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Hello TTouch Friends,

It’s been 2 years since we’ve had WODAC, The World of Dogs and Cats in Johannesburg, so we’re looking forward to connecting with you again July18th to 20th. It’s a great outing for the whole family! There will be many breeds to be seen if you’re interested in getting a new dog or puppy, agility, carting displays, dancing for dogs and lots of good information from the experts. Do join us at the Tellington TTouch stand # 56. We will be near the Food Court, between the Cats and the Main Arena.

The house and office have really been turned upside down with having a new puppy in the house. Harley, my new Golden Retriever Puppy is almost 4 months now and must be about 14 kilos! I am really starting to wonder how big he’s going to get. Needless to say, its wonderful having him here. He brings a brightness and joy to the work environment and I have to go outside on a regular basis for the usual “doggy business”. Great for the absorption of Vitamin D, which I keep hearing to so important to our health!
For more news on the pup, go to SHANTI and Friends.

We will start a New Clicker Class and a New TTouch Class the last week of July, so if you’ve been waiting, email us at
info@ttouch.co.za for more details.

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


The Life of a Puppy!

This morning, I woke up & kissed my dad’s head.
I peed on the carpet, then went back to bed.
“The life of a puppy, oh my, this is great.”
Then I thought about breakfast,” I hope it’s not late.”
Mom took me outside, we walked for a while.
This never fails to make Mama smile.
I sniffed of everything, that we did pass,
I ate something weird - it gave me gas.

TTACT IV will start early in 2010

If you are interested in this program and want to get started, we recommend a weekend workshop or weekly class. This will give you a taste of the work to see how it can affect your own pets. There will be a 6-week Class on Saturday mornings starting July 26th.

TTACT III, session 4 – September 24-29, 2008 with Edie Jane Eaton (limited to TTACT III students)

TTACT III, session 5 – March 26 – 31, 2009 with Linda Tellington-Jones (limited to TTACT III students)

I’m sure God loves me, I know that is true.
He gave me so many great things to chew.
Rugs, plants or rocks, I really don’t care.
What I truly like best, is Dad’s underwear.
3.   CLIENT MORNINGS – SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, 2008

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,
Sept. 27th 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28th 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
                      Please indicate which date you prefer (or both)!
Venue:         Broshacarm Kennels, Midrand
Booking:     Eugénie 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 Edie Jane Eaton

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.

That obedience book, was sort of yummy.
Though it didn’t sit well on my poor puppy tummy.
I threw up a bit, but that was all right,
When Mom found it later, I was well out of sight.






Donnybrook Stables, Kyalami, JOHANNESBURG

Introduction to TTEAM
• Shayne Treisman
• Lindy Dekker


July 5
from 9 until about 5

per person – excl lunch

Shayne Treisman
083 562 9807      or 
Lindy Dekker equibalance@iafrica.com
083 616 0577 / 011 705 1501

Little Chelsea

      One Day Intro to         
with Lindy Dekker

July 11
9 until about 5

R100 deposit secures your place)

Michelle Myles

084 581 9982

Little Chelsea

Two Day Intro to  
with Lindy Dekker

July 12 & 13

R150 deposit secures your place)

Michelle Myles

084 581 9982


Two Day Intro to TTEAM 
with Lindy Dekker

09-10 Aug
9 until about 5

R200 deposit secures your place)

 Julia Hewitson

 031-7674109 / 082 495 2758

37 Walkers Fruit Farms

One Day Intro to TTEAM
with Helen Minty

10 Aug
9 - 4

Includes Lunch)

          Helen Minty              
016 590 1636 / 082 417 6730       

I made streamers of T. P., while running at full speed.
Mom is pretty quick -- but I was still in the lead.
I flew under the bed, and Mom flew past,
She stopped-shook her head, and breathed,
“You’re too fast.”

An oopportunity to spend quality time with your dog and learn new ways to communicate, problem solve or just bond
Learn how balancing your dog’s Body can influence Balancing the Mind and Emotions!

Date:             July 26th to Aug. 30th
Time:             Saturday Mornings: 9:30 to 12:30

Venue:           Sandown, JHB

Cost:              R750
Contact:         Eugenie on eugenie@ttouch.co.za or phone 011 884 3156

* How do TTouch bodywork, which includes a variety of TTouches
* How to read your Dog’s body Language

* How to Use a Body Wrap, a wonderful tool for many things including fear of Thunder and Fireworks
* To Find the Perfect Equipment for your Pet and How to use it: Sometimes, changing a Harness or Head Collar can make a huge difference to your ability to not only control your dog, but in helping you communicate what it is you want him to do!

* To Do Groundwork, for helping dogs balance, learn, improve gait, gain confidence and much more!
* How to increase the bond with your pet through mindful interactions
* How to Problem Solve your Personal Situations

* How to Communicate on many Levels

* How you are affecting your Dog’s Life, Confidence and Behaviour

Perfect for dogs who are: 
 Fearful of the Summer Thunderstorms!

Scared of Fireworks

Hyper & Excitable
Shy or Fearful
Old, arthritic or have HD
Jumping up or Leash Pulling
Aggressive or Bullies


Fearful of Strangers, men, etc.
Or just deepen you bond with your dog and do something he will love!!!






Sandown Johannesburg

      6 Week Class        
Saturday mornings

  July 26th      to          
Aug. 30th


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

Bryanston Johannesburg

2 Day Weekend
with Niki Elliott

July 26 & 27


Niki Elliott

082 451 0433


One Day Intro to TTouch   
with Lindy Dekker & Doreen Stapelberg

11 Aug
9 until about 5


 Julia Hewitson

 031-7674109 /
082 495 2758


TTOUCH and Confi Kitten Workshop
• Niki Elliott
• Lindy Dekker


07-09 Nov 2008
Friday afternoon /evening and Saturday Confi Kitten, Sunday TTOUCH

R 750 
 If you would prefer to do only one - the price for Confi Kitten is R450 and TTOUCH is R350

         Niki Elliott              

082 451 0433

Lindy Dekker equibalance@iafrica.com
083 616 0577

Mama later phoned Daddy, and said, “It was frightening!”
That afternoon, she was sure I’d pooped lightning.
She’d sat at the computer, while I chewed the cord,
She thought I was mad, but I was just bored.

from “Stay in TTouch” Volume 7 Issue 1 December, 2003

In November I taught the first week of a three-year certification training in Germany for humans called, "TTouch for You – Enriching Body, Mind and Spirit." Since the training I’m working more than ever on myself – exploring possibilities. I’ve discovered a wonderful way of stimulating circulation in the face that I can do to myself. Five or ten minutes gives a pick-me-up that’s more rewarding than a cup of cappuccino – refreshing and relaxing at the same time.

Try this "Do-it-yourself Facial Refresher"

• Place your left hand on the right side of your face – cupping your chin in the cradle between your thumb and forefinger with your open fingers touching your face on the outside of the cheekbone.

• Place your right hand over the left with your little finger resting in the fork between thumb and forefinger. Your elbows will be resting on your chest. Holding the skin firmly in place with the finger pads of your left hand so the skin does not move or stretch while you make a small one-pressure Raccoon circle with the tips of your right hand and then slide firmly over the skin with your middle finger for about a half-inch. This firm slide combined with a one-second circle is very stimulating. If you want to relax and rest, make a two-second Raccoon circle with a one-pressure, and a slower, lighter slide. I tend to begin at the outer edges of the top of my cheekbone and work toward my nose and then start a row of circles slightly lower working back out right to the ear. Go back and forth across the one side of your face, each time a half inch lower until you’ve covered the whole side of your face and along the jaw line.

Around your mouth stretch the skin over your lips with your mouth open to hold the skin tighter. Then I do the same circle and slide, beginning at the center of my forehead above the eyebrows and work back and forth until I finish at the hairline. The first time I did this I did only one side, so I could observe the difference. I could hardly believe my eyes when I looked in the mirror. The whole side I had worked on looked so alive and felt firmer and pleasantly stimulated. As I was going through these steps to write this description for you, my husband, Roland, walked by and asked if I had put lipstick on and I had not. I’m wondering if the added circulation in my face had flushed my lips!!!! My whole face felt wonderful and I hope you will try this and share with me the results. The first time I did this I TTouched only one side to compare, and I suggest you do the same. But as I sit here at the computer, my left side is calling out to be stimulated!!!

This is the first time I’ve tried to describe this and I hope with the help of the photos you get my meaning. I discovered something else new. Normally if my left shoulder hurts from the computer (a frequent occurrence), I reach over my shoulder with my right hand, supporting my right elbow with my left hand so as not to tire from holding my arm up. Recently my shoulder was aching so badly in bed that I couldn’t sleep and had been aching for hours during the day as I sat at the computer. So instead of sitting up to work, I rolled on my side and explored the top of my left shoulder blade with Raccoon TTouches with my right hand and discovered that the bone was extremely sensitive to the lightest TTouch of a one-pressure. That was a big surprise because I could not feel what seems to be the tip of my scapula so clearly when I was sitting. I did about five minutes of one- and two-pressure, two second Raccoon TTouches and the pain dissipated enough to sleep. The next morning I was amazed to find that I felt no pain and my shoulder blade was only the slightest bit sensitive. I’m so relieved that the pain has stayed away over the past week and I have a new sense of my scapula.

Amazing work!


Since beginning my TTouch facials, I am happier. I notice myself smiling much, much more during a day, even on frustrating days. My face and my mood have improved - just because of my TTouch Facials.

― Schon Gross, TTouch Practitioner

When Mama had enough, couldn’t take anymore,
That’s when my tushy got shoved out the door.
I love it inside, but outside is best.
Lay in the cool grass, and had a good rest.

From the book of the Month “Learning Games” 

This is one of nature’s best games.
Should your dog chase a mouse / rabbit which disappears down a hole, the dog will invest a serious amount of time watching that hole. Most mice are not stupid enough to poke their nose out of a hole stinking of dog breath, but the dog doesn’t know that. A captured behaviour from a strongly instinctive behaviour will develop very quickly and be easily transferable to a range of situations.

1.  Sit on the floor with the dog in front of you, facing you. Take a food ball (sausage/cheese) and place it on the floor between you. Keep your hand over the ball to prevent the dog from self rewarding.

Marker: No click. Just remove your hand when the dog is watching, and keeping still.
Reward Location: Dog is given food from your hand. 

2.  Build the self control, and good focus, by gradually withdrawing your hand from protecting the ball. If the dog loses position and tries to steal the food, cover it over again with your hand. Make sure the dog remains watching the food.
Marker: If the dog holds position, watching the food when the hand is removed.
Reward Location: Dog is given food from your hand.

3.  When your hand can rest by the side of the food ball and the dog is stationary, reward by flicking the food across the floor with your index finger. The action (escaping food) will stimulate greater concentration. 
Marker: Watching is increased by anticipating escaping food ball.
Reward Location: After the chase.

4.  Teach the dog that interruption in their concentration will cause the loss of the food ball. With one hand very close to the food ball, make a noise or movement with the other hand, as the dog looks away, steal the food ball, hide it, and feign horror as the "mouse" escapes. 
Marker: Lapse in concentration is punished by loss of mouse.
Reward Location: No reward, just set up the situation again, and reward when focus is maintained. 

Add a cue prior to placing the food ball on the floor. The game can also be transferred to your hands. Flicked food drives more focus than tossed food because it is more unpredictable.

From Learning Games book, by Kay Laurence. 

That didn’t last long, there was too much to do--
Can’t quite remember where I hid Daddy’s shoe.
I found an old bone, and scratched at a flea,
I watched the dumb squirrels as they jumped in a tree.

This class will include 4 x three hour “Learning Theory” sessions on How Dogs learn and  6 practical sessions on Clicker Training with Dogs

If you have always wanted to learn a method of training that doesn’t need aversives to be effective, then join us for a Clicker Experience! Although Operant Conditioning and the Clicker have been around for many years, especially in the Marine World and in training many species of animals for film, it’s only in the last 10 years that it has started to become Mainstream in the Dog Training World. Here is your chance to catch up!

:          Without dogs:
Wednesdays: July 23, 30, Aug. 6 & 13                    18:00 – 21:00
                  With dogs:      Saturdays:  July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30                2:30 – 4:30
VENUE:           Sandown– Johannesburg
BOOK:            Eugenie Chopin at eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone 011 884 3156 for more info.
COST:              Full Class: R1300: this includes the cost of the course, notes, book, treat bag, target stick and a clicker.
                         When you have paid your R600 deposit you are welcome to come and get your book early.

Learning Theory Only: R650: this includes evening lectures, a book, File with notes & clicker

If you have been wondering what the fuss is all about, Clicker Training is basically about re-enforcing Behaviour that you want. It works on the principles of giving reward for correct behaviour rather than using corrections and aversives for unwanted behaviour. As a result, you can establish true respect from your dog without fear. It’s fun to do, the dogs love it and therefore gain in confidence and you can finally understand why they do the things they do and how your Behaviour and actions influence them daily!

NOTE: An aversive is anything the dog doesn’t like! So if you yell at your dog and it likes the attention, it might actually be a reward!

This class is designed to teach those who want to truly understand the concepts of Operant Conditioning, how animals learn, how to get through the barriers that stop the learning process and how to move forward in small enough steps to be successful in anything that you want to teach. If you are a Trainer, are interested in being a Trainer, or just are a dog owner who wants to understand more, then this might be the class for you!

I barked at the kids, when they got off the bus.
I can’t figure out why this makes Mama fuss.
I barked at the neighbor, I barked at the wind.
I barked and barked, till Mom yelled, “COME IN.”

We are often contacted by owners who are having problems with their dogs when the time comes for him to be groomed or have nails clipped. Dogs have an uncanny ability to identify the sound of the nail trimmers or their bath being run. Many dogs dread routine grooming and some are truly afraid of it. Dog owners don’t tend to enjoy the duty either, and dogs probably notice this. If our dogs can sense our stress, they could become stressed themselves.

If handling and brushing is dealt with right from the start in Puppy, class then grooming will not be a dreaded task later on. Many pups dislike grooming because they are simply not used to it. If you groom your puppy on a routine basis, he might be more cooperative later on. Keep grooming sessions positive and follow up with some healthy treats. With a little consistency, you and your puppy might realize that grooming is not so bad after all.


Our puppies are just like us, they need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, they do not need to bathe as often as we do, but you do need to learn how much grooming your puppy actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a pup’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your puppy has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your puppy.

Most pups enjoy being brushed, and the sessions will strengthen the bond with your puppy while keeping his coat healthy. A pup’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type.

Long-haired puppies usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair.

Medium-haired puppies are also prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed weekly.


Short-haired puppies can typically go about a month in-between brushing.

Regardless of hair type, you can brush your puppy daily -- especially if he enjoys it. More frequent brushing is recommended during shedding season to prevent build-up of undercoat and excess shedding. Choosing the correct brush or comb for your pup is an important first step to grooming.

Although there are many different shapes and sizes, there are basically four different brush types.

Bristle brushes can be used on all coat types and vary according to the spacing between bristles and the length of the bristles. In general, the longer the hair coat, the more widely spaced and longer the bristles should be. Also, the coarser the hair, the stiffer those bristles need to be.

Wire-pin brushes, with or without rubber-tipped ends, are the preferred choice for pets with medium to long hair and those with curly or woolly coats.

Slicker brushes have fine wire bristles and are especially useful for removing mats and tangles.

Zoom Grooms can be used for shampooing as well as grooming and have soft rubbery teeth which hold onto the hair and stimulates natural oil production in the skin. These can be used on all lengths of fur.

Rubber curry combs are effective at massaging the skin and removing dead hair from short-haired breeds. It is also a good idea to have a Grooming Rake or Mat Breaker on hand to remove mats.

With all the above brushes and combs except the Zoom Groom, care must be taken not to rake the puppies skin as this is very painful and will really not encourage him to return for grooming the next time. Be gentle and take your time. Be really careful when removing mats or tangles. Brushing can and should be a pleasant experience for your puppy as the gentle stroking feels good on his skin. The best way to build trust and make this a pleasurable bonding time for both of you is to brush often, preferably daily. This prevents problem mats and tangles from developing.

Refer to the chart below for recommendations on the best brushes for your pet’s hair coat.

Brush Types and Brushing Direction for Different Hair Coats

Type of Hair Coat

Recommended Brush Type

Brushing Direction

Short, smooth coats (most Retrievers, Hounds, Chihuahuas, etc.)

Soft to medium bristle brush with short, closely-spaced bristles

With the coat’s grain

Short, wiry coats (Terriers, etc.)

Firm bristle brush with short, closely-spaced bristles; and a slicker brush

With the coat’s grain

Medium to long flowing coats (Golden Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters, Lhasa Apso, etc.)

Soft to medium bristle brush with long, medium- to wide-spaced bristles; a wire-pin brush; and a slicker brush for mats and tangles

With the coat’s grain

Harsh, outer coats with soft, woolly undercoats (Sheepdogs, Collies, Shepherds, Chows, Pomeranians, etc.)

Firm bristle brush with long, wide-spaced bristles; a wire-pin brush; and a slicker brush for tangles and mats

With the grain--outer coat; Against the grain--under coat

Thin, delicate coats (Yorkies, Maltese, etc.)

Wire-pin brush; and a soft slicker brush for tangles and mats

With and against the coat’s grain

Table Information excerpted from Guide to Home Pet Grooming by Dr. Chris C. Pinney, D.V.M.

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

The sun dipped in the west - soon Daddy would come!
I sure love my daddy: we always have fun.
I barked at my daddy, then turned on my charms,
I woo-wooed, “Hello,” then jumped in his arms.

All classes below are given by TTouch Practitioners or Practitioners in Training and incorporate TTouch in the Handling of puppies.

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, Weekdays and
   Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 mailto:kimh@kti.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


 Niki is a Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner 2 for Companion Animals. She runs Puppy Classes & Socialization/Basic Obedience/Clicker Classes for  Dogs & Cats , Kitten Habituation Classes
Contact Details: e-mail : niki.elliott@wol.co.za  website:

Cell: Niki on 082 451 0433 & Maxine on 082 575 1448

Sitting under the table -- it’s sooo hard to wait.
Daddy slipped me a goodie right off his plate.
I raced through the house, and scattered my toys,
Ricocheted off the furniture, and made lots of noise.

If the answer is NO, then you need to learn CPR. It’s NOT complex. In fact it’s pretty easy. Here is the link to get the video. My NEW CPR Video shows you HOW do to ALL of this in STEP-by-STEP detail. http://www.theonlinevet.com: http://www.theonlinevet.com/


Here are the basic steps:

à 1. Assess Responsiveness. Before you start CPR, ensure that your pet is not still breathing, and their heart is breathing. If so, they DON’T need CPR.

à 2. Establish a PATENT airway. Perform 2 rescue breaths by wrapping your hand around their muzzle and blowing into their nose. If the chest rises, then the airway is patent. If the chest DOES NOT rise, then you need to check for an OBSTRUCTION. If this is the case then you need to do the HEIMLICH.

In this procedure you are holding your pet upside down, their head is pointing down and their spine is against your body. You give 5 sharp thrusts to the abdomen- you are putting force on the abdomen to help dislodge any obstruction.

à 3. ONCE you have a patent airway- you give 2 rescue breaths. When you see the chest rise and fall, and you know that the airway is open, then you proceed to Step 4 - Circulation.


à 4. CIRCULATION. In this step you are compressing the chest, and that in turn compresses the heart. This is best performed by having your pet on their right side. The heart is easiest located on the left side of the chest, behind the left armpit. For a large dog use 2 hands, For a cat use your thumb and forefinger. Compress 15 compressions- 3 compressions every 2 seconds, then follow this up with 2 rescue breaths.


Continue until your pet starts breathing again or you have emergency care at a Veterinarian.

Mom found her purse - the one I abused.
Daddy let loose a chuckle. Mom asked “Amused??”
I cowered down low, I must be in trouble.
Dad said, “Wasn’t MY boy, it must be his double!”

Wow, there are so many adjustments that have to be made with a new puppy. First of all, EVERYTHING has to be puppy proofed. This means anything that can be chewed has to be put away or sprayed with a strong deterrent. As he’s now almost tripled in size, I’m starting to be more aware of things on tables, etc.


The biggest obstacle at the moment is House Training. They tell me that Male dogs are harder to train than the girls and while that may or may not be true, it’s certainly true in this household! Now Harley will wee on command. This was easy to teach as each time we go out, I tell him to “Bossies toe” and when he does it, he gets rewarded with a biscuit. So now if he can squeeze something out, he’ll do it. That’s the good news.


The bad news is that an hour later if he decides he wants to wee, he will do it wherever is convenient! Now this is a dog that is going 10 hours at night without doing anything. So what am I missing here??? If you have any ideas, please let me know!


I am thinking I need to use the crate more than what I am doing at the moment. There are so many people taking Harley out during the day, that I’m wondering if we need to make a chart that gets filled in whenever he does a wee. Knowing exactly when the last action has taken place does help me to know whether I can allow him onto a carpeted area of the house. Of course then if he and Shanti get into a big Play Session, the activity pushes him to need to wee more often. So it’s “play hard” – go wee, “take a nap” – go wee, “wake up” – go wee, “eat” – go week, “eat” – go out 20-30 minutes later! I’m sure life is going to be easier when it’s summer and the door stays open more often!


It’s been interesting watching Harley and Shadow, the cat, learn to get along. Shadow is not exactly a friendly cat towards dogs. She tends to hiss and spit first and ask questions later. We have a floor to ceiling cat tree in the lounge, which she used regularly while Danilo was alive, but this year she’s hardly used it at all. Until Harley came, that is. With this new, unknown and potentially “dangerous” creature, she soon took to the cat tree again (just as I was thinking I should take it down). Now Harley doesn’t understand why she doesn’t want to play with him, but has learned to be polite. Now, instead of barging forward into her face, he often sits, looks at her and I can almost hear him thinking: “So what is it you want to do?” At least they are getting more tolerant and hopefully one-day good friends.


Next month: How Harley’s first day at home helped him sleep easily through the first night!

Can TTouch Help Hooligan Dog from the Shelter?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful weekend workshop!

We have had our dogs for 2 months, as first time dog owners. To our horror, our rescue dogs turned out to be wild hooligans, which has made it a bit difficult to bond with them. Ours is their 3rd home since December, and they’ve been to two SPCAs in between – so they do have an excuse, but they certainly are very trying.

I came to the workshop with great hope for change, but also in great trepidation that my dog, Sassy, would disrupt the class and upset all the other participants, and that we would be expelled.

However, with the one-on-one attention we got from the assistants, I was able to relax and absorb the masses of fascinating information Eugénie gave us, while someone else calmly kept my dog under control.            

We were taught a number of TTouches, which had noticeable results, as did the body wraps. The groundwork helped to integrate things for the dogs, and again, it was great to see the changes as Sassy became more aware of her body, and her back legs in particular. I’m sorry I didn’t get photos of her with the pretty scrunchies on her legs!

I was amazed at the change in Sassy over the weekend. Each day saw her calming quicker than the previous one. The two things that amazed me most (of all the amazing things) were 1) seeing her walk nicely on a loose leash (I had fears that this would be impossible), and 2) the change in the eye contact – before, I would get a nanosecond glance from her, if I was lucky, but by the 2nd day, she was gazing at me for long periods. We definitely bonded over the weekend and since then, she has been much more responsive to me. I am so looking forward to our journey together now, thanks to the TTouch workshop.

A 3rd thing I noticed, was the change inside me – days later, I am still feeling a deep inner calm that I can’t quite explain.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this workshop to anyone who has any problems with their dog, as well as to anyone who is interested in learning easy ways of touching their dog to improve their quality of life (ambiguity intended). 

Barbara Martin



The course was absolutely amazing and I definitely learnt a great deal.   I was sorry not to have been able to come back on the 3rd day, Monday, but hopefully there will be another time when you will be holding workshops that I can attend again.   I find it just so amazing what the TTouch is able to do and just how something so gentle and non-invasive helps and heals so many problems. 

Thank you and all your assistants for their help - I must say they all were very professional and knowledgeable.   I could feel that Kai was very comfortable with you all.

Joanna and Kai Banks

Mom turned off the TV, and said, ”Time for bed.”
Dad said “Let’s go boy,” and patted my head.
I got in my spot, between Mom and Dad,
I thought ‘bout my day and what fun I had.

a.   Book of the Month: Learning Games by Kay Laurence 

This book cover a range of over 50 Games and variations selected from the rich background of Kay’s teaching practice. You can build a specific curriculum for your dog or simply enjoy the teaching learning process
Triggering worldwide excitement, for all trainers needing an injection of enthusiasm.

Play is a natural form of learning. It varies from frivolous to intensely serious. It resolves conflict, strengthens bonds and provides physical workouts. Participants learn to play by rules and develop cunning strategies and solutions. During games players are not focussing on specific skills and their bodies and minds can learn effectively. They will be stretched physically and mentally.

Interactive games, also known as "training", connect the players and deepen their understanding of each other. Dogs are world-class players; they play for hours and hours, explore intricate rules and take on all play partners in their learning passion.

BOOK AVAILABLE from the TTouch office at R282 Call 011 884-3156 or email info@ttouch.co.za

b:  Website of the Month: http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogger/379

This Website will offer you a huge amount of everyday useful information relating to Animal Behaviour, Training Tips and Puppy Facts. Also a free download on Ian Dunbar’s book: “Before you get your Puppy.”
The section called “Training Textbook” with give you a great selection on various relevant behaviour and puppy articles. There are also Blogs by Trish King, Patricia McConnell, Roger Abrantes, etc. etc.

A site not to be missed! For Dog Trainers or TTouch Practitioners, it gives you Free access to short summaries of normal dog problems. You can print your own Details on the Hand Outs.

c: Interesting Links

à http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/video/player?titleID=1390861263
     National Geographic page on the intelligence of animals

à http://youtube.com/watch?v=zytCL33Mf2Q
     How classical music can help sooth and calm your Canine Companion

à http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/200704/tows_past_20070425.jhtml
     OPRAH Website page for dog videos

à http://www.agility-wc2007.no/fci_world_/the_competition/courses/
     Information on Agility

d: House and/or Cottage to Let in Bryanston.

Newly renovated House consists of, Entrance Hall, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms main en suite. Fourth bedroom potential teenagers pad/granny flat with separate entrance. Guest loo, Lounge, Dining room TV Room & Bar, Covered Patio, Kitchen and Scullery and Pantry, Laundry, Swimming Pool, 3 Garages. All set in a well-established garden.

In addition to main house a separate self-contained cottage, fully equipped and furnished with DSTV. The cottage consists of a large main bedroom ‘cum lounge area, small second bedroom, walk in cupboard, kitchenette, shower room and toilet. Set apart from the main house and secluded.

Please contact Niki on 082 451 0433/011 706 2320 or John on 082 451 5540

Excellent Security, armed response and electric fence

e: A Special Thanks You – Wet Nose

Home at last!

My biggest dream, when I started Wet Nose was to have a place that all the hurt, stray and abused animals of this world could call home. With all life’s ups and downs there were times that this dream dimmed to a mere flickering, but on 1 March, when we moved the animals into their new kennels, I knew we now have a home, a real home! No more rent. No more nasty landlords. No more fear about what will happen to us tomorrow.  We’re home. It’s really special. So many people have come forward to make our sanctuary a home:  Volunteers laid pavements, sprayed the kennels, painted the walls and decorated them with paintings.  Donations have been fabulous: both the metal sheeting for the kennel roofs and kennel brickwork were sponsored in total. Committed and spontaneous donations always leave a huge lump in my throat: for every neglected and abused animal there always is a caring and totally altruistic person who helps simply because they can. This is the kind of behaviour that restores my faith in humanity, every time. Thank you.

Wet Nose is now part of Kungwini municipality.  It sounds far off, but is in fact only 11kms further away from the old premises.  The official new address is: Plot 75 old Pretoria/Bronkhorspruit Road, Kungweni.

Telephone lines
Our new phone lines are in:  013-932-3941/2

Mama kicked out my bone from the covers below,
Then let loose a sigh - a sigh deep and low.
She gave me a kiss, and snuggled me tight,
And whispered so softly, ‘My darling goodnight’.

17.   EVENTS

a:  If you see anyone selling puppies on the streets – please take note! Worth putting the number in your cell phones perhaps – 011 444 7730. The SPCA wants to prosecute.

b: Missing Dog: Buster – lab/Doberman (black & Brown)
BUSTER is still MISSING. He was spotted a few days ago in Norwood, but as usual, by the time we got there he was nowhere to be found. He no longer has his collar on and is skin and bone, so we need someone to take him to one of the vets, as they all know he is still missing. As a last resort we have placed ads in 3 local papers with a picture of him, hoping that someone will find him and call us. We are still putting posters up and hope for a miracle.

Please Contact: Susi 083 453 1496 if you spot Buster!

c: Join in the fun and support Animal Welfare - Animal Charity Premier  

Hello Animal lovers   

Animals are the last thing on so many people’s minds when times are difficult and money is tight. 

But how about asking your animal friends to join you for a little adult escapism with the proceeds to Animals that cannot speak for themselves.

Join us next Thursday, 26 June 6.30 for 8.00 pm at the lovely revamped Victory Theatre and let yourself rock at the Rocky Horror Show, with an amazing cast. All proceeds will be in aid of Animals and Animal Welfare.  Depending on what we are able to generate, it will all go to needy animals. Whatever tickets you can sell, the proceeds will go to your organization. Ring me and talk about prices if needs be.

Vivienne Tothill vivt@mweb.co.za Mobile 082-606-0794 Telephone 27-11-886-1102 Fax 086-671-3915 


2 x Ridgeback – Urgent Pls.
Owners moved to Russia and planned to take the dogs with them but when they arrived they realised theres not enough space, especially for dogs that were used to living mainly outside and on a large piece of ground. Approx. 2 yrs & originated from Kenya. Bitch is spayed, male intact. Must be a home with a good-sized garden. Please contact Michelle if you can help. Tel: 011 662 1777 Cell: 079 893 7111 email: michelle@globalpaws.co.za

Fox Terrier Cross – On Borrowed Time!
Little female Foxie is desperately looking for a home. She was found on Cedar Road and handed into the Chart- well Vets who kept her whilst trying to find a home for her. Currently @ Randburg SPCA – Jean - (011) 462 1650 / 083 381 4732 ... no microchip but possibly spade. Aged between 1-2 yrs old. Very happy little dog and got on well with the other black dog in the kennel. 

German Shepherd Cross: looking for home – owner leaving SA
Mishka, male, 2,5 yrs old. Owner has a very comprehensive outline on dogs’ nature. Miska is a very happy, well-socialized dog. For more info, pls email Candi on belladonna.moon@gmail.com / candim@joburg.org.za 

3 Lovely dogs looking for a splendid home
Zack - a 11 year old black neutered male Labrador, he is getting a little stiff but is full of life & love. He adores his Kong toy and is never happier than when someone is playing with him - especially near & in the shallow end of the pool.
Bonnie - a 4 1/2 year old spayed female Border Collie. She is blind in one eye (the other having been pecked by a chicken when she was a tiny pup). She manages very well. She is a sensitive sole.
Flick - an 8-year-old black neutered male cross breed, probably cross a daschund/ spaniel +++. He loves to swim on hot days.

If you can help or know if anyone who could, please can you ask them to call me on 083 336 1761. Prospective "new parents" will need to be interviewed and property inspections will be done prior to any rehoming. Photo’s can be supplied on request.

Female Maltese lost her Owner – Urgent Please
Poppet is a very sweet, incredibly pretty 6 year old Maltese with a wonderful personality. But last night she lost her only friend - her human guardian, an elderly woman with no relatives, who died suddenly of a heart attack. Now Poppet is all alone and afraid. The neighbours took her to the local vet (in Oxford Road in Johannesburg) but they say they will only look after her for 24 hours.  If you are able to help Poppet and give her a new home please URGENTLY contact Leigh on 083 694 1007.

Desperately looking for a home.
Max, 1yr old cross-breed was saved off a farm.  Unfortunately the other dogs were fighting with him and the owners are afraid for his safety.  He’s been castrated, a gentle, sweet, loving dog who is desperate for some love and attention. Please, if you can love me and give me a safe and happy home, will you call  NIKKI - 082 399 6479.

Rottweiler, Male, 5 yrs looking for a home:
Due to my immigration to Australia – he is looking for a home.  He is a thoroughbred Rottweiler but has the gentlest loving soul and we are devastated that we have to leave him behind.  He has been neutered and his vaccinations are all up to date.  Please let me know if you are interested.  We obviously need him to go to a good loving home, where he has the company of another dog as he is currently very lonely and it is breaking my heart to see him like this!  Angie Hauser: TEL:  (011) 233-6000 / angela.hauser@za.netgrs.com

Jessie - GSD, ± 7yrs Looking for a home – Parents immigrating
Urgently looking for a new home with people who will love me and care for Jessie. Was rescued by current owners about five years ago.  Jessie was so badly neglected and abused that she is still a very nervous dog and do not trust humans, especially men, very easily.  However, respond to gentle and persistent loving attention.  Please is there someone out there who will adopt her?  I will be forever grateful.  Contact: Ilona Mosca 076 578 8668

Urgent CLAW Adoption Appeal: Animal Victims of Xenophobia
On top of the human tragedy, the recent unrest has also left many companion animals abandoned and homeless. Please help CLAW to urgently find loving homes for these little refugees. 
They are all in desperate need of your help. Please contact Ntabiseng or Laura on 011 763 1638

19.   OTHER

Eugenie Chopin, Certified TTouch Practitioner III for Companion Animal
PO Box 729, Strathavon 2031
Tel: 011 884-3156
Fax: 011 783 1515
Email: echopin@icon.co.za, Website: www.ttouch.co.za                 


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