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  JULY 2008, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING
3.   CLIENT MORNINGS – SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, 2008
4.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
5.   DOG WORKSHOPS
6.   CAT WORKSHOPS
7.   TTOUCH TIPS: WHY 1 & 1/4 CIRCLES?
8.   CLICKER TIPS: HOW TO TAME YOUR KITTEN, CLICKER-STYLE BY JOAN ORR (PART 1)
9.   CLICKER CLASSES
10.   PUPPIES: BUYING YOUR DOG A PUPPY... BY NIKI ELLIOTT
11.   PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASSES:
12.   HEALTH: TRIPLE HEATER MERIDIAN
13.   SHANTI UPDATE: HOW TO GET YOUR NEW PUPPY SETTLED ON DAY ONE
14.   YOUR LETTERS
15.   ODDS AND ENDS
16.   EVENTS: WODAC: WORLD OF DOGS AND CATS TAKES PLACE AT THE DOME JULY 18TH TO 20TH.
17.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES
18.   EUGENIE CHOPIN, CERTIFIED TTOUCH PRACTITIONER III FOR COMPANION ANIMAL
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

Hello TTouch Friends,

Yes, I did make a mistake with the WODAC dates! And of course it’s July and NOT June. And I do like to know that you’re reading the material we send you! So well done & thanks to all of those who picked up my mistake!

I hope many of you will come and introduce yourselves at the WODAC Expo, which will be at the Dome, Northgate in Johannesburg July 18-20. We’ll be giving both TTouch and Clicker Demos, so take advantage of the opportunity to see what this work is all about. Demos times are listed under #13 Events.

The great news is that Robyn Hood will be with us at the end of next year and she will be giving the first Introductory workshop for the new Companion Animal Training. Yes this means we’ll be starting the new training program in Sept./Oct. of 2009 – a good 6 months earlier than we thought. So for all of you who have been feeling frustrated at the thought of waiting until 2010, the plans have changed! Let us know if you are interested in the Program.

I hope most of you have had a chance to see the TTouch Program called Talking to Animals on National Geographic Wild. My colleague Sarah Fisher is absolutely brilliant. We do hope to have Sarah teaching here sometime in the next Practitioner Training program. It’s my understanding that the TV program keeps getting repeated so if you can’t find it today, please just keep your eyes open for it to reappear.

I have also just heard that Niki Elliott and Lindy Dekker were on Free Spirit this morning but I had no idea it was being shown so I missed it! It will be re-screened on Thursday morning, July 17th at 9 a.m. on SABC 3

Remember that we have a 6-week TTouch Class starting July 26th. There are still a couple of places so do come and join us.

Are you finding the cold weather as challenging as I am? It actually takes finesse to keep the electricity consumption down along with trying to stay warm. I am lighting fires at night and using gas to top up the temperature, but still find that my electricity bill last month astronomical! With the price hikes, I wonder what it would have cost if I were heating per usual……

Hope to see you at WODAC!

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals

eugenie@ttouch.co.za



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you think stripping is something you do to a terrier.
- you meet a guy named Bob and instantly visualize purple and gold rosettes.
- you think nothing about loudly discussing studs and bitches in a fancy restaurant
 
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING

TTACT IV will have it’s first Intro September/Oct. 2009

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)



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- your biggest turn-off is a guy with an obnoxious untrained dog.
- you never could stick to a diet to impress a guy, but you can do it to
get through that TDX track.
- your only nice jewelry features either dogs, dumbbells, paw prints or rosettes.
 
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.



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you have a video on how to artificially inseminate your dog but last watched a
dirty movie in junior high school.
- your dog has more letters after his name than the last ten guys you've dated, and actually completed obedience school.
 
4.   HORSE WORKSHOPS

VENUE

HORSE

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Kloof
DURBAN

Two Day Intro 
 to  TTEAM     
with Lindy Dekker

09-10 Aug
9 until about 5

R650

 Julia Hewitson
julia@animalrehab.co.za

 031-7674109 /
082 495 2758

Donnybrook Stables Johannesburg

5 Day TTEAM with Edie Jane Eaton & Lindy Dekker

                                    Oct. 1-5

                   R3700

Lindy equibalance@iafrica.com       
083 616 0577

37 Walkers Fruit Farms
WALKERVILLE
One Day Intro to TTEAM with
Helen Minty

10 Aug
9 - 4

R300
(
Includes Lunch)

          Helen Minty              
helenlsd@mweb.co.za  
016 590 1636 / 
082 417 6730



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you think that maybe your current guy has potential if you use the proper combination of positive reinforcement and the occasional well timed ear pinch.
- you "people watch" at the mall by making mental lists of the conformational faults each passer-by has to contribute to the gene pool.
 
