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Hello TTouch Friends,

It’s been great fun being in the middle of our 6 week TTouch and Clicker Classes. One of the perks is sharing information from all sides. We don’t often get the opportunity to just talk together about our animals, what problems they might be facing and different ideas of how to solve issues. During one of our Theory evenings we discussed the possibility of organizing something on a regular basis. It would be without dogs – more like a discussion group. Could be a good idea, what do you think?

There is a unique opportunity coming up in April with the coming of Ray Coppinger to South Africa. He is an extremely well-known and respected Biologist and has spent many years studying the Social Evolution and Behaviour of dogs. His brilliant book: “Dogs, a new understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution” is a must for anyone who wants to understand dogs. This book, written by Ray and his wife, Lorna is full of information useful to the understanding of dogs.

One of the most fascinating is the description of the development of the brain in puppies. We have long advocated that people need to take their puppies to puppy socialization classes from the time they arrive in the home. What Coppinger helps us understand is that the brain grows from birth up to about 16 weeks according to the input or stimulation it receives. The period roughly between two and sixteen weeks, is called the “critical Period for social development”. During this time, the pup is predisposed to and has the greatest capacity to learn particular social skills that are essential to fit into the world as an adult dog. At sixteen weeks, this window closes, which means that the dog’s personality is set for life.  So a shy puppy at 16 weeks will probably remain shy for the rest of his life.

Of course this doesn’t mean that we can’t work with the shyness. A good example is my Golden retriever, Angelique, who I only got at 13 weeks. She was incredibly shy and today has a lot more confidence, but she will always be a submissive dog and one that won’t assert herself.

So the important essential here is that early experience is vital, not because it is the first learning, but rather because it affects the brain’s development. Brains grow in two ways: they get bigger and they change shape. How much they grow and which way they change shape depends on the kinds of environmental stimulation they receive during their first sixteen weeks. Puppies that stay home and only interact with family, friends and other animals in the household are less likely to have good social skills outside of the home. SO TAKE YOUR PUPPIES TO CLASS! This now starts to make a lot of sense. The old-fashioned idea that we shouldn’t start training until the puppy is 6 months old is not only out dated, but almost criminal in its negligence of what we now know.

A good example of how brain growth can affect our dogs is one which I have experienced with Shanti. She was born at the end of April and so had little experience of thunderstorms in her first 4 months. As a result, she is still skittish of thunder and fireworks. While I have helped with TTouch and redirecting her during a storm, if she had been born in the middle of the thunder season, she would have been less likely to have an issue with those types of noises.

For more info on the Coppinger Seminars taking place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, go to Coppinger Seminar

Hope to see many of you there!

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


A faithful friend is the medicine of life. – Ecclesiastes 6:16  

TTACT III, session 3 – April 23 - 28, 2008 with Instructor Debby Potts

This 3-year training started early in 2007, so next April will already be our 3rd session. This means that if anyone has missed starting the training this year, then still joining us becomes a bit complex.

Having said that, we sometimes let very enthusiastic people join in 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.

TTACT III, session 4 – September 24-29, 2008 with Edie Jane Eaton

Heaven goes by favour.
If it went by merit you would stay out and your dog would go in. – Mark Twain.

This is one of our most popular offers. Your opportunity to experience TTouch first hand for only R100 for you and your dog! As most of you know, we have a Practitioner Training Program on the go and are now in our second year of training. So as part of the training program, we set up Client Days for our Students. This is always a fun experience for both the Client and the Practitioner – In – Training.

You may, if you wish choose to come for both days! It is often useful to have 2 sessions with your dog.

Cost:             R100 per day with a dog
Date:             Saturday,
April 26th 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 28th (Holiday) 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.

                       Please indicate which date you prefer (or both)!
Venue:         Broshacarm Kennels, Midrand

Booking:     Eugénie or Heather at info@ttouch.co.za or Tel: 011-884-3156 or Fax: 011 783-1515
These two client days will be under the supervision of Debby Potts

She will be assisted by Eugénie Chopin & other TTouch Practitioners.

If you’re a client already, it will be a fun experience to mix with the other students and Practitioners! If you’ve been to a workshop, here’s a chance to have someone else work privately with your dog!

On arrival, you will be introduced to the students who will be working with you & your dog. The students will do what amounts to a private session with you and your animal. Everyone will then come together for feedback from you and the students. This is a great way for us all to learn and hear advice from everyone in the group. These sessions are great fun and a wonderful learning experience. I know you will enjoy it as well as seeing what TTouch is really about!

