog next door that barks and gets everyone excited
  • He might even be thinking of invading my territory!
  • That paperboy that comes everyday – each day he comes and I have to chase him away. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
  • Someone human in the house gets stressed or angry - Who do I need to kill?
  • Mom put a big bone in the kitchen rubbish. I’d better guard it from the other dogs until she takes it out!
  • What’s that big bang? Where can I hide? And if I hide, how do I protect my family from this monster?
  • Who are all of these people coming in and out of the house? Are they safe? Can I trust them?
  • It’s a hard job to protect the house from all of those people and cars that go by all day when Dad’s at work. I’m really exhausted by the end of the day!
  • Daddy is away from home and I must be extra vigilant in keeping the house and my family safe.
  • There are lots of people knocking at the front door and I must protect the house from them.
  • The dogs walking past rush at my gate and bark at me and I am inside the garden and can’t retaliate.
  • The cats try to eat my food out my bowl while I am eating. I know that I must be gentle with them but am confused about defending my food bowl

I could probably go on for pages with all of the things that might stress your pet. I’ve but mentioned a few. It might be interesting if you would add more to the list for me of things that concern your individual animal. So send them to eugenie@ttouch.co.za and let’s see what we come up with.  The reason I mention these few are that I often have people say, “What would my dog get stressed about? He has a good home, love, enough food, toys to play with, etc. etc. So what I’m trying to say is that we often don’t realize that they do indeed get anxious and often a Body wrap can be a great tool in helping them cope with these situations.

HOW DOES IT WORK? I’m not sure if there is a definitive answer to that question, but think of a swaddling blanket on a baby. Women have known for years that being wrapped in a blanket can often calm a fractious baby. I often think of the African women in this country who carry babies and children on their backs. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one crying! I’m sure it happens, but not often. The body wrap seems to give a sense of security or being held. I’ll never forget the time I came home from my first TTouch Training. I had been working with a dog trainer on being able to walk Danilo around the neighbourhood without him going for every dog behind every gate! We had had some success, but it was random and never consistent. The next session I put Danilo in a Body Wrap and although he perked up at every gate where he knew there was a dog, he didn’t once go for one! He still looked, but seemed to be quite happy to go by without altercation. I was gob smacked! It actually took me awhile for the light bulb to go on: He had on a Wrap! Was it really possible for it to make such a difference? Indeed it was and is! After that I used body wrap on him and after a time I didn’t even need that. I could see when he’d start to stiffen those back legs and I simply did a few leg circles to remind his body how to relax and off we’d go past the dog or gate.

Another story involves my Golden, Angelique. She used to get carsick and would throw up 3 times in the 20 minutes that it took us to drive to training. It wasn’t actually motion sickness, but an anxiety caused by too much excitement. I had tried homeopathic remedies to no effect. The first time I put a body wrap on her, she made it all the way without getting sick once! Admittedly I did Ear work as well, but I think the Body Wrap really made a huge difference.  Today, she can ride for long distances without the wrap and without getting sick.

Lets you think this bandage is some sort of miracle I will again say that I have worked on her confidence since she was a puppy, but many of you met her at WODAC last year and I think you’ll agree she handled herself amazingly well for a previously shy, nervous dog. Having said that, we often see some immediate changes with the body wrap on as in the cases above. Another perfect use for it is for dogs that are fearful of thunderstorms and fireworks. I have clients who keep the body wrap handy in thunder season. Although if you use it regularly, you might find that come that storm, the dog handles it without a wrap!


  • Shyness; nervousness
  • Aggression
  • Fear of thunder, fireworks, loud noises
  • Fear of strangers or certain people
  • Car sickness
  • Hyper excitability
  • Arthritis
  • Stress related illness such as epilepsy
  • Trembling from whatever reason
  • Calming an excited dog at a show, training, etc.
  • Fear of the car
  • Helping balance the body
  • Confidence building
  • Helps to stay focused
  • Bringing more awareness into the body

And this is true for most animals. We use Body Wraps mostly on dogs and horses, but also occasionally on cats other animals as well as on humans. There is a wonderful book written by Temple Granden who is autistic and discovered that ranchers were using a cattle press to keep the anxiety level down in cattle during injections, etc. The reason being that if they were anxious at procedures, the adrenalin levels went up that toughened the meat. She decided to make herself a home made press where, when she felt her anxiety level rising, she could sit down and pull a lever to feel something firm against her body. She found that when she did this her anxiety quickly lessened.

NEXT MONTH: Part 2How to wrap and use the Elastic Bandages

If you’d like to read the entire article before next month, go to http://www.ttouchsa.co.za/files/articles/article.php?art=316

Eugenie Chopin is a Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Level 3 for Companion Animals with a specialty in dogs. She gives Clicker Classes and runs the TTouch office here in South Africa.

By causing Fido's hopes to raise--
Anticipating treats or praise.

Why Can’t I Just Use My Voice? By Karen Pryor

Clicker training involves shaping behavior in small steps, identifying the behavior, as it occurs, with some kind of marker signal. Dolphin trainers use a whistle; dog and horse trainers have settled on the clicker. But couldn’t you just use a word, like "good," or "yes," as a marker signal? And wouldn’t it be just as effective?