5.   DOG WORKSHOPS

An opportunity 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

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
* 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 Fearfu
Old, arthritic or have HD
Jumping up or Leash Pulling
Aggressive or Bullies
Nervous
Fearful of Strangers, men, etc.
Or just deepen you bond with your dog and do something he will love!!!

VENUE

DOG

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Sandown Johannesburg
        6 Week Class              Saturday mornings

 July 26th
         to          Aug. 30th

R750

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

Bryanston Johannesburg
2 Day Weekend
with Niki Elliott

July 26 & 27

R700

Niki Elliott
niki.elliott@wol.co.za

082 451 0433

Kloof
DURBAN

One Day Intro to       
         TTouch                        
with Lindy Dekker &
Doreen Stapelberg

11 Aug
9 until about 5

R300

 Julia Hewitson
julia@animalrehab.co.za

 031-7674109 /
082 495 2758

6.   CAT WORKSHOPS
CAPE TOWN

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              
niki.elliott@wol.co.za

082 451 0433 or     
Lindy Dekker equibalance@iafrica.com
083 616 0577



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you give all of your married friends child-rearing advice based on your extensive
background in dog training.
- your mother's worst fear is that you'll have a child and make it wear a pinch collar.
- your mother's second worst fear is you'll get married and your dog will be in the
wedding party.
 
7.   TTOUCH TIPS: WHY 1 & 1/4 CIRCLES?

(In response to a letter that Linda Tellington-Jones received from a lady in Germany)

We have experimented with hundreds of people and found that exactly one circle – from “6 “PM back around to 6PM (6 pm being toward the ground when one is standing – or toward the feet when one is lying down) makes the vast majority of people hold their breath – and wait for more. It does bring much awareness.  

With the 1 1/4 the majority feel complete. This allows for a breath. The 1 and 1/2 – stopping at the top of the circle – makes most people feel like they want to continue around. With the biofeedback using a “Mind Mirror” program to measure brain wave activity in both hemispheres in beta, alpha, theta and delta we found consistently – with 30 people - that with a circle and 1/4 and NOT MORE THAN 3 CIRCLES ON ONE SPOT activated both hemispheres of the brain in a very specific pattern in all 4 brain waves in what Maxwell Cade called “The Awakened Mind” state. This state can be found on www.annawise.com. Worked with Anna Wise in 1984 and 1985 with the EEG measurements and she wrote about it in her book, The High Performance Mind.

I believe this awakened mind is particularly significant because of the “Whole Brain Activation”

On a simpler note, TTouch takes us “into our body awareness” in a way that Eckhart Tolle states in his book “A New Earth” - takes us beyond ego to a realization of Presence within. The Oneness with Source or “All that Is.”  


There is much more to TTouch than we realize on the surface. And I am so thrilled that the world is being awakened in new numbers thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s 10-week on-line course with Eckhart Tolle. Roland and I are doing the lessons weekly. Although much of the material is not new, the fact that so many people in 139 countries are joining together has a huge effect on the planetary thinking. Last week 2 million people tuned in to the program to practice ways of going beyond ego. When we write that “We are Changing the World One TTouch at A Time” there is much more to it than we realize on the surface.


Eckhart Tolle writes that each one of us who go beyond ego to that place of Presence within becomes a conduit to bring Light onto the planet.


Thank you for writing and do let me know how you progress with your discoveries of TTouch. Liebe Gruesse, Linda



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you actually have friends whose dogs HAVE been part of the wedding party.
- when your cousin tells you how much her wedding costs you think how many show-quality puppies that could buy you.
 
8.   CLICKER TIPS: HOW TO TAME YOUR KITTEN, CLICKER-STYLE BY JOAN ORR (PART 1)

   Canny cats

With thanks for permission from Karen Pryor’s website http://www.clickertraining.com/
From tiny tigers to diminutive panthers, all with entertaining antics and adorable little faces, kittens are one of the great joys of life. But young cats are not just charming; they can be formidable as well.

