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December 2010 and January 2011


(Print and read at your leisure – copyright - Eugenie Chopin

Unless otherwise stated)

www.ttouch.co.za - for more info on any subject!


  1. Eugenie’s Letter

  2. Practitioner Training - for Companion Animals – April 29-May 4

  3. Horse Workshops – JHB, KZN & Free State

  4. TTouch Workshops – Johannesburg & Cape Town

  5. TTouch Tips – Triple Warmer

  6. Clicker Tips   Teaching Your Dog To Go Left And Right

  7. Clicker Classes – Watch this space

  8. Puppies – Puppy vs. Adult

    1. Puppy Socialization Classes in your area

  9. Behaviour / Health

    1. Behaviour:  Wait For That Behaviour

    2. Health: Guidelines For Safe Encounters Between Children and Dogs

  10. Shanti & Friends Update:

  11. Your Letters : Musings from the Kruger

  12. Odds and Ends

    1. Book of the month – The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century Review by Linda Tellington-Jones with Bobbie Lieberman.

    2. Website of the month: http://healthypets.mercola.com/

    3. Interesting Links

  13. Events 

    1. Herbs For Animals - Level 1 
  14. Dogs or Cats Urgently Needing Homes / Lost dogs


Hello TTouch Friends!

I hope you have all had a well-earned Holiday or at least a rest with family and friends. I do wish you a Healthy and Happy 2011. I have just returned from the USA and had a typical American Christmas with my family. They drove in from south Louisiana as well as Texas – and some even flew in from the Northeast (thankfully before the airport shutdowns!) So the house was crowded with adults and children; presents were everywhere and the Holiday music was on. Now some people shudder at the sound of that, but personally, I’ve always loved Christmas. The spirit should be of fun, connecting with friends/family, OTT decorations (brings out the child in me) and some spiritual contemplation (if you can find the time) – and of course, lots and lots of yummy food!

However, it’s great to be back in Johannesburg with Shanti, Harley and of course, Shadow, the cat – not to mention my beautiful summer garden, that has gone wild with all of the rain. But, what’s up with TTouch for 2011?

The main event is of course, the visit of Linda Tellington-Jones in March and April. Linda is the creator of Tellington TTouch and is the one of the most dynamic women I have ever had the privilege to know. She is full of life, enthusiasm and knowledge of all sorts. Linda will be teaching the Practitioner Training for Companion Animals and Horses. If you’re not part of either program, you will have the chance to have a “taste” of her at one of the Dog Client Mornings (April 2 & 3). Just give Heleen a call on 011 884 3156 and let us know you’re interested.

Before Christmas, we had a superb weekend in Cape Town at WODAC. We met many new people and caught up with a few “oldies”. Thanks to all of you in CT who brought animals for the Demos! It was a lot of fun and although we worked hard, we totally enjoyed the experience! If you missed us, here we are:

From left to right:  Carine Buitendach, Thineke Momplé, Debbie Conradie, Tricia Levinson, Tracy Bullivant, Karen Bullivant, Mari Yanagawa


From left to right: Karen Bullivant, Tricia Levinson, Judy Post, Jeanne Basson, Catherine Williams, Mandy Momberg, Tracy Bullivant & Mari Yanagawa

Well, I’m off to the Kruger for a week, so I’d best go get packing! I look forward to the quiet, the animals, birds and having time to contemplate. I got an iPad for Christmas and now will try to see if I can figure out how it works! If any of you have tips from even your iPhone use or know of great Apps, please let me know. I’m a complete novice in the i-world.

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 3 for Companion Animals



Things you can learn from your dog:
Sometimes that thing you're eating really is the best thing in the whole world.
You just can't get away from ads telling you that you could be thinner, better and happier if you'd just ignore your natural craving for tasty delights. As I type this, I'm watching my dog Dexter lovingly nibble on a yummy dog treat, and I don't believe I've ever seen him happier. Why can't we just enjoy what we eat, without feeling guilty all the time?


31 March – 05 April 2011with Linda Tellington-Jones!

The TTACT program has changed format somewhat by allowing new people to start in any session. This goes along with the practice used in Canada and the UK. We have been truly inspired by the number of people interested in this program and don’t want you to have to wait for 2 or 3 years to join us.