You are welcome to book for one day or both days if you feel this will benefit your dog.

We will send you a Registration form, all relevant details and directions to the Kennels when you book.

Book ASAP as these places always go within days! If not hours of sending a flyer!

Many thanks and I hope to see many of you there!

For I will consider my cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the living God.
Duly and daily serving him. For he keeps the Lord’s watch in the night against the adversary. For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
– Christopher Smart

For the first time ever a TTEAM Clinic will be given in Cape Town by Edie Jane Eaton – an International TTEAM Instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner.






Sorgh Vliet Lodge Hout Bay
Cape Town
3 days or 6 days Option

10 – 15 May 2008

  3 Days – R2100
6 Days – R3700

Catherine Williams
082 569 8641

Sorgh Vliet Lodge Hout Bay
Cape Town
Clinic Participants Free

10 May 2008

  R180  excl.         

Catherine Williams
082 569 8641

TTEAM: 1 – 5 October, 2008 with Edie Jane Eaton – Johannesburg, Donnybrook Stables

AFRICA HORSEBACK SAFARI: with TTouch Instructor: Edie Jane Eaton
18 – 28 May 2008: 5 Days in Johannesburg, South Africa / 5 Days at Macatoo, Botswana - home of African Horseback Safaris in the magical Okavango Delta.

For South Africans: 5 days in the Delta Only is possible!

For more information contact the TTouch Office or Email: Edie Jane Eaton at ejrett@earthlink.net   

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures…- Albert Einstein.

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!

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






Brameley, Johannesburg

Weekend TTouch Workshop

21 March
(10h00 – 14h00)
22 March
(13h00 – 17h00)


Nicky Lucka: 083 408 1517
lucka@absamail.co.za or
Kim Heller: 082 570 0463

 Port Elizabeth

 Weekend TTouch Workshop

 29 & 30 March   2008


Lynn Scholtz tuscanystaffords@isat.co.za
073 064 8038

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true,
to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion. – Unknown

Inspiring Women in the Horse World

“Trust Yourself, and Remember Your Perfection”

Linda Tellington-Jones dares us to open our hearts to horses, to recognize their gifts of unconditional love, and to relate to our animal friends with equal measures of grace and gentleness

By Bobbie Lieberman

Linda Tellington-Jones has taught, led and laughed for 30 years, creating an absolutely original way—the Tellington Method—of connecting and bonding with horses and other beings. Through her method of training and healing, she takes us beyond resistance, fear and instinct by thinking, not reacting. She gives us—and our horses—choices, not rules while exploding decades-old myths about equine training and behavior. She opened the possibility to dance with horses in a way that goes beyond dominance, strength and coercion while staying safe. Her credits fills several pages—vet schools in Europe teach her methods, and University of Minnesota medical and vet students learn the relaxing and fear-releasing qualities of TTouch. Yet the patience and love in her heart are always first in any encounter with horse or human.

Tellington TTouch is a blending of intuition and breakthroughs in neuroscience. Leading a horse through the Labyrinth, doing circular TTouches or stroking the horse with the wand shifts brainwave patterns in both horse and human, creating an awakened mind state linked to learning and relaxation. Brain wave studies Linda conducted with Anna Wise of the Biofeedback Institute of Boulder, Colorado in 1985 demonstrated activation in both logical and intuitive parts of the brain when applying the circular Tellington TTouch. This did not happen with stroking, rubbing, or when the skin was moved in three circles or more. Linda encourages women to trust their hearts and their intuition.  The definition she uses for intuition she quotes from book, Intuition: Awakening Your Inner Guide, by Judee Gee.“Intuition is the manifestation of the diving consciousness within you. The messages it sends are essential to our emotional, physical and spiritual health. Receiving and understanding these truths will change your life and help you find your true path.”

 “Research at the HeartMath Institute has shown that when you are in a state of thanksgiving, forgiveness and understanding, empathy is measurable from your heart at a distance of several feet,” says Linda. So when you open your heart to your horse, your horse is able to take that love in….and lead you to that elusive place called bonding.

Tellington-Jones was the first to recognize that most equine behavior problems stem from fear, tension, discomfort and pain in the body, especially the neck and back. Recalls Frank Bell, a clinician from Ashton, Idaho, “Close to 20 years ago, I had the privilege of watching Linda transform several hyped up Arabians into relaxed, trusting creatures, all in a matter of minutes. Linda has singlehandedly changed the world for animals and people. The 90 minutes or so that I observed Linda at work changed the way I related to horses from that day forward.”