Despite their fluffy exteriors, house cats come armed with the same weapons as their larger cousins, and with an instinct to hunt and kill. Kittens begin testing their teeth and claws on their siblings, but soon learn to temper their assaults or be left out of the game. Left to their own devices, kittens will grow into cats that are capable of survival on their own without human help. The self-reliance and independence of cats are traits that many cat owners value in their pets. At the same time, owners do not appreciate furniture torn to shreds or children in tears as a result of a kitten playing too roughly.

Because cats are so equipped to look after themselves and provide entertainment and companionship, sometimes it does not occur to cat owners to try to train a cat. In fact, many people believe that cats can’t be trained. "Cats do what they like, when they like—and why not?"

However, the things that a cat likes to do may be at odds with the cat owner’s view of suitable behavior. Training encourages the cat to change its behavior and become an upstanding feline citizen. Couch potato cats learn to be more active, shy cats learn to come out from under the bed, cantankerous cats learn to be more loveable. Training strengthens the human-animal bond and enriches the lives of both cat and owner. Training is essential for feral kittens that have been living wild without human interaction, if they are to be integrated into a human home.

Clicker training—easy and fun

Training encourages the cat to change its behavior and become an upstanding feline citizen.

So, how do we train a kitten? Clicker training is a purrrrfect way to tame a tiny tiger—or even a full-sized one. When the kitten does something good, he gets a click and a treat. (We know that cats will not waste time or energy on anything that does not benefit them!) It is very common for pet owners (and parents too!) to ignore the kitten (child!) when it is not causing trouble, and pay attention to mischief. Wouldn’t it make more sense to ignore the undesirable behavior and pay attention when the kitten is doing something adorable?

Karen Pryor tells a story of a kitten who received a click and a treat every time the owner saw it doing something cute. It didn’t matter if it was a new behavior or something the kitten had done before. As it grew, this kitten developed a wide range of adorable and entertaining behaviors and was a delight to have around.

Start with kitten tricks

Kittens are very busy with their paws, and this makes it is easy to teach them to give a high five or to wave. Hold a tantalizing toy above the kitten’s head, just out of reach, and she will bat at it with a paw. Click as the paw comes up and then let the kitten play with the toy briefly. Again, hold it just out of reach, click when the kitten waves a paw, and let her play once more. Add the
cue "wave" just as the kitten is raising her paw. After a few tries, give the wave cue before she starts to lift a paw. In a few training sessions, the kitten will learn to wave on the verbal cue without needing to see the toy dangling above her. Keep the behavior strong by clicking for especially high or fast waves and producing the toy as a reinforcer.

If your kitten is motivated by food, you can give a food treat after the click instead of using the toy as a reinforcer. Kittens love to chase and pounce, so tossing a treat or even a piece of dry cat food after the click adds to the fun. Tossing a toy for the kitten to chase is another reinforcer that you can use after the click. If your kitten is finicky and has trained you to deliver only the tastiest moist cat food, put some in a syringe (without the needle) and give the kitten a tiny taste after each click.

Teach the kitten to follow a target. A jingle ball or ping-pong ball on the end of a chopstick makes a good target. Click/treat when the kitten looks at the target, then when she sniffs or touches it with her nose. Move the target, and click/treat when she starts to follow it. Add the cue "touch" once the kitten has the idea. Soon you will be able to use the target to call the kitten to you, or have her come off the counter, go to her carrier, walk beside you, do other tricks, or run an obstacle course while she follows the target.

Kitten essentials
Jennifer Shryock is an animal behavior consultant and clicker trainer whose favorite training activity is taming feral kittens so that they become social with people and, therefore, adoptable. Jen suggests training the following essential kitten skills:

·     accept handling

·     soft paws (retract claws when playing with people)

·     touch and follow a target

·     go into carrier on cue and for sanctuary if frightened (for example, if a fire alarm goes off, the kitten runs for a carrier that is kept near an exit)

Kittens can learn to love their carriers, just the way puppies learn to love their crates. Play a clicker game with the kitten by clicking and giving her a treat when she looks at the carrier, when she takes a step toward it, when she eventually puts one paw in, and then when she adds another paw. Continue until she is going in, waiting for the click, and then coming out to chase the treat. Toss the treats so that the kitten can chase, pounce, and eat. This is tremendous fun for the kitten! Be sure to toss the treats away from the carrier so that the kitten can then race back into the carrier to elicit another click from you.

