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Hello TTouch Friends,

We have just finished a most inspiring time with TTouch Creator, Linda Tellington-Jones. She has such a natural communication style with each animal. They all respond to her energy, her touch and her ability to communicate. She taught many students to work with an open heart and to set their intention of what they wanted the animal to receive & experience while working with them. It’s wonderful to watch Linda work and see the animal change before your eyes. Thanks Linda for keeping us learning and expanding!

While Linda was here, we had a couple of Client mornings that were awesome. Each day we had clients and their dogs join us for a Demo and then a private consult with one or two of our Practitioners-In-Training. I have to say how proud I am of all those now in the TTACT III program who are going to add so much to the Companion Animal Community with their work. New “official” Practitioner’s in Training are: Heather Whitfield, Wendy Wilson, Tersia Kock, Annelize van Wyk, Candi Moon, Sabrina Cipolat, and Janina Kruger! They range from Hermanus to Pretoria, so have a look on our website to see if there is someone in your area. Congrats Ladies!

I am delighted to know that the Capetonians are so keen to experience TTouch. We now have a full workshop for May and a few disgruntled people who couldn’t get in! So sorry! I’m sure we’ll get one of our Practitioners down there to do another one later in the year.

I’d now best finish this Newsletter with a quick apology for taking so long to get it out. We have been truly overwhelmed with work in the TTouch office. While it’s exhilarating, it is also time consuming! So her it is – better late……

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals


A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

TTACT IV will have its first Intro Oct. 1-5, 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 very shortly 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 and have a look at the workshop page.

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.

DATE:            October 1-5, 2009

VENUE:        Broshacarm Kennels - Midrand

COST:            +/- R4200 (Dependant on Rand/Dollar Rate)

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

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

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...

2.  Give me time to understand what you want of me

2A. CLIENT MORNINGS – September 26th & 27th 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

Date:               Saturday, September 26th, 2009 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009 10:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.

Venue:            Broshacarm Kennels, Midrand

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

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
3. Place your trust in me. It’s crucial for my well-being







SorghVliet Lodge Stables
Western Cape

Incorporating TTEAM into your equine routine

4 Saturday mornings Starting April 25

9 til 12





Incorporating TTEAM into your equine routine

Weekend    June 6 & 7           9-4:30





Take four Saturday mornings off to get in TTouch with yourself and your equine partner. 4 three hour sessions running consecutive weekends, each morning looking at different aspects of TTEAM. If you would like to bring your horse at no extra charge, please let me know. Horses accepted on a first come first served basis.


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

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

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!


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






Cape Town


May 16-17


Eugenie@ttouch.co.za or phone

011 884-3156

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.

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand you words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.


Notes from Equitana in Essen, Germany and Email All the Way From Australia and South Africa

Posted: 20 Mar 2009 02:19 PM PDT

I am writing from from Essen, Germany where I am presenting at Equitana, the world’s largest and first international equine expo:

I very much enjoy the enthusiastic emails that reach me over the internet from around the world. In November my sister, Robyn Hood, presented at the Australian Equitana and taught several workshops around the country. Robyn and her husband, Phil Pretty have a herd of more than 100 Icelandic horses at their farm in Vernon, British Columbia. Robyn, now often assisted by their daughter, Mandy Pretty, teaches TTEAM and TTouch workshops around the globe. Linda Crestani sent us a follow-up from one of Robyn’s recent trainings in the land down under often called Oz. Check out Robyn’s websites at Icefarm.com and TTEAM Canada.

Mar 15, 2009, Linda Crestani wrote:

Warm greetings Linda and Robyn,

Here are some photos of Annie (Ancestry) at five days old, already TTouching is underway! I apologise for the delay in sending. Annie is now seven weeks and thriving. She is exhibiting the most animated trot and flying changes, and enjoys her ttouch sessions daily. A most friendly and lovely temperamental foal which I believe is due at least in part to TTouch.