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year lasting between 5 & 6 days. 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 your first session, 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

There is a possibility of a second training from April 8-13th. This will be confirmed by mid February

DATE:           March 31 – April 05, 2011

POSSIBLE    April 8-13 TBC

VENUE:        Broshacarm Kennels - Midrand

COST:            +/- R4550.00

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

SESSION 5: October 13-18, 2011

Fun is worth it, for its own sake.
I always feel bad about taking some time to goof off. When I do steal away, I justify it by thinking that it will help me focus on more important things later. But you know what? What's the point of life if it's only to be more productive? Sometimes fun should be had just because it's what makes life
worth it. There's a reason why grown up dogs still love playing with dog toys

HORSE WORKSHOPS: 5-Day TTEAM with Linda Tellington-Jones  March            24-28, 2011

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           






Donnybrook Stables

5-day TTEAM workshop with Linda Tellington Jones

24-28 March 2011


Lindy Dekker on equibalance@iafrica.com or 083 616 0577 or

Eugenie Chopin on         011 8843156

Donnybrook Stables

5-day TTEAM workshop with Edie Jane

06-10 October 2011


Lindy Dekker on equibalance@iafrica.com or 083 616 0577 or

Eugenie Chopin on         011 8843156









Bryanston Jhb

Introduction to TTouch for Dogs

26 Feb 2011


Nicky Lucka on lucka@absamail.co.za or 083 408 1517 or Lindy Dekker on equibalance@iafrica.com or 083 616 0577


Below is an excerpt from Donna Eden’s Newsletter. It’s a good example of how information can cross over and help us understand why something we’re doing may be working. One of the main areas we like to do bodywork is around the ears – and one of the main reasons is that the ear is a big part of the triple heater meridian in Chinese Medicine. Technically it runs from the outer edge of the eye, back around the ear and then down the shoulder along the front outside of the leg, but often just ear work can affect big changes in animals.

Go to http://www.ttouch.co.za/files/companion/howto.php#b to learn a bit more.

This meridian governs respiration, reproduction and digestion, so it can affect many parts of the body. We have always found it to be very useful in calming animals on many different levels. So needless to say, I found the following very interesting.

From a questionnaire after an Energy Medicine Workshop with Donna Eden

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

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

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

NOTE: Yes, this is also why stroking the legs with the wand help to ‘ground’ and settle because the meridian runs down the front legs, or up them and this grounding activates the parasympathetic nervous system.  Good info to back up what we teach. – Robyn

EDITOR’S NOTE: I found this interesting. While we usually suggest ear work for calming and certainly use it, I’ve never heard that the triple warmer actually governs the fight or flight response!  Interesting!

Don't worry about what other people think. Really.
When was the last time you saw a dog worrying about what another dog thinks about him? Your dog knows exactly who he or she is, and isn't concerned with
pretending to be something else. And even though dog clothes are super-cute, your dog spends much of life completely naked, and doesn't give a darn. How's that for confidence?

Heading in the "right" direction

This is a fun exercise that is handier than it seems at first. You’ll set up two targets at a distance, and teach your dog to go to either target—left or right—on cue. Later, you will set up similar exercises to bring more general meaning to the cues "left" or "right."

A dog that understands "left" and "right" has a terrific skill for many competition venues including agility, herding, mushing, water dog, and retrieving. This understanding would also be handy walking on trails—and service dog owners could think of a dozen or more applications for "left" and "right."

Dogs need to learn to work away from their owners, too. Reinforcement does not only come from doing things right in front of you, the pet owner. Many of the most useful behaviours are performed at a distance—recalls, leave-it, and stays, for example.

Simple beginnings—go to a target

First, you need to teach your dog to touch a target at a distance. There are many ways to teach this, and many specific targeting behaviours that are suitable for the exercise. You could teach a paw-whack, a nose-touch, or even a go-around. Choose one that is most useful to you and, for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just refer to that behaviour as "targeting" for the rest of this article.

A dog that understands "left" and "right" has a terrific skill.