There are many other ideas for making the cat carrier interesting and enticing. Toss an interesting toy into the carrier for the kitten to chase. Give the kitten her dinner in the carrier. Leave tasty treats in the carrier for the kitten to find. Leave the door open so that the kitten can go in and out at will. Wiggle an enticing toy through the holes in the carrier from the outside, so that the kitten must go in to play with it. Once the kitten is having loads of fun going in and out of the carrier, close the door part way, and then all the way, with the kitten on the outside. Let the kitten figure out how to get in to the carrier to get the toy or treat.

Soon you will have a kitten that loves the carrier and knows how to get into it. Leave the carrier (with a soft bed in it) near an exit. The carrier will become the kitten’s sanctuary, and the place she will head to if she gets frightened. This habit may save her life in the event of a fire or evacuation order.

About the author Joan Orr is a ClickerExpo faculty member and Advisory Board member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. She is also the producer of the award-winning Clicker Puppy DVD, co-creator of the board game Doggone Crazy!, and co-author of Getting Started: Clicking with Your Rabbit. Joan is president and co-founder of the nonprofit Doggone Safe and co-founder of TAGteach International.



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- when you read the personal ads you skip past the vital statistics and rule out any that don't say "animal lover".
- you know your dog's cholesterol but not your own.
 
9.   CLICKER CLASSES

Next 6 week class STARTS JULY 26TH Saturday Afternoons: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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!


DATES:          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: R1400: 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: R700: 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!



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- when you lament to your friends about chronic yeast infections,
they know you're talking about your dog's ears.
- when you read the personal ads you skip past the vital statistics and rule
out any that don't say "animal lover".
 
10.   PUPPIES: BUYING YOUR DOG A PUPPY... BY NIKI ELLIOTT

Are you wondering about getting a playmate for your puppy or for your older dog? A lot of dog people think that getting their dog a puppy or another adult dog for companionship is a terrific idea, and it IS! But first look carefully at the reason you want another dog.  Is the already ensconced puppy doing all the right things or all the wrong things? Are you going to have double the trouble or double the pleasure? How old is that puppy and have you, as caretakers of that puppy, bonded with the puppy? Have you taken the time to teach puppy what it is you want, or are you hoping that puppy will learn from the new dog?  Are you just looking for a baby sitter because you are not able to spend enough time with the puppy you already have? These are all important questions to ask yourself.

In general it is not a good idea to get another puppy or dog until you have bonded and trained the one you have. Two puppies together, even if one is older than the other, are twice the work. If you are unable to cope with the one you have, don’t get another!  Take the time to train the pup. Involve the whole family. Teach your puppy what it is you want and help him to fit into your home in a way that works for you. Once you feel you have a wonderful, well socialized companion then look at getting another puppy or older dog.

Look around for a dog that will suit your life style and the temperament of your other dog. Sometimes it is recommended that you get a dog of similar energy and in some cases, temperament. Two easy-going, hyper dogs will co-exist better than a somewhat sour, couch-potato dog and a hyper dog combination. Other times, if the one you have is very hyperactive it might be better to look for a calmer breed.

Before the dogs meet for the first time make sure that the established dog is at least somewhat agreeable to other dogs. If he has not been well socialized and tries to annihilate every dog he meets, maybe getting him a canine playmate is not such a good idea. If the initial meeting goes awry you could end up with one very angry and territorial established pet.

Once you feel confident that your current dog is OK with strange dogs then get someone to help you and take both the established dog and the new dog to a neutral setting, a parking lot, a park, down the street, a friend’s house… This will circumvent the first territorial instincts. Keep both dogs on leads and approach slowly, from the side not directly into the face of each dog. You want your dogs to have positive experiences with each other right from the start. Use loads of treats to give both dogs this positive association with each other. Let your dogs sniff each other and greet each other normally. Give them positive reinforcement through calm verbal affirmations. After letting them play for a while, put both dogs in a "sit" or "stay", then let them interact again. Finally, take them for a walk together, allowing them to sniff each other along the way. If you have clicker trained your first pup then have your clicker at the ready. Every time the dogs look at each other, click and treat any good signals they give one another. If they are not really bothered about each other and you are in a secure area then take off their leads and allow them to go off and sniff. Most likely they will be more interested in their new surroundings than in each other. Play close attention the both dog’s body posture. Watch out for body postures that show a defensive response. Defensive body postures include hair standing up on the back, teeth-baring, deep growls, a stiff legged gait or a prolonged stare. If a dog goes into these postures, immediately switch into positive reinforcement mode and get your dog to follow your teachings. Let your dogs interact again; shorten the distance between the two.

