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Hello TTouch Friends,

What a year it’s been already! It feels like it’s just started and we’re almost at the end of the first half. Linda Tellington Jones’ visit was a breath of fresh air. She is a young and vibrant 70 and has more energy than most people I know. The message that most people got from her visit is the power of Intention, especially intention for our animals when we work with them. One of her favourite books at the moment is “The Intention Experiment, use your thoughts to change the world” by Lynn McTaggart. [See Book of the Month]

Deepak Chopra has this to say in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success on The Law of Intention and Desire :

“Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfilment …. Intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power.

And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.”

I’ll give you an example of my recent use of Intention. Just a week ago, I went to Cape Town to do a TTouch workshop for dogs and the forecast for the weekend was biting cold and rain every day. On Saturday morning as we were driving to the Venue, I set my Intention to have a rain free day on Sunday so we could get outside with the dogs and people as I wanted plenty of space to do groundwork. At the workshop I asked the class to set their Intention with me and – Yeap, you guessed it – we had a great day on Sunday and spend much of the day outside! Now you can call it “coincidence” or if like Deepak, you don’t believe in coincidence, you have to give some credit to “The Intention” Just a quick note to say that Intention always should be for the greater good, but best is to read a book….

Speaking of Cape Town, we had a super workshop with lots of people and dogs! My apologies to those of you, who wanted to come, but didn’t get a chance because of limited space. However, the good news is that Debbie Conradie is planning a workshop for next month in Cape Town, so take advantage this time and book quickly. We had such an interesting group of people and dogs and from the feedback, it seems that everyone had a great weekend.

At the moment I’m finishing up a Clicker Class with the Guide Dog Association. It’s been really fun to work with prospective Service Dogs. I’ve just had to change up the content of the Practical sessions to do more targeting, use of paws, and general Fetch as most of what these dogs will be doing is learning to target, pick up and bring different articles to a person in a wheelchair. I’d like here to say many thanks to Karen and Tracy Bullivant for assisting and giving so much of themselves to a most worthwhile organization!

Warmest Regards,
Eugenie Chopoin

Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals



(Sorry it’s a bit late, but it was too good not to share! Thanks to a letter from Carmen Leonard, Companion Animal Practitioner 1)

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have children that are bit hairier than
 others and walk on four paws!

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick dogs in their
 arms, wiping up barf laced with edible and inedible things and saying "It’s
 okay baby, Mommy’s here."

Who have sat on the floor for hours on end soothing dogs who can’t be

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with dog hair on their suits,
 unexpected scratches on their wrists and poop bags in their purse, coat
 pocket, pants pocket and all other pockets.

For all the mothers who make their own dog food and treats. And all the
 mothers who don’t.

This is for the mothers who help the new mothers deal with the loss of their
 litter. And the mothers who help them cope when they are given new homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections consist of ribbons
 and photos.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns, sweated gallons, and swatted
 away bees to watch their precious prance into a ring and achieve 2nd place
 and then jump around as though they had won best in show.

This is for all the mothers who go to the special pet stores to collect the
 proper treats, food and toys no matter that it take 3 stops and 50

This is for all the mothers who taught their dogs to sit, come and stay. And
 for all the mothers who opted for sit.

This is for all the mothers who teach their dogs agility and obedience and
 actually understand that it needs to be FUN!

This is for all the mothers who took their dog to the vet assuring them that
 there would be no needles only to be told they need a blood sample.

For all the mothers whose dog has gone missing and was returned because she
 had the forethought to have chip put between its shoulders.

What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Ever available

The ability to answer the door, hold back the dog and deal with a phone call
 all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart?

Is it the ache you feel when you walk out the door to your job every Monday
 through Friday knowing that 2 eyes are boring into your back?

The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread when you hear the sounds of
 heaving at 2:00 am?

Years later, the guilt that won’t go away when you have no other choice but
 to put your friend down?

The emotions of motherhood are universal, and so this is for you all. For all
 of us...

Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them everyday
 that we love them.

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Kneading on You: You may think this is a sign of affection, but your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weaknesses.

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:             +/- R4000 (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)

2A. CLIENT MORNINGS – September 26th & 27th 2009

This is one of our most popular offers. Your opportunity to experience TTouch first hand for only R140 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:              R140 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

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Excessive shovelling of kitty litter: After using the litter box, your cat needlessly kicks litter around, most of it ending up all over the room – This is practice for burying bodies!







Introduction to TTEAM

20 & 21 June 2009
9 – 4:30


Tracy Moxey
084 699 3300

Incorporating TTEAM into your equine routine
Weekend June 6 & 7     9-4:30




Come and get a taste of this wonderful work to help your horse be the best he/she can be.

TTeam, a technique developed over the last 30 years, uses TTouch and non-habitual movement to help make the lives of our equine friends a little easier, and to enhance the relationship between horse and owner/rider.

Donnybrook Stables Johannesburg

5 Day TTEAM with Robyn Hood

Oct. 7-11, 2009

+/- R4000

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 

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Bringing you dead animals: This is not a gift, it is a warning.

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


June 20 & 21


Debbie Conradie


083 992 8767

Bedfordview/ Edenvale/Linksfield/

Orange Grove

Covers all TTouch and behaviour modification

3 Saturday mornings; 6th, 13th 20th June


Scotty Valadao

scotty@scottysdogs.co.za 082 928 0102

JHB Bryanston


 July 11 & 12



Niki Elliott  niki.elliott@wol.co.za  

082 451 0433

JHB Sandown

6 week Class

Sat. afternoons starts Aug. 1



Eugenie Chopin  eugenie@ttouch.co.za 

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.

In addition to learning TTouch, learn what makes your dog Tick and how to understand your dog’s body language

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Throwing up grass: Through this painful feeding and purging process, cats prepare their minds and bodies for combat


JHB Bryanston

One day workshop

August 16th



Niki Elliott  niki.elliott@wol.co.za  
082 451 0433

The TTouch Body Wrap : Good news all the way around

Fear can limit our sense of well-being. For horses, it might be fear of things behind them; for dogs, it could be fear of loud noises. For any animal, insecurity can contribute to shyness or aggression and can limit awareness of where their body is in space. The TTouch Body Wrap is a tool to give an animal a better connection and feel for his body and to increase his confidence.

The Body Wrap helps fearful, and/or hyperactive animals feel more secure about their bodies. When animals are nervous or concerned about things behind them, the impulses which send and receive messages from the brain are inhibited by the tension. Therefore it is like the animal doesn’t feel his body as well as he could.

The Body Wrap acts to reconnect the entire body and help animals feel how much space they take up. The sense of self-image is improved which increases self-confidence, self-awareness and self-control.

Once the animal has experienced a different way of "being,” the old way of acting is released which is why a few sessions of the body wrap can make permanent changes in behavior.

The main thing is that we know it works. One of our instructors, Debra Potts, often says: “Can’t hurt, might help, try it.”

“I see our TTEAM/TTouch wrapping as offering another layer of connective tissue that allows more information to pass through the body while at the same time keeping an animal in contact with its body. It offers connection, increased information flow and the reassurance of a hug. I often describe the wrap as a “Giant Hug.”

Barbara Janelle, Practitioner-3

How Does the Body Wrap Work?

“I’m not sure if there is a definitive answer to that question, but think of a swaddling blanket on a baby. Women have known for years that a fractious baby can often be calmed by being wrapped in a blanket. I often think of the African women in this country who carry babies and children on their backs. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one crying! I’m sure it happens, but not often. The body wrap seems to give a sense of security or being held.

“I’ll never forget the time I came home from my first TTouch Training. I had been working with a dog trainer on being able to walk my dog Danilo around the neighbourhood without him going for every dog behind every gate! We had had some success, but it was random and never consistent. The next session we did I put Danilo in a Body Wrap and although he perked up at every gate where he knew there was a dog, he didn’t once go for one! He still looked, but seemed to be quite happy to go by without altercation. I was gob smacked! It actually took me awhile for the light bulb to go on: He had on a Wrap! Was it really possible for it to make such a difference? Indeed it was and is! After that I used body wrap on him and after a time I didn’t even need that. I could see when he’d start to stiffen those back legs and I simply did a few leg circles to remind his body how to relax and off we’d go past the dog or gate.”

Eugenie Chopin, TTouch Practitioner 3, South Africa

For an extensive article on the body wrap go to http://www.ttouch.co.za/files/articles/article.php?art=316

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Hiding in dark places and watching you: Your cat will often hide in order to study you in your natural habitat.

101 Things to Do with a Box

This training game is derived from a dolphin research project in which I and others participated, "The creative porpoise: training for novel behavior [0]," published in the Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior in 1969. It has become a favorite with dog trainers. It’s especially good for "crossover" dogs with a long history of correction [0]-based training, since it encourages mental and physical flexibility and gives the dog courage to try something on its own.

Step one

Take an ordinary cardboard box, any size. Cut the sides down to about three inches, and put the box on the floor. Click the dog for looking at the box. Treat. If the dog goes near or past the box, even by accident, click. Next, after you click, toss the treat near or in the box. If the dog steps toward the box to get the treat, click the step and toss another treat. If he steps into the box, great, click again, even if he is eating his previous treats, and offer him another treat in your hand.

Sometimes you can cook up a lot of "box action" in a hurry this way: click for stepping toward or into the box. Alternately toss the treat in the box and hold the treat out in your hand so the dog has to come back to you. If the dog is reluctant to step into the box, and so doesn’t eat that treat, it doesn’t matter: he knows he got it. If treats accumulate in the box, fine. When he does step into the box, he’ll get a jackpot [0]. If you decide to stop the session before that happens, fine. Pick up the treats in the box, and put them away for a later session. Remember, never treat without clicking first, and always click for a reason: for some action of the dog’s.

If you need more behavior to click, you can move yourself to different parts of the room so the box is between you and the dog, increasing the likelihood of steps in the direction of the box. Don’t call the dog, don’t pat the box, don’t chat, don’t encourage the dog, and don’t "help" him. All of that stuff may just make him more suspicious. Click foot movements toward the box, never mind from how far away, and then treat. If you get in five or six good clicks, for moving in the direction or near or past the box, and then the dog "loses interest" and goes away, fine. You can always play "box" again later. In between sessions, the reinforcements you did get in will do their work for you; each little session will make things livelier the next time.

You are, after all, teaching your dog new rules to a new game. If you have already trained your dog by conventional methods, the dog may be respecting the general rule, "Wait to be told what to do." So the first rule of this new game, "Do something on your own, and I will click," is a toughie. In that case, the box game is especially valuable, and the first tiny steps are especially exciting—although they would be invisible to an onlooker, and may right now seem invisible to you.

End the first session with a "click for nothing" and a jackpot consisting of either a handful of treats, or a free grab at the whole bowl. Hmm. That’ll get him thinking. The next time that cardboard box comes out, he will be alert to new possibilities. Clicks. Treats. Jackpots.

"That cardboard box makes my person behave strangely, but on the whole, I like this new strangeness. Box? Something I can do, myself? With that box?"

Those are new ideas, but they will come.

If your dog is very suspicious, you may need to do the first exercise over again once, or twice, or several times, until he "believes" something a human might phrase thus: "All that is going on here is that the click sound means my person gives me delicious food. And the box is not a trap, the box is a signal that click and treat time is here, if I can just find out how to make my person click."

Step two

Whether these things occur in the same session or several sessions later, here are some behaviors to click. Click the dog for stepping in the box, for pushing the box, pawing the box, mouthing the box, smelling the box, dragging the box, picking up the box, thumping the box—in short, for anything the dog does with the box

Remember to click WHILE the behavior is going on, not after the dog stops. As soon as you click, the dog will stop, of course, to get his treat. But because the click marked the behavior, the dog will do that behavior again, or some version of it, to try to get you to click again. You do not lose the behavior by interrupting it with a click.