Set up a traffic cone and teach your dog to target the cone. This is an excellent application for shaping. If you are teaching a nose touch, it might help to put a little food under the traffic cone, but stand on it to prevent the dog from tipping over the cone and actually getting the treat! You’ll get the dog to sniff at the cone; click when you see the nose touch the cone. Treat a very short distance away from the cone to set up the next repetition. Leave the same treat under the cone until your dog has figured out that touching the cone is what pays off.

Next, add distance

Once you have your dog reliably targeting the cone from a short distance, you need to start increasing the distance. The "300 Peck" method is a fool-proof method for increasing distance.

When you can reliably send your dog out to the cone from a distance of about 12 paces, you can start to add a cue. For the purposes of this exercise, it would be useful to point with your whole hand in the direction of the traffic cone. When the cue is reasonably well understood, you can move on to the next part of the exercise.

A clear, predictable choice

Leave the same treat under the cone until your dog has figured out that touching the cone is what pays off.

Set up two traffic cones about three feet apart. Position yourself at the corner of a triangle about two feet from both cones. Send your dog to one of the cones by using your pointing cue. Click and treat immediately in front of you. Send your dog to the other cone using your point cue. Click and treat immediately in front of you again.

If on the second instruction your dog goes to the first cone by mistake, simply ignore the mistake, wait a few seconds, and then send your dog to the correct cone again.

It’s fine, even preferable, to set up a predictable pattern, alternating between cones for each repetition. Why is this preferable? You’re setting your dog up for success. You can mix it up later on.

When your dog is reliably going to the indicated cone each time, you can start to add some distance. Again, the "300 Peck" method is as good as any for increasing distance. However, your current cue is a little unclear—it requires your dog to follow your pointed hand. As the distance increases, this cue becomes more and more difficult to understand. So don’t over-do the distance just yet; keep it within 10 paces. Most dogs will have figured out the pattern anyway, so a cue that is a little difficult to follow doesn’t matter too much at this stage.

Adding the final cues, fading the prompt

Now it’s time to teach your dog left from right. Use "left" and "right" because they are convenient cues. You could use "west" and "east" or "gee" and "haw" or "apple" and "orange" as easily.

Immediately before sending your dog to the cone on the left, say "left" and then point. Immediately before sending your dog to the cone on the right, say "right" and then point.

When your dog is starting to anticipate going to one or the other cone when you say "left" or "right," it’s time to start fading the hand point cue. Use it only as required, or make it less and less obvious.

When your dog is starting to anticipate going to one or the other cone when you say "left" or "right," it’s time to start fading the hand point cue.

Attaching more meaning—generalization

Now you have a dog who understands left from right! How cool is that? Alone that is a great party trick, but to be really useful you need to start giving some more meaning to the cues. At this point, your dog has probably figured out the pattern—left, right, left, right. So start mixing it up; send him to the left cone twice in a row, then the right cone twice in a row. Make it a random pattern.

Continue with these variations:

- space the cones further apart

- space the cones closer together

- send your dog from a greater distance (again, use "300 Peck")

- swap one of the cones for a different object

- swap both cones for different objects

If your dog will perform a formal retrieve, set up two dumbbells and have your dog retrieve the "left" dumbbell or the "right" dumbbell. If you train in agility, set up two jumps and send your dog over the "left" jump or the "right" jump. Whatever your intended application, think of a way to give more meaning to the cues specific to your field of endeavor.

You may be surprised at how your clever dog can understand these cues and use them in new situations!

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

A nap is sometimes the best course of action.
And now Dexter has fallen fast asleep in his dog bed, while I'm sitting here working. I worked until late last night, and was back in the office waaaaaay
too early. Could it be we've gotten too far from what our bodies naturally tell us?
That maybe when you're tired, you should just take a nap?

Before rushing ahead and getting a puppy, it’s a good idea to at least consider the pros and cons of adopting an adult dog. There are certainly several advantages to getting a pup, the foremost being you may mould the puppy’s behaviour and temperament to suit your own particular lifestyle. This, of course, presumes you know how to train and have the time to do it. Sometimes you might not. And so in a lot of ways an adolescent or adult dog with a Kennel Club obedience title and a Canine Good Citizenship Test may make a more suitable companion — especially for a two-income family whose members barely have the time to get together as a family themselves.