Once you feel that everything is going well, take the dogs home, but leave them outside for a while and keep an eye on their interaction. This will help reduce the chance of any territorial marking that may happen indoors. Do NOT try to force sharing of toys, beds, or dishes. Each dog should have his own. If there is a bit of resource guarding, keep an eye on it and only give treats and high value items to the dogs when you are controlling the situation. Make sure you monitor these critical first few days to allow your new dog to settle in and become a permanent and welcome part of your family.

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



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you know your dog's cholesterol but not your own.
- when you lament to your friends about chronic yeast infections,
they know you're talking about your dog's ears.
 
11.   PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASSES:

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
            Weekends
   Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 heather4paws@gmail.com
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
            Sundays.
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
overthemoon@iafrica.com 
õ    Sandringham, Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays & Weekday evenings ongoing.
            Kim Heller 082 570 0463
kimh@kti.co.za



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you last had a professional portrait done for your high school graduation,
but you just spent 50% of your dog's purchase price having his done by the
best canine photographer in the country.
- you and your dog use the same kind of hairbrush, and you never can keep
straight whose is whose.
 
12.   HEALTH: TRIPLE HEATER MERIDIAN

From a questionnaire after an Energy Medicine Workshop with Donna Eden

Editor’s Note: TTouch uses ear work to help calm dogs and part of that reason is because the Triple Heater Meridian runs from the outside edge of the eye over and around the ear and down the outside front legs. Therefore doing ear work can have all sorts of wonderful effects on the dog (cat, horse, etc.)

Ah...Triple Warmer - that wonderful meridian of survival and the bane of my existence! In my practice as a counselor I see a lot of clients with very active triple warmers, and increasingly I see clients and find my friends being diagnosed with autoimmune dysfunction. Since triple warmer governs the fight or flight response, it is very useful to teach them several of the triple warmer sedating tools. Most feel an immediate shift toward calm that reinforces their continuing to do them.

As an aside, I showed tracing triple warmer backwards, and the crossed arm self hug, and also smoothing behind the ears to a friend and colleague with MS. She felt immediately better, went out and bought "Energy Medicine," is practicing many of the tools, and looks and feels better than she has in years.

Triple warmer has strong connections to the immune system. It is highly over-active in many people in our culture today as our bodies are faced with ever increasing numbers of toxins and stressors and our immune systems are regularly confronted with substances they have never before seen. Triple warmer also governs the body’s thermostat. It is ruled by the hypothalamus, and governs the body’s habit field.

NOTE from Roby Hood, TTouch Instructor: Yes, this is also why stroking the legs with the wand help to ‘ground’ and settle because the meridian runs down the front legs, or up them and this grounding activates the parasympathetic nervous system. 



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- you spend 8 hours grooming your dog for a show the day before, and 1.25 minutes pony tailing your hair the morning of the show.
- you think that people with bad bites shouldn't be allowed to breed.
 
13.   SHANTI UPDATE: HOW TO GET YOUR NEW PUPPY SETTLED ON DAY ONE

I went to fetch Harley home first thing in the morning. Heather went with me, as I wanted to be able to hold him on the ride home. I took a big blanket with me so he would be comfortable and some treats to help settle him if needed. In hindsight, I think getting him first thing in the day was the best thing we could have done as it gave him the entire day to get used to new surroundings, new people and new dogs.

When we got home, I let him wander a bit in the garden. He was absolutely fascinated with all of the plants as he had been raised with only grass. For the first month, he felt compelled to take a chunk out any big leaf that came across his path. Then I introduced him to Angelique. Angelique is also a Golden Retriever and a very gentle dog.

After this went well, I put Shanti on a leash and harness and brought her out into the garden. Shanti was super hyped; as this is the first time I’ve brought a puppy home in the 7 years of her life! I wanted Shanti on a leash as she can be pushy and I didn’t want her to overwhelm the puppy. This relationship was going to take a bit longer. So we spent the day, giving the puppy some private space to sleep when he got tired, taking him outside every hour to have a wee, playing fetch with Shanti despite having Harley there and in general taking the whole day to establish a routine of eat, pee, play and sleep.

As a result, when the first night came, Harley slept like a lamb “alone” in the front hall and we never heard a peep out of him! Now I don’t know if this is just because he was a confident pup or because of the fact that we set him up during the day to be successful, but I‘m guessing it was a combination of the 2”

For our readers who responded last month to the need to help with Harley’s Housebreaking, you’ll be happy to know that he’s getting much better! He is sleeping through the night up to 10 hours with no mistakes. We still have to be diligent about how long he goes during the day without going outside to wee or there is trouble, but we’re trying to stay smart and keep up the “bossies” visits.

NOTE: One of the biggest mistakes people make is to think that if the dog goes outside, he will do a wee. NOT TRUE! They absolutely don’t’ know that outside means – “be sure you do your business”

I am still going outside with Harley to make sure there is action! I tell him to “go to the bossies”, he wees and I give a biscuit. As we live upstairs, the goal now is to get him to go down the stairs and wee without me having to go with him! It’s easier first thing in the morning as he positively has to go and of course, the girls go out as well. However, then he races up the stairs to get his cookie and I end up going down with him anyway as I want to make sure he does a poo before we all head to the bedroom for coffee and early morning cuddles.

So that’s the goal: Harley going out into the garden - without a human- and doing his business. Also of course, to slowly wean him off the biscuits as a reward. We sometimes just praise with lots of fun and attention, but the cookie really does do the trick! We keep a jar just inside the front door so it’s easy to grab on the way out.



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- the first thing you notice about a guy is what breed of dog he has.
- you think if you ever did marry and have children that you wouldn't have to buy a playpen because you already have an extra x-pen. And why buy a crib??
Crates are cheaper and they're enclosed on all sides.
 
14.   YOUR LETTERS
An Old Boxer is Helped with Incontinence & and Young One Settles

Hi Eugenie!

I wanted to tell you how well the TTouch is working. You remember my old boxer Groucho who I brought along on the first day? I’ve been TTouching him every day, especially to stimulate his spine (he had the spondylosis and was becoming "poo" incontinent, I was clearing up messes from his bed every morning, shame, poor old boy, and he is such a clean dog normally). Well I’m jolly pleased to report that we have not had ONE incident since I started the TTouch...isn’t that fantastic? Look, I don’t expect miracles, he’s still very doddery and the back legs give way very easily, but he’s happy and chirpy and the doing really well otherwise, so thank you so much for the TTouch! 

Kibo seems calmer, still as lively and nutty as ever but that ’manic’ edge has gone, and she seems more content... So I know the Ttouch is helping her, and now she lies down and relaxes into it, whereas before Ttouch you couldn’t even rub her tummy properly because she got so excited she jus became a mass of kicking legs!!

Hope all is going well and you are enjoying your new puppy, they grow so fast he must be getting big already.

All the best

Chiz Judge

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EDITOR”S NOTE: We thought that many of you would appreciate reading this letter that was forwarded to us. It helps to put the email about the artist, Guillermo Vargas into perspective. We so often respond with emotional outrage before we know whether something is actually true. I have to admit that I went on line and what I found there had led me to believe that this story was true.

This info should help.

An artist named Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, took a starving, stray dog off the street, and in order to expose how easily deceived people are by the media and also how hypocritical people are, he photographed the dog at an art gallery on display in such a way as to create the illusion that he was slowly killing and teasing the dog in the name of art. In doing so, he created an uproar, in which people, outraged by his apparent cruelty to the animal, wrote death threats and demanded that something be done to stop him from repeating it again with another dog.

However, it was later revealed that the dog was not tormented at all, and in fact it was fed and taken to a veterinarian. The whole thing was a hoax designed to create an uproar in order to make people do something about the poverty in the world and also to make people be more wary of believing everything they read… in order to make people avoid being controlled by the media like ignorant sheep. People were supposed to be informed of the fact that it was a hoax and reform their ways, however months after all this has happened, the public is being submerged deeper and deeper into the first stage of the hoax and are going on unaffected by the message this artist was trying to get across.

Lejane Hardy
PR - Beauty Without Cruelty
Chairperson – Capetonians against Animal Abuse
Editor – Animal Activist Network News
Bunnyhuggers Promos, Events and Corporate Gifts
Cape Town
Tel:  021 - 559 7324 

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Dear Pet lovers and Friends

I received an e-mail yesterday morning from a lady called Anoux (e-mail below). She is with an animal charity called PETS, located in Somerset West/Strand. They save animals in the surrounding areas and find them safe, loving, new homes.

They need HELP urgently. Its winter, its cold, its wet and the animals need homes, food and even some medical care.

I have been thinking of a way to assist them and came up with the following:

I will donate a tin of dog/cat food for every order I receive via my online petstore - www.petsallowed.co.za – today, 27 May 2008. And I will deliver it to them personally on Thursday 29 May 2008. So what I need you to do is to place an order on my website TODAY so that I can donate the food these animals need to survive.

PLEASE also contribute/donate to them directly in any way that you can – their details are below.

PLEASE HELP make a difference!!!

Kind regards

The Pets Allowed Team
www.petsallowed.co.za
Cell: 082 445 7003

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Hi all PETS and animal supporters,

Funny how life works, last month we were able to help out other animal organisation with donations and this month we had a HUGE influx of sick puppies and dogs that all needed medical care and some even rehabilitation - our medical/food bills last month escalated to almost R20 000.

As you can see on our daily newsletters we still have plenty of animals in care and more on the way. We believe that we are making a HUGE difference in lots of animals lives and we would like to keep going. We would hate to have to deny animals the care, love and food they need because we don’t have funds for them.

If anyone can spare a little to donate to us, please we NEED YOUR HELP. You are welcome to call our vet Strand Animal Hospital on 021 8547037 to confirm us and what we do.

Our bank details:
Standard Bank Helderberg
Acc name: PETS
Acc No: 277408695
Br code: 033012

also.... we need foster/temporary homes. If you would like to help make a difference and be a "stop-over"  for a puppy or an adult dog, PLEASE contact us URGENTLY!!

thanks.
Anoux Amiee’ Massey
Member: PETS
PBO: 930025719
076 87 27 07 1
anouxmassey@gmail.com



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- your mother is ecstatic to see you browsing the aisle with the hair coloring,
after hounding you for three years to try highlighting. Only to be disappointed when
she finds out the peroxide is to "touch up" your Saint's drool marks.
- when someone mentions single bars, you wonder if they are talking about
utility or agility jumps.
 
15.   ODDS AND ENDS

a.   Book of the Month: TTouch for Healthcare: The Health Professional’s Guide to Tellington TTouch

Tellington TTouch has emerged as a natural healing modality for humans. Used by nurses, physicians, physical therapists, massage and cranial-sacral therapists, as well as Feldenkrais practitioners and other healthcare professionals and caregivers around the world, TTouch provides a unique opportunity for expression of support and caring, and well as relief of a multitude of symptoms.

TTouch for Healthcare is the professional’s guide to integrating Tellington TTouch for enhanced care and patient empowerment. A two-hour and forty minutes DVD is included with this book.
BOOK AVAILABLE from the TTouch office at R460

Call 011 884-3156 or email info@ttouch.co.za

b:  Website of the Month: http://www.dragonflyllama.com/

Sue Ailsby kindly gave us permission to use her training articles in our newsletter. On her website you can find quite a few interesting things such as: Training Video’s on Intermediate and Advanced training, .

The best feature is the complete Levels of teaching for all of the Basic Dog Behaviours! So you can take Behaviour like Down and work it from level 1 until level 5. For these great training articles, go to this very generous site!

c: Interesting Links

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

à Elephant Prayer Circle
About those gentle giants, the Elephants: It is with great sadness that I inform you that culling was legalized again in South Africa as of the 1st of May. At this pivotal time in their history, how humans handle this situation feels like a defining moment for not just the elephant civilization, but for ours too.

Please consider joining in a positive initiative to lend our energetic support to the ellies during these critical times. This is what they have directly asked for, beyond the realm of physical intervention even. The Elephant Prayer Circle can be found at
: www.corelight.org/elephants/prayerelephants.html

à A really great game, and handy skill to have, is playing tug with your dog. In this video Aidan teaches you how to play tug with your dog so the game is safe and fun. For more information about playing tug, read Aidan’s articles on www.Clickertraining.com. Playing Tug Games by Your Rules and Controlled Tug Games: A Novel Reinforcer. Playing Tug Games: http://www.clickertraining.tv/product.html?source=wn&item=FREE-28 

à TTouch video clips broadcast on the YouTube community! Visit our new TTouch Channel to see demonstrations of TTouch. A demonstration of the basic TTouch has already been posted. More clips will be added soon, so stay tuned to http://www.youtube.com/user/TellingtonTTouch. See Linda demonstrate TTouch on YouTube»

d. QUALIFIED BEAUTY THERAPIST REQUIRED – OUTSTANDING OWN BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY !

The Victorian Garden Organic Skincare Company will be re-opening its Organic Skincare Salon soon in Lonehill and we are offering a unique opportunity to an experienced beauty therapist to run her own business.   The applicant needs to be passionate about beauty and health, confident,  have a friendly and kind personality and have a committed work ethic. Most importantly she should be interested in organic lifestyle principles, “green” living and environmental issues which is what our company supports.   A particular talent with facials would be a plus, as The Victorian Garden Organic Phyto Facial is our signature treatment and is very sought after.  Earnings potential from our large customer base, and the applicant’s own, is unlimited and a beautiful in-house salon is provided rent free on a 20% of earnings income share in lieu of rent. Interested?  Please e mail your CV to victorian@telkomsa.net       http://www.thevictoriangarden.co.za/



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- when you go "clubbing", you have your choice of the all-breed club,
the specialty club, the obedience club, or the tracking club.
- you once made earrings out of old rabies tags, and all your friends
wanted a pair.
 
16.   EVENTS: WODAC: WORLD OF DOGS AND CATS TAKES PLACE AT THE DOME JULY 18TH TO 20TH.

Tellington Ttouch will have a stand there close to the Food Court and Entrance # 3 so come and join us for a fun day! We will be giving Demos each day on both TTouch and Clicker Training. ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

See Demo times below;

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

TIME

TYPE

TIME

TYPE

TIME

TYPE

      15:00

TTouch for Dogs

      10:30

TTouch for Ageing in Dogs

   
10:30

Clicker forPuppies & Children

       16:15

Clicker for Dogs

     12:00

TTouch for Dogs

   

 11:20

TTouch for Horses

     17:45

TTouch for Cats

     13:25

                    Body Wraps

 

12:50

TTouch for

Cats

  

 18:40

TTouch for Dogs

 

14:55

Clicker for
Dogs

  
14:45

TTouch for Dogs

  

15:30

Balance for Your Dog & You!

   

 15:30

Clicker for Dogs



*YOU KNOW YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG TO FIND A MATE WHEN:*
- all of your friends always include your dog in any invitation they issue to you.
Of course, you reciprocate because you only have doggy friends left.... the others have stopped inviting you places because you insist on bringing the dog!
- when you talk about "scoring" you mean how you did at last weekend's obedience trial.
 
17.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES

Roxy – Rottweiler looking for a home:
Roxy is spade and has just turned 4. She is not overly aggressive but is protective of "her mother"... LOVES TO PLAY and is house trained. Roxy is used to having full run of a home. Full vet records available and is micro chipped. Please contact Mark on 0836536967 if you can assist.

Two year old Male Bouvier from Cape Town: “Lovely dog” Contact Sue on 0824415781 or sueb@futuregrowth.co.za

Tess is a 4yr female cross Boxer/Mastiff type dog, she is sterilised and is fully up to date with her vaccinations. Tess has trained at Birch Acres Dog training Club for the last 3 ½ years. She is in A class obedience which means sit, down, stay, retrieves, are a piece of cake, she can do her A type recalls easily and a 2 minute sit stay is no problem.

Unfortunately Susan has no choice but to return to UK July 31st, I am loathe to see this dog end up in the SPCA, Susan has spent hundred of Rands and many hours training. I have known Tess for the last 3 ½ years and she is a really friendly typically goofy Boxer type cross. She is very good with other dogs although other dogs sometimes find her a bit intimidating, as she is quite a big solid girl who just wants to play. She has a magical face and always looks at you as if she is asking a question!

She is also excellent with children.

Please, if you can offer Tess a loving home call Susan on 074-162-0453

Simba is Golden Lab , 18months old , not sterilised , very playful and very good with children
Baby is 8yr old chow, very quiet , likes crates, she has been sterilised.

Owners moving next week so homes are urgently needed.

Contact – Ashley:  011 782 8141

18.   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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