I had a success story following the TTouch method of trailer loading on Saturday. My black 2 year old filly has not been shown for some time due to her explosive kicking and rearing when previously floating. She came here last May suffering pneumonia, transported interstate. Finally healthy, on trailer loading she would calmly enter the float (trailer) then without warning rear or lash out behind. After catching one of her rear kicks to the chest, I decided to stop floating (trailering) her until a safer way (without force ) could be found. Along came Robyn and ttouch at the Canberra clinic, along with Ro Jelbart’s assistance. Thank you Robyn for the excellent session on trailer loading with the Brumby mare “Sally.” Many thanks to Ro Jelbart for her practical sessions with her own horses she allowed me to stand in on. On Saturday I was able to load my filly safely, allowing her to walk up the ramp and load herself with a “walk on!” (dingo) with a tap on the croup. No pulling or head holding or any restraint. She did walk on perfectly by herself and floated perfectly to the show an hour away. Well she was calm and brilliant and won Champion Cob mare and returned home again without drama. The return trailer loading was even easier. The “bad fear” cycle had been broken, thanks to the skills TTouch has given me. If a friend had not witnessed it all, no one would have believed it to be the same horse.

Thank you all so much again.


From horses in Australia to cat ambassadors in South Africa:

Today I received an email from a friend of Lily Merklin’s. Lily one of our German TTEAM/TTouch Instructors for horses and is also trained in psychology. She is working on a doctoral dissertation that includes work with cats in prison settings. Lily’s friend “Rhona”, (not her real name) has been working with prisoners in South Africa who are allowed to keep cats during their incarceration. Lily wrote to “Rhona” to see if we could meet when I am in South Africa in April. As it turns out, Rhona has apparently been including TTouch with her kitty work for years since attending a weekend workshop with Eugenie Chopin. Eugenie is a TTouch Practitioner 3 and heads the South African Tellington TTouch Training. Check out Eugenie’s brilliant website loaded with inspiring TTouch stories.

Rhona’s correspondence to Lily:

Am thinking of you often and would love to get a copy of your dissertation. I was so excited when you contacted me as I believe there are no international boundries if it comes to animal lovers - and every thing we do has huge effect if done with right intentions. Just had a most wonderful lady from Paris visit me last week. She volunteers for a rescue organisation there.

Linda Tellington Jones - one of my all time heroes!!! I am absolutely delighted to know you mentioned me. Just knowing this makes me very happy and proud.

I did the local TTouch 2 day workshop years ago - I think in 1999 - with Eugenie Chopin. It changed my approach to my pets. I purchased the video at the time and circulate it all the time to all my rescue friends. It is now worn to shreds.

Also purchased the book : Getting In TTouch with your cat ….use it all the time. First question I ask anyone who wants to help … have you heard of TTouch???

I help feral/stray cats - the prison cats are just one of many many colonies I try and help - the TINY bits of TTouch I know make a HUGE difference.

Have just set up a small unit of a new property of a local rescue organisation to house pregnant/new mommy cats - often very stressed and in need of TLC. I assist in the most desperate of areas. Cats are not popular and are used in witchcraft (sangomas).

Prison very tough but am doing my utmost to survive. The cats seem to take it in their stride….

I will forward a recent article from Cat Fancy magazine - Sandy Robins managed to get “into prison” with me last year and wrote a wonderful article.

And her email to me:

Dear Linda, wonderful to hear from you - I will do my utmost to meet you!

Your work reaches so many people and animals - it is absolutely fantastic! I can not count the animals I know who benefitted from TTouch… to add them up worldwide would be mind blowing. Thank you for bringing joy to the world, animals and people.

Have to laugh - Tribe of Tiger by Elisabeth Marshall Thomas is one of my favourite books. Love reading.

Purrs from


© 2009 Linda Tellington-Jones

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.


Try this at home? Karen Pryor Academy’s (KPA) Dog Trainer Program combines online education, at-home training exercises, and a series of workshops with a KPA faculty member. One of the first exercises in the online web lessons is to teach your dog to lick its lips, on purpose, for a click and a treat at home.

Our sixteen faculty members around the country report that at the first workshop some students arrive with dogs that can happily give a huge lick when asked. Other students found the exercise difficult or impossible. They question the point, anyway, of teaching a dog to lick. Couldn’t we skip this chore?

Seeing the movement

People who have never done real shaping are SO accustomed to asking for, causing, or initiating the dog’s movements that they sometimes find it very difficult to SEE movements, large or small, that the animal is making on its own.

At one of the early ClickerExpos, I was teaching a session on shaping. I offered to show people how to shape the behavior of backing up. To make it as easy as possible for people to see, I brought a Great Dane on stage. I put the owner at the front end of the dog, giving the treats. I stood across the stage behind the dog, clicking for hind leg movements. In short order, the Dane was stepping backwards, and then moving backwards a few steps, and then backing up continuously until clicked.

Later that day, a woman stopped me in the hall, introduced herself as a veterinarian, and confessed that the demonstration was very difficult for her to understand.

"I was unable to see the movements," she said.

"You think it’s hard to see a Great Dane step backwards? Try it on a Pomeranian," I thought, but I sympathized. Her eyes could see; her brain just couldn’t figure out what to focus on.

So, in the KPA course, "lick it" is an exercise in observation, as well as in shaping. The people who find the exercise difficult are often the very people who need it the most; the more traditional training experience they have had, the more of a mental shift they need to make.

"Lick it" is an exercise in observation, as well as in shaping.

Why the lick?

KPA Program Director Tia Guest, faculty member Helix Fairweather, and I chose the lick because it’s something all dogs do; in fact, it’s something all dogs do often, especially at meal time or in the hopes of food. Yet you can’t MAKE the dog do it with a leash, nor do dogs tend to do it when you actually lure with food. (Then a dog is going for the food, so it’s sniffing, not licking.) Other reasons for choosing "lick it" were:

It’s brief, so it hones your clicker timing.

It’s harmless, so if it escalates, so what?

My dog never licks

Oh, yes it does. People who are unfamiliar with shaping may feel that they can’t click until they see a great big smooch; they don’t realize that any glimpse of pink tongue counts. However, if you’re having trouble seeing random licks, there is a fast way to get started: butter the dog’s nose! Once you’ve captured a few of the licks the butter elicits, licking should increase enough for you to get the dog licking for a click.

Licking as a stress signal

Some people have doubts about reinforcing licking because it can be a stress signal. However, as long as you are not forcing the action by manipulation or luring (in which case the animal is simply learning to wait for the shove or the lure), the initial cause of an action is not really important.

If the muscles are doing the movement, the click will reinforce the movement. As soon as the behavior becomes operant—hopefully within three or four clicks—any previous "reasons" for doing it are no longer valid. Now the dog’s not just licking because it’s nervous, or to get the grease off its nose; it’s licking to make you click. The behavior itself does not generate an emotion. It’s just one more way to earn reinforcement.

The likelihood of increasing anxiety by clicking licking is far outweighed by the likelihood of making licking just one more cheery behavior.

We often train a behavior in animals that was initially a symptom of emotion. A horse may rear spontaneously because it is frightened, or in an aggressive display. But you can shape rearing, put it on cue, and the horse does it willingly and calmly as a trick or a learned behavior, with no agitation resulting at all. Dolphins and whales use a loud slap of the tail in fear and as a warning signal, but I’ve trained tons of dolphins to tail-slap on cue with not a vestige of emotion attached any longer.

I think the likelihood of increasing anxiety by clicking licking is far outweighed by the likelihood of making licking just one more cheery behavior that the dog loves to do on cue.

Happy clicking,

Karen Pryor

Excerpt from Karen Pryor’s Newsletter

With kind permission from Karen Pryor. More interesting articles can be found at http://www.clickertraining.com/

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

New 6-Week Class to start the end of July

Our new classes will begin the last weekend of July and run for 6 weeks.

If you’d like to know more, contact Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

APDT Professional Dog Trainers’ Advice for the New “First Dog”


The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest educational and professional association for dog trainers in the world, congratulates the President and his family on their new canine addition. We asked our members to provide their top tips for training and living with a dog in the White House (or any house!)


Greenville, SC - April 13, 2009 – The Association of Pet Dog Trainers promotes positive, dog-friendly training based on humane, scientific methods. All dogs, whether the “First Dog” or dogs who live on “Main Street,” require training and socialization to become happy, harmonious residents in a family’s household. Learning should be fun and exciting for humans and dogs alike, and all family members should become actively involved in the training process.


We queried our members about what they would teach the new “First Dog” if they became the White House dog trainer. A detailed listing of their advice is on our web site, http://www.apdt.com/. Some highlights include:


1)      Use Positive Training Techniques – The APDT recommends that you use training methods based on positive reinforcement and the latest scientific understandings of dog behavior.  This will motivate your dog to choose to follow your commands, rather than doing them out of fear or avoidance. Teaching your dog with the enduring power of love, kindness and respect will create a deeper bond with your dog and family and will provide a profound example for all dog owners in the U.S. The APDT has provided an article on how to find a humane, professional trainer on the APDT’s web site at http://www.apdt.com/po/ts/choose_trainer.aspx.


2)      Teach proper greeting behavior - Since the “First Dog” will encounter many new people, places and things, socializing to a variety of people, places and experiences on a regular basis and pairing this with positive reinforcement will ensure that he will be a good “ambassador” for all dogs in the U.S.


3)      Involve the family and staff in training – Dogs learn through consistency and repetition; everyone who encounters the dog should be “on the same page” as to how to greet him, what verbal commands and hand signals to use, and what behaviors to reinforce.


4)      Use games and play in training – Using games can be a wonderful way, for children in particular, to train a dog to basic thru advanced obedience commands in a positive and fun atmosphere. 


5)      Provide appropriate chew toys – All dogs, particularly young and adolescent dogs, need to chew.  If young dogs are not given proper chewing outlets, they will easily find the wrong ones! Keep the White House furnishings secure by providing the “First Dog” with food-filled chew toys to exercise his mouth and his mind.


The APDT is a professional educational organization of trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through using positive, dog friendly methods based on sound scientific principles. With over 5,000 members worldwide, the APDT provides professional dog trainers with a respected and concerted voice. The APDT promotes caring relationships between dogs and people and works to increase public awareness of dog-friendly training techniques. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.apdt.com/.


A Pet’s 10 Commandments...

9.  Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.


 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 Tracy McQuarrie 083 222 5180

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 or email heather4paws@gmail.com

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


A Pet’s 10 Commandments...
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Dental Work: TTouch & Essential Oil Tips

   By Sandy Rakowitz Eq P2; CA P1


I recently had my Horse Dentist/Vet to visit for my horse’s dental check-up. Often, vets choose to use sedatives to do dental work with horses as their behavior can be a bit unpredictable, and often horses do not like their mouth handled or the sensations of having their teeth floated. From previous visits with this particular Vet/Dentist, I knew that he was open to not using sedatives if it was not necessary.  I have refused dental work previously with another vet who insisted on using a sedative before knowing how my horses behaved. So my current Dentist/Vet’s attitude and openness were quite welcome with me, as I preferred to use alternative methods.


I currently have two horses.  Ibis, a 27 yr old Thoroughbred gelding that I have had for 22 years, that helped introduce me to TTEAM about 20 years ago.  In his younger years, prior to much TTEAM, he would fight having dental work, struggle, lift his head very high and sometimes rear.  With years of TTEAM and quiet handling with this Dentist/Vet, my horse has gotten progressively better over the years.  When I added in the use of a few Essential oils about 8 years ago, it made the process even easier. 


My second horse Zoey, a 15 yr old Paint mare has only been with me for 2 years.  She can be a bit reactive at times so I did not know how she was going to be with having her teeth floated.  She has had a variety of TTEAM and TTouches and a lot of mouth work since I have had her. 