Additionally, a two-year-old (or older) adult dog’s habits, manners, and temperament are already well established, for better or for worse. Traits and habits may change over time, but compared with the behavioral flexibility of young puppies, an older dog’s good habits are as resistant to change as their bad habits. Consequently, it is possible to test drive a number of adult shelter dogs and select one free of problems and with an established personality to your liking.

Adopting an adult dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization can be a marvellous alternative to raising a puppy.

Some shelter and rescue dogs are well-trained and simply need a home. Others have a few behaviour problems and require remedial puppy education in adulthood. However, other dogs have significant problems, such as generalized fearfulness, that will require months and months of dedicated rehabilitation. Some dogs are purebred; most are mixed breeds. The key to finding a good shelter or rescue dog is selection, selection, selection! Take plenty of time to test drive each prospective candidate. Each dog is unique.

If you still have your heart set on raising and training a puppy, do make sure you educate yourself beforehand. Only search for a puppy after you have learned how to raise and train one. Remember, it takes only a few weeks to ruin an otherwise perfect puppy.

Please ask yourself, “Where do shelter dogs come from?” All shelter dogs were once perfect puppies that were abandoned or surrendered because they developed annoying behaviour, training, and temperament problems, simply because their owners did not know how to train them.

The sequence of events is utterly predictable: too much initial freedom and too little supervision and education all but teach a newly acquired puppy to chew household articles and eliminate in the house. In the owner’s attempt to manage these common and foreseeable problems, the puppy is relegated outdoors, where he quickly becomes de-socialized and develops other annoying habits, such as barking, digging, and escaping. After spending day after day in social isolation, the puppy is so excited when asked indoors that he enthusiastically runs around, barks, and jumps up to greet his long-lost human companions. Soon, the overly rambunctious pup is no longer allowed indoors at all. Either he is captured by animal control after he escapes from solitary confinement, or neighbours complain about his excessive barking and he is confined to the garage or basement — usually only a temporary measure before the now unwanted adolescent dog is abandoned or surrendered to a shelter. And he is barely six months old.

All behaviour, temperament, and training problems are so utterly predictable, and so easily preventable. Even most existing problems may be resolved fairly easily. Education is the key.

Adapted from BEFORE You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

©2006 Ian Dunbar

With kind permission from Ian and www.DogStarDaily.com

8a) Puppy Socialization Classes:  

All classes below are given by TTouch Practitioners or Practitioners in Training and incorporate TTouch in the Handling of puppies. 

õ  Bedfordview/ Edenvale/Linksfield/Orange Grove: Puppy Starter  Session -One private session with comprehensive booklet; Contact Scotty on 011 882 2418 (h); 082 928 0102 or scotty@scottysdogs.co.za   

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 or niki@thinkingpets.com

õ  Cape Town, Bellville; Puppy Socialization Saturday afternoons, call Debbie on 083 992-8767 or email Debbie.conradie@telkomsa.net 

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 021 856 5886 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za

õ  Gordons Bay: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. Ongoing: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 856 5886 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za

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

õ  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  Oaklands, JHB: Puppy Socializing Sundays 9 & 10 a.m. Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net

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

õ  Pretoria – Lynnwood Glen, Puppy classes for pups until 16 weeks and Basic obedience classes (using clicker training) for dogs 16 weeks and older.  Contact Anelize 079 272 4595 or Manuela 076 427 9166

õ  Randpark Ridge: Puppy Socialising with Clicker, 7 Week courses on Saturday mornings. Wendy Wilson, 083 336 1761 overthemoon@iafrica.com

There's nothing wrong with enthusiasm.
We go thru life spending a great chunk of our lives running around. Think about it; the world\'s definitely not short of boring, well behaved-ness. You
know what\'s in short supply?
Breathless, giddy enthusiasm.