A youthful 69, Linda is as energetic and light-hearted as when she was a child galloping her horse Blaze across the Canadian plains. TTouch has taken Linda, her fellow instructors and their students to every corner of the globe. She keeps up a worldwide travel schedule that would tire out people a third her age, and never stops learning, inquiring, teaching and laughing. She doesn’t leave a clinic until the last question is answered, and the last horse is relaxed and happy in his skin.

Linda leads us on a path toward a deep spiritual embrace of the horse. She believes that by treating your horse as you would like to be treated—the Equine Golden Rule—we also enhance our relationship with our own species. “Seeing horses as our teachers awakens a level of trust, relationship and respect which goes both ways, and in so doing shifts our relationship to the world,” says Linda, who lives and teaches her mantra, “Trust yourself, and remember your perfection.”

The Tellington Method, inspired by Linda’s15 books in 12 languages, 18 videos, countless magazine articles, a quarterly newsletter and numerous television documentaries and radio programs, continues to spread around the world. There are over 1,200 certified TTouch practitioners for horses, companion animals and humans in 26 countries teaching workshops and working with individuals. For further information, visit http://www.tellingtontraining.com/ or call 800-854-8326.

Author Bobbie Lieberman is a journalist and endurance rider based in southern California. With Linda Tellington-Jones, she is the co-author of
The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book: Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century, published in October 2006 by Trafalgar Square Publishing.

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise
with their fellow men. – St. Francis of Assisi

Train two behaviors at once? Teach two cues simultaneously? How? Why? Teaching certain cues in pairs can speed up the learning process, as well as teaching a dog a concept that it can apply to new learning.

Choose two behaviors that are opposites: step forward/step backward, over/under, and paw/nose, for example. Click and treat them alternately so that the very clear difference between the behaviors, and their cues, becomes one more piece of information for the dog. Teaching a dog discrimination by training paired, opposite behaviors moves learning along so quickly, you may find yourself establishing behaviors and cues in a single session.

To do so, however, you need to capture or provoke two distinct behaviors. Take the paired, opposite behaviors of bark/quiet. To put both on cue quickly and simultaneously, try the following steps:

  • Begin when the dog is barking. It is handy to have a barky dog. If you need to provoke the behavior, however, a knock on a nearby door or table will usually set off a barker.

  • Click, give a treat, and, as the dog is swallowing, startle the dog by making a "Stop" hand signal in front of its face (or any other signal that you know will focus the dog’s attention.) The dog will react with a little sign of surprise; perhaps an anxious look, maybe a slight calming signal such as a head turn.

  • At that instant of response in surprise, click and again treat. (Hold treats in your clicker hand, for this stunt.) The dog eats the treat.

  • Now wait until the dog barks again (or provoke a bark if necessary). Click, treat, hand gesture, click, treat; repeat.

So, what’s happening? You are provoking the behavior of barking (or, better yet, the dog is barking spontaneously), and you are reinforcing it. You are then provoking another, opposite behavior, and reinforcing it. There are no cues established yet; just two opposite behaviors which you are clicking and treating alternately.

Note that you are not alternately clicking and reinforcing barking and the absence of barking. Paired cues work not as present/absent cues, but do this/do that cues. In the case of Bark/Quiet, you are reinforcing barking and its opposite, the tiny response of surprise however your dog expressed it-a flinch or head turn or lifted ear-that you provoked with a "Stop" hand signal. The dog may have perceived it as "Close my mouth" or "Turn my head" (with mouth closed as part of it) or "Duck" or "Look worried" or whatever it was doing that was marked by the click and earned the reinforcer. But it definitely did something, and you clicked that something.

What’s next?

  • When two behaviors begin to look the least little bit operant, that is, you see the dog beginning to do them with some awareness, then add the verbal cue "Bark!" to the bark.

  • Use the hand signal as a cue for "Look silently" or "Mouth shut."

  • Build duration on the anti-bark behavior (whatever your dog has offered and you have reinforced).

  • Transfer the hand signal to a verbal cue, "Quiet," or "Silence, please," whenever the behavior and cue are well established.