You can use a word—obedience instructors like the word "yes"—and it will work a lot better than treats alone; but it’s not nearly as effective as a click. The evidence from dog training schools that have tried both methods suggests that dogs and their owners learn about 50% more rapidly when the marker signal is a click instead of the word "yes."

The click is easy to hear; words are not. The click is consistent. Words vary from moment to moments and person to person, but the click never changes. The timing of the click is easy to recognize; even beginners can tell if they clicked during the behavior they wanted, or a little too late. But we can’t seem to make that same distinction with a word. Maybe clicker classes go faster mainly because people’s timing improves rapidly. People who are using a word just don’t have the same chance to develop good timing.

Finally, the word "yes" conveys a sense of social approval, not just to the dog but to the person saying "yes." What’s the harm, if you are expressing positive emotion? Here’s the problem: using a clicker, if you don’t get what you had in mind, you just look for the next opportunity to click. Using a word, however, when you can’t say "yes" you may feel frustrated and disappointed, and your posture may actually say "no!" The dog feels punished—and immediately the learning slows down or stops. Saving social praise for social interactions, and using a clear-cut mechanical marker signal that means only "you win!" to the dog, can speed up the learning and, strangely enough, remove stress and make the experience more fun for dog and owner too.

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

Karen Pryor is the founder and CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining, and the author of many books including Don’t Shoot the Dog. Learn more about Karen Pryor or read Karen’s Letters online.

Sometimes you click to no avail,
And other methods also fail.

Next 6 week class only early in 2008!

To be included, contact Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

No matter how you plead or shout,
Sometimes the dog just won't put out

Be Aware of Ticks and Fleas on Your Puppy!

Editor’s Note: Love this article that gives natural options to this problem!

Summer is here, and not having had a particularly cold winter, the tick and flea population will not have been badly affected. Now with all the rain, the grass is growing quickly and we are seeing flea infestations and cases of tick bite fever. Have you got a new puppy and the pup can’t stop scratching?  Are fleas driving your puppy and you crazy? Puppies under twelve weeks of age should be combed with a proper flea comb, designed to remove fleas and eggs from the skin and fur. Comb every inch of the puppy’s body. Keep two bowls of water beside you, one with mild dish detergent and one with plain water. Once you comb a flea out, dip the comb in the soapy water to get the flea off, and rinse the comb in the clean water bowl. This procedure should be repeated daily. You can also use the combing method on older pups if you wish, but for pups over twelve weeks, there are other treatments available.

If you want to go Natural, garlic has long been heralded for repelling bloodsuckers. By keeping garlic in your puppy’s diet, he’ll stay free of the bloodsuckers that are out to make a meal out of him. A word of caution though, although garlic, in small amounts, is beneficial to a dog, too much has a toxic effect. If you’re concerned about the amount your puppy may be receiving, please do not hesitate to contact a homeopathic veterinarian for the correct amount for your pup’s weight.

Brewer’s yeast is another food additive that naturally repels fleas. It should be noted, however, that neither of these natural additives will get rid of already-established fleas, but they do help prevent them from infesting.

For those holistic followers the following recipes can be wonderful remedies. Since they are all natural, they will only help repel fleas, ticks and flies etc. and must be applied more frequently as well.

Herbal Repellent Mix: Dried peppermint, eucalyptus, bay leaf herbs, marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, clove buds. Crush your botanicals well and fill a muslin bag or use it in the cedar chip mixture of your puppy’s bed. The muslin bags can be placed near your puppy’s bedding area.

Tick Spritzer Blend:
2 drops of Lavender, Basil, Lemon, Sweet Myrrh, Eucalyptus
1 tea spoon apple cider vinegar
1 tea spoon vodka
1 cup of dried marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary
2 cups of water

Flea Spritzer Blend:
2 drops of cedarwood, lemongrass, rose geranium
1 tea spoon apple cider vinegar
1 tea spoon vodka
1 cup of dried peppermint, eucalyptus, bay leaf herbs
1- 2 cups of water

Add the essential oils and vodka in a bottle, tighten the lid and shake well. Once the mixture blended (should turn white), add apple cider vinegar. If you have some herbs mentioned above you can make a herbal tea to use in your spritzer. Boil 2-4 cups of water and remove from heat. Add your dried herbs in the water and let is simmer for 30 minutes. Once cool, drain and use instead of plain water in your spritzer. If you are using a herbal tea, this mixture must be kept in the refrigerator as the herbal teas have the tendency to go bad faster.

Once you have your spritzer you can use this by gently spraying it in to your dogs coat, legs, tummy and back. Rub it in well and apply it as necessary. Do not use any of the essential oils on your dogs face or around nose, ears and eyes. Respect the sensitive nose he/she has and go easy when using aromatic substances such as essential oils.

Check your dog often for fleas and ticks by play petting and inspecting. Never squeeze the tick’s body. Try to grab it (with your tweezers) where its mouth-parts enter the skin and pull gently without letting go. It will eventually release its hold by withdrawing its barbed mouth-part from the skin. Keep in mind that not all ticks carry a disease causing organism, and just because your pup had a tick bite does not mean he will get Tick Bite Fever. Even if a tick is a carrier, its bite may not always cause the development of disease, but proper caution and care always is crucial in prevention. If your puppy is off his food, listless and pale or you see any abnormal rashes on his body, please take him to your Veterinarian immediately. It is better to have a simple blood test than to loose your pup to Tick Bite Fever.  

Chemical Products:
There are a large number of tick and flea-killers that can be used "on the dog", some are preventative and work well to kill the bugs when infested, and some are for immediate extermination only. I strongly suggest that you check with your Veterinarian which product would be most suitable for your particular animal before using any of these products.

Please Note that nearly all the product you use for your dogs will not be suitable for your cats!

Ticks & Fleas are everywhere and even if you don’t take your puppies out, they can still pick up either of them anywhere. If your puppy is allergic to fleas you will really need to stay on top of your tick and flea protocol. Just one flea will cause your pup to itch like mad and his skin to flare up.

Your dog, or yourself for that matter, will never be flea free until you’ve rid your home of eggs and larvae that are in your carpets, your furniture and your dog’s bedding. The cheapest, and easiest trick I’ve ever heard of is using good old Borax. Sprinkle your carpets, under your furniture cushions, and on top of anything upholstered, let sit for a couple of hours, and vacuum it up. Immediately empty your vacuum, or place your used vacuum bag into a garbage bag and dispose of it immediately. The Borax dries up the adults and larvae on contact, and unhatched eggs will get sucked up along with the carcasses. Wash all sheets, bedding and removable covers in hot water with as much bleach as you can get away with (without ruining the items).

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






Puppy 1, Puppy 2 , Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes

Classes every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon. Private sessions on request.

per month

  082 451 0433


Puppy Socialising    Classes

Six week courses on Sundays & Weekday evenings


Kim Heller
082 570 0463


Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes

Classes on Saturdays & Sundays


Heather Whitfield
083 566 7009


Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months.  

Ongoing: new every 6 weeks


Claire Grobbelaar
021 979 0848 or 082 784 7524

When asked to sit or heel or stay,
Thus giving you a rotten day.

Pain Management for Pets

Decades ago in veterinary medicine, pain was thought to be good for an injured or sick animal. This wasn’t because veterinarians were cruel or wanted pets to suffer; they believed that pain helped keep animals sufficiently quiet in order to heal. Plus, it was thought that there really wasn’t any way to know whether a pet was feeling pain or needed some relief. Today it’s just the opposite: some veterinarians now believe they should treat for pain until there is proof that an animal isn’t hurting.

Why it’s important to manage your pet’s pain
Pain management has become an important issue in veterinary medicine, with organizations such as the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Center for the Management of Animal Pain, the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Companion Animal Pain Management Consortium studying pain and pain management in animals. Studies like these have shown that by helping your pet avoid pain you may be able to speed the recovery process, whether from surgery or injury. Best of all, because it reduces stress and increases a sense of well being, pain management may even help your furry friend live longer.

Different kinds of pain
Acute pain comes on suddenly as a result of an injury, surgery, or an infection. It can be extremely uncomfortable for your pet and it may limit her mobility. The good news is that it’s usually temporary. It generally goes away when the condition that causes it is treated.

Chronic pain is long lasting and usually slow to develop. Some of the more common sources of chronic pain are age-related disorders such as arthritis, but it can also result from illnesses such as cancer or bone disease. This pain may be the hardest to deal with, because it can go on for years, or for an animal’s entire lifetime. Also, because it develops slowly, some animals may gradually learn to tolerate the pain and live with it. This can make chronic pain difficult to detect.

How to know when your pet is hurting
When we have pain, we complain. However, we generally don’t hear a peep out of our pets. So how do you know when your pet’s in pain?

Because our furry friends aren’t able to tell us when something is wrong, it’s important for you, the owner, to take note of any change in their behavior. Look for any of the following signs
they may be your pet’s way of saying "I hurt."

  • Being unusually quiet, listless, restless, or unresponsive

  • Whining, whimpering, howling, or constantly meowing

  • Biting

  • Constantly licking a particular part of the body

  • Acting funny and out of character, either aggressively or submissively

  • Flattening ears against the head Having trouble sleeping or eating

  • Seeking a lot more affection than usual

If you suspect your pet might be hurting, ask your veterinarian to help you figure out the problem and to talk about what options are available. Be prepared to answer questions about your pet’s behavior, activity level, and tolerance for being handled. Your critter’s mobility is also crucial. Does Rover have a hard time getting up off his haunches or negotiating stairs (which was never a problem before)? Does Fluffy no longer jump up on to the furniture or have a hard time hopping back down?

Some critters never show signs of pain, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t feeling it. In these cases, if the injury, illness, or experience is one that sounds painful to you, go with the assumption that it may also hurt your pet and get to your veterinarian.

What you can do to help
First and foremost, a complete physical exam by your veterinarian is needed, possibly including lab and blood tests or X rays. Veterinarians will usually recommend physical therapy, drug treatment, or in more serious cases, surgery. There also are some simple things you can do at home to help keep your pet comfortable and to monitor whether her pain level is changing. (Check with your veterinarian first to make sure these won’t harm your pet.)

  • Massaging (TTouching!) your pet from head to toe will help relax and soothe him. This organized form of petting is a great way to bond with your buddy as well as to notice any unusual bumps, scrapes, or bruises on the body.