You may end up in a wild flurry of box-related behavior. GREAT! Your dog is already learning to problem-solve in a creative way. If you get swamped, and can’t decide which thing to click, just jackpot and end the session. Now YOU have something to think about between sessions.

On the other hand, you may get a more methodical, slow, careful testing by the dog: the dog carefully repeats just what was clicked before. One paw in the box, say. Fine—but right away YOU need to become flexible about what you click, or you will end up as a matched pair of behavioral bookends. Paw, click. Paw, click. Paw, click. That is not the way to win this game.

So, when the dog begins to offer the behavior the same way, repeatedly, withhold your click. He puts the paw out, you wait. Your behavior has changed; the dog’s behavior will change, too. The dog might keep the paw there longer; fine, that’s something new to click. He might pull it out; you could click that, once or twice. He might put the other paw in, too—fine, click that. Now he may try something new.

And? Where do we go from here? Well, once your dog has discovered that messing around with the box is apparently the point of this game, you will have enough behavior to select from, so that you can now begin to click only for certain behaviors, behaviors that aim toward a plan. It’s as if you have a whole box of Scrabble letters, and you are going to start selecting letters that spell a word. This process is part of "shaping."

Step three

Variations and final products: What could you shape from cardboard box behaviors?

Get in the box and stay there

Initial behavior: Dog puts paw in box. Click, toss treats. Then don’t click, just wait and see. Maybe you’ll get two paws in box. Click. Now get four paws in box. Get dog in box. Options: Sitting or lying in box; staying in box until clicked; staying in box until called, then clicked for coming.

Uses: Put the dog to bed. Put the dog in its crate. Let children amuse themselves and make friends with the dog by clicking the dog for hopping into a box and out again (works with cats, too). One third-grade teacher takes her papillon to school on special events days, in a picnic basket. When the basket is opened, the dog hops out, plays with the children, and then hops back in again.

Behavior: Carry the box

Initial behavior: Dog grabs the edge of the box in its teeth and lifts it off the floor.

Uses: Millions. Carry a box. Carry a basket. Put things away: magazines back on the pile, toys in the toy box. A dog that has learned the generalized or generic rule, "Lifting things in my mouth is reinforceable," can learn many additional skills.

Behavior: Tip the box over onto yourself

I don’t know what good this is, but it’s not hard to get; it crops up often in the "101 Things to Do with a Box" game. If the dog paws the near edge of the box hard enough, it will flip. My Border terrier, Skookum, discovered that he could tip the living-room wastebasket (wicker, bowl-shaped, empty) over on himself, so that he was hidden inside it. Then he scooted around in there, making the wastebasket move mysteriously across the floor. It was without a doubt the funniest thing any of our dinner guests had ever seen a dog do. Since terriers love being laughed with (but never at), clicks and treats were not necessary to maintain the behavior once he had discovered it—and he learned to wait until he was invited to do it, usually when we had company.

About the author: Karen Pryor is the founder and CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining and the author of many books including Don’t Shoot the Dog .

Excerpt from Karen Pryor’s Newsletter

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

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Sleeping on your electronics: Humans have superior technologies. Your cat knows this and will attempt to disrupt all communications to the outside world.

New 6-Week Class to start JULY 29TH


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


Saturday Mornings: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


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


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


DATES:     Without dogs: Wednesdays: July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19         18:00 – 21:00

                   With dogs: Saturdays: Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5th       9:30 – 11:30

VENUE:     Sandown– Johannesburg

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

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


Learning Theory Only: R750: this includes evening lectures, a book, File  with notes & clicker


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

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


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

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Pawing at your face while you sleep: Cats are not very good at smothering people, but this doesn’t stop them from trying.

Teaching your puppy to “Come” when called, by Niki Elliott

Coming when called is one of the most important exercises to teach your puppy.

You need to always make it worthwhile and rewarding for him to come back to you. For some puppies it is as easy as 1,2 3, but for others it is the most challenging of behaviours, especially when your pup has to choose between complying with your request or following his nose on a highly smelly trail!

Teaching a recall takes time, loads of enthusiasm and plenty of practice.

Recall is a chain of behaviours so teach each part of the chain separately. Begin training the recall from the day you get your puppy. Start in a low distraction area and call your puppy to you, use the word “Come”. As he comes to you click and reward him. Repeat this 10 – 20 times each day over 2 – 3 days.  Set him up for success. Watch him and as you see him turn to come to you, say “Come” just before he gets to you and then click and reward. 

If your puppy finds everything else exciting and not you, then you can lure the behaviour. Put a treat in front of your pup’s nose and take a few steps backward. As he follows the treat, click & reward. Once your puppy is following the treat consistently then add, “Come”.  Fade the lure as quickly as possible, moving onto just click & treat. Once you have consistent recalls in a low distraction environment, move onto a slightly higher distraction area and so on until you can take the behaviour into a very high distraction area like the park. Gradually increase the distance in a low distraction environment moving onto the more distracting environments when successful.

When walking on lead in the park, suddenly call him and run backwards. When he follows click and reward, make a big fuss. Practice, gradually increasing the distance. If necessary have a long lunge rein and allow him more distance each time before you recall. Each time he returns click and reward.

It is also important to teach your puppy to pay attention to you. Play attention games throughout the day, every time your pup looks at you, reward him with a click and treat. Do this for the next 10 days wherever you both are. After a few days of rewarding his “checking in” start saying his name and then rewarding when he looks at you.

Now it’s time to test the recall off lead. Go back to a low distraction area and recall. Make sure you set your pup up to succeed, so don’t recall when you know it is very unlikely he will respond. Make the sessions fun, exciting and rewarding. Make sure that you don’t reward him by chasing after him if he doesn’t come, this is self-rewarding and will make him think it is a game. Don’t use “Come” to end a play session or to do something that is distasteful for your puppy, like clipping nails. Recall, put your hand on the collar, click and reward and tell him to “Go play” a number of times before clipping on the lead[i]. Once you have got this then move into higher distraction areas and add distance. 

Never punish your puppy for coming to you when he was doing something “wrong” when you called him. He stopped doing it and came, that must be rewarded! Never punish him for taking his time to come to you; he still came. If you make it unpleasant the next time he simply won’t come!

Niki Elliott is a Ttouch Practitioner 2 for Companion Animals. She can be reached at niki@ttouch.co.za

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You...
Sprinting at light speed out of any room you enter: When your cat does this, it’s actually a failed ambush.

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        Parkwood. Puppy Classes, 6 Week courses on Saturday afternoons R480 Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net

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

“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater ... suggest that he wear a tail.”
... Fran Lebowitz


Extracted from National Geographic website hwere you can find the Chocolate Chart for your Breed:


If your chocolate lab loves to eat chocolate, don’t give in! Learn how much of each kind of chocolate can harm your best friend.

Chocolate contains theobromine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in cocoa beans that can cause vomiting, heart problems, seizures, and even death for dogs.

How much chocolate is too much? It depends on the type of chocolate and the weight of the dog.

Doberman Pincher Puppy

Average weight: 1 kg


Vomiting and Diarrhea

Rapid Heartbeats

Tremors and Seizures

Potential Death

White chocolate

715.2 gm

1430.41 gm

2154.62 gm

3576.04 gm

Milk chocolate

11.92 gm

23.84 gm

35.76 gm

59.6 gm

Dark chocolate

5.65 gm

11.31 gm

16.97 gm

28.29 gm


5.24 gm

10.48 gm

15.73 gm

26.22 gm

Baking chocolate

1.74 gm

3.49 gm

5.24 gm

8.74 gm


1 gm

2.01 gm

3.02 gm

5.04 gm

Golden Retriever

Average weight: 34 kg


Vomiting and Diarrhea

Rapid Heartbeats

Tremors and Seizures

Potential Death

White chocolate

19670.16 gm

39340.33 gm

59010.5 gm

98350.83 gm

Milk chocolate

327.83 gm

655.67 gm

983.5 gm

1639.18 gm

Dark chocolate

155.66 gm

311.32 gm

466.98 gm

778.31 gm


144.24 gm

288.49 gm

432.74 gm

721.23 gm

Baking chocolate

48.08 gm

96.16 gm

144.24 gm

240.41 gm


27.77 gm

55.55 gm

83.32 gm

138.87 gm

*Note: Exact amount needed for each effect can vary depending on the brand of chocolate and the quality of the cocoa

“You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will give you this look that says, “My God, you’re right! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!”
... Dave Barry


Oh how I have forgotten what it’s like to have a male puppy in the house! Harley is just over one year and is a typical naughty boy! Yesterday while I was saying Good bye to friends in the driveway, he took advantage of the open gate. Now there is a young male dog across the street. (Actually Angelique’s friend) Harley immediately headed over to say hello but while doing so, he cocked his leg against the low wall supporting the fencing and did a grand wee! Now that’s what I call cheeky. Lifting your leg on someone else’s wall while they’re standing right there!

Sometimes if I call he’ll come racing back, but I always have to be careful as I don’t want him running into traffic. Although we have very little traffic, you never know when somebody might be coming around the curve. If your dog is off the property, it’s really best to calmly go fetch them. I just walk up to him and gently take hold of his collar to lead him home. If you make too much of a game or run towards him, he thinks it’s great fun to run also! Fortunately he doesn’t go far and most often comes when called. So two things need to happen in the near future: work on his “Recall” and neutering!

With any luck the neutering will make his wandering less likely and decrease the urge to mark his territory. Although I have to admit it never lessened Danilo’s interest in the girls! I have waited this long in order to give his bones a full chance to mature as he’s relatively small for a male Golden.

Harley is also food obsessed but is very good at waiting when being fed. I.e. I put the food down, but ask him to “wait”. He sits and stares at me waiting for the magic words: “OK” before he dives in. Of course food drive is great for training purposes. I could feed him and still do a clicker session as he’s always ready for more.

I have a question for you readers: Does anyone know of a way to clip very hard old nails? Angelique has a few that are so hard that nothing I use works. Does it help to soften them in water for instance? Any advice most welcome!

Shanti, in the meantime, has been back for another Acupuncture Treatment. It does seem to help for the discomfort she seems to be in with her back. It’s amazing how she lies there with the needles and actually almost falls asleep. She seems more relaxed these days with Angelique’s presence and they often are outside in the garden together with no problems.

“Everyone wants to understand painting. Why is there no attempt to understand the song of the birds?”
... Pablo Picasso

Editor’s note: Feedback after  a 2 day clinic with Lindy Dekker and the recent 5 day clinic with Linda Tellington-Jones

Hi Lindy! Philippa here! Hope you are well. Just to tell you I am so proud of my big young thoroughbred! Had to get the vet out yesterday, something I had been putting off for a year, to come and do some nasty injections into two horrible sarcoids on her belly. The reason I had put it off before was the vet had said she was so difficult to work with that she would have to put her out to do the procedure, which has to be repeated every two weeks, over 8 weeks! Horrid! Anyway, the sarcoids got too big and I asked her to come out and try to do it without putting her out! The vet came out fully prepared! My big horse allowed the vet to prepare the area, clean and shave it and give her a local anaesthetic around the area, all the while I was doing ear work and TTouch on her face! Then the vet proceeded to give her almost 15 injections around the sarcoids without flinching! When all was over even the vet heaved a huge sigh of relief! She said I don’t know what you’re doing to this horse, but whatever it is, its right! She isn’t the difficult horse she was two years back!’ I told her it was all thanks to TTouch!! Thank you all again! Speak soon Philippa

And a week later…..