At ClickerExpo: Chicago, Ken Ramirez, director of training at the Shedd Aquarium, explained how the marine mammal trainers routinely use paired cues to give instructions to the dolphins and whales. He pointed out that the first pair may be slower to train, but by the time the animal has learned three pairs, it gains the concept of alternates: Do this on A, do that on B. From that point forward you can teach new pairs, any pair, quite quickly. If you were training for competition, you might select for the first pair of behaviors something easily done around the house, ’come forward/go backward’ perhaps, so that the concept of A, then B, becomes well-learned by the dog. Then when you need the dog to respond to paired cues in an important situation, you can build on his established understanding.

Other behaviors that are learned well in conjunction are come forward/go backward and nose/paw (touch a target with the nose, touch it with the paw). You can teach big/little (teach the dog to target a big object and a little object) or black/white. Over/under also works well. Left/right are extremely useful in agility and freestyle. Kay Laurences students in England train a lot of paired cues to use as parts of other behaviors as they design free-style routines, teach scent work, service work, and in any kind of behavior to be done at a distance. (By the way, Kay is of the opinion that dogs have trouble hearing the difference between "left" and "right" in English. She uses tick-tock or pink-blue or some other pairing of cues. Whether this is vital or not for the dog, it is good for the trainer as being forced to remember something non-obvious helps you to keep your cues consistent and accurate.)

If you have a bunch of paired cues that are nice and clean, try stacking them. "Paw" (not "nose") plus "left" (not "right") plus "push" (not "touch") equals a dog that will go out and tap the left-hand target hard enough to knock it down.

With kind permission from Karen Pryor. For more wonderful articles, go to http://www.clickertraining.com/

Saturday morning, a hot cup of coffee, my fovorite book,
and ah…my cat. No greater bliss have I. – Anonymous
Next 6 week class TBA

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself
with him and not only will he not scold you,
but he will make a foll of himself too. – Samuel Butler

Over the past six months the amount of “Looking for a Good Home” mails I have received has increased drastically. The main reason it seems is “We are immigrating and can’t take our beloved pets with us” Often it is not feasible to take the pets with and often these decisions are not taken lightly, but we are still seeing a huge increase in the new puppies coming through our schools and I can’t help wondering where these puppies will go when the next wave of immigrations take place.   

Acquiring a puppy takes a lifetime of commitment on your part. Dogs can live over 15 years if they are healthy, so it is not a decision to be made lightly. It is essential that you choose to share your life with a dog for the right reasons; otherwise you can make both yourself and the dog miserable.

Don’t choose to get a puppy, or a pair of puppies, because you think you will be able to make money from breeding. Having a litter of puppies is a sure way to put yourself in debt. The costs of breeding are astronomical, and accidents can happen that could see you loosing both mom and pups. Breeding is best done by people who make the breed their life, and breed for ideal temperament. Breeding a dog for money is a real myth.

Don’t choose to get a puppy for your child. Children are not going to be the primary “looker after”, you are. Most children are not ready for that kind of responsibility, and children get bored quickly once the cute novelty wears off. If buying a puppy for your child is just a handy excuse to get one for yourself, OK, but be aware that every chore that involves the puppy will fall on your shoulders.
Don’t choose to get a puppy for protection. Any dog that barks will make a good watch dog, but rather than a reason for getting one, this is just a fringe benefit. Getting a puppy for protection purposes can be a very dangerous mistake, as a poorly trained dog can be the cause of serious injury, and various lawsuits. Not withstanding the fact that many of our dogs are easy targets for thieves, it is so easy to poison them or shoot them. A dog is NOT a tool, and should never be used as one. A dog is a lifetime commitment, not a few hours of work when it is dark outside, or you are not home.
Don’t choose to get a puppy because you need something to love you. A dog does not exist to fulfil your emotional needs, no matter how you may want it to. Dogs are separate entities and must be cared for as such, with training, grooming and health care.

The only reason you should commit yourself to a puppy is because you want to share your life with a furry companion. You should be prepared to spend a lot of time at the veterinarian’s office during the first few weeks, pay a lot of money on high quality food, and train your dog right, which takes a lot of time and effort.

It’s a huge commitment and one that should be thought through thoroughly. To care for your puppy properly, right through his life, will take a big strain on your patience and your bank account but the rewards are immeasurable.