Prior to the day of the Dental/Vet visit, I used several short sessions of Mouth TTouches on their muzzle, mouth, gums and nostrils.  Since both horses have had a lot of TTouches generally, I wanted to focus with their mouths to prepare them for the Vet/Dental visit.  I know Mouth TTouches help so much with attitudes, emotions and in the acceptance of various dental procedures.

TTouches Used:

  • Clouded Leopard Circles all around the sides and bottom of the muzzle; all around and on the nostrils; all around and on the chin, lips and corners of the mouth

  • Slides along the upper and lower gums

  • Tongue and Roof Tapping – since he was going to be working in the mouth, I paid special attention here

  • Clouded Leopard and Lying leopard Circles all over the face

  • Ear Slides for good measure!


The mouth has a direct link to the limbic part of the brain that houses emotions and deals with the ability to learn. I have seen horses deal significantly more easily with the Dental procedures after having had several sessions of TTouches along with Mouth TTouches.  Both horses got very, very relaxed with these TTouches and really enjoyed the mouth work.


On the day of the visit, I added a few additional minutes of gentle and quiet Mouth TTouches along with some Essential Oils that I know have a particularly quieting effect.  While the Vet was working, I also used TTEAM wand to stroke down the neck, chest, legs to the hooves, along the back and down the hind legs for grounding and calming in the moment.


Essential Oil Blends that I added just prior to the visit:


1.  Valor, 10 drops wiped on ears, chest and shoulders. One of my favourite blends for balancing energy, relaxing the back and spine and is great for grounding.

2.  Peace & Calming, 10 drops wiped on ears, poll, chest & shoulders. A blend that was developed to calm hyper active kids.

3.  RutaVala, 10 drops also wiped on ears, poll, shoulders and chest. I have found this blend to be unparalleled for calming the central nervous system.


Both horses were exceptionally quiet and easy to work with to do their dental work this year.  In the past I have not had the RutaVala blend as this is fairly new.  While Valor and Peace & Calming have worked well in the past to bring a state of relaxation, RutaVala completely took any edge off and helped them to stand ever so quietly and patiently for Dr. Rucker.  I was thrilled!


In previous years, Ibis, my Thoroughbred, had gotten to where he was quiet but still tense and on edge.  This year, with the additional specific TTouches I added prior to the day of the Vet visit along with the 3 Essential Oil Blends, he was STELLAR.  He was significantly better than any other time in the past.  After a few minutes of dental work, he actually closed his eyes and relaxed into the work being done on his teeth.  I have never seen anything like it before.  I was very impressed and so proud of him!  Like many Horse Dentists, Dr. Rucker uses a brace to hold open the mouth, and then a special power tool to do the floating.  He had to take the edges off of several rear molars for Ibis.  Zoey was also excellent.  She stood patiently, quietly, and was easy to work with the entire time.


These TTouch and Essential Oil tips also work well for visits to the Vet with cats and dogs or in any situation where a calming influence is needed.  The amounts of essential oils will decrease with smaller sized animals.  And the TTouch mouth work needs to be adjusted to the size and shape of the muzzle.  When using Essential oils, I recommend only using Therapeutic grade.  I have found these to be safe with animals and people.  For more information about therapeutic grade essential oils and their uses, or for ordering information, please go to www.onehearthealingcenter.com


Sandy Rakowitz owns and operates One Heart Healing Center in Charlottesville, VA.  Sandy is a TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Level 1, a TTEAM Equine Practitioner Level 2, Centered Riding Instructor, and a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing where she taught for 6 years. In her private practice, Sandy also integrates the use of Animal Communication, therapeutic-grade essential oils and flower essences. (434) 973-8864 www.onehearthealingcenter.com

If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them

Harley and Shanti help Teach a Clicker Class

It’s really fun to have both Shanti and Harley at the Lecture portions of a Clicker Class. When we discuss how to do thing like get behaviours or how to measure a Behaviour, I will use them to demonstrate and they are both very keen! Shanti is what we call “Clicker Savvy” so I usually use her to show people a shaping exercise. This means I’ll decide what I want her to do and then without giving her any cues or clues, I’ll shape her to do something. For instance, if I want her to walk away and first target & then pick up an object, I will start clicking any look or turn of the head in that direction; then I might start clicking a foot in that direction and so on. Once she understands what the target is, she might try different behaviours with it: bite it, paw it, pick it up, pick up and carry, etc. etc.


This is a really fun exercise to do with your dogs and it really gets the dog thinking. Shanti absolutely loves it. You can see her mind racing – “what will get me that Click/Treat”? And then she starts offering any behaviour she knows just to make sure!


Now Harley on the other hand is hardly trained at one year! (Yes it’s hard to believe that he’s had his first Birthday!) As a result, he is actually fun to work with because he knows so little. However, I have done some shaping with him from an early age, so he quickly will get into the game of “what are we training today?”


My biggest problem this past week was that they both performed cues so well; that I couldn’t show the things I wanted in my clicker class! Now how often do we get to complain like that?

If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride

EDITOR’S NOTE: I often wonder how much is read in a Newsletter, so when I received this mail, I was gratified to know that we can make a difference! Thanks to all those who gave homes to these dogs!


Hello Eugenie,


Thank you so much for putting the appeal I sent to you on behalf of Ilse from Middleburg “Yorkies looking for loving homes” in your recent newsletter.  Ilse had approximately 54 Yorkies in total, she has placed all of them except for about 10 which are very old and these she can care for, and has made long term provisions for.


Eugenie, the response was instant, there were so many calls and Ilse said the Yorkies have gone to really super people. There seems to have been a dog suited for everyone who came.  She has had to turn away dozens of people. Some people were so wonderful, although we specified that they were free to good homes, some people insisted on giving her some cash on account of her circumstances and some people took more that one Yorkie so that the dogs had company, other people gave dog food, money for dog food people just were so generous and caring of her situation.


On Ilse’s behalf thank you so much for without your help none of this would have been possible. Although Ilse is still sad at the loss of so many of her dogs who have been companions for years, she is grateful and very relieved that they are going to be loved and cared for and she is at peace now with the result.


Kindest regards,





Editors note: This letter came from a client after a Practitioner worked on her dog.


Hello Nicky,


This is a short email to let you know that Peppy has improved so much.

His back leg does not buckle under him when he gets up and the growling has stopped as well.

AND I can now touch his back legs without him biting me!! The body wrap is working like a charm!

Thank you so much for showing me the various TTouch methods.

Last but not least, thank you for your incredible patience & love for what you do!!


Kind regards,




Editor’s note: Lots of people are starting to blog and it’s a great way to share experiences


Dear Eugenie


I witnessed the power of Tellington TTouch when I took my puppy into the vet and Wendy (who happened to be there) used its techniques on my puppy. The effect was astonishing!


I have been interested in animal behaviour and human/animal interaction ever since I did my first puppy socialisation course 15 years ago. In my capacity as a journalist, I have done several stories about this subject over the years.


I believe very strongly that we (the public) all need to be continually educated about our responsibility as caretakers of pets.


So I am currently writing a blog which is a diary about my experiences and growing relationship with my new puppies.


If you know of anyone who may be interested in my blog, please pass it on.


Editors note: Letter of thanks from a student who attend Eugenie’s Dog Clinic classes in January/February 2009.


Hi Eugenie


LUNA – the dog that was never seen

Luna is a 3 yr old hybrid, wolf/GSD. We got her as a puppy at 8 weeks, she had never been handled by humans, as she was an unwanted litter and the family had about 10 dogs on 2000m2 and did not want to get attached and keep these dogs, too.


Luna was very timid, running away and hiding; we unfortunately did not have the time for puppy training (1 year old in the house) and left her. Shy Luna was never seen by visitors, who were always surprised to hear that we had another dog. She is beautiful, graceful in her walk and run, with the typical wolf mask, very, very pretty and the gentlest nature I have ever encountered in a dog. She is the least of a problem and due to that gets overlooked when it comes to interacting or getting petted by us, as she rather keeps her distance.


When she was 2 years we decided to go back to dog training, Luna blossomed, gained a lot of confidence and became bolder – visitors now saw her and tried to pet her, which resulted in Luna racing away and hide.


Then I did TTouch, taking Luna with me, as I thought it would do her good, give her some extra attention and frankly I thought she was the easiest dog… the one that gives the least problems and might make it real easy.


Oh boy, what a surprise… first time we arrived at Eugenie’s, Luna became a shaking leaf, cowering in the corner. That was not what I had expected; I thought she would at least be able to handle being in a room with others, as we had practiced this at dog training. Here I had to physically drag this dog, who heeled so well, into the classroom and out off the classroom.

Eugenie and her team were fantastic, reassuring, guiding and giving constant constructive criticism. Most importantly I started to learn how to read my dog and how to react and deal with her in a way that I do not frighten or stress her more than what she really is. Luna slowly came out of her shell, every week we could see, how her confidence grew and her shaking and avoiding of the whole situation became less, mainly due to the work we did at the class and the little bit I managed to work with her at home.


We had visitors on Sunday for a braai. Luna was sitting with us around the table getting petted by everyone and eliciting questions from friends, “Since when do you have this dog, she is so pretty?”, now we have to explain that thanks to TTouch, the dog that was never seen now comes and asks for touches.


NUSHKA – the thunder fear

We fetched Nushka from a shelter about 6 years ago, a female GSD, now about 8- 9 years, she has gone through obedience training, is my personal favourite, only tries to please and turns into a shaking, panting and totally stressed out animal in approaching thunderstorms and fireworks. She ends up on my lap during thunderstorms and I could power my house with the energy she creates with her constant shaking. We tranquilize and keep her in the house, as I personally feel this is still better than being exposed to the whole stress. The result is that I try to leave work early when I see thunderstorms approaching, in order to make sure that Nushka gets into a safe place and I can dope her (it’s not my personal choice – but better than to see her so stressed). We leave visits early, as I get stressed about what she might go through – and we never go, or will go to a party at Guy Fawkes or New Year, out of concern of what the crackers will do to our animals.


First Saturday after TTouch I raced home, a thunderstorm was approaching and we had just learned about the body wrap, which “supposedly” helps dogs with thunder issues. I got home, grabbed Nushka, put the wrap on her and did some touches (too strong, not round …), while the thunder was approaching.


My dog stopped shivering and panting, lay down on the couch and enjoyed our company, with the thunder and lightning all around us – Nushka was content and okay, not happy but also not visibly stressed. My husband walked in looked at Nushka and wanted to know how many tranquilizers I had actually given her… NONE – but she had a body wrap and touches!


Thanks Eugenie, you and your team have made a real difference in the live of my dogs and the way that I treat and the way they will be treated by others.




If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy

a. Book of the Month: “Help for Your Fearful Dog” by Nicole Wilde CPDT

Is your dog afraid of strangers? Would he rather hide than play with other dogs? Does he take cover at the sound of thunder, or cringe when you pick up a brush or nail clippers?


Never fear! Regardless of what your dog is afraid of, you’ll find clear, step-by-step instructions on what you can do to help:

  • How to read your dog’s stress signals

  • How your attitude can affect your dog’s behaviour

  • How to set up a Firm Foundation program at home

  • Four essential skills to teach your dog

  • Easy-to-follow behaviour modification programs

  • Solutions to specific fears, including fear of strangers, family members, other dogs, sounds, nail-clipping, riding in the car, and being left alone

  • Products that can help to calm your dog

  • Cutting-edge complementary therapies and remedies that can really make a difference! Needless to say TTouch is included and rates a whole chapter for itself!


Nicole Wilde is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who works with wolves/worfdogs, pet dogs, and shelter dogs. She has written six books, hosts a radio show, and presents seminars both domestically and internationally. Nicole trains dogs in southern California and has a special place in her heart for fearful dogs.


If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...

When it’s in your best interest, practise obedience

b: Website of the Month: http://www.avsabonline.org/

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour has some interesting articles by a variety or writers on both cats and dogs, so go have a look!


c. WETNOSE Appeal – They are doing a great job, please add your Help!


Hi there Wet Nosers!


Howl @ the Moon have come up with a specially designed T-Shirt (and others) as a fund raising initiative for us. For every one of these T-Shirts sold, Wet Nose will receive R75.00. There are two options, a very cute puppy one for the gals and a macho / biker one for the guys! They have also made a coffee mug and a lap-top skin available with the same designs on!


To order, go to the web site by just clicking on the link.  The link is:

http://www.howlingmad.co.za/CatDsplItemList.aspx?CatalogueCategoryID=14 &CatalogueName=Charity&CategoryName=Wet%20Nose%20Animal%20Rescue%20Centre


Come on, animal lovers, lets see what you can do!


If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...

Stretch before rising


d: Interesting Links



If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...
Take naps

13.   EVENTS

a.       Herbs for Animals workshop in Johannesburg

Venue: Delta Environmental Centre, Road No 3, Victory Park, Johannesburg

Date: 18 April 2009 – (We know it’s too late, but call for a future date!)

Workshop Fee: R750

E-mail: workshops@holisticvet.co.za

Fax / Tel: (021) 715 9465


  1. Addiction Recovery – An introductory experiential workshop on a 12-step based Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) programme.

Venue: Gauteng

Date: 25th April and 2nd May 2009

Time: 10 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: R50.00 per person for the introductory session

Contact: 083 308 8175 or 084 500 0672

Email: sharuf@mweb.co.za



If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...
Run, romp and play daily



Missing Dogs/Cats:


Dogs/Cats looking for homes:


Lilly, a very pretty 1 year old Jack Russell cross, was adopted a month ago but unfortunately didn’t get on with her doggie sister.  Lilly is active and loves going for walks.  She gets on with male dogs and cats which she loves to lie on top of.  She would be best suited to a one dog home.  Contact Mandy on 0828880745


A 5 or 6 year old male Boerboel, intact, has been left behind after his family moved away.  He is used to plot living.  Please contact Louise on 073 191 8995



Two gorgeous male kittens (brothers) are desperately looking for a new home.  They are about 3.5 months old, very affectionate, energetic, and have blue eyes.  Their de-worming and inoculations are up to-date.  The Veterinary practice where they have been homed for 3 month’s can’t hold onto them too much longer, as they need the cages and will have no choice but to send them through to the SPCA.  Please contact Dr Eales, Dr Southern or Dr Benney at the Avenues Veterinary Clinic, Edenvale, Jhbg on 011 4536049. Please mention reference – Tracy Barrow



Blackie, a black male intact six month old cat, is looking for a loving home.  He is a little nervous of strangers and dogs.  Please contact Sandra on 011-8885641 or 083-3450987


Five rescued kittens looking for loving homes.  They have all been checked by the VET and vaccinated. No adoption fees, but Strict Property Checks apply.  Contact Tracy on 082 4966 470



Dear Eugenie


The time has come for the Onderstepoort horses to find homes; we are desperately looking for temporary foster homes or permanent homes for these horses.  They are all under the age of 4 years and have had very little handling.  We are looking for committed and knowledgeable people to take on or help with these horses.  They have started out there lives in poor conditions where they have had testing for vaccines done on them and in the past have been sent to the auction houses to be auctioned off to the butchers for meat.  Now Onderstepoort has agreed to sell these horses to various animal associations and this is where we have come to.  We are now desperately looking for homes temp or permanent.  No traders or schools will be allowed to purchase these horses as we have strict pre home inspections done on everyone interested in adopting.  We really want these horses to go to good homes and not be used in schools or broken in for traders to make a profit.


If anyone is interested or can help if they could please contact me on this email address or on the cell number below.  If at any chance you could run an add in your news letter regarding this as I know you have an extensive client base of very compassionate people who might be very interested in assisting.


Thanking for your time

Bronwyn Stephens

082 821 6357


If a dog were my teacher, I would learn...
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass
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