It gets even better! The farrier came on Thursday and could not believe his eyes at how strong that mare with the broken pelvis had become, in just six weeks! Or how straight she’s standing, as well as how much muscle tone had developed evenly on her hindquarters! He usually has to hold her up with great difficulty when he does her feet! He was truly as amazed as I am!


Hi Eugenie

Thanks again for such a wonderful newsletter as always.  Your stories and others are always so lovely to read! 

We recently moved 2 houses away from our old place so the dogs took a lot of strain the first few months.  Every time we opened the gate they would run back to the old place!  When the new tenants got a dog that was worse!  My dogs were very upset.  TTouch played a huge role in settling them down!  My White Shepherd Cova, would bark all night long from stress – that was when I was up at our TTouch training in March last year, so my Husband was extremely stressed with this barking dog.   When I got home at the end of the course, I just spent about 20 minutes a day doing some ground work, ear and mouth work and then just general body touches and the very 1st night I had done the touches there was not even a whimper from her the whole night.

My Husband thought the neighbours had finally poisoned her!  I was actually so worried that I would go down and check on her just to make sure she was still there and alive!!  Every now and then I would forget to do the work on her due to my own stress, and she would be sure to let me know by the 2nd or 3rd night she would start the barking all over again.  I persevered and now have 2 happily settled dogs who only bark at the normal stuff they used, like the neighbour’s cat, or all the dogs walking down the road for their daily walks on the beach. 

So life is pretty much back to normal.  It’s so special to be able to help my dogs with stress and health issues, this work really opens a whole new world for you and your animals.  Although my Husband is not a TTouch convert, and probably never will be as animals are really not his thing, I saw a big change in his general attitude towards the work after just 1 night of me being back at home and working on Cova.  I think it was the 1st night he got some decent sleep since I had been gone, which was a long 7 nights for him!

Kindest regards,

Belinda, TTouch Practitioner for Companion Animals 1


Dear Eugenie

Thanks, as always, for your newsletter - I enjoy it.

I’d appreciate you sending out a correction as regards the very last point : 14 a ’Onderstepoort horses now need homes’.

The Faculty of Vet Science where I work, has received so much undeserved bad publicity regarding this matter during the last few years, that I believe it is crucial to stress that these horses are the property of the private company ONDERSTEPOORT BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS, who research and manufacture vaccines and who are based, like ourselves, at the geographical place called Onderstepoort, and nothing whatsoever to do with the FACULTY OF VETERINARY SCIENCE AND ITS TRAINING HOSPITAL - ONDERSTEPOORT VETERINARY ACADEMIC HOSPITAL which are situated across the road from them.

It is extremely frustrating that people (no offence to Bronwyn) still talk about "Onderstepoort said this or did this, that or the other" whereas, in reality, Onderstepoort is a place, and AT Onderstepoort, is a post office, the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (owned by the Dept Agriculture), the Faculty of Vet Science (part of the University of Pta), and finally, a private company, Onderstepoort Biological Products.

I’d really appreciate you clarifying this to your members.

Thanks, and kind regards


Sr Sarah Johnson

Dip Cur Anim (UP)

Liaison and Communications

Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital

Faculty of Veterinary Science

University of Pretoria


Hi Eugenie,

Have just received your latest newsletter.

Please when referring to the Wetnose animal shelter please clarify this as

Wetnose Canine Training has long been the legally registered name of my

training facility - and using the word wetnose on its own does create some


Thanks and regards


Editor’s Note: Sorry about that. We didn’t know!

When rats leave a sinking ship, where exactly do they think
they’re going?
... Douglas Gauck

a. Book of the Month: The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart

What if thoughts had the physical power to focus our lives, heal our bodies… And even transform the planet?