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

Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend. – C. Ford  

õ    Blue Hills / Kyalami, Puppy 1 & 2, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, Saturdays 8 Week Course
            Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 terko@ananzi.co.za

õ    Bryanston, Puppy 1&2, Classes Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon. Private sessions on request. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 niki@thinkingpets.com

õ    Centurion, Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8 Week Course on Saturdays
            Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 whitfield@webmail.co.za

õ    Durbanville, Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. Ongoing: new every 6 weeks
Claire Grobbelaar 021 979 0848 or 082 784 7524 claire.g@mweb.co.za

õ    Edenvale, Puppy Socialising, Sundays Mornings 8 Week Course
Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 terko@ananzi.co.za

õ    Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area, Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on
Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za

õ    Randpark Ridge, Puppy Socialising with Clicker, 7 Week courses on Saturday mornings.
            Wendy Wilson, 083 336 1761

õ    Sandringham, Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays & Weekday evenings ongoing.
             Kim Heller 082 570 0463

God, give me by your grace what you give to dogs by nature.
– Micghtilda of Magdeberg

Posted by: "Barbara Dunning" From the TTouch Yahoo list – Mon 28, 2008


Hello everyone,
I was recently forwarded the following and thought you should be made aware of it. Barb Dunning

In Memory of Chance (1/2/04 – 1/7/08)

Chance….something that happens unpredictably without discernable human intention or observable cause (as defined by Merriam-Webster).

Chance bounded into our lives through ATRA on October 24, 2006. He was a tall, beautiful boy who asked for no-thing more that a soft place on the sofa and a few goodies accidentally left on the kitchen counter (they disappeared quickly). Chance was a vigorous, playful, but gentle, Airedale who was good with small children (their little faces were right at licking level) and the two cats that lived here (they, of course, got some good sniffs). Chance played endlessly with the foster dog living here and yet gave only slight misery to our resident senior dale. Chance would loudly announce the arrival of all visitors, but once he knew they were "allowed" in he wanted to be their best friend.

Chance died on January 7, 2008, from tetanus. I had never heard of tetanus in dogs. I missed the very subtle early signs of this infection and I am writing this with the hope of saving another dog of the same terrible death.

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that enters a wound, causing an infection, which releases a toxin that attacks the central nervous system. It eventually causes muscle spasms and rigidity that can lead to respiratory paralysis and death. In Chance’s case, we found only a small wound on his back likely caused by the rough play he and our foster dog loved so much. How many times have we all found scratches, scrapes or punctures from typical Airedale rough play with no adverse effects? How many of these have even happened and healed undetected? I now know that even these minor injuries must be treated early and thoroughly and not just allowed to heal. Nine times out of ten there is no problem…it only takes that one time for the infection to enter.

The first symptom I noticed in Chance was a "wide-eyed" expression. And, he seemed to be holding his ears back. I thought maybe he had an ear infection. That was at the end of the day, so the next day I called and made an appointment with our vet for Saturday morning. By the time of the appointment he was becoming lethargic, had a couple of incidents and vomiting and seemed to have some stiffness in his back legs. My vet examined him and said he thought it was tetanus. In all his years of practice he had only seen one other dog with tetanus! He was very grim about the outcome and advised me of our options and/or lack of options. He suggested that euthanasia might ultimately become necessary. He set about an entry point; he found the almost healed wound on his back, opened it, thoroughly cleaned it and injected antibiotics directly into the site. He administered the maximum amount of antibiotics by injection and muscle relaxants to make Chance more comfortable. I was given a lesson in how to administer both of these medications throughout the weekend and planned to return early Monday morning for re-evaluation. I stayed near Chance day and night through the weekend. His condition continued to deteriorate and by early Monday morning he began to have difficulty breathing. I knew then it was time. I carried him to the car and drove to the animal emergency clinic. By the time we arrived there he was starting to have seizures.

I had to say goodbye to Chance on that horrible morning. It was too late to save my beautiful boy but perhaps his gift to us all will be helping to prevent this from happening to another animal. I didn’t know…but now you do. Do the research…know what the subtle signs and symptoms are! Don’t wait until "the first available appointment" to seek medical care for any questionable symptoms. Don’t ever ignore even the most minor injury.

Sandy Check
ATRA Indiana Co-coordinator, Indianapolis

" Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." -unknown-

Please forward and cross-post and help prevent this from happening to another dog.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. – Martin Bauper
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. - Colette

It’s amazing how many things in life we read just because of a pet. While Danilo was alive, I would have never done something that caused a stir last month. We were packing up to leave on a trip to the Kruger. As bags were packed in the kitchen, they were placed by the front door so that whoever went out next could just grab and go towards packing the car. I had placed a particular bag with bread in it on the floor and being busy trying to leave, didn’t notice that Shanti had taken a proprietorial interest in the food. All of a sudden there was noise and Shanti was standing over Angelique in a most “unfriendly” manner.

