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Hello TTouch Friends,

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Fabulous 2009! I hope that it brings Joy and much Fun to you and your 4-legged Friends. We have a great Year in store for us with a new Practitioner Training for Companion Animals starting in October. We already have dozens of people who have expressed interest, so if you’ve been waiting for the next class, please email me ASAP and ask for a Registration Form.

And of course Linda Tellington-Jones is coming back to South Africa in March! Linda is full of energy and enthusiasm for her work, the people, the animals and Life in general. She a real breath of fresh air and a true inspiration so if you’d like to experience this amazing woman, make sure that you book for one of the Demo Days that we’ll be doing in both the Practitioner Training Programs. This will include the 2 Client Mornings for the Companion Animal program on March 28th & 29th and the Horse Demo on April 5th.

I have a Birthday just before Christmas and we had a grand Party here at the house. The good news for the dogs is that there were marvellous leftovers! I am careful what I feed my dogs, but good quality food will never hurt them. On Sunday morning they had beef, fish, vegetables & potatoes and all three passed out in different parts of the house for about 3-4 hours. I have to admit it was a blessing for me as I used the day to recoup my energy. All animals were well satiated and happy!

How did everyone do with the Fireworks on New Year’s Eve? We were pretty lucky here in Sandown as it was pouring rain, so there were only a few hearty people braving the weather for firecrackers. I don’t know about you, but I tend to stay home these days to make sure all dogs & cats are happy and safe.

We had a great 6-day workshop with the Dog Unit of the South African Police Force just before the Holidays. It was super teaching TTouch to people who could use it every day in their interactions with dogs.

Don’t forget that we have a new Clicker Class starting up January 28th. This class is a huge amount of fun and the learning is phenomenal. If you want to learn and have fun with your dog, then make sure you join us!

And just in honour of the Obama Inauguration on Tuesday, here is a tidbit from Suzanne Hett’s Animal Behaviour Assoc.’s Newsletter:

“You may have seen the press release from AKC that announced the Obama family narrowed their search for a breed to a Portuguese water dog or a Labradoodle. YESSS!! When interviewed in November by the Denver Post and in her regular column in an upcoming issue of Dog Watch (Cornell University’s newsletter for pet owners) Suzanne’s number one pick for the Obama’s was a "Portie".

Have fun in 2009!

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


Twas the month after Christmas,
and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.

TTACT IV will have its 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. We are taking Pre-Registration forms now and will start asking for deposits in the New Year. For you Capetonians and others around the country, this is well worth your while to travel!


The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year lasting between 5 & 7 days. The first Introductory Session will take place October 01-05, 2009. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a workshop before then if you are keen to start. Having a basic knowledge can help you retain more of the Intro training, but again this is not necessary for you to be part of the TTACT IV class. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at www.ttouch.co.za


After the Introductory Session and between sessions, students are encouraged to assist at workshops for further experience and do case studies. The program comprises only 2 sessions a year in order to help students with their finances and the need to get time off work. The workshops are scheduled to include a weekend in order to make it as convenient as possible.


The Program is a comprehensive training of hands on work with Companion Animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, etc.



We endeavour to help the student to be proficient and confident in the TTouch work. To this end we have a program that we believe gives a steady hands on experience for the best results. That includes such things as:

·        After session 2, the TTouch student is required to do 5 case studies between each session, 15 in total. This is to ensure that the student is doing and experiencing the work as well as getting feedback on what they are doing.

·        After session 2, each student receives a Mentor who is available to help him with these case studies and any question he might have about how to handle a particular situation.

·        At session 2, we begin to take students to a Shelter to work on both cats and dogs. This is to give you an opportunity to experience as many different animals as possible. It also allows us to give back something to the animal community. (Please note that if anyone has an objection to going into the shelter, and we realize that it is hard for some, there is no obligation. There is always an alternative to work with the kennel or your own animals instead.)

·        At session 3, we start to introduce Client Days. This is a morning where we set up Clients and their dogs for you to help in a safe and supported environment.

·        In general, the course is very much a hands on training giving you a great variety of experience with as many animals as possible so that at the end of 6 modules you feel confident to handle the clients and cases that come your way.

·        TTACT students are encouraged to assist at workshops given by fully Certified Practitioners. This is a great learning experience and invaluable to the learning process.

·        The TTouch office and Guild is always here to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any needs!

·        Our Instructors all come from overseas and are the best in the world. One of the beauties of this program is that the same people teach it worldwide and so the information doesn’t get filtered down through many hands. The Instructors include Linda Tellington Jones (creator of TTouch), Robyn Hood (Linda’s sister and brilliant teacher), Edie Jane Eaton (also a Feldenkrais Practitioner) & Debby Potts (teacher par excellence).

·        This program is about helping you communicate with animals, giving people an alternative method of working with both animals and people, our human relationship with the animal world and giving you the tools to do all of these things. The program is dynamic, creative and yet very practical so that the work is clear and easy to understand.


At the end of 2 years, if you have done your case studies, you will acquire the Status of Practitioner–In–Training and are then able to charge for one-on-one consultations with clients.


Please contact Eugenie if you are interested in more information at eugenie@ttouch.co.za

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

TTACT III, session 6 – September 24-29, 2009 with Robyn Hood (limited to TTACT III student

The cookies I'd nibbled,
the chocolate I'd taste
and the holiday parties
had gone to my waist.


An opportunity to spend quality time with your dog and learn new ways to communicate, problem solve or just bond.