The Intention Experiment is a gripping scientific detective story about this mind-blowing discovery, It reveals how intention has a real effect on the world, and show you exactly how to “power up” your own thoughts and intentions to change your life and those around you. Finally, it offers you the opportunity to take part in the world’s biggest mind-over-matter experiment in history.

To participate in the world’s largest ever intention experiment log on to: www.theintentionexperiment.com

 Lynne McTaggart is the award winning author of five books, including The Field, which has been published in fourteen languages.  She is an internationally recognized spokesperson on thee science of spirituality and also co-executive director of Conatus, which publishes the UK’s most well-respected health and spiritual newsletters and on-line information.

b: Website of the Month: www.theintentionexperiment.com

If you would like to know more about Intention and would like to be part of an “Intention Experiment”, go to Lynne McTaggart website and experience this for yourself.

c: Interesting Links

Visit www.caringconsumer.com for Cruelty Free Living

Kevin Booysen and his Lions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wso13n4kHZ4

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

Dog Star Daily Videos teaches “Bang” – Play Dead: http://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/play-dead-dog-trick

“Grasshopper always wrong in argument with chicken.”

... Book of Chan compiled by O.P.U. sect

“If you think that something small cannot make a difference –
try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.”
... Unknown
15.   EVENTS

       a.  FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals) Book Sale on 30th May and 6th June 2009 at Northriding Shopping Centre, Bellairs Drive from 09h00 to 14h00. Donations accepted for books, blankets or jumble.  Contact Viv 082 259 0905 info@icell.co.za or Amy 073 162 6900 amyg@mweb.co.za

b.    Enhancing Emotional Intelligence through Interactions with Horses

Registration by May 31th. Group workshops 09h00 to 13h00 on June 14th, July 12th, August 10th and September 13th at Walkers Fruit Farms, South of JHB.  R1,600.00 per person (special introductory offer). Contact: Helen Minty 082 417 6730.

c.     Diploma In Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training

For further details or to enrol please contact ThinkingPets on Info@thinkingpets.com or visit http://www.thinkingpets.com/ / http://www.coape.org/

This exciting UK based qualification is now available in South Africa.  Applications for enrolment open in August 2009 and the first course starts in February 2010

d. TEARS is an animal rescue in Cape Town. “We have quite a few semi-feral cats that people have brought in to us and since we are a pro-life organisation, we don’t want to euthanase them, and nobody wants to adopt nervous cats. They have been living in a run for several years and it breaks out hearts to see them caged when they should be running free.

All they need is a large garden or small holding, some sort of shelter from the elements and a bowl of food a day. They are shy of people but not vicious, and would probably become quite tame if given the chance. They are also ideal as rat-catchers in a barn or stables. All have been sterilised, vaccinated and dewormed.

All have been sterilised, vaccinated and de-wormed. If you are interested in adopting cats or dogs from TEARS, you can contact Shauna at shaunag@xsinet.co.za

“Never try to outstubborn a cat!”
... Lazarus Long, “Time Enough for Love”

If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either.
... Unknown

Dogs/Cats looking for homes:

Two, 6 year old Bouvier des Flandres, a brother and sister, are looking for a loving home.  (Owners downscaling to a smaller property) They are obedient, great with children, very loyal, excellent watch dogs and are house trained. Contact Kevin Murphy on: 082 784-7865

6 Year old brother and sister sheep dogs are looking for a new home, owners emigrating. They are well trained, clever, healthy, and very endearing. They need space to run around as well as lots of love. They are wonderful with kids and other dogs. Contact Marlene or Cecilia on 012-3416551 or 084 3082162 / 082 3314436 or email cecilia.fineart@gmail.com

6 Year old Nanjo (male)  needs a home, as his owner passed away.  He is well-trained, loyal, protective and likes cats.
  Contact Vicki on 083 308 9253.

5 Month Old Ginger Tom. Owners will have him neutered. He’s not safe with the resident dog.
Contact: Birgitta on 083 233 0916

Even if you’ve been fishing for 3 hours and haven’t gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you’re still better off than the worm.
... Unknown
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