Dear Angelique got a fright, Shanti didn’t endear herself to anyone and I learned a big lesson. Shanti had never done anything quite like that before, but in the entirity of her life – because of Danilo – I would never have left food on the floor where a dog could easily reach it or think that they had to guard it. So I did something which certainly we won’t do again! Danilo in his later years wouldn’t have bothered to try to intimidate another dog around available food, he would simply have taken it, opened the packet and eaten it! End of story. Now with Dan gone, we are having to reasses the habits formed and decide which are simply good sense and need to be kept and which we can let go.

Dogs often resource guard around food and it’s important that we are always alert to our pet’s body language which usually gives them away quickly. The best it to take the dog out of the situation if you can’t take the situation away from the dog! They can then get to understand that in such circumstances, you’ll be in charge. Good leadership usually works!

Lord, make me to be the preson my dog believes me to be.
– Canon Charles Martin.

Reply to our January 2008 NewsletterPUPPIES: UNWANTED DOGS by Ian Dunbar PhD, MRCVS, we received the following input from Annette Carson.

Dear Eugenie

As an ex-student of yours, and a committed volunteer for my local animal welfare society, I was sorry to see the underlying message of Ian Dunbar’s article about unsocialised puppies developing undesirable behaviour that he implies is incorrigible.

Of course puppy socialisation is desirable, but even when absent it should be remembered that dogs of whatever age are intelligent, sociable beings that (unless traumatised) respond to interaction with kind, caring humans.  In other words, dogs are able to learn and are capable of being trained.

My society, the Karoo Animal Protection Society (http://www.kaps.org.za/) works in the impoverished Karoo communities and rescues, confiscates and rehomes many dogs every month.  They come in all sizes and all ages, and are usually starved, parasite-infested, neglected and fearful.

Our method is to take them into loving foster households and rehabilitate them until they are rehomable.  Obviously we have to euthanase some, e.g. if they are aggressive or very sick, but otherwise once a dog is taken in we are in it for the long haul, and none of our rescued dogs are put to sleep.  Dr Duncan may be surprised, but they all turn into loving, biddable, civilised little citizens.

Of the 70 dogs I alone have fostered in the last five years, my longest resident was 18 months - she had a bad injury to her foot which required lots of treatment and resulted in a strange way of walking.  But even she found a lovely home eventually.  If she hadn’t, she would have remained with me - that’s part of being a foster-mom.

At all our foster households the dogs sleep indoors and are quickly housetrained.  Yes, they often chew and dig, so we teach them not to.  It’s not rocket science, all dog owners have done it, haven’t we?

Instead of issuing dire warnings about how impossible dogs (or puppies) can be, Dr Duncan would be better advised to emphasise the responsibilities of owners.  People should not take in a dog if they are not prepared to devote time to training, socialising and building up a unique relationship with that individual dog.

*Don’t have dogs if you are out a lot.

*Don’t have dogs if your house is too perfect to allow them inside.

*Don’t have dogs if you have very young children.

*Don’t have dogs unless you have the means and the time to look after them properly.

*Most of all, Don’t have dogs unless they are valued members of your family.

Admittedly KAPS dogs have a special advantage when rehomed because they have come from caring foster-families.  However, they were all neglected and unwanted when we took them in.  So don’t let Dr Duncan put you off adopting an "unwanted", "unsocialised" dog from a shelter - dogs are far more adaptable than humans, it’s just a case of putting in the effort.


Annette Carson
Ladismith, Little Karoo

EDITOR’S NOTE: I love Annette’s letter and agree with most of it. Many of us have had the most wonderful pets from Shelters, so we encourage adoptions. And yes all dogs are capable of learning. Those of us in the TTouch world know how much change can be made in animals with love, training and communicating in a way that isn’t threatening. Giving that extra something that almost can’t be measured.

All of this however doesn’t detract from Dr. Dunbar’s message, which interestingly enough is in line with our Book of the Month from Ray Coppinger. So we still say – Socialize if you have the chance and use that “window of opportunity” in puppies in order to give them the best chance at a happy & well-balanced life!

Animals make such agreeable friends
– they ask no questions, the pass no criticisms. – George Eliot

Dear Eugenie

Thank you so much for the newsletter you e-mailed. Although I enjoy each letter, this one in particular really touched me. My Mom has Premature Senile Dementia and as a result is extremely forgetful. Sometimes it is very difficult to deal with, especially as we used to have such a close and loving relationship. The love and closeness is still there but I can see my Mom kind of fragmenting away and it is so sad. I really admire you for going through everything with your Mother, and for expressing your thoughts in the newsletter. I do not know what is worse, a sudden loss of a loved one or the long, drawn out fading of a loved one. Your letter just gave me strength to remember all the wonderful times we had together, how intelligent she was, and to still respect and admire the great and loving woman who is my Mom.  Thanks so much.

I also loved the little insets about a dog being gradually allowed inside.  It was hilarious and I immediately called my partner, Noel, to read it.  "That’s us!" he exclaimed. Yes, our dogs also had a set of firm rules when they first arrived.  However their coup took a few weeks and now......well...........apart from using the remotes or computer, they have the run of the house.......AND WE LOVE IT. 

Lots of love from  


Dogs, they are better than human beings because they know
but the do not tell. – Emily Dickinson.

Hi Eugénie,

As promised, this little story: TTouch for an allergic reaction in a 9 week-old Boxer puppy.

In December I bought my mom a Boxer puppy from a breeder as a Christmas present.  Little Vicky arrived at her new home on the 17th of December.  A week later on the Sunday before Christmas she was bitten by an insect of some kind and had a very bad allergic reaction.  We had to take her to the vet a couple of times for antihistamine-injections, but found that these would only help for a half-hour or so.  On Monday afternoon when I got back from work she was still not any better.  Her one eye, around her mouth, and her pads were very swollen and she also had little bumps on her ears.  She was also very uncomfortable and couldn’t sit or lie down for more than 15 minutes or so.  I started with the TTouch then, using the back of my hand only for strokes and TTouches (the Llama TTouch and Chimp TTouch).  With these she started to calm down within minutes and started to sleep for an hour to two hours at a time.  In between she was still a little uncomfortable but was able to play and eat a bit.  I continued doing this through the night until the early morning after which she slept through.  On Christmas morning she was well and there was no sign of any allergic reaction and continued to be the little terror that she is.


Ronel Steenkamp
Wildlife Officer
O.R. Tambo International Airport

His ears were often the first things to catch my tears. – Elizabeth B. Browning  

Offering a scientifically informed perspective on canines and their relations with humans, the Coppingers take a close look at eight different types of dogs – household, village, livestock guarding, herding, sled-pulling, pointing, retrieving and hound. They argue that dogs did not evolve directly from wolves, nor were they trained by early humans; instead they domesticated themselves to exploit a new ecological niche: Mesolithic village dumps. Tracining the evolution of today’s breeds from these village dogs, the Coppingers show how characteristic shapes and behaviours – from pointing and baying to the sleek shapes of running dogs – arise from both genetic heritage and the environments in which pups are raised.

Book can be found at http://www.kalahari.com/ and from Pet’s Publications at petspub@iafrica.com

Isn’t it wonderful how dogs can win friends and influence
people without ever reading a book? – E.C. McKenzie

We are extremely proud and passionate about this venture and hope to eventually have everybody know about this site. Please assist us by visiting the site. You can print out our A4 size poster to put on the notice board in your clinic, shop, practice or office. We have seen many similar sites come and go, or fade into obscurity. As a site like this is expensive to design and expensive to promote, we are forced to charge a fee for lost pet listings, to make sure that we can keep on promoting the site. We are running a launch special and the first 25 listings are free of charge.
However, found pets can be listed free of charge. We also have a facility where all registered NON-profit organisations; shelters and rescue societies may list their details. This will be listed on the site in order of area/town. We would also appreciate the return of the favour from any organisations to put a link or banner on their sites.

Please also let as many people as possible know about the site.

Our best regards, Hans and Marita du Plessis

The pug is living proof that God as a sense of humor. – Margot Kaufman  

à Joyce Jackson of Emerging Breakthroughsinterviewed Linda Tellington-Jones - developer of the
     Tellington Method, author, and internationally acclaimed authority on animal behaviour, training and

     Linda discussed in depth the Tellington Method (TTouch) - an alternative healing practice that utilizes a
     variety of techniques of touch, movement and body language to affect the behaviour, health and
     performance of humans and animals.
Listen to an audio recording of the interveiw»
http://progressivetherapysystems.net/emerging-breakthroughs.htm (Scroll down to find the Interview with
     Linda, but you’ll find other very interesting Animals Related Interviews as well!)


à This is a video of a homeless guy in Santa Barbara and his pets. You can see these guys every week 
     working State Street for donations. The animals as you can see are pretty well fed and mellow. They are a
     family.The man rigged a harness up for his cat so she wouldn’t have to walk so much (like the dog and
     himself). At some juncture the rat came along and as no one wanted to eat anyone else, the rat started

     riding with the cat and often on the cat! The dog will stand all day and let you talk to him and admire him.
     The Mayor of Santa Barbara filmed this clip and sent it out as a Christmas card.


à Some of the most beautful game photography I have ever seen!

It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny,
for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up.
– Sir Pilman Grenville Woodhouse

Animal Rehabilitation Initiative will be hosting a 2 day workshop with world renowned Ethologist Professor Raymond Coppinger on the 12 & 13 April 2008 in Johannesburg and 19 & 20 April in Cape Town.


 This unique workshop will allow delegates the opportunity to spend two days in Professor Coppingers’ company. Ray Coppinger is a Professor of Biology in the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, USA. He has studied and worked with dogs for decades throughout the world, and brings to light fascinating details about dog behaviour. He and his wife Lorna are the authors of Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin and Behaviour – a must read for everyone involved in the Dog Profession.

Bookings will work on a first come, first serve basis so please let us know well in advance if you would like to secure your seat for this workshop. 
For Enquiries and Booking:

Phone: 021 790 9787. 09h00 – 17h00 (Monday – Friday), 09h00 – 13h00 (Saturday) or contact Mike Wood on mikwoo@iafrica.com

I know at last what distinguisges man from animals:
financial worries. – Romain Rolland

Help Free Me keep our new Ark Afloat: We’ve done it! We’ve made a massive leap and bought premises of our owm. Celebrate with us by leaping into the Leap Year with a sparkling evening of dining and dancing aimed at raising the funds we need to keep giving the Animals refuge in our new ark of safety.

Where:            The Castle at Kyalami
When:              29 February 2008
Cost:               Tickets costs R500 per person or R5000 for a table of 10.
Dress:             It takes two; so come dressed as a pair, wearing a pair or showing a pair. Keep it formal, but
                        keep it fun.
RSVP:             Dominique at 084 579 3643, dom@anevent.co.za or Ursula at 084 702 1196  

Help Free Me keep our new Ark Afloat: We’ve done it! We’ve made a massive leap and bought premises of our owm. Celebrate with us by leaping into the Leap Year with a sparkling evening of dining and dancing aimed at raising the funds we need to keep giving the Animals refuge in our new ark of safety.
Where: The Castle at Kyalami
When: 29 February 2008
Cost: Tickets costs R500 per person or R5000 for a table of 10.
Dress: It takes two; so come dressed as a pair, wearing a pair or showing a pair. Keep it formal, but
keep it fun.
RSVP: Dominique at 084 579 3643, dom@anevent.co.za or Ursula at 084 702 1196

Fostering Kittens
If any body is willing to care for and foster kittens till the can be re-homed, please contact Siobhan Kelly on 083 399 3999

Cat seeking new home – owners emigrating
10 Yr old grey male cat is looking for a new home. He has been neutered and is up to date with all his inoculations.  He is just looking for a kind person to take care of him.  Please call Michelle on 082 802 9724 or e-mail address michelle@connstant.com.

Dogs seeking home – owner emigrating

Doris and Phoebe need to go together as they are sisters and have never been apart - very good company to one another. They need a big garden as they have loads of energy and their favourite things are playing ball and chasing the hosepipe water. Rescued when they were a few weeks old, they are now about 2 years old.
Brillo - a crazy little character with oodles of energy and prone to a bit of mischief. Very lovable and will make the perfect companion. Not good with other dogs that have dominance issues. Has always been around cats and like to play with them. Her quirky personality will keep you entertained & amused forever! Rescued when she about a year old - she is now about 3 years old.

Ole and Gunner also need to go together as they are best friends. They are very little trouble and only wish for food, a cozy place to sleep and a stroke and scratch when they think it is a good idea. They come and go as they please and don’t make any mess. They are a little timid at first but once they have grown to trust you - are both very sweet cats to have around. Rescued a year and a half ago, i’m told they are about 5 or 6 years old.

Please contact me on lyndsey.elegant@global.co.za or on 0827848287
Thanks so much, Lyndsey

Cats seeking home – owners emigrating:
2 x female cats: Jessica & Emily; 2
½ years old and are looking for a loving home. Preferably together. They are both spayed & have lovely natures. Available immediately. Please contact Stacey on 0832787767.

. Histories are more full of examples of the
fidelity of dog than of friends. – Alexander Pope
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