DATE:             Saturday afternoons: January 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 & March 7

TIME:            2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

COST:            R800

VENUE:            Sandown, Johannesburg

CONTACT:   Eugenie on 011-884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za


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!


INSTRUCTOR: EUGENIE CHOPIN is a TTouch Practitioner, level 3 and runs the South African TTouch Training Program. She has studied Clicker Training both here is South Africa as well as completing a comprehensive 4 week Clicker Course for Trainers in the USA, which she passed with Honours. She believes that the 2 disciplines (clicker & TTouch) work beautifully together as both work with gentleness and respect, as well as teaching the animal to think for themselves.


Tel: 011 884-3156

Fax: 011 783-1515

Email: eugenie@ttouch.co.za

Website: www.ttouch.co.za


Learn how balancing your dog’s Body can influence Balancing the Mind and Emotions!


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







TTouch Office Sandown

6 Week Class

Saturday afternoons



January 31


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

2 Day TTOUCH Dog Worshop by Niki Elliot








2 Day Workshop


7 & 8 March 2009


Niki Elliot


082 451 0433


A comprehensive workshop that includes information on the TTouch philosophy of working without dominance and force, observation skills, dog’s body language, many of the TTouches and how and when to use them. Also included is the use of different equipment, including the body wrap, the confidence course and leading and ground work all of which increase a dog’s body awareness leading to increased confidence.

CLIENT MORNINGS – March 28 & 29, 2009

This is one of our most popular offers. Your opportunity to experience TTouch first hand for only R120 for you and your dog! As most of you know, we have a Practitioner Training Program on the go and are now in our third 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:               R120 per day with a dog

R60 for the Demo only – no dog

Date:               Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.

Venue:             Broshacarm Kennels, Midrand

Booking:         Eugénie or Jennifer at info@ttouch.co.za or Tel: 011-884-3156 or Fax: 011 783-1515

When I got on the scales
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store
(less a walk than a lumber),










1 Day Workshop


8 February 2009


Niki Elliot


082 451 0433


A comprehensive workshop that includes information on the TTouch philosophy of working without dominance and force, observation skills, cat’s body language, many of the TTouches and how and when to use them. Also included is the use of different equipment, including the body wrap and how to lead train your cat.

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt...
I said to myself, as I only can,
"You can't spend a winter, disguised as a man!"







Calrswald          Kyalami

One Day TTEAM with Megan Jackson

                   Feb. 15th


Megan Jackson                 0826511430 megan@trilan.co.za

Donnybrook Stables Johannesburg

5 Day TTEAM with Linda






Lindy equibalance@iafrica.com 083 616 0577

Donnybrook Stables Johannesburg

5 Day TTEAM with Robyn Hood

Oct. 7-11 2009

+/- R4200

Lindy equibalance@iafrica.com 083 616 0577


The 5-day Horse Clinic can be used as one of the 4 Clinics necessary to become a Horse Practitioner. (For more information on How To Become A TTEAM Practitioner go to: www.ttouch.co.za. This clinic is suitable for both professionals & novices alike. This 5-day Clinic includes TTEAM philosophy, bodywork, ground exercises, riding and is also a good overall view of the Horse work.


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


A truly inspirational method for influencing behaviour, health and performance, including the following:

  • Increase your horse’s willingness to learn and ability to perform

  • Identify and alleviate soreness without drugs

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

  • Overcome resistances without fear, pain or force

  • Enhance healing and speed recovery of injury- related problems

  • Learn ground exercises to improve balance and develop coordination

The TTEAM method provides solid, practical and informative tools to help with:

  • Sore backs

  • Stiffness & stress

  • Nervousness & tension

  • I inconsistent performance, stubbornness & laziness

  • Lameness & unevenness of stride

  • Girthing and saddling-up

  • Resistance to the vet and farrier

  • Bucking & rearing

  • Resistance to grooming, clipping, pulling manes & giving shots

  • Head tossing & tail wringing

  • Biting & kicking

  • Loading

I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

Life Lessons TTouch Has Taught Me By Shelly Moore P2

From: Staying in Touch Newsletter-  Volume 10 Issue 1

EDITOR’S NOTE: I wanted to share this list by TTouch Practitioner Shelly Moore. Most of us in this program know that  this work is life changing. It’s not just about doing bodywork and groundwork with the animals. It’s a whole way of thinking a being. So enjoy the list!

TTouch and TTEAM have taught me so many life skills over

the past decade that I felt compelled to do a quick TTouch Things to remember list. These are things out of my notes over the past few years that I felt might be fun to share. Many have fascinating and funny stories that go along with them.

1. “Start where you can start.” Linda Tellington Jones

2. The release is the “ahhhh” of the ah-ha.

3. Expect change

4. Enjoy the process or experience

5. Be in the moment

6. Be the “fun” in fundamental, help make learning a positive experience

7. Play

8. Experiment

9. Learn to expect the unexpected

10. Chunk it down

11. Chunk it up – what is the ultimate goal?

12. Take an objective look the toolbox regularly, what can you add or discard?

13. Be willing to try new things

14. Check your ego at the door, it will be waiting for you when you are ready to leave

15. Be objective

16. Learn to be more observant – use your eyes, ears, and hands in addition to your brain.

17. Learn to listen

18. Look with an open heart

19. Trust your intuition

20. “Where knowledge ends violence begins.” Xenophen

21. “Learn to Relax and Breathe no matter what.” Debby Potts

22. Practice – turn conscience competence in to unconscious competence

23. Identify possible solutions as the problems present themselves

24. Set realistic goals for the animal, owner and yourself – is this a “job” that suits this particular animal physically as well as emotionally?

25. Will they enjoy doing it?

26. Learn to identify stress patterns in the animals you are working with

27. Verbally tell the animal (or person) what you DO want, not what you don’t want

28. Start at a pace (TTouches or training) that mirrors or matches the animals’ present energy level. Once you have done this you can then slowly change to your desired pace.

29. Remember to drink plenty of water and remain hydrated as this can affect overall brain function and loss of cognitive abilities

30. Get enough rest

31. Objectively observe other training methods as you can always learn something; even if it is what not to do.

32. Keep abreast of new methods or ways of doing things within your organizations, plan to attend trainings regularly as the knowledge and information age is upon us and available information is constantly changing or evolving.

33. Do what makes your heart sing

34. Expect the unexpected and be open to receiving additional gifts. An example is; we were working on eye/hoof coordination and this previously hard to catch horse is now the first horse to the gate. Wow what an unexpected gift.

35. Have a plan but be ready to adapt and change it according to the needs of the individuals you are working with.

36. “Understanding behavior doesn’t excuse it.” Robyn Hood

37. TTEAM can be written in water.

38. “What you resist persists.” Debby Potts

39. “Anything worth doing well is worth doing awkwardly at first.” Abraham Maslow

40. Have compassion without emotion.

41. Energy flows more freely and changes occur more easily when there is a non-attachment to the outcome

42. Point out predictable outcomes such as; relaxation response, lowered anxiety, lowered discomfort, improved sense of well-being, enhanced wound healing, better self control, and more self confidence if the owner needs that extra support.

43. Yawning, licking and chewing can be signs of relaxation if they are exhibited in the right context or correct circumstances

44. Seven things to remember as a TTouch practitioner

a. Intention

b. Compassionate non-attachment to the perceived outcome

c. Non-judgmental assessment

d. Be ethical

e. Have your own sense of well-being

f. Approach life with a holistic point of view

g. Practice

46. Twixt wand and whip, one must decide, to touch the mind, or beat the hide (Marty Bennett)

47. Forgive your own past indiscretions and move on

48. Mostly, people and animals are doing the best that they can with the knowledge they have

49. Teach from your center

50. We may be lost but, we are making good time.

51. “Teach less more densely.” Robyn Hood

52. If your TTouch insists on going the “wrong way” at a certain point, be brave and go with it. You might find it is just what is needed.

53. Use a mounting block

54. “Look at the problem through your horse’s eyes.” Linda Tellington Jones

55. “If negotiating and obstacle while riding proves to challenging for your horse, then be safe and dismount then lead the horse through the obstacle.” LTJ

56. When teaching a horse to lead remember to ask and then to release so that he has clear signal and somewhere to go.

57. Recognize the many different learning patterns or styles of clients and animals alike. They will thank you for this.

58. Your safety comes first

59. Tension and ticklishness is essentially the same thing.

60. When doing TTouch remember to have both hands connected to the animal in some way so as the circuit is complete.

61. When doing TTouch remember to keep the joints in the fingers and hands soft and supple. If this is to difficult switch hand positions to accommodate your own needs and comfort.

62. Keep you wrist straight so that you can TTouch all day long in comfort!

63. “Go with the flow.” Marty McGee

64. The wand is merely and extension of your arm but with magical powers.

65. For your horses comfort remember to tighten the girth slowly and in stages.

66. Recognize your own limits and if something doesn’t feel right or safe stop the exercise immediately. Never push through something unless you feel absolutely safe while doing so.

67. If you remain focused most likely your horse will too.

68. Learn to recognize body language in animals and humans. Humans have the ability to say with words one thing while the body language is saying something else entirely.

69. Communicate clearly and often what you want to happen.

70. Visualize the outcome you want to happen as though it has already happened. See the horse standing quietly in the trailer….

71. Be enthusiastic about TTouch but try and avoid the evangelism.

72. Remember the golden rule of childhood, “Do unto others as you would have done onto you” this applies to animals too.

73. “Listen to your horse when he is whispering instead of waiting until he is shouting at you.” Robyn Hood

74. “Less is more, really applies to mouth work.” Debby Potts

75. “Once a month forgo the riding lesson in lieu of a massage or other body work, your horse with thank you.” Robyn Hood

76. Learn to mentally note, respiration of the horse when trying new or difficult things. Does he breathe in rapid shallow breaths? Does he hold his breath?

“Five minutes of TTouch a day helps keep the vet at bay.”

Shelly Moore

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

: How to Put An End to Counter-Surfing

Published on Karen Pryor Clickertraining (http://www.clickertraining.com/)

By Aidan Bindoff


A new trick


Many dog owners complain that their dogs steal food from kitchen counters or even the dinner table. A new term was even coined to describe this behavior [0]: counter-surfing. If you’re tired of losing your dinner to a sneaky pooch every time you turn your back, here’s what you can do about it.


"Stop" strategies


Counter-surfing is unwanted behavior. In operant conditioning [0], there are three basic approaches to stopping unwanted behavior:

  1. Punishment [0] through a consequence [0] that diminishes the unwanted behavior

  2. Extinction [0] (allowing the behavior to fade away on its own) through removal of the reinforcer [0] that is maintaining the unwanted behavior

  3. Training an alternative or incompatible behavior

The first approach, punishment, has its disadvantages. It is usually (but not always) unpleasant, and therefore not much fun for dog or owner. Judging an effective level of punishment can be tricky. Too much punishment can be damaging, and too little can be ineffective. Other behaviors may end up being punished unintentionally, sometimes causing the dog to simply learn to avoid an entire situation altogether.

If you punish your dog for counter-surfing, for example, your dog may decide that the kitchen was the source of the problem, and opt to avoid the kitchen altogether—which could cause a host of other issues. But by far the most common problem that occurs when punishing counter-surfing is that the dog only learns not to steal food when the owner is around. As soon as the owner leaves the room, watch out!

This leaves us with the remaining two options: extinction and training an alternative or incompatible behavior. If you are new to clicker training [0], find an index card, write down the following, and stick it to your fridge:

  • What is reinforcing this unwanted behavior and how do I remove the reinforcer?

  • What would I like my dog to do instead of this unwanted behavior?

Food left unattended on kitchen counters is simply too tempting and too reinforcing for the thieving dog.


Remove temptation


The answer to the first question in this case is easy: FOOD. Recall the adage "opportunity creates the thief." Food left unattended on kitchen counters is simply too tempting and too reinforcing for the thieving dog. Each time your dog manages to find food on the kitchen counter, counter-surfing has been reinforced. Extinction of counter-surfing requires clean kitchen counters. Use storage containers, high shelves, and cupboards so that food is never left unattended within reach of your dog. Clean up countertop spills and tidbits immediately, as even a crumb can be enough to reinforce some dogs.

If food must be left unattended, put your dog in another room and shut the door. There is no sense in providing opportunities for reinforcement [0] when avoiding it is as simple as closing a door.


Try instead


So what would we like our dogs to do instead of counter-surfing? We could choose a specific behavior, such as lying on a mat in the kitchen, and in severe cases we could train and proof this single behavior to be reliable even when we’re not in the room—and even when there is juicy steak lying all over the counters!We could train and proof this single behavior to be reliable even when we’re not in the room—and even when there is juicy steak lying all over the counters!

If the mat is your dog’s normal bed, then he can be taught "go to mat" fairly quickly by capturing this behavior. Simply wait until your dog lies down on the mat on his own, then click and treat. If you toss the treat a short distance away from the mat, you will set up the next trial. When your dog is reliably going back to the mat to lie down, put it on cue [0].

(If the mat is new to your dog, then you can shape this specific behavior using the instructions found in the free online Book of Training Levels [1] by Sue Ailsby.)


Increase duration


Once you have the "go to mat" behavior on cue, start adding duration. Rather than clicking as soon as your dog goes to the mat, hold off a second before you click and treat. Gradually increase the time before you click, second by second.

Keep the mat in the kitchen or, if space is tight, just outside the door but still in view. When you have 30 seconds of duration on the mat, try asking your dog to "go to mat" the next time you prepare food in the kitchen. Click and treat (toss the treat to your dog on the mat) every 5 seconds at first, then start to build duration up again.

Why lower the criteria [1] to 5 seconds when you know the dog can stay for 30 seconds on the mat? This is a new training picture, and we’ve introduced distractions (food being prepared), so we have to lower our criteria to a point where the dog can—and will—succeed.

When your dog is staying on the mat while you prepare food for 30 seconds, try leaving the room. Only leave briefly at first, return, and if your dog is still on the mat, click and treat. Again, build duration slowly, at a rate where your dog will succeed.


Eventually, they’ll know better


All that most dogs need to know is that there are plenty of opportunities for reinforcement for a range of behaviors that don’t include stealing from the kitchen counters. When preparing food, make sure you reinforce nice behaviors such as sitting patiently, or lying down on the floor or a mat. Be sure to leave the room briefly, just to return and reinforce these nice behaviors that are offered even when you’re out of the room. At first, be sure to tidy food from the counters so that any counter-surfing is not reinforced.All that most dogs need to know is that there are plenty of opportunities for reinforcement for a range of behaviors that don’t include stealing from the kitchen counters.

By combining extinction with regular reinforcement of alternative behaviors, your dog will learn that the most reliable way to get food is to sit patiently, or lie down out of the way. Attempts at counter-surfing will not be reinforced and will eventually go away. If your dog has been reinforced for counter-surfing many times, or intermittently, then the extinction process will take longer—but it will happen.

Remember the two important questions raised above—what is reinforcing this behavior, and what would I like my dog to do instead? These can be applied to virtually any unwanted behavior: raiding the garbage can, barking at the door, jumping on visitors, even pulling on the leash. You hold the power to solve any one of these problems if you can answer those two simple questions and consistently apply the solutions.

About the author Aidan Bindoff is the editor of Positive Petzine [2], a free online resource for dog owners and trainers. He lives and works in Tasmania, Australia.  Taken with permision from the Karen Pryor Clicker Training newsletter.  For more exciting articles go to: www.clickertraining.com

I won't have a cookie, not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie.
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

Next 6 week class STARTS JANUARY 2009








Clicker Classes for Dogs
6 weeks

Starts 28 Jan
Wed. evenings Plus either Fri. evenings or Sat. mornings

R 1400 
Includes Book, Notes, clicker, etc.

Eugenie Chopin

011 884 3156



Saturday Mornings or Friday evenings


Train Your Dog without Force and with Fun!


This class will include 4 x three hour sessions on How Dogs learn (Wed. without dogs)

Plus: 6 practical sessions of 2 hours on Clicker Training (Fri. or Sat. -with Dogs)


DATES:                      Without dogs: Wednesdays: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 18      6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

                     With dogs:             Saturdays: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 4

                                                                                                            9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

                     Fridays: Jan. 30th, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 3             6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


VENUE:                     Gayre Drive, Sandown Ext. 9 – Johannesburg

BOOK:   Eugenie Chopin at eugenie@ttouch.co.za or phone 011 884 3156 for more info.


What is Clicker Training all about? Basically it’s 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!


The Class will teach basic behaviour at whatever level you and your dog are at as well as targeting, tricks and how to shape any behaviour you’re interested in teaching. It’s really about teaching you how to “Up your game” in the training arena.


This class is also 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!


 COST: R1400: this includes the cost of the course, notes, the book “Click for Joy”, treat bag, target stick and a clicker. When you have paid your R700 deposit you are welcome to come and get your book early.


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!




EUGENIE CHOPIN is a TTouch Practitioner, level 3 and runs the South African TTouch Training Program. She has studied Clicker Training both here in South Africa as well as completing a comprehensive 4 week Clicker Course for Trainers in the USA, which she passed with Honours. She believes that the 2 disciplines work beautifully together as both work with gentleness and respect, as well as teaching the animal to think for themselves.


Tel: 011 884-3156

Fax: 011 783-1515

Email: eugenie@ttouch.co.za

Website: www.ttouch.co.za

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore...
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet.

Getting a Dog For your Child.


What is the best dog for my child? We get asked this question all the time and really there is no single answer. In theory, almost any dog has the potential to get along with children. There is a lot of speculation around certain breeds that are supposed to be good with children but you just never know how each individual dog will turn out. There are so many factors that affect a dog’s ability to get along well with kids, and not all of them to do with the dog! The children in the household also need to be taught how to conduct themselves around dogs.


The first thing to look at is how the children relate to dogs.  Are they afraid of dogs or are they fearless? How much exposure have they had with dogs in the past?  Do you want a dog for your child or does your child want a dog? Are you expecting your child to care for the dog – to teach him how to look after animals?  You need to consider the ages and activity levels of your children. Crawling babies and toddlers can be stood on or knocked over by a hyperactive, awkward, gangly puppy who does not know his own size. Bigger kids could squash or drop a small dog if they are not always careful. If your child is afraid of dogs, look at getting a dog with a quiet temperament and moderate energy level and of a medium size. You don’t want a puppy that jumps up all the time and mouths or chases your child. In some cases an adult dog would be better than an excitable jumpy puppy. An adult dog that has grown up with children and was part of family life in that home.


 There are certain breeds may be naturally good with kids and you need to do some research into the breeds to see which one would suit your kids and your lifestyle. Each dog has it’s own set of attributes and “problems”. If your child has allergies you would need to look at breeds that don’t shed very much, or at all.


A few suggestions of dogs to research that have been know to be good with kids.

Traditionally Labradors or Golden Retrievers have been suggested as being good with children, and they are usually pretty smart and easy to train, but they can be very hyperactive and destructive if they do not get enough exercise. The retrievers need more grooming than the Labradors, unless you have a mud patch in your garden!

The Poodle is extremely smart and is great fun without being over the top. They love to learn tricks, which can be motivation for the kids to train them,  but can be a little nervous and would do better with older considerate children. You have a choice of size as well – toy, miniature, or standard. Regular grooming is necessary but they don’t shed very much.

The little Bichon Frise is a perfect size for small children. This little cotton-ball breed loves to play, but is not usually too hyperactive. Regular grooming is necessary.

Beagles are clever, friendly dogs that are not too big. They respond well to training and are also a lot of fun. Their short coats make them easy to keep clean and they don’t leave a trail of fur everywhere.

The Collie and Shetland Sheep dog are both very calm, gentle and tolerant breeds that often do well with children of all ages and sizes - like Lassie. Regular grooming is necessary.

Then there are all the mixed breed dogs, the Mutts, who are often the most well balanced and intelligent of all the dogs. 

When it is time to look for your dog, try visiting local rescue groups. There are plenty of these groups around and they have lots of beautiful dogs looking for a new life. Find out about dogs that have been in foster care. Their foster "parents" know and love them. They really want the dogs to go to the right homes, and they will be completely honest about the dogs’ personality and temperament. If you want a purebred dog, go to a reputable breed-specific rescue organization. Otherwise, you can go to a general rescue group with a good reputation.

If you do decide to get a purebred dog from a breeder, research a number of breeders and get as much information about their dogs. If they will allow you to have the names of some of the people who have taken their past puppies, call these people and see what their dogs are like.  Once you choose a breeder, spend a lot of time talking about the temperament and socialization history of the pups. A good breeder will know the pups and parents well and share information freely.

When you have found your dog – this is where the work really begins. Having a dog is a wonderful way to enrich your child’s development and create beautiful memories to be treasured for years to come. The bond between dogs and kids can be magical.  Training your dog and your children together is a life-long project. Puppy socialization and obedience training is absolutely essential! Make sure someone in the home can spend a lot of time training the new dog, especially if it is a puppy. It is really great if your child wants to participate in training, however it should be done under the supervision of an adult. Not many children have the motivation or dedication to train their dog when others are at birthday parties, on holiday are at friends!

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 and Older Dogs Sunday Mornings Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net.

õ        Brixton / Auckland Park, Puppy classes; contact Candi Moon: furbabies.sanctuary@gmail.com, 079 490 3233, http://www.furbabiestraining.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 mailto:kimh@kti.co.za

õ        Durbanville, Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. Ongoing: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 9790848 or 082 784 7524.

õ        Edenvale, Puppy 1& 2 and Older Dogs Sunday Afternoons Morag Barkhuizen

079 497 8442 ghazan@intekom.co.za

õ        Heidelberg, Jordaanpark, Every Sunday; contact Ilze van der Walt:

zafira.ilze@webmail.co.za or 082 921 4448

õ        Hermanus, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West Puppy l & ll. Tel 082 490 1650 and e-mail janina@krugerphotography.co.za

õ        Kempton Park, Puppy 1& 2 and Older Dogs Saturday Mornings Morag Barkhuizen 079 497 8442 ghazan@intekom.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

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
--Louis Sabin
10.   HEALTH
  1. What you can do to Help Your Dog and your Vet. ( See more in the Book of the Month Selection)


EDITOR’S NOTE: Niki gave me a great new book for Christmas, which has been recommended by Linda Tellington Jones. Below is a reduced sample of Chapter 4 and I thought a lot of fun!


                         I.      Thou Shalt Push Thy Veterinarian off Her Pedestal

When a vet is on a pedestal two-way conversation flounders therefore hindering open communication. Veterinarian treatment requires engaging the owner and an owner who is intimidated won’t feel comfortable expressing an opinion.


                      II.      Thou Shalt be Present

A face-to-face conversation with your vet is invariably more valuable than connecting later via phone or email. This is especially true when your dog is sick, as it’s helpful to have the decision-makers present. If you are unable to be present, have the person standing in for you take notes or tape-record the visit.


                   III.      Thou Shalt Let the Staff Know if Thy Dog Is Aggressive

If your dog has ever growled or snapped at veterinarian staff it’s vital that you inform your vet. Withholding this information will lead to alienating the veterinary staff and will result in a cool welcome when you return. Bring a well fitting muzzle will do the trick.


                    IV.      Thou Shalt Provide Information

Observing any changes to your dog’s health often provides more clues for correct diagnosis than the actual physical examination. Remember to bring your dog’s vaccination booklet, current medical records & medication so drugs and dosages can be confirmed.


                       V.      Thou Shalt Confess Everything

Be truthful with your vet, especially if the reason for your visit is the result of something really embarrassing or awkward. Your vet will not judge the cause and the confession will assist with diagnosis and treatment.


                    VI.      Thou Shalt Pause for Confusion

In order to continue your pooch’s treatment at home a thorough understanding of the diagnosis is required. If you find yourself in a position where you don’t understand the diagnosis - stop the vet and ask for further clarification.


                 VII.      Thou Shalt Share thy Concerns

Your vet will be in a better position to understand your reasoning if she knows how you’re feeling. Who better to understand your love and concern for your dog than her? Financial concerns are awkward to discuss however this should be discussed upfront. Be sure to get an estimate before treatment begins.


              VIII.      Thou Shalt Ask Questions

Asking questions is the most practical way to deal with your dog’s diagnosis. Your vet expects you to call with questions after processing the information and doing some research at home.


                    IX.      Thou Shalt Treat the Entire Staff Well

Everyone deserves to be treated with equal respect – the veterinary staff should be treated with same respect that is shown to your vet.


                       X.      Thou Shalt Always Come Away with a Plan

This relates to how and when you will next communicate with your vet.  Be sure to fully understand what the follow-up plan is so that no misunderstandings occur.


Extracted from:

Speaking for SPOT :Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life

Author: Dr Nancy Kay

Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.
-- Bonnie Wilcox 'Old Dogs, Old Friends'

Harley has his first Christmas & the Joy of Playtime in the Garden

Christmas was a good time with the dogs. I have collars with bells on them, which the dogs wore for Christmas. When Harley got his, he didn’t know what it was. He shook himself and of course the bells jingled merrily! He was a great sport and wore the collar without any fuss.


Just 5 days before Christmas is my Birthday and like most good parties there were great leftovers. On the Sunday, I fed all dogs a meal of Steak, Fish, potatoes and vegetables. I have never seen anything quite like it – they all found a room to themselves and quite literally” passed-out for several hours! What Peace and What Bliss is a Happy Tummy!


We also had lots of playtime in the garden. Those of you who have been reading this column for years will know that Shanti will play fetch for hours and of course, now that Harley is here, he is really a pest in her space when it comes to fetching a Kong and bringing it back. So the play goes like this:

            I throw the toy

            Shanti runs to get the toy with Harley following

            Shanti retrieves the toy 80% of the time

            Shanti wants to bring it back to me, but now has to run back dodging Harley, rather like a football game.

            Sometimes I get the toy back and sometimes it’s more interesting to let Harley get his teeth on it.

Or:            Sometimes Harley retrieves the toy and has no intention of bringing it back to me, but does want Shanti to try and get it.

            Shanti is super smart so she runs back to me anyway (empty mouthed) in the hopes that I can get the toy away from Harley!

So fun is had by all


One day while in the garden, I saw the cat had come out with us to play. Now Shadow doesn’t really play with the dogs, but it’s fascinating to watch how she enticed & teased Harley to chase her, then would turn around and spit and hiss at him. We had lots of bushes and trees in our garden, so she could easily have done things differently. I am absolutely sure she knew exactly what she was doing and had great fun doing so!


The last and most important of Playtime in the Garden is the fact that I seem to be able to let all three dogs out safely together. So on many occasions I have Angelique join Shanti in the garden and it’s been fine. She even barks excitedly when Shanti leaps into the pool to retrieve a toy or pinecone. I’m sure it’s partially the large space that makes it possible and the fact that most of the time Shanti is engaged in an activity that she likes. However this afternoon we were in the garden and I was engrossed in Barack Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope”. And all was well and Peaceful. Yeah!

No matter how little money and how few possessions
you own, having a dog makes you rich.
-- Louis Sabin

My companion Gandalf (the white)


I acquired Gandalf, a male Golden Labrador Retriever at the age of 10 weeks and from the start, he was a lively bundle of joy!  He was the only animal in our household and, of course, received all our attention.


After about 6 months (uneducated in animals as I was at that stage), I decided it must be time that he goes to obedience school and he was just as excited as me.  He struggled a bit in the beginning as he was so happy to be in class with the other dogs (he was not socialised!), that he paid little attention to me and what I was trying to teach him.  After a two classes, I decided that it would be better to stop as I did not agree with the training methods I was taught to use with Gandalf.


After about 2 years, he was still not “calming down” and appeared very hyper active.  I searched in the Animal Talk magazine in order to find some way that I could understand what he is all about.  That’s when I found TTouch!


Boy, what a change TTouch made in my life and also in the way I view all animals.  For the first time in my life - I REALLY GOT IT!


After using the therapy on Gandalf (and by that time also my German Shepard, Drako), they really came into themselves and Gandalf was a different dog.


However as lively and loving as he is, he has had some challenging medical ailments.  About 2 years ago (by then he was 4 yr 6mts old) I suddenly noticed that half of his face was drooping - just as in patients who had a stroke.  I immediately rushed him to the vet who gave him massive doses of medication.  It did seem to help as he recovered well - and with the assistance of TTouch of course.  About 3 weeks after he recovered, to my horror I discovered that the other side of his face was now drooping!

I was not prepared to put him through the same medical treatment, as the high doses of cortisone affected his intestines to the point that he looked terribly swollen and uncomfortable.  I decided that it will be the TTouch way alone and stuck it out with him.  He recovered well and has not had any symptoms again.


Just as everything was getting back to normal (including his little body), another blow!  I started noticing that he was bumping into furniture or even sometimes, a tree outside (mostly in the dark).


After a visit to the vet, I was referred to the JHB Animal Eye Clinic and the doctor gave me the news I dreaded.  Gandalf was diagnosed with PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and my world seemed to be ripped out from under me again.


The first comment from very insensitive people was - “So you are now going to put him down?” - to which I did not take kindly!  I decided there and then that I will help him deal with it no matter what...


Why I wanted to tell you about Gandalf...

Dogs are such resilient creatures that no matter what they get dealt, they always take it in their stride and somehow cope.  To Gandalf, life was no different - although we had to make some changes to make it easy for him to adjust.  He has now almost totally lost his sight but is happily running and playing and just being himself.  He seemed to have formed a picture of his surroundings in his mind and at times you would not say that he cannot see.


I would not ask for another companion even if I could wish for one.  He has given me the way forward to find out about animals, their behaviour, he led me to TTouch and in general has taught me about the person I want to be for my animals.


Even in the darkest of times, they are always there for us.  Sitting by our feet, lying with his head on our lap, just being there.  The trust and love that a dog brings is incomparable to any human bond and that is a thing that very few people understand and experience.


I feel very grateful that Gandalf was sent my way and hope for many more years in which I can give him all that he so mildly gives to me.


Woofie Love Always



Jiggy Horse Benefits from TTEAM & TTouch at the Trail Blazer Festival!

 Here’s a great story of how Linda’s demonstration of TTEAM and TTouch changed the life of one horse owner!

"Dear Linda and all your terrific staff,

Thank you so much for the TTouch and TTEAM training at the Trail Blazer Festival. I am so happy to now have the tools to help my horse Ming have a better, more comfortable balanced life!



I am a board member of the Los Padre Trail Riders in Santa Barbara, California and I got a call a couple of months back after yet another exhausting jiggy trail ride. Tami asked me if I wanted to put Ming in the Linda Tellington-Jones clinic and I had to laugh as I was so tired from the trail ride.


When I brought Ming to the Earl Warren Fairgrounds where the Festival was taking place, Linda got to see how Ming can be, never walking flat-footed, jigging in place, spinning, circling, all the things a jiggy horse does.


So for two days, we got to see first-hand TTEAM and TTouch and how to use the tools, the balance rein and even Linda riding Ming with NOTHING on his face with just the Liberty ring around his neck. Now I have a goal! Now I have the tools! This is so exciting!


With his saddle and pad adjusted, and the training bit and reins and balance rein, I discovered how my seat made Ming more forward moving. And when he went forward, I would clamp down with my legs which drove even more forward! I bought the Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book and looked up jiggy, so under Jiggy / Joggy, I have a list of TTouch and ground exercises I can do to break this pattern we have both developed which had become a never ending circle.


So thank you all once again, I am looking forward to letting you know how much success we have in our new venture together."


- Susan Bell and Ming


Hi Eugenie,


Just wanted to say thanks for such an interesting newsletter!!!  It is very informative and so much info.




Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our
own and makes it so much the larger and better in every
-- John Muir

Book of the Month – Speaking for SPOT Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life by Dr Nancy Kay


This is an engaging, compelling and truly indispensable book. Dr. Nancy Kay enables her readers to become well-informed advocates for their pets’ health-care decisions. She has provided the perfect guide that will make a trememdous difference for dogs and for the people who love them. Inside you’ll find:

·         Find a qualified vet and clinic that you and your dog can agree on

·         Bone up on modern veterinary vocabulary and technology

·         Sharpen your knowledge of today’s vaccines – which are necessary, and how often they should be given

·         Avoid dog-related debt with medical credit lines and pet insurance

·         Know when to get a second opinion – and how to dot it without offending anyone

·         Support your pup through cancer diagnosis, staging and therapy

·         Dispense with “vet appointment tension” – abide by the 10 Commandments of Veterinary Office Visits.

·         Come to terms with when to say goodbye and how to make your dog’s last moments joyful ones

·         Plus much much more about physical illnesses, symptoms, what questions to ask and what treatments are available.

“This book should be in the library of every person who loves her dog. With clarity, charm, and wit, Dr. Kay provides step-by-step guidelines that teach you how to be a responsible and informed advocate throughout your dog’s life. It could save you thousands of dollars and give you the tools to prevent the heartache that comes with making uninformed or rushed decisions about your dog’s health care.”

Linda Tellington-Jones, Animal behaviourist and author of Getting in TTouch with Your Dog; Getting in TTouch with Your Puppy; and Unleash Your Dog’s Potential.


Visit http://www.speakingforspot.com/ for more information including sample chapters, downloadable health forms, POD cast interviews, and order information.

Available from http://www.loot.co.za/  or http://www.kalahari.net/

b: Interesting Links


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=l2vU8U0j_4E  - Dog’s regular swim with Dolphin Friend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bxdg2RPdgQ - TTouch Instructor, Cathy Cascade helping ALF, the pitbull recover from being a fighting dog.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/magazine/12/22/vick.dogs/index.html - “What happened to Michael Vicks dog…” Á story on Pit Bulls – very interesting!


c.:  To Rent - A Peaceful Sanctuary in the Heart of Fashionable Bryanston. For short or long term. Rent & Terms negotiable.

Traditional Bryanston home, newly renovated and redecorated. Four spacious bedrooms, main en suite, fourth bedroom potential teenagers pad/granny flat with separate entrance. Large kitchen, lounge with fireplace, dining room, TV and bar area leading onto covered patio and entertainment area.

All nestling on one acre of well established garden including numerous indigenous trees, plants and bird life.

 Excellent security, armed response and electric fencing. Ideal family home.  Pets allowed. Call: John on 082 451 5540.011 706 2320

14.   EVENTS

Telepathic Communication seems to be the Flavour of February!



HAIG – The Human Animal Interaction Group will host Amelia on Thursday, Feb. 5th at the Johannesburg Zoo.

Date:               Thursday, Feb. 5th, 2009

Time:              AGM: 6:45 for 7:00 p.m.

Talk: 7:15 for 7.30

Cost:               Members R20-00     Non-Members R50-00

                        (Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served)

Venue:            Johannesburg Zoo, Education Centre

Meet at Main Zoo Entrance to take Ferry to Centre.

Go to www.jhbzoo.org.za for map to get there.

Booking:            Eugenie or Jennifer on 011-884-3156 or echopin@icon.co.za

Amelia Kinkade is an international speaker and the author of Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: How to Talk to Animals and Get Answers, and The Language of Miracles.  She was featured in The 100 Top Psychics in America, and hundreds of publications worldwide such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, The London Sunday News of the World, and on countless talk shows and news programs around the globe such as Carte Blanche in S. Africa, the Animal Planet Network, and The BBC News. Her passions include working with White Lions, cheetah, and elephants in Africa and helping charities worldwide with their fund-raising.


Johannesburg Delta Environmental Centre, Delta Park, Victory Park

Dates:                         7 & 8 February 2009        10h00 to 17h00

Cost:                           R700.00 per day,   R1300.00 for both days.

Contact:                      Sandy on 082 372 3388  or sandy@deltaenviro.org.za



b. Sheila Trecartin – Telepathic Communicator from Canada


Cape Town (Vita Nova Club)

30 January 2009 @ 10h00 - 16h00 - 5 HOUR SEMINAR, USD100.00 per delegate

31 January 2009 - Private Readings USD50.00 per animal read

01 February 2009 - Private Readings


Johannesburg (Goldfields Dog Club

04 February 2009) - 5 HOUR SEMINAR, USD100.00 per delegate

05 February 2009 - Private Readings (by appointment), USD50.00 per animal read

06 February 2009 @ 09h00 - 15h00 - Private Readings - USD50.00 per animal read


Bookings:  Alison Garlick 082 5774888 or alison@axismarketing.co.za


c. Discover Yourself through the Way of the Horse with TTEAM Practitioner Megan Jackson


  • Let the horses gently guide you to an awareness of the behaviour patterns that keep you from reaching your true potential.

  • Experience activating your whole brain and body to inspire a deeper awareness of your own natural abilities and creative talents.

  • Listen to the messages behind emotions

  • Establish & maintain clear & consistent personal space


DATE:            January 31st

COST:            R600

VENUE:         Carlswald, Kyalami

CONTACT:   Megan on 082 651 1430 or email megan@trilan.co.za

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in exploring human potential through the human-horse interaction.                        

Absolutely NO horse experience is necessary! www.equine-eq.co.za

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