Love should be unconditional.
Did I mention that I worked late last night? Josh and I went and finished work at a local restaurant with free WiFi, and Dexter had to wait in the car for a while.
I felt guilty the whole time, and could see Dexter in the back window of my car, constantly alert, waiting for me to return.
And when I got back? He was just thrilled to see me. No guilt trip. Just happy. Someday I hope to be able to love that way.


October 4th, 2010 by Leslie Fisher

Talley, my 5 year old bouncy anxious English Lab inspired me to get busy and write. When excited or anxious, which is often due to her temperament, she becomes, well…..bouncy! (all three labs give me plenty of scope for practice.) This behaviour has been quite consistent over the five years of her loveable short stocky labbie life, and is unlikely to change. True to form this morning, excited by an impending trip to the pond, there was much bouncy bouncy behaviour at the backyard gate, the magic gate to freedom. Talley knows the drill, which is why I wait for the desired behaviour to happen.

The routine at the gate is unvaried; each dog needs be sitting calmly before leashes go on, and they are invited in turn to exit the yard. When a behaviour is reinforced often enough, dogs will offer that behaviour. As well, over time, the gate has been associated with the behaviour of sitting and leashes going on. Still, Talley unfailingly begins with the bouncy behaviour, consistent with her excitable little self. However, she knows that bouncy means not leaving the yard. Why ask for a sit when your dog knows what is really required? Typically, moving away from Talley and waiting prompts the desired behaviour. (meanwhile Bridget and Doobie are sitting, leashed and waiting.)

Dogs get it when their opportunity for reinforcement has been removed: technically negative punishment. At that moment in time, Talley wanted more than anything in the world to get through that gate. By moving away with the leash, the opportunity for access to the world beyond the gate was removed. The process of waiting for behaviour also allows a dog the opportunity to self calm. We call it impulse control. Talley gains control over her excited bouncy behaviour. Turning back and putting on the leash for a calm sit is extremely powerful life reinforcement for Talley.  Why verbalize that cue when behaviour will happen just by waiting for the correct response?

Teaching an automatic sit, as in my classes, is another example of how waiting for the desired behaviour is very powerful.

We first teach sit, yes, using a verbal cue, and reinforce many many times; sit becomes a wonderful thing! We can turn and look at a puppy and sit happens. I love when my demo pups, first night of class, begin sitting automatically in very short order, and owners are just amazed, as though it were magic. Approaching a bouncy puppy, being held on the end of a loose leash, the same principle applies. Pup becomes jumpy? Turn away. Wait. Reinforcement removed.  Walk back and pup sits? Reinforce that offered behaviour!

Instead of cueing sit at the door, try waiting. Walk away. Wait a bit more. I bet that sit will happen. As a side note, some dogs are so overly aroused by the appearance of a leash predicting outside, that desensitization to the leash is required, before you could expect an improvement in behaviour. Also, could I repeatedly take Talley to the gate, cue sit, then reinforce the correct response? Surely I could, with probably a first cue response each time, but the situation would be out of context to the usual gathering of all three labs at the gate, paired with leashes going on. I am actually quite happy with her responses. Thanks for tuning in to my rainy morning rambling. The subject of my blog has been snoring loudly nearby while I wrote. Doobie and Bridget are also snoozing. The author also feels like doing the same, on this chilly rainy day.

Until next time,

Leslie and the labbies.

With kind permission from Ian and www.DogStarDaily.com

HEALTH:  Guidelines For Safe Encounters Between Children and Dogs

Daniel Estep, Ph.D. and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D.


Copyright ABA, Inc.

With school out for the summer, chances are family dogs will be spending more time with the kids and their friends. While kids and dogs can be good for each other, some guidelines should be followed so that both are safe in each other other’s company.

First, it is not a good idea to leave young children and dogs alone together, even for a brief time. Things can happen quickly that can put the dog, the child or both at risk of injury.

A toddler can reach for the dog’s toy instead of her own, or grab the dog’s tail, either of which could result in a snap or bite. An easily excitable dog may jump on a small child and knock him down. Even when a child and dog seem to be getting along well, their interactions should be supervised to ensure that the behaviour of neither one gets out of hand.

Second, children should be taught how to behave around dogs. This includes not only treating them with respect by not teasing them, throwing things at them or purposely harming them in other ways, but to also be aware of other behaviours that dogs may be uncomfortable with.

Quick hand movements toward the dog, yelling, running around and rough-housing can cause a variety of problem reactions from dogs. They may want to join in the fun by jumping and nipping, become frightened and snap to keep the children at a distance, or may also bite because they think a child needs protecting.

Third, dogs should be taught how to behave around children.

Dogs should have pleasant experiences with children beginning in puppyhood so that they enjoy being around them. Dogs should also be taught to obey basic commands such as come, sit, and down. When positive reinforcement is used, such as a special tidbit, most dogs will respond to even young children.

Fourth, don’t assume that just because a dog is good with the children in the family that she will automatically be accepting of visiting children. Visiting children should be introduced to the family dog gradually, using lots of tidbits and toys, and should always be supervised.

Lastly, children need to understand the importance of closing gates and doors to prevent the dog from getting out. While dogs should be taught not to door dash, it is not realistic to expect all dogs to resist the temptation to leave the yard when a gate is left open. For some families, a lock on the gate may be appropriate.

Summer can be a time for children and dogs to have lots of fun in each other’s company, but some preparations and precautions are also in order to prevent problems from occurring.

---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

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Sloppy kisses are good for a lot of things.
Next time you get in an argument with your significant other, take a cue from your dog. Just plant a big sloppy kiss on your loved one. Seriously.
How can anyone argue with that?

People ask why we "spoil" our pets. The answer?
Because they spoil us every day with a better way to look at life..

I think Shadow actually missed me over the Holidays. She has been persistent in coming into the bedroom at night (unusual for her) and spending lots of time on my desk. She has even started to respond to calling her occasionally in the house. I.e. when we need to leave the lounge at night and I need to lock up to turn on the alarm. I let her know we’re leaving, turn out the lights and leave the door a bit ajar in the hope that she’ll come on her own – and often she does! Much better than having to pick her up and carry her, which does not at all make her a “Happy Cat”.  Nothing like a cat to put you in your place!

Shanti is doing well with her back over the summer months. The warmth certainly does help. Interestingly since I’ve been back from the US, she seems to be coping with the thunderstorms better. She still looks for company and whines a bit, but will lie down in the office and doesn’t often still need the thundershirt. Amazing how it works! Just as with most Ttouch work, if you use the tools or do the work, the animal tends to become better and better able to cope with difficult situations. It doesn’t mean that the fears completely disappear (although sometimes they do!) but that the animal changes it attitude towards what’s happening and can then react differently.

“Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened”  

Musings from the Kruger by Eugenie Chopin

While Christmas was just yesterday, I am in the need of a bush fix, so I journeyed off to my favourite place, the Kruger National Park. I feel joy just being on the road and on my way. I believe that Nature will conspire with me to have a wonderful week.

As I approach  Orpen Gate, there is a large herd of breeding elephants on either side of the road. This is a part of the area to the west of Orpen Gate that has been opened to all of the private reserves in the area. For those of you not familiar with the area, the Kruger now has no fencing between it and the many private landowners connected to the Park. It’s a great project and allows even the little guy to have all species of animals on their land.

After entering the Park proper, I slow almost immediately with a scene that I love. It’s Africa at its best. The landscape is full of animals. There is the typical mixture of zebra, wildebeest and impala as well as wart hogs and a few kudu lying in the grass – not to mention 3 young jackals playing and seeming to feast on insects in the ground. I’m thinking maybe termites coming out of the ground. To top it off (no pun intended) there was a Marabou stork and a Tawny Eagle in the tree! So I didn’t get very far in that first hour in the park as there was a plethora of animals that had me stopping, looking and taking pictures.

As I drove, there were many other birds and animals to be seen and experienced! Along with the giraffe and buffalo, there was a lion just outside the Satara gate! Wish I could say I had a good sighting, but I only saw a big belly and an occasional tail swish!   How I love living in Africa!

The next morning I drove out and enjoyed the baboons on the road. The brilliance of this time of year is that everyone has a baby! There are young everywhere. I found myself driving with an enormous grin on my face. Hmmmm, maybe I need to get to the bush more often!

The afternoon brought an experience that I have only had one other time. That is of a Bird Party. It’s that time when there are so many insects around in a particular area that birds of all sorts and particularly, the predators, come out to play. What a treat! I was driving north from Satara towards Oliphants and about 6 kms out; I started seeing big birds in the trees. More eagles that I could count and smaller raptors that were flying so fast that I struggled to get a good look at them. Wow, it was - where to look first?

A few obvious ones I could name – like another Tawny eagle and a juvenile, a Bateleur on the ground by the side of the road and lo and behold, something I haven’t seen for years, a Kori Bustard. There was (I think) a Walberg or 2 or 3 and many brown eagles that I can’t be sure of. Where are you Ros and James when I need you? These are my special birding friends that I rely on to help me with identifying. I did manage to identify one of the dozens of fast flying birds. It was the lesser kestrel, but there were others that were in and out too fast to see. I didn’t know whether to study the bird books or the birds - most frustrating, yet exhilarating!

And to top it off, as I turned around and headed back to camp, I was given the most spectacular approach to sunset!


So while my friends all warned me about going to the Park in the summer heat, the new-borns and the birds make it truly worthwhile! And while the bushes are full and the grass is high, I am finding that the animals are coming onto the road to have an easy walk. I’ve seen duiker, steenbok and many other animals that normally are very shy and stay in the bush, come out onto the road so that I’ve had really good sightings. And of course, the elephants are almost common now in the park. When nothing else is around, you’ll see a lone elephant doing something interesting. Yeah for elephants!

Day 4 – I’ve stayed in today to do some study on subjects that interest me. Super productive day! Even this is a reason to come to the park – no outside distractions. Of course in the afternoon I had to get my bush fix, so off I went on a very unproductive drive for about an hour, so turned around and headed back to that wonderful road that runs directly east of Satara, the S100. And of course, I found the lions! There were at least 5 or 6, maybe more. It’s hard to say as they were a distance away and when they lay down, they were completely hidden in the grass. Fortunately, they kept getting up to move about and play. So I could still get a good look.

As it was almost time to head home, the most beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. It got fuller and stronger as we all drove home.

That complete half circle of colour was magnificent with the dark clouds and zebra in front. I tried, but a picture just didn’t capture it. I sometimes think I might like to get into serious photography….

Day 5 – Where have all the animals gone? For an hour, I drove and saw one lonely zebra and a family of baboons. How is it possible? Yet each time I come, there will be days like this. Another 30 minutes into this early morning drive and I meet up with a car that is also cruising slowly and just enjoying the day. We both seem to stop and every little thing we see – fortunately, there started to be a few – like a stunning male Kudu, then Waterbuck. The other car was in front of me and I saw from a distance that the driver was giving me a hand signal to come forward. Now when I looked I saw Impala on the road, so I was a bit surprised at the gesture, then I thought maybe it wasn’t for me, but just in case….. I sped up and came up behind the car – more Impala, oops, not an impala – A LION! In the road and sauntering now into the grass. He was a young male whose mane was just starting to turn black. Off he went into the bushes and tall grass and oops, there was the second male, also casually walking away. 3 minutes and it was over. So then you think, if I had been in a hurry or stayed at the dam 3 more minutes, I would have missed them altogether. Ain’t life grand!

I met up with the couple ahead of me at the breakfast area of N’wanetsi.. They were from Australia and were in SA from a cruise. They had seen 3 leopards in 3 days and I was naturally jealous! We compared notes and pictures, but I couldn’t match the leopard in a tree…However, I don’t begrudge them as I know I will always come back for more!

Day Six: Again I’ve stayed in to have a day of rest, do a bit of reading and pack up my things as I need to leave early tomorrow for JHB. I love having the luxury of enough days in the Park to do this! However, I’ll head out shortly to see what’s about in the afternoon…

First encounter is lion. A quick but good view of a male on the move. Probably 10 seconds worth. Amazing how fast it’s there and then, it’s not. But my best for the evening was a Gymnogene, which I almost never see. It’s another of those “see the bird fly into the tree, thinking I’ve seen so many raptors, it’s probably just another brown one I can’t identify”: but something made me look and lo and behold it was different and I actually knew what it was. That along with the Korhaan I saw fluffing his feathers, made it a good outing.

Well now is my last evening in the bush and I wish I had booked for 2 weeks! I don’t know what it is, but as I get older, I want my Holidays to last longer…. Did I tell you that I had all the joys of a full moon while I was here? Nature has conspired to give so many magnificent pictures and experiences and I am humbly grateful. Mow to planning the next trip……


a.      Book of the Month: The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book: Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century Review by Linda Tellington-Jones with Bobbie Lieberman

With Linda Tellington Jones arriving in just over a month’s time, I thought it appropriate to pull this book out again as our book of the month. It’s truly brilliant, but have a read below. - Eugenie

The following book review was found on someone’s blog but I cannot find the author. The book can be found in German: Die Tellington Training fer Pferde; in Italian: Il Metode Tellington TTouch; l’ESCLUSIVO libro sul COMPORTAMENTO e l’ADDESTRAMENTO del Cavallo and in Dutch and French I believe but I’m not sure about the French. Anyone know the titles in the other languages?

The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book: Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century Review by Linda Tellington-Jones with Bobbie Lieberman


This book has instantly become my NUMBER ONE HORSE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING book in my entire library. It is just incredible! I haven’t been able to put it down. I actually started tagging with mini post-its all the pages and things I liked and eventually had to stop because it was soon becoming every single page. If you are dead keen on learning some massage, wanting to really bond and earn your horse’s trust – if you have a horse who is herd bound and want to ride out on your own, if your horse has an injury that you want to help him get over, if you want to get your horse listening to you, if you want to relax your horse before a ride, if you want to physically see changes in your horse – this is the book for you.

I had been reading about Linda Tellington-Jones and her TTouch methods for a while and was a bit sceptical. I put it off for a year or so before I saw this book online and decided to just go ahead and purchase it and at least see what it was all about. I mostly made the decision to buy it because she has 30 years plus experience and has scientific evidence and proof to back up what she teaches. It wasn’t just some mumbo-jumbo up in the air technique. My style is to go with tried and tested, things that have ultimately proved to be effective.

This book is FULL of case studies and tips on what you can do and try with your horse. This book is basically the ultimate guide to anything you wanted to know about your horse. It lists a full A-Z section on horse problem behavior and reasons for it, then offers regular training tips as well as then offering TTouch methods. I have become a believer after trying only some of the methods suggested such as Lowering the Head and the Abalone TTouch and the Connected Circles. I made sure I was down at the yard when no one else was around and all was quiet and relaxing, and I could try these without anyone else wondering what the hell I was doing :o ) Within ten seconds of doing the Abalone TTouch on my horse’s neck, his eyes dropped and his head dropped and his breathing came out in deep, even huffs. I was amazed! He is normally quite a tense and spooky horse and normally is always on the look out. I then wondered if it was just in my imagination, wondering if i just wanted it to work, so then I practiced a few other things in her book – such as using the ‘wand’ to ground the horse. I just used my old red carrot stick whip, and in a moment of him spooking, I calmly Lowered his Head (which I’d taught him previously) and he dropped it with eyes wild and I stroked his legs from chest to toe with the wand to ground him, and within seconds his eyes returned to normal, he huffed out a sigh and stood quietly.

It is important to remember that things won’t happen overnight. Those particular things happened over a couple of days for me, because they are the most basic things you can do, but they gave me the heart to try the other things. I am absolutely besotted with this book and believe that even if you don’t get out of it what I have, at the least you can read through the A-Z reasons of horse behaviour and understand why they do it, and try some of the ground work pole exercises and ridden work. The sections are clean and laid out beautifully, the text is big and easy to read, everything is described step by step all with colour photos which are numbered and coincide with the steps. There are many case studies and a great story about getting a warm blood yearling back on a float he’d had an accident on within only one day. The ground work exercises are invaluable and there are great bomb-proofing ideas that you can do with things just lying about your own place – nothing that you really need to buy extra. You can also improvise on the ‘wand’ like I did, and you can buy a dog chain lead or make your own zