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  JULY 2009, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS
5.   CAT WORKSHOPS
6.   TTOUCH TIPS
7.   CLICKER TIPS - ALL EARS! HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PUPPY TO LISTEN
8.   CLICKER CLASSES - NEW 6 WEEK CLASS TO START 29TH JULY
9.   PUPPIES - A LOVE THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS IS BOUND FOR TROUBLE
10.   HEALTH & BEHAVIOUR
11.   SHANTI UPDATE
12.   YOUR LETTERS
13.   ODDS AND ENDS
14.   EVENTS
15.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

Hello TTouch Friends,

We are hectic getting ready for WODAC, the World of Dogs and Cats, but we are really looking forward to meeting many of you and having an opportunity to chat! If you’re anywhere near the Gauteng area, do come as the weekend is full of fun and entertainment. July 17-19, 2009 at the Dome in JHB

For those of you who were considering attending the 6-week TTouch class, I have changed it to the long weekend of Aug. 8-10. I know that many people have trouble committing to 6 Saturdays, so hopefully this will be a better option for you. We’ll start only on Sat. afternoon from 2-5 p.m., but all day on Sunday and Monday (9:30- 4:30).

We had a great weekend dog workshop in Cape Town in May. It seems it’s been too long since there was a workshop there! Thanks to all the people who joined us; and particularly to the Practitioners who assisted! Debbie, Barbara, Judy & Mari. You Capetonians will find all of their details on www.ttouch.co.za. It’s my understanding the Debbie has just taught another sold out weekend so well done CT!

Wow, I almost forgot to tell you that we have just moved into our new Office! No, we haven’t moved, we simply expanded the old office into a second room and now we are feeling like we’re working in luxury! Space, space space! Yeah! Louise gets her new desk tomorrow and hopefully the new cupboard doors arrive this week. Once it’s all up and finished, you are all welcome to come have a look! What a pleasure.

Warmest Regards,
Eugenie Chopin
Certified Practitioner III for Companion Animals
eugenie@ttouch.co.za

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

TIME

DEMO

TIME

DEMO

TIME

DEMO

10:30

TTouch for Ageing

10:30

TTouch For Birds

15:00

TTouch

for Dogs

11:45

TTouch for Dogs

11:45

TTouch & Body Wraps

16:30

TTouch for Dogs

13:00

TTouch for Cats & dogs

12:50

TTouch for Dogs

 17:00

TTouch for Cats

14:30

Clicker for Dogs

14:20

Clicker for Dogs

18:30

Clicker for Dogs

15:45

TTouch & Body Wraps

15:30

TTouch for Dogs



If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
Phil Pastoret
 
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS

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.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE:

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



Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras
 
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS

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.

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
  • 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

VENUE

HORSE

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Donnybrook Stables Johannesburg

5 Day TTEAM with Robyn Hood

Oct. 7-11, 2009

+/- R4000

Lindy equibalance@iafrica.com 083 616 0577



My dog is worried about the economy, because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in Dog Money.
-Joe Weinstein
 
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS

VENUE

DOG

DATE

COST

CONTACT

JHB Sandown

Long Weekend Workshop

Aug. 8-10

Sat 2-5

Sun & Mon. 09h30-16h30

        R800

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

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!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

How do TTouch bodywork, which includes a variety of TTouches

How to read your Dog’s body Language

How to Use a Body Wrap, a wonderful tool for many things including fear of Thunder and Fireworks

To Find the Perfect Equipment for your Pet and How to use it: Sometimes, changing a Harness or Head Collar can make a huge difference to your ability to not only control your dog, but in helping you communicate what it is you want him to do!

To Do Groundwork, for helping dogs balance, learn, improve gait, gain confidence and much more!

How to increase the bond with your pet through mindful interactions

How to Problem Solve your Personal Situations

How to Communicate on many Levels

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

This is 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



If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
-Mark Twain
 
5.   CAT WORKSHOPS

JHB Bryanston

One day workshop

August 16th

R450

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



If your dog is fat, then you are not getting enough exercise.
-Unknown
 
6.   TTOUCH TIPS

TTOUCH TIPS: From the 3 July 2009 issue of Vrouekeur by Alita Vorster

NOTE: This interview happened with Linda Tellington Jones while she was in South Africa in April. For the Afrikaans version, email info@ttouch.co.za

Animals react to these touches

A morning in the company of Linda Tellington-Jones is a very special experience. Linda lives on the island of Hawaii, but her involvement with the TTouch technique and its worldwide promotion, sees to it that she spends only short periods of the year on this lovely island. Linda travels all over the world to present workshops even here in South Africa. Regular people like zookeepers, veterinary assistants, the vets themselves and animal conservationists learn this technique from her. She is a remarkable woman who looks years younger than her real age. Linda is lively and energetic but most of all passionate in the way she speaks about this technique.

“I have always been surrounded by animals. My parents and grandparents were mad about animals. Of the earliest pictures taken of me with animals is one where I am standing next to my aunt, I was a mere 11 months old. In the picture she sits with a bear cub on her lap and I am standing next to her with my fingers curled exactly the same as one of the TTouch techniques we use today.

In 1903 my grandfather was a jockey in St Petersburg. There was also a group of Russian gypsies helping with the race horses, they showed my grandfather a kind of massage on the horses. It consisted of short strokes all over the horse’s body. He also tried it on the horses and brought it back to the States where he taught me how to do it.

In 1965 my first husband, Wentworth Tellington, and I together wrote the first book on massage for horses in the USA Massage and Physical Therapy for the Athletic Horse. We had a Thoroughbred stud at the time. “

Linda later became interested in the study by an Israeli doctor, Moshe Feldenkrais. Dr Feldenkrais focused on a way to activate the neural pathways in the human brain. Dr Feldenkrais found that by moving the body in different ways one can activate the neural pathways and so use more brain cells. Linda realized that if this is true for humans, it will also be true for animals. This brought her to the idea to make small movements on an animal’s skin. In 4982 she worked with a severely traumatized horse. Intuitively she made small circles on the body of the horse, and the horse calmed down immediately.

“Although I focus on animals, the human brain is my main interest. I believe animals are here to be our teachers. When one works with animals, one learns understanding, patience, love and kindness, and to treat people the same way.

With these small circles on the body of the animal we make it good for them to be touched by us. They loose their fear and want to be near us. This helps the animal to learn new ways.

When an animal or human experience fear or tension or when the body is under pressure because of injury or illness the communication between the cells are disrupted. Ttouch restore this communication. Actually it is a language without any words. “

Linda considers herself particularly blessed. It is her privilege to make a difference in the lives of so many animals through this technique. She has wonderful stories to tell, like the one of the Oakland zookeeper who is a qualified TTouch practioner. Treating giraffes used to be a scary and dangerous affair. After introducing the Tellington Touch they now come to the keepers in their own free will and without any fear.

Linda also treated two very ill snow tigers in a zoo in Zurich with her special touch. Their lung disease improved immediately. Years later she saw pictures where the tigers lean against the wire fence for the keepers to touch them.

“I believe one should treat animals the way you want to be treated yourself. I don’t want to be controlled by dominance, why would an animal want to be treated that way? People must appreciate animals and be thankful for the difference they make in your life. And if you live with gratefulness it makes the most wonderful difference in your life and in the lives of other you are in contact with. “

What is TTouch™?

TTouch, or the Tellington Touch is a method which consists of circles of the fingers and hands all over the body of an animal. It is a combination of specific touches, exercises and body wraps. There are also certain lifts. The purpose is to activate the functioning of the cells in the body and thus awaken cellular intelligence. I other words it is like switching on the electricity in the body. Each circle is a complete on its own and is applied all over the body. A person does not have to be an expert or have comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy of the body to be successful with this technique. This touch is very successful in treating injuries or illness or where undesired behaviour or bad habits must be unlearned. At the same time it gives the animal more self confidence and eradicates the fear that makes some animals out of control or hard to control.

This method works on the basis of respect for the animal and is therefore quite different from other animal handlers who make use of dominance to get the animal to be submissive. This calm and quiet method is used by owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, zookeepers and keepers at animal shelters. There several qualified TTouch therapists from all over the globe, including South Africa. They can teach anybody how to help a dog, cat or any other pet.

What is Tellington TTouch used for?

Dogs with the following problems:

  • Excessive barking and chewing
  • Dogs pulling on the leash
  • Dogs jumping up on people
  • Dogs refusing brushing and grooming
  • Aggression
  • Extreme fear, shyness and fear of loud noises like thunder
  • Carsickness
  • Problems like arthritis and hip dysplasia in older dogs
  • Speeding up the healing of wounds or injuries

  • For cat owners:

    Linda says cats become very shy when there are strangers in the house. Other cats, which are not shy, refuse to lie in your lap and most cat owners love a cat curled up in the lap. To help with his you can sit on the floor or on a chair with the cat between your legs. Do soft small circles on the ears, head and shoulders for a few minutes and then let the cat go. With cats less is more! Soon the cat will change his attitude and not run away at the sight of a stranger and probably make himself comfortable in your lap. TTouch also helps with the following:

    • Cats who use the furniture as a scratch pole
    • Cats with a fear of the vet
    • Cats who hate to be brushed and groomed
    • Cats who urinate in the house or mark the house

    The clouded leopard touch:

    There are many different touches and most of them consist of a clockwise circle. The clouded leopard is the very first technique taught because it is the basic technique of all the Tellington touches.

    1.                  Hold the hand in a slight curve with the fingers lightly together

    2.                  Rest your hand on the body of the animal

    3.                  place your other hand on the animal for support and make the circle with your first hand

    4.                  The first digit of your fingers must be at a 45º angle to the part of the body you are touching

    5.                  Think of a clock face.

    6.                  Make a clock wise movement with your fingers, a circle and a quarter

    7.                  Hold your thumb a few centimetres away from your fingers against the body for support. Start at six on the clock, move clockwise by pushing and pulling the skin to complete the circle. Stop at nine o’ clock.

    8.                  Do only one circle at a spot and move on.

    9.                  End the session with one long stroke to integrate the different circles

    Linda wrote several books on this topic including several on Tellington Touch for horses and for humans. Two of the most popular are:

    Getting in TTouch with your Dog: a gentle approach to influencing behaviour, health and performance Linda Tellington-Jones, Trafalgar Square Books

    Getting in TTouch with your Cat: a gentle approach to influencing behaviour, health and performance Linda Tellington-Jones, Trafalgar Square Books

    NB: Remember! TTouch does not replace veterinary care. It can be used in conjunction with conventional care and medication



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
 
7.   CLICKER TIPS - ALL EARS! HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PUPPY TO LISTEN

Clicker tips: All Ears! How to Train Your Puppy to Listen

By Aidan Bindoff
Created 2008-06-01 01:09

Tuning you out

Do you find yourself repeating instructions to your dog or puppy? You can learn how to train a puppy or dog to listen to you the first time, and every time.

Many dog or puppy owners blame the dog for not listening. When you have invested time and effort into training, it can be disappointing when your dog suddenly decides to stop listening to you—or when he decides that something else in his world is more exciting or interesting than you. The truth is that dogs do what works for them. It is up to you, as a puppy or dog owner, to teach your pet to listen—by making listening to you work for the dog. Believe it or not, many dog owners inadvertently teach their dogs to ignore them!

So how do you teach a dog to listen?

More is not always better

Dog owners frequently repeat commands over and over. If your dog didn’t respond the first time, repetition isn’t going to help. Repeating commands teaches a dog that the command is meaningless, or that it’s ok to respond in his own sweet time!

What are the odds?

The truth is that dogs do what works for them.

Never ask for a behavior [0] that you aren’t at least 80% sure you will get the first time. If there are too many distractions, if it is a new situation, or if the behavior just hasn’t been learned well, then you probably won’t get the behavior you want.

Keep it quiet—and succinct

Train quietly. Bellowing commands at a dog is left over from the old military-style dog training. Dogs have a powerful sense of hearing, and can hear our tiniest whispers. That’s not to say that a command shouldn’t be clear and audible, but if you only roar commands during training, don’t expect your dog to pay attention to you unless you are roaring. A dog that has learned to listen carefully will tend to pay more attention.

A dog that has learned to listen carefully will tend to pay more attention.

A bit of meaningless chatter is fine every so often, but dogs don’t speak our language and you don’t want cues to become lost in the noise. When training, try not to talk too much. Effective communication comes through quality and clarity, not quantity.

Basics build success

If you find yourself in a situation where your dog won’t respond to a cue [0], and you’re sure he knows it in other situations, think about what is different about the situation. It could be that there are too many distractions for your dog to focus, or it could be that the situation is vastly different from training situations in the past.

Go back to basics when this happens. Remove distractions if you can, and re-introduce them slowly. Start at the beginning in a new situation, even if it means using a food lure briefly in order to get the behavior. If there’s too much going on, move away from the action a bit.

Remember to set your dog up for success. If your dog can’t succeed, you can’t reinforce. If you can’t reinforce, nothing useful has been learned.

Timing is everything

Make sure your rewards are meaningful. Reinforcement is only reinforcement if it increases or maintains behavior. A satiated dog offered lousy treats, or a dog-tired dog offered a chance to chase a ball is probably not going to be too interested in training.

Reinforcement is only reinforcement if it increases or maintains behavior.

And remember to quit while you’re ahead. If you train for too long you’ll get sub-standard behavior. Reinforcing sub-standard behavior will only produce more sub-standard behavior in the future.

Some final advice

This article originally appeared in Positive Petzine reprinted with permission.

About the author Aidan Bindoff is the editor of Positive Petzine, a free online resource for dog owners and trainers. He lives and works in Tasmania, Australia.

Excerpt from Karen Pryor’s Newsletter

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



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
I will not bite the officer’s hand when he reaches in for Mom’s driver’s license and registration.
 
8.   CLICKER CLASSES - NEW 6 WEEK CLASS TO START 29TH JULY

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: R700: this includes evening lectures, a book, File with notes & clicker

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

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

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



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
 
9.   PUPPIES - A LOVE THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS IS BOUND FOR TROUBLE

A Love That Knows No Bounds Is Bound For Trouble

We all have our weaknesses: those soulful brown eyes pleading for just one morsel from your plate, the warm head on your lap while you tap away on computer, heavy with the weight of hope and expectation for a game of fetch or at the very least an ear scratch, or the more-empty-than-usual bed when a spouse is out of town that leads letting her sleep with you "just this once".

Let’s face it, we love our dogs and sometimes that love, our need for connection, our and desire to give back some of the happiness they’ve given us causes us cave in situations where we’d all be better served by sticking to our guns.

The thing is, dogs don’t do "exceptions". Instead, they are constantly collecting and evaluating the feedback/consequences to their actions and if something they do works to get them something they really want, chances are they are going to try it again. Period!

If the "rules" you’ve outlined are occasionally (or routinely) broken, they really won’t be viewed as rules through a dog’s eyes. We may be able to comprehend the concept of special occasions but inconsistency in our responses, breeds confusion in a dog’s mind, sets them up to make mistakes, and causes us to become frustrated or angry because "he knows better". Guess what? He doesn’t. He just knows that sometimes when he jumps up on the couch he gets to stay, and he hasn’t worked out quite yet why it’s okay with you sometimes and not others. And the occasional reprimand from you is worth it for even the possibility of one more evening curled up next to you in comfort rather than across the room on his bed.

So be clear and consistent when interacting with your dog, determine your house rules in advance, and then take the time to teach your dog what is expected of him rather than just punish him for mistakes (or for not following a rule he’s never been properly clued-in on in the first place).

Boundary training is an excellent place to start your new crystal clear communication. Not only does this make life easier when you are trying to come and go, but also it keeps dogs safe.

Teaching dogs to pause at thresholds rather than push past you and bum-rush the door is another great habit to teach your dog, and NOT because he may take over the world if he goes through the doorways before you. Rather, "Sit" as the default setting at doorways saves lives. It also gives you a marvellous opportunity to reinforce a polite sit and impulse control with a very powerful life reward - "let’s go

Boundary Training

Having a dog that knows and respects the boundaries of your home can make your life easier and your dog’s life safer. Dr. Ian Dunbar demonstrates how to teach your dog to sit at boundaries, whether you ask them to or not. Watch the following Video!

http://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/boundary-training

With Kind Permission from the Dog Star Daily Team. More interesting articles on http://www.dogstardaily.com/

 

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, 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



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
The cat is not a ‘squeaky toy’ so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it’s usually not a good thing
 
10.   HEALTH & BEHAVIOUR

Dominance Relationships Between People and Dogs

A client told us she had recently read that she needed to spit in her dog’s food to show him who was boss. The theory was that if a dog eats food with another’s saliva on it, he is acknowledging his subordinate role in the relationship.

We have no clue where this idea came from (it certainly didn’t come from the scientific literature!), but perhaps it’s related to the other misunderstood belief that dominant individuals always eat first. So if the dog tastes your saliva on his food he will understand you got to it first and are therefore the "Alpha" in your dog’s "pack."

We’ve heard many, many other silly claims about how to be dominant over your dog and listened to lists of behaviours dogs purportedly show to exert dominance over people. Did you know that when a dog sits on your shoes or leans against you with his back to you he is supposedly expressing his dominance over you?

Many writers have claimed that the "dominance" or "pack theories" of dog behaviour are based on scientific studies of wolves and dogs, and therefore legitimizes their explanations of dog behaviour towards people. Most of us would agree that scientific explanations should carry more weight than non- scientific ones, but only if they accurately reflect what is really known about that phenomenon.

Virtually all the popular explanations of dominance behaviour that supposedly rely on scientific knowledge distort what is really known about wolf and dog behaviour. In fact, dominant wolves don’t always eat first, and we can find no mention in the wolf behaviour literature that describes dominant wolves sitting on the legs of or leaning against subordinates to express their dominance.

One of many serious problems with these "dominance theories" is that it leads people to treat their animals in inappropriate and sometimes, inhumane ways. While spitting in your dog’s food is harmless, some of the other measures advocated by this school of thought are not. Scruff shaking your dog, rolling and pinning him or stringing him up (hanging him by his collar) can cause fear, injury and even aggression which in turn can lead to further abusive behaviour or even euthanasia of the dog.

The notion of "dominance" is pervasive in American (And South African) society from discussions of which football teams are dominant to who’s the boss in your family - you or your spouse. Given this emphasis it’s not surprising that it’s easy for people to accept unquestionably dominance theories related to dogs.

If dominance isn’t the best way to think about relationships between dogs and people, or the most important aspect of their relationships then what is? Social relationships among dogs and between people and dogs are complex so there isn’t a simplistic answer to this question.

If you want to delve into the science of social dominance, discover how it is studied in social animals, and explore ways to more completely understand the intricacies of canine social behaviour, go onto the ABA website for more articles.

Written by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., and Daniel Estep, Ph.D.  An edited version of this article first appeared in the Rocky Mountain News. Reprinted with permission from www.AnimalBehaviorAssociates.com where you can find more articles, services and products, and subscribe to Pet

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I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or after they throw it up



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house, not after
 
11.   SHANTI UPDATE

It’s been really hard to watch Shanti in this cold weather. She has on so many days stayed in her crate and not wanted to get up. This is because she feels so much pain when she starts to move. Unfortunately my gal is too much like her Mom, she doesn’t tolerate pain well!

The good news (or bad, depending on how you look at it) is that we have just started a course of cortisone as the Rimadyl was hardly helping. I’ve always known that Cortisone is a miracle drug, but the very first day Shanti was practically back to her old self. It was truly amazing.

You’re probably aware that cortisone – short term – is OK, but long term can damage many internal organs, so I stay away from it as much as possible. Today was day 3 of cortisone for Shanti and tomorrow we won’t give her any at all. The idea is to give the body a complete day off the cortisone, which is better for it than just dropping the dosage. I remember learning this many years ago when I had a Labrador who had severe allergies. After doing all the injections and tests for allergies, nothing worked, so cortisone was the only thing that gave her relief. For years we played with the doses to give the “cortisone free’ time in order for her body to heal from the effects.

Of course in the end her body couldn’t sustain taking the cortisone, but it was important that she had a good quality of life. This is always the question for so many of us. Although Shanti is getting many therapies, including touch, acupuncture and supplements, I’m not prepared to hear her literally scream when she tries to get up in the morning. How clear it is now that when she started getting “aggro” with Angelique last year, she must have been suffering already, but just showing it in an emotional way.

It’s interesting because certainly I had her at the Vet after the change in behaviour. It’s always important to know if there is something going on in your dog’s body that could be causing a change. However, we didn’t x-ray the spine at the time and she seemed fine.

Today, she is lying on the new office rug enjoying the under carpet heating! So everyone is feeling better since Shanti is feeling better. Please send her lots of love and healing light. She will love every bit of energy coming her way!



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs etc, just because they smell.
 
12.   YOUR LETTERS

Health Tip for Shanti from one of our Readers

Hi Eugenie

Cindy and I (the Maltese cross bread) attended a workshop in 2006 for TTOUCH. As Cindy and Tammy are getting older it is not easy for them to stand up from lying down any more especially in winter.

I have read in a medical book for natural remedies about ginger (for pain) and turmeric (blood flow and inflammation) spices and started giving my two girls (dogs) ¼ of a teaspoon of each spice ones a day in their food. I can really see a difference in their legs; really they are so much better.

Please try this with Shanti and look on this website for these amazing beds for dogs! www.petzbed.co.za

Thanks for your interesting monthly newsletters.

Regards
Marthie Wildner

Editor’s NOTE : We bought one of these beds for Shanti and she seems to like it. And we always love tips on Natural Remedies.

The Body Wrap Helps Lucy

Dear Eugenie,

I am reading and absorbing your wonderful article about body wrapping.  I have two Companion dogs - Ruby, now 12, is a very old hand with and around people - she goes everywhere and she loves everyone.  Lucy, age 2, is Ruby’s understudy - and she has some definite people issues.  I found Lucy on line, and several states away, at a no-kill shelter.  She and her siblings had been abandoned along a highway at about three months old

Lucy sticks to me like a tick - she is very good on and off leash, she comes when called, she sits, she lies down, she comes to heel.  She plays tennis with Ruby (not even one fight).  She is a good camper and she likes the cats.  I take her everywhere - in uniform, on leash, with Ruby.  Both dogs are now trained to heel, on my left, with Ruby on the outside.  In and out of stores, businesses, churches, hospitals and meetings.  Lucy is really with it - she loves putting her (Companion animal) vest on - lots of wiggles, eager to go.

Being around people is another matter. I understand when a dog shies away from a person holding a stick (a cane, a crutch, or a shovel) - is a possible indication of previous abuse.  And proceed with caution.  Ruby, the gregarious, is waiting for the command to "Go say ’hi’" - to meet and greet friends and strangers alike.  Lucy is looking for a place to hide.  The people who we meet - some ignore my suggestion to stay away - and Lucy just cringes and tries to disappear.  Let them pet and love on Ruby, Lucy hardly watches.  I can leave them both on "Sit Stay" for long periods - neither one moves.

At first, I remembered the idea of how to train a horse or mule to be in harness and pull a plough - you hitch them up to a larger, trained animal, and eventually, the newbie gets the idea.  Our people-encounter situations are very friendly, and non-threatening, and I had hoped and figured that Lucy might get jealous of the love and attention that Ruby is getting.  Ha, no way!  When we stop and park, Lucy seeks out the darkest corner available, under a chair, behind the sofa. When someone offers Ruby a treat, she is right there, you bet.  Lucy will not even accept that treat from me, much less look at the other person

I had heard and thought about the swaddling ideas from hearing Temple Grandin - and just purchased a wrap - an elaborate elastic body stocking - from http://www.anxietywrap.com/ based on Temple’s (and your TTouch) theories.  Then I found your article re simpler, adjustable Ace bandages - and am going to try both.  I think that the horse leg wraps come in various colours; look festive, not as medicinal as the beige bandages.

Yesterday, Lucy, Ruby and I walked to a McDonald’s where we met a friend for lunch.  Lucy, comfy in her new body wrap, dove under the table as usual then, after a while, she got curious and turned 180 degrees so that she could see what was going in (a result of the wrap, I’m sure).  Ruby, still lying down, had scooted out into the line of traffic, trying to attract as much human attention as possible.

I’m beginning to think that maybe I should start leaving Ruby in the truck and just take Lucy out solo every once and a while.  A well-wrapped Lucy. And into familiar places where we have been before.

Thanks for your good ideas re the wrap-bandages

Thanks again,
Jude Gassaway
Denver, Colorado

Editor’s Note: Eugenie’s article on body wraps can be found in full on www.ttouch.co.za

TTouch Helps Brindy adapt to a New Home and new Friends

Brindy is a 12-year-old Staffie, who was recently re-homed, as her owners had passed on. She now lives with a caring lady called Iris. Iris has a friend, Carole, who has an 8 year old Maltese, Hoepie. As these two friends visit and look after each other’s homes and animals often, it is imperative that Brindy and Hoepie get on with one another. The friends, fearing that these two older girls might take exception to one another, wisely decided that their dogs should be introduced properly, on neutral ground, so they came to me.

Groundwork was set out, and we began session one working the two dogs over it. Poor Brindy! She looked decidedly unhappy, and seemed overwhelmed by what we were asking her to do! She was unable to even attempt most of the obstacles, getting "stuck" often, not able to put one foot in front of the other. Her tail was tucked tightly between her legs, and she looked desperately apologetic. "I can’t do this, but please, please, don’t be cross with me", her beseeching eyes pleaded. She wasn’t even aware of bouncy little Hoepie, breezing over the course, all around her!

Iris and I coaxed and TTouched her for the entire session, while Hoepie danced around, thoroughly enjoying herself, and ignoring us!  I could see an element of doubt in Iris’s eyes, about the whole thing, as they left, but when they all arrived for their next session, she was beaming!  Brindy, she said, had slept almost solidly for three days after their first session. Then she got up, shook herself vigorously, and marched purposefully toward the doggy door specially installed for her to go in and out of, to the garden. There she stopped, turned around, and stared inquiringly at Iris.

" I am FAR TOO BIG to get through this " she was saying, as plain as day!  Brindy had grown so much in stature, in her mind, that she was sure she could no longer fit through that space! Iris had to get her treats and use them to get Brindy through the door that she had always gone through before, with ease! How wonderful that Iris recognised what was going on!

Brindy did much better over all the groundwork this time; noticed Hoepie and was able to go up behind her and have a sniff, and best of all, had a completely changed body posture, her tail no longer tucked!

Session three saw the two would be friends working side by side, in front of and behind one other, and finally being TTouched sitting next to each other, exchanging sniffs!

At the time of writing, Hoepie has been on a visit to Brindy’s home, and been accepted. All is well!

Doreen Stapelberg
Certified TTouch Practitioner 1 for Companion Animals
 

The Whale Stranding at Kommetjie

On Saturday the 30th May, about 55 pilot whales beached themselves on Kommetjie Beach, my home town. I was in Durban at the time, running a two day workshop. On Saturday afternoon, I got a stream of messages about the whales on my voicemail, asking if there was anything I could do.

When I “tuned in” to them on Saturday evening, the decision had already been taken to euthanise them. Attempts had been made to pull them back out to sea 5 times, but they kept returning to the sands, and to certain death.

The first thing that I “saw” was a beautiful image of whales rising up out of the sea in a stream of golden light. This reminded me of a dream I had around this time last year where whales were lifting themselves out of the sea, into the sky and flying away on wings of silver and gold. Spending a bit more time with the pod of pilot whales, I got the message from them, that it was too difficult for them to go back into the water- that the water was not safe anymore. They had been driven off course and could not get back. The greater message was about helping the humans to wake up and see what is happening in the oceans around them. Animals all over the planet seem to want to leave as there is not enough space for them to live like they used to. The planet has changed; the earth and her oceans are straining under the influence of humanity. We need to take more care of what we do, what we eat, how we live. We need to be more “care filled” of our environment and the decisions we take as consumers. Every little thing we do makes a difference. Some may think it is too late to stop the shifts that are being predicted, if so then let us acknowledge the immensity of the sacrifice the non-human beings that we share this planet with have made in order for us to survive. But who will be the ones suffering, when there are no animals left? Scientists say that mass stranding of whales have happened throughout history, and it has always been a great mystery as to why it happens. I believe there is a message for us in every “accident”.  Who is to say that the whales have not been sending humanity messages throughout history. It would be interesting to see what was happening and where in the world when other beachings have occurred. Since the advent of underwater sonar devices, there has no doubt been a huge disturbance in the seas, causing cetaceans to not feel “safe” in their waters, and perhaps be driven off course….

Most of us take the ocean and her children for granted. The whales are calling for us to pay attention.

The impact of this horrific incident happening on the shores of the mother city will no doubt be enormous. Every person who was out there helping the whales, and I believe thousands turned up, has been immensely affected by these great mammals of the sea and their physical helplessness as their beauty was laid out on the beach to swim in the oceans no more. I am sure everyone who witnessed this mass exodus from life, will have their lives changed, even if they just get an inkling of how delicate the balance is, of how beautiful and wondrous nature is, and how we need to value it more than life itself. Each and everyone one of those people would have felt the connection to other beings on this planet in some way. Even those of us who weren’t there, have in some part of our soul, felt the message and heard their cries.

Below is a poem written by Liesl Jewitt one of my students at my workshop after she heard the news.

Whale Ancients

Sat 30/05/2009

Thank you
Oh great record keepers of the world
You who hold the eternal secrets

The cleansing of your tears
The sacrifice of your life
The message of your love

Gratitude
Oh great record keepers of the world
You who carry all spirits within the oceans of existence

The searing melody of your song
The urgent call of your kind
The offering of your death

May we who hear, heed this warning
Keep this mission
Extend our compassion

Anna Breytenbach, my dear friend and colleague managed to get down to Kommetjie and was there physically helping the whales, here is what she had to say:

They chose the Cape beach so as not to have to navigate the stormy, rough seas around Cape Point in their weakened state, and because they want humans to witness (the) whales’ dying. On the bigger/planetary level too!  They said “the Mother” (the ocean) is being poisoned, and so are they. It’s time humans woke up to this and witnessed the effects.

They predicted that there will be more strandings in the next moon cycle (which I found interesting given that the International Whaling Commission sits again in the last week of June apparently.)

The whales appreciate the compassion and care that people showed in trying to return them to the water, but would have wished to be given the choice, i.e. pointed out to sea/re-floated once, and then left to die in peace if and when they returned.

I have attached some thoughts written by Noel Ashton, one of the experts on cetaceans, who was on the beach on Saturday.

Let us all take a moment to send our warmth and love to those great beings of the oceans, who seem to carry our world on their backs in absolute honour and reverence.

With love and blessings to you all

Wynter

“Listen to and learn from the animals”
Wynter Worsthorne
Animal Communication
www.animaltalk.org.uk
www.wildwisdomafrica.org
wynter@animaltalk.org.uk
Cel: +27(0)78 115 4894

Canned Hunting, a Public Responsibility

Media Release from Endangered Wildlife Trust

18 June 2009

Every year thousands of people visit facilities in South Africa where they can interact with lion cubs, young Cheetah and in some cases even tigers. But seldom do people ask what happens to the cubs when they grow too big for the facilities to manage them.

“There is substantial evidence to suggest that these animals are very often sold, or ‘returned’ to lion and other predator breeding facilities from which they are often sold on as trophies into the very lucrative canned hunting industry, which has thrived in South Africa for at least the past 12 years,” says Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT).

With the inclusion of lions in the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations, the hunting of a captive bred lion within a period of less than 24 months post its release into an extensive wildlife area is now prohibited.

Cubs are often taken away from their mothers to stimulate faster reproduction and so keep up a constant supply of petting lions. Visitors pay to pet the animal and have their photograph taken with it, and either do not consider the animal’s situation and what will happen to it when it grows up, or they assume that there is a conservation effort associated with petting lions.  The lions are however human imprinted and have not grown up in a natural social group, making it impossible to release them into a natural habitat for the long term. This, coupled with the disease risk posed by captive bred animals, as well as their dubious genetic lineage renders them a risk for release. They therefore have no conservation value and are purely a source of income for those exploiting them.  Often the situation of a “paying volunteer" is also exploited for further financial gain, with volunteers being told that the lion mothers are not able to care for their offspring and that once they are old enough hand raised lions are returned to the wild.

A recent report by the National Council of SPCAs suggests that many of these lions end up as targets for canned hunting. The report states that “the hunting of captive bred lions is in fact at an all time high and the South African Predator Breeders Association (SAPBA) estimated in January this year that about 1 050 lions were hunted in South Africa in 2008. Nearly all of these animals were raised in captivity. This is a more than 300% increase on the 322 lions the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) says were hunted in 2006 and a 35% increase on their 2007 figure of 700.” This raises the question:  where do all these lions come from? In South Africa, a thriving canned hunting industry can in most cases be linked to an equally thriving industry based on cub petting and commercial captive breeding centres.

The EWT encourages the public to take an active role in putting an end to canned hunting by asking the following questions before taking an opportunity to play with a cub:

o   Where is the cub’s mother?
o   Why is the cub not being raised by its mother?
o   What happens to the facility’s cubs when they grow up?
o   If they are released into larger wildlife areas, where are these and can the facility provide documentation
     to prove a viable and ethical release process?
o   If, and therefore once cubs have been released, do they have the opportunity to live out their natural
     lives, or are they hunted?
o   If they are sold to game reserves, is their future secure or is this a cover for simply being hunted?
o   If they become part of a breeding programme, for what purpose?
o   What happens to the facility’s surplus animals?

Some may argue that there is educational value in allowing people to handle wild animals. However this kind of education provides the incorrect message that wild animals exist for human entertainment, that they can be petted like domestic animals, and that they have value only in captivity and not in their natural habitats. Moreover, lion cubs are naturally boisterous and even a young lion is capable of inflicting damage on a human being.  Visitors are expected to sign indemnity forms that protect the facility, but many people are hurt, sometimes very badly, through these interactions.  It is also important to note that captive breeding is not a conservation recommendation for any carnivore species in South Africa. Carnivores in fact breed extremely well in the right conditions and for almost all our threatened carnivore species, the conservation priorities include reducing human-wildlife conflict, securing suitable habitat, reducing poaching and illegal off take and maintaining balanced, functioning ecosystems. Without these in place, captive breeding leads to an over-supply of non-releasable animals which often end up as trophies.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is not against legal, ethical forms of sustainable use and recognises the role that hunting plays in many conservation programmes. We do not however support the intensive breeding of wild animals for canned hunting. It must be noted that other species are also hunted under conditions where they have no chance of escape and thus are also victims of canned hunting.

While we urge the government to address captive lion breeding situation in South Africa, and all canned hunting, we similarly urge members of the public to recognise their role in supporting or putting an end to both the cruel treatment of lions in some captive facilities, and the practise of canned lion hunting.

The EWT is working with many other NGOs to develop an ethical, humane proposal which may avert the continuance of cruelty being meted down to Africa’s King of the Beasts.

Contact:         

Yolan Friedmann
CEO, Endangered Wildlife Trust
Tel: +27 (11) 486 1102
Email: yolanf@ewt.org.za

Karen Trendler
Tel: +27 (0) 72 969 4499
karojay@global.co.za

Louise Joubert
Founder trustee: SanWild Wildlife Trust
Tel: +27 (0) 15 318 7900/1
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 310 3882
louise@sanwild.org

Nicci Wright
FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
nicciw@gam.co.za

Or

EWT media office
Tel: +27 (0)11 486 1102
media@ewt.org.za
www.ewt.org.za



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
The litter box is NOT a cookie jar.
 
13.   ODDS AND ENDS

a. Book of the Month: “Don’t Shoot the Dog” by Karen Pryor

This is an Oldie, but best-selling Classic and is a must read for all people serious about understanding how Dogs Behave.

A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviours. Here are the secrets of changing behaviours in pets, kids – even yourself-without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips…. Or shooting the dog:

  • The principles of the revolutionary “clicker training” method, which owes it’s phenomenal success to its immediacy of response – so there is no questionwhat action you are rewarding

  • 8 methods fo ending undesirable habits – from furniture – clawing cats to sloppy roommates

  • The 10 laws of “shaping” behaviour – for results without strain or pain through “affection training”

  • Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teen

The TTouch Office has only 2 of these books left in stock at R190. If you’re interested, contact Louise at 011 884 3156 or email info@ttouch.co.za . I’m guessing that Pet Publications also carries a couple of copies!

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

Make safer choices for you and your pets regarding toxic chemicals in flea and tick fighting products. This site will show you a chart on how toxic each product is to both humans and animals. Think of putting a tick repellent on your dog, your child touches it and then puts his hand in his mouth. Wouldn’t you like to know exactly what he (or you) might be ingesting? This site is a great way to be informed!

“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
The sofa is not a face towel; neither are Mom and Dad’s laps.

c: Interesting Links

An online Pet Magazine
http://petsmag.dgtlpub.com/2009/2009-02-28/home.php

When Highlanders get bored with their Sheep http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1137883380?bctid=17075685001

What you need to make a difference – How one City has stopped the killing of homeless pets.
http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/how-one-city-has-stopped-the-killing-of-homeless-pets/

d. Positions Available

As of the 15 August 2009 the following positions will be available at the ThinkingPets Behaviour Practice:

  • Puppy and Doggy Daycare Manager
    Training experience an advantage

  • Groomer
    Experience an advantage. If you do not have experience, training will be provided on the condition that you sign a 2 year employment contract

For more information or to apply, please email lindi@thinkingpets.com

e. Groomer Needed

  • Dog Groomer
    o   Experience with all types of dogs, to go to the Brakpan SPCA when the need arises to groom the dogs that desperately need it.

For more information, please call Nicole Heiman 0117281955 or 0842846452



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he is on the toilet.
 
14.   EVENTS

a. CLAW Charity Dinner

Join CLAW for a night of good food, good company, good laughs and for a good cause, on 25th July 2009 at 19h00 at a cost of R150 per person at Kenjara Lodge, Muldersdrift.  For more information on this great event, please contact Karen / Jack 011 957-0012 or email info@kenjara.co.za

b. New Course offered by Thinking Pets

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

c. Dog Performance Sports workshops 25-27th July 2009

The Dancing with Dogs in Africa club is hosting a series of workshops presented by Julie Flanery from the USA. The focus of these workshops is on improving your relationship with your dog and fine-tuning your training, making them relevant for anyone who competes with their dog in any dog sport , not only people interested in dog dancing.

Julie has been working professionally with dogs and their owners since 1993, and in 2003 opened her own training centre focusing on the needs of the dog, and working with owners and handlers to form a stronger bond and better communication through positive reinforcement methods. She has placed obedience, freestyle, rally and agility titles on her dogs, and has been an invited workshop and seminar presenter across the U.S on a variety of topics from freestyle and clicker skills to dog language and behaviour.

For full details about the workshops and how to book please go to http://dwdia.synthasite.com/workshop-with-julie-flanery.php



“Things I must remember to be a good dog ...”
I don’t need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m under the coffee table.
 
15.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES

PLEASE ONLY CONTACT THE NUMBERS STATED

Dogs/Cats looking for homes:

Bruce picked up these two Scottish Terriers and fortunately identified their owners through their implanted chips.  However when Bruce returned them to the owners, they were disappointed and asked him if we didn’t want to keep the animals...but the owners are old and not able to care for the dogs.  Both are boys, neutered and 13 months old.  They are purebred, but not registered.  They paid R2800 for each dog.
Belinda Durham
Email: belinda.durham@bmwdealer.co.za Tel: +27 21 918 8705

I found 2 starving puppies approximately 12 weeks and need to home them. My dogs are not keen on them staying here I would like for them to stay together. They are cross foxies, so they will be small animals when fully grown.  They are well on their way to being potty trained, and will come with some food I will answer any concerns that potential new owners might have. Please can you put up a poster at your dog club or work or anywhere?
Andre Shirley +27 (0) 82 650 2294

8 year old male foxie – sterilised - still looking for a home. Has 3 legs and has lots of love to give. House trained and in Foster care at the moment
Contact Hellen 082 412 3491

I am desperate to find a good home for Daisy the cat. She is a 5 year old tortoise shell with very unusual speckled eyes. She has been spayed and has a pet identifier on her. She needs loads of attention and is very good with kids. She is fine around dogs.  Please help find her a happy home.
Nick Cell: +27 83 777 211

4 Year old neutered pedigreed and KUSA registered Fox Terrier Male desperately looking for a home.  He is being bullied by 2 bigger dogs.  He needs room to run and explore.  He is not used to cats.
Please contact : Heike Joubert 082 445 4844 or email heike@rebels.co.za

Male Whippet found and urgently needing a home. He is very sweet and gentle and gets on well with other dogs.
Please contact Melissa Combrinck 083 226 2433 or email Melissa@daheimsa.co.za

BEAGLES: Sunny (spayed) and Tango (neutered). One year old brother and sister from the same litter.  They have done basic puppy training and are micro chipped. They are playful, energetic and loveable dogs that are fantastic with children.
Please contact Lindsey Glaeser 083 616 0382



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I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.
 
 
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