  • Watch for changes in how your pet responds to exercise. If he’s acting sluggish, you may need to reduce his activity, or it may mean that chronic pain is developing. His ability to exercise will depend on his health, however, so make sure he has a thorough veterinary physical before he starts a new exercise program. (For more information on exercising your pet, see Exercising your Pet.)

  • Watch his diet. What you feed your little friend will help maintain his weight, regularity, and physical health, all of which can affect how well he feels. Don’t let your pet overeat and don’t let yourself over-treat him. Also, with certain conditions, your pet may need a special diet. Consult your veterinarian before you make any dietary changes.

Treatment choices and considerations
The standard form of treatment for pain is with medication. There are new and varied forms of prescriptions currently available. Aside from pill form, many drugs come in easily administered forms such as liquids, skin patches or gels. There are also new analgesic (pain-reducing) products to help treat your pet after an injurious trauma or to help treat chronic pain. Traditionally, steroids have been used for anti-inflammatory purposes and to decrease pain, but they can have adverse side effects. Although effective, steroids generally aren’t used for prolonged periods, and it is crucial that you dispense them following your veterinarian’s instructions. Additionally, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are often used to treat orthopedic-related pain with fewer side effects.

From the Pet Care Library at http://www.healthypet.com/  http://www.healthypet.com/library_view.aspx?ID=18&sid=2

It makes you feel quite like a fool,
And then you start to lose your cool.

Benefits and Dangers of Pools

Thanks goodness the warmer weather is here. Shanti is swimming again (without freezing upon exit) and so is Danilo at Doggy Paddle when it’s not raining. The exercise is great for both dogs. For Shanti, like for humans, it’s plain good exercise and of course, it’s always important to keep dogs knowing the exit place in the pool in case they fall in!

Because Danilo is now very unstable on his back legs, he, like puppies or children, is not allowed in the pool area without supervision. If you have an older dog or even a dog that has never been in the pool, you should restrict access in case of an accident. Hundreds of dogs (and children) die each year from falling into swimming pools. So please be mindful with your pets this summer. If you prefer that your dogs don’t swim in the pool (and very understandable that is as well), then make sure they can’t access it!

Danilo has been going to Doggy Paddle for a couple of years and it really has a beneficial effect as he gets to exercise those wonky back legs without any pressure or awkwardness. However, this past week he was exhausted after 10 laps as the rain has kept us away for a couple of weeks. Hopefully we’ll be able to build up his stamina again with a bit of help from the sun.

But if your methods fail for you.
There's something else that you can do.


When I first walked in to Bruno’s shelter run many months ago, I was shocked at the level of fear and dread of humans he displayed. For him, being in an enclosed space with a person with nowhere to run was traumatic and frightening. He would either run from one end to the other or cower in the corner. I knew I had the tools to help him and boy, did he need it!

Because I couldn’t touch him with my hand I needed an extension of my arm so I got out my 3 foot white riding whip (actually we refer to it as a wand because of the magic it does) and in a crouched position I proceeded to stroke him with it. Fear and panic welled up in him as he snapped and bit at the wand and tried to press himself into the concrete corner. When the wand wouldn’t go away but yet didn’t cause any pain, he stayed crouched in the corner and stopped running. This was what I was looking for – the moment where perceptions slowly melt and fear makes way for “maybe this is not so bad…” I don’t remember anymore if it happened that same session or the next one, but very soon I put down the wand and made the first approach with my hand. With Bruno more comfortable behind me, and me sitting on his palette, I reached backwards and, avoiding eye contact, started to do the magical one and a quarter circular movements of the Tellington touch on his body.

During my initail meeting and interaction with Bruno I never got the feeling that he would bite me and to this day that has proved, incredibly, to be true. So it was, with my observer Cicely Blumberg stationed at the door reading his eyes and expressions, and my excited heart pounding in my chest, I started to build a bond and a connection with Bruno through the power of Ttouch. Cicely, reading his expression for me, told me that his eyes had started to melt and soften as he sat quietly for his first ever human contact.

Over the next few weeks with me visiting him once a week I had progressed to the point where, if I crouched on my haunches and made myself small, he would actually come up to me to be touched. I lovingly Ttouched him wherever I could reach and he loved it! Then slowly I progressed to being able to stand up and touch him.

I carried on interacting with him like this for some time and then it felt right that we proceed to the next step which was to get him into a collar and lead. This however proved tricky as he was extremely suspicious of any object I carried in my hand, lead or collar. No amount of concealing it (trust me I thought I was going to become a magician) and trying to sneak it on worked. It only made him run to the corner again.

I had at this time become a full time employee at the shelter and one day I had a brainwave! It was a daring move but I felt confident of his level of trust in me to try this. With the help of staff and Bruno’s long time canine friend Sam we cornered him in a narrow walkway using a palette to block their escape. Of course Sam, who has a wonderful sense of fun and humor, thought it was cool to be so close to the one person he loves most in the world

and proceeded to slobber all over me while I tried to brush him off so I could focus on Bruno, who was at this point, you guessed it, cowering in the corner!. With nowhere to run he patiently but yet with a certain amount of real fear allowed me to clip the collar around his neck. After adjusting it we set him free.

In the confines of his run he came to me but out in the open yard he stayed well away. Just another hurdle I was sure we would get over.

About 2 weeks later the day arrived for Bruno’s first walking lesson. I was sure he had never been on a lead before. Again we cornered him and Sam with the palette and I clipped the lead on. I instructed my helpers to move the palette back a couple of centimeters at a time but only when Bruno took a step forwards when I asked him on the lead. Freedom was his reward for coming forward when asked. He did extremely well so the next day I decided to take him out of the yard into another big enclosure where we could walk him for real. Now, you have to understand that Bruno had never been out of the shelter area so I suspected that he would be overwhelmed at life outside its walls. With him and his friend Sam both on a lead we opened the gate to the outside world. I gently applied the “ask and release” method I had learned from Ttouch to Bruno’s neck. He reacted violently, jumping up in the air, falling on the ground and looking terrified. I calmly Ttouched him and tried again. Each time he reacted less violently and soon he was responding to the signals on his neck. I felt so elated I had to phone Cicely who was almost in tears on hearing the news and proclaimed, “It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle!” Cicely has always believed in Ttouch and is my biggest supporter as well as my employer.

Now it was time for the open road and “walkies!” Although I never use choke chains I used one Bruno because of the fear that he may bite through the lead in panic. The choker at least gave me a length of extra chain that he could bite on if he panicked. I leashed him and Sam up and headed for the big silver gate and the great outdoors beyond.

Well, nothing happened. I think I was tenser than he was. Sure he jumped a bit every time there was a sudden movement or sound but he managed to contain himself and with the help of some calming touches, his first foray into the outside world was a resounding success!

The rest is just history. Now, on their walkies day, Bruno and Sam loudly remind me that they are due for their walk and they would like it now please! I can never disappoint them – no matter how much work or how many interruptions I have. I let Bruno out of his run into the open yard and whereas before he would run from me, he now stands still and eager to have the collar slipped over his head. The three of us leave the premises and outside my volunteer waits to take Bruno’s lead from me so she can walk him and interact with him. We head off for anywhere because Bruno manages to hold his own in noisy traffic, shopping centre parking lots and strangers walking by. He has put on weight and kept it on for the first time in ages. He is starting to play with me and he has met many of my volunteers now and is comfortable with all of them.

I still have to pinch myself when I look down into the soft, loving brown eyes of a dog once so petrified of people who now shows such extraordinary bravery and willingness to love and trust. We are now at the point where Bruno can at last be homed. It will be a bitter sweet day when he goes but with the right owner it is my belief that he will blossom even more on his journey to becoming a whole, healed dog. Plus one lucky person will get all the love he has to give.

I can only say that this miraculous story would never have been written if it were not for the Tellington touch skills I learned in the past few years. This is truly an inspirational and extraordinary technique that can benefit many traumatised animals on the planet and it is my hope that many people will learn it and by using it on our animal (and human) friends we can truly change the world one touch at a time.

Try "liquor training," that's it's name,
To help you with your dog-sport game.


I really enjoy your newsletters, and find them most informative.

I was very interested to read about the "Bloat" article. I have a Mastiff cross, and having previously read they are Susceptible to bloat, I feed Max twice a day, morning and night, so as not to give him too much food in one go.

He is now 3, and has not had any problems.  However, a few months ago I was worried, as he wouldn’t have his supper, was restless and drooling copiously.  I could tell all was not right, but never even thinking it might be bloat.  I decided to leave it until the next day to see how he was.

The next morning he was fine and ate his breakfast with gusto.

Recently the same happened. This time, however, he was no better in the morning. He had a bit to eat, and then vomited it up. Shame, poor baby must have been starving.  

I took him to the vet - who treated him, but never mentioned possible bloat. Called it an "upset tummy". Only after reading your article, the penny dropped, and I realised Max had been showing Signs and Symptoms of Non-Torsion Bloat - Acute Gastric Dilation - Thank goodness it was not more serious. (his problem is he eats too fast).

I thank you for this article, as it has made me aware of the symptoms and the real danger of bloat, esp. Torsion.  It just shows, one should consult one’s vet immediately, as one may not realise when a dog’s condition is life threatening or not.  Rather safe than sorry.

I would hate to lose my Max - he is a special boy, and still such a big baby. I call him my "big Baby". He thinks and acts like he is still a pup. Very loving. Once when my maid was locked out of the house – he stayed with her, never leaving her side. He was a big comfort to my mom when she was still alive. She was the one who encouraged him on the settee and bed.

Again a big thank you for your articles. I also enjoyed the story of "Meadow". So touching. Animals can really teach us a thing or two.

Kind regards

Janine Anderson

TTouch for Human Injuries 

I was feeding Aviso (my young thoroughbred) outside one day, and in his enthusiasm to get to his feed bucket, he stood on the side and back of my heel. I was wearing clogs and so had no protection. Thankfully he doesn’t wear shoes or it would have been a lot more severe. However, it was extremely painful and the area immediately started stinging and burning. I couldn’t walk, so found somewhere to sit down and did about five minutes of Racoon TTouches on it. It was difficult to do as I found the area so sensitive to touch, but I persisted with very light TTouches and after a while I was able to do TTouches on the area more easily. After that, the pain went away immediately, it didn’t hurt again and there was no bruise at all (remarkable for someone who bruises really easily). Then the same foot got stood on two days later, on the top of the foot. This time it was less painful and I didn’t do any TTouch on it (just because it didn’t seem to need it – it was nowhere as painful as the previous incident). I had a nice fat bruise and it was quite tender. If I’d done the TTouch I think I would’ve had a different result.

Shayne Treisman

"How does this method work?" you ask
Well, first you get a little flask,

a.   Book of the Month:  Marley & Me by John Grogan, life and love with the world’s worst dog

I have just finished this delightful book. It took me through much laughter and of course tears at the end. It’s a must read for all dog lovers. As John Grogan takes you trough his life with an “out of control” Lab, you can recognize the patterns, the mistakes and the unbelievable love that exists between human and canine. Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a larger than life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

Below is a quote from one of the last chapters:

What I really wanted to say was how this animal had touched our souls and taught us some of the most important lessons of our lives. “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours,” I wrote. “Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, anbout seizing ghe moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”Book available from Exclusive Books
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b:  Website of the Month:  http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=6vgvlfcab.0.uqlhmfcab.466ge9n6.1597&ts=S0285&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.BehaviorEducationNetwork.com
Go to Resources for Trainers and sign up for info and updates.

20 minute program, "7 Separation Anxiety Myths".

When the handler's mood is more at ease,
The dog may sometimes try to please,
14.   EVENTS


EAGALA the international association for Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association are planning to visit South Africa to facilitate two training sessions in Equine assisted Psychotherapy / Learning.  These trainings are open to anyone who is interested in the therapeutic use of the horse.  According to the EAGALA methodology a treatment team must comprise two individuals, of which one is a mental health practitioner and the other a horse expert, so the training is directed specifically at these individuals, however I know of people who’ve joined the training groups purely for their own personal growth needs. 

Should anyone be interested in exploring this exciting form of therapy then they should view the EAGALA website: www.eagala.org . They are also welcome to communicate with me about this either by return e-mail or per telephone. 
The dates for the proposed trainings are Part 1: 23 – 25 November – either in Jhb or CT;
                                                            Part 2: 30 Nov – 2 Dec – in CT 
 Kind regards, Sharon Rufus - 084 500 0672

Each time your dog decides to goof,
 You take a sip of 80 proof

d. Linda Tellington-Jones honored with induction into the Western States Equine Hall of Fame

“In honor of those who have made a significant, meaningful difference in the world of horses.”

It’s always a tough decision to make each year. There continue to be so many worthy nominations for the Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame, and certainly the four previous inductees, Frank Vessels, Ray Hunt, Dr. Robert Miller, and Pat Parelli, are outstanding figures in the horse industry. To explain how special this award is, perhaps the wording on the perpetual trophy says it best: “In honor of those who have made a significant, meaningful difference in the world of horses.”

This year an exemplary horsewoman was nominated, and she got “the nod” unanimously from the selection committee. The nomination form that heralded Linda Tellington-Jones’s accomplishments and contributions listed her numerous presentations, lectures, awards, television appearances, videos, books and an explanation of her work that has helped horses and horse people around the world for decades.

An innovator in the horse world since the 1960s, Linda’s background includes an amazing variety of riding accomplishments, from hunters, jumpers, dressage, steeplechasing, combined training, competitive trail riding, English pleasure, Western pleasure, Top Ten placings in the world-renowned Tevis Cup 100 mile ride, to a world record in endurance she set in 1964 on a 100-mile race that remained unchallenged for seven years. Her unique background with horses includes directing the Pacific Coast School of Horsemanship in California, a 9-month residential school for riding instructors and trainers attended by international students.

Linda’s contributions to equine behavior, health and communication are recognized and acclaimed internationally; her TTouch and TTEAM methods have been successfully used by Olympic contestants and trail riders alike. As part of Linda’s legacy, she has authored 15 books in 14 languages and has produced 21 videos of her work with animals. To help spread her work around the world, there are Tellington Method certified practitioners in 26 countries. Her current projects include teaching orphaned children in Africa how to help animals in local veterinary hospitals and animal shelters by using the Tellington Method of TTouch.

“I’m thrilled at the honor of being inducted into the Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame. To share my work with over 70,000 enthusiastic lovers of horses at this educational expo is a wonderful opportunity to change the world one TTouch at a time.” Linda Tellington-Jones

Linda Tellington-Jones was completely surprised about the Hall of Fame award, thinking that she was riding in the Saturday Evening Showcase as a clinician. She was loaned a Paint horse mare from one of the California Cowgirls, and she even borrowed a cowgirl hat with glittery tiara attached. When told at the last minute that she won the Hall of Fame award, ever the consummate show person, she smiled, gathered her reins and cantered to the center of the arena to be met by Horse Expo founder and president Miki Cohen and radio and television personality Rick Lamb. Linda said graciously as she was presented with her plaque, “I’m thrilled at the honor of being inducted into the Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame. To share my work with over 70,000 enthusiastic lovers of horses at this educational expo is a wonderful opportunity to change the world one TTouch at a time.”

Pat Parelli couldn’t attend his Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the 2006 Western States Horse Expo. So this year he rode out to the arena before Linda Tellington-Jones to accept his plaque and make a brief speech. As the two Hall of Fame recipients rode around the arena to greet the crowd, Pat Parelli on his black mare Magic did some spins, slide stops and other fancy maneuvers --- but that didn’t deter Linda Tellington-Jones from keeping right up with Pat on a horse that she had ridden for about four minutes! The crowd leaped to its feet as the two performers and riders extraordinaire “strutted their stuff!”

The Western States Horse Expo is accepting Hall of Fame nominations for the 2008 award. To submit, send your nomination to Western States Horse

 It helps the handler to relax
And minimize the stress attacks.

e. PETITIONS: WSPA: World Society for the Protection of Animals:

 What your signature has helped achieve

In an amazing show of unity and commitment, Chief Veterinary Officers from 169 countries passed a resolution last month officially recognising that the time has come to protect billions of animals from cruelty, exploitation and neglect.

With the help of you and more than 500,000 other people who have signed the Animals Matter petition so far, this fantastic development has come much earlier than we had anticipated, bringing us closer to a statement by the UN that will help protect all animals, everywhere.

You can
find out more here about how important this breakthrough and support at this level is for the world’s animals. I hope you will be as inspired as we are with the progress we are making together on this historic initiative.

We still need more signatures to keep this incredible momentum going so please tell as many people as you can about the campaign and ask them to sign too.
Signing the petition is quick and easy to do here. http://www.wspa.org.au/animalsmatter/LP_WSPA_un.asp

Thank you for helping create a world where animals matter and animal cruelty ends.
Animal Cruelty Must End. Support a Global Solution!

f. Blessing of the animals – Animaltalk Africa
I will be giving a short talk at this year’s SPCA Animal Blessing Service. If you are in Cape Town, please lend your support in celebrating the animals who give us so much in our lives.

Wynter Worsthorne
Animaltalk Africa
wynter@animaltalk.org.uk or www.animaltalk.org.uk

Celebrate International Animal Week at The SPCA’s Animal Blessing 2pm - 3pm on Sunday 7 October

Cape of Good Hope SPCA, 2nd Avenue, Grassy Park. This event is open to all animal-lovers and pet owners in the city, and to the animals who share their homes. This year’s Blessing of the Animals service will for the first time be on the premises of the SPCA.  We would like to take this opportunity to show members of the public our newly renovated premises and especially focus this year’s animal blessing on the animals in shelters around the world. Members of the public are invited to bring along their beloved pets for a

non-denominational blessing. Billions of animals around the world are affected by humans, and rely on

people to treat them with compassion. As the founding Society of the SPCA movement and animal welfare in South Africa, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is steadfast in its campaign for animal care and protection in our land.  May their lives be Free from hunger and thirst, Free from discomfort, Free from pain, injury or disease, Free to express normal behaviour and Free from fear and distress!  Bless them with this Freedom.


Cher Poznanovich
PR/Fundraising/Education Manager
082 304 4000 (c)
021-700-4154 (t)
021-705-2127 (f)

Make animals matter!  http://www.animalsmatter.org/

g. Wow & Wag - Help Wet Nose and support the 2007 Doggie Fashion Show!!
Doggy Fashion at its best whilst helping Wet Nose raise much needed funds.

Join us for a night with the stars and see some of SA’s best doggy designs and and fashion ideas.

When: Friday 2 November 2007

Place:  The Castle Kyalami
Time: 19h00

Dress: Mardi Gras (Smart / Formal)

Price: R300.00 per person. This includes a three-course meal and your golden ticket to see the greatest little
            doggies in the fashion world.
Banking details:
To book your seat for this exclusive fashion show, please doposit your doggie money into:
The Ultimate Horse Fest
ABSA Bank Rivonia 509955
Account: 910 8377983
(Please put a cell number and a surname as a reference)

For more information, please contact: An Event Fundraising – Dominique Delaney:
Tel: 011 314 4404
Fax: 011 314 1673 / 085 513 5161
Cell: 084 579 0643
Email: krafties@worldonline.co.za

h.  Guide Dog Carnival

Please ask all your friends and family to come and have a wonderful day of fun and “dogginess” with lots to eat and drink and lots of prizes to be won – you can stand the chance of winning a tandem parachute jump amongst lots of others.  There is a wide variety of fleamarket stalls and whilst you are doing your shopping you can send your children to Boot Camp for an hour of fun.  The highlight of the day will be the celebrity challenge where celebrities will be walking under blindfold and the celebrities who have so far said they are coming are:  Michelle Garforth, Riaan Venter, Brandon Auret, Bailey Schneider, Julio Garcia and many more.

Sunday 4th November 2007
10h00 – 16h00
The Gladys Evans Training Centre
126 Wroxham Road
Rietfontein, Sandto,
Ros Kippen

P.O. Box 67585
Bryanston, 2021, South Africa

Tel:  +27 (11) 705 3512
Fax: +27 (11) 465 3858

Please visit our new website http://www.guidedog.org.za/

Or, then again may still refuse
To mind his training P's and Q's.

Siberian Husky looking for a new home
Sky is 1 yr & 4 mnths old, and is Black and White. She is desperately looking for someone to love, cuddle and kiss her everyday.  She’s been moved around all over the place and is looking for a home where someone will offer her lots of love and attention, and not forgetting give me lots of food…“I love food and need to get at least 2 meals a day with lots of water I am a very well behaved husky and hardly talk but love scratches, long walks and playing with balls.” If you are able to offer all of the above basic requirements - please contact 083-275-7957 or contact the Siberian Rescue club on 0828519576.

Thoroughbred Geldings
I am looking for special homes for a 20-year old and 10-year old retired thoroughbred geldings. Please contact Thomas Cranz on 082-2541768 if you can assist.

Owners are separating and sadly have to break up the family
Sami (male, black & white, medium size,12 months old, neutered) and Cherrie (female, brown, medium size - but bigger than Sami, 12 months, old, spayed) are looking for a loving home. Both dogs are friendly, energetic, fun, loving and deciplined. Sami completed puppy school earlier this year. Cherrie is slightly bigger than Sami; both dogs love to play and are alert - great guard dogs in a house with a big garden. Both dogs are great with kids!

They are used to daily walks at Emmarentia Park. We are looking for a home for both dogs - together.
This is rather urgent. Please contact Eran on: erant@worldonline.co.za 083 393 3931

Ceaser, Male, Husky Cross in need of a good home
The Siberian Husky Rescue Club is trying to find a stunning home for a very special husky cross. He is 2 years old and likes small dogs but does not get along with cats. This boy has been through a very traumatic time as fireworks were straped to him and... Need i say more!! He will need loads of TLC, patience, understanding and attention, as well as some medical attention.  He was placed in kennels today. Please open your hearts to this baby and i’m sure he will change your lives forever.  If interested contact Kyra: 084 584 0500

So....You Want A Siberian Husky
I am trying to create an awareness for responsible pet ownership and that starts with purchasing the right dog for you. I urge everyone to find out as much as possible about the breed of dog you wish to buy. Many dogs are killed/euthanased or ’recycled’ through welfare organisations each year simply because they were bought on a whim. 4-6 million dogs are euthanased in the USA annually.

I own Siberian Huskies and therefore decided to share some info on them. I challenge everyone who owns another breed to do some research and to share that breed’s characteristics with all of us.

The following points taken from The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain. ENJOY.

The Minus Points

  1. Not a one-man dog- any human will do- this may be seen as a lack of loyalty.
  2. He will not guard your home or property.

  3. Strong desire to run. If he gets free he will run so far he will be lost, if not hit by a car or train, or shot by a farmer.

  4. Cannot be relied on to return to you on command. He will decide whether or not to return for himself, knowing that you cannot catch him.

  5. Too independent and strong willed generally to be a candidate for obedience training/work.

  6. Keen and efficient hunter and killer. Cannot be trusted with non-canine pets or livestock of any sort. On occasion been known to accept into the pack a cat that he is brought up with, but all others will be regarded as fair game. Please note - huskies have been known to kill cats, that they have lived happily with for many years, for no obvious reason.

  7. Like any dog- must be exercised to keep him fit and contented, but this must be done ON lead.

  8. Can be very destructive, especially when young and/or if left alone for a long time.

  9. Needs company, either human or canine, and is miserable without it.

  10. Needs a safely enclosed exercise area. Your garden must be fully fenced and secure. Six foot high fencing USUALLY enough. Check neighbours will not object to high fences. Take care he cannot dig his way out beneath it, and do not leave dustbins etc near the fence or he may use them to get over the top. Keep the garden gate locked, otherwise there is a risk that visitors, window cleaners etc may leave them open.

  11. Your garden is unlikely to remain neat and tidy with a Sibe, rampaging happily within.

  12. He needs correct feeding- breeders will be able to tell you which foods suit Sibes and which can cause problems.

  13. Moults twice a year. The quantity of fur shed can surprise you, especially in spring when the winter coat is replaced by a shorter, thinner summer coat.

  14. You need an understanding and experienced veterinary surgeon. Sibes are sensitive to some drugs, particularly anaesthetics, sedatives and tranquillisers. This is due to their relatively low metabolic rate and lack of body fat. Also the bulk of their fur can lead vets to overestimate their weight and so overdose them. Sibes should always be weighed accurately beforehand to avoid this.

The Good Points

  1. Friendly with people of all ages.
  2. An honest dog- his body longuage and voice can be taken at face value- he says what he means.
  3. He has no guarding instinct and will greet and kiss an intruder the same as any other visitor.
  4. Gregarious- he likes company.
  5. Youthful in outlook, he often reaches 14 years of age, sometimes 16 or more.
  6. Robust athletic constitution.
  7. Good travellers, new sights and sounds do not upset them.
  8. Intelligent and michievous.
  9. Easygoing and forgiving.
  10. Clean, little or no doggy smell. Some people allergic to dogs can tolerate Siberian Husky fur.
  11. Straightforward to groom.
  12. Quiet. They do not often bark, but they do howl like a wolf- often just for the joy of it. This may be a disadvantage in some neighbourhoods.
  13. They do not require as much food for their size as many other breeds.
  14. Not fussy eaters (but see minus point 12).
  15. Get on well with other well adjusted canines. However they will take up a challenge if offered.

The above assumes a normal puppyhood and socialisation.


 Siobhan Kelly

But whether foul results or fair
When you liquor train -- you just don't care!

written by
~ Ken Nagler ~
Obedience Judge and Director of the Canine Training Association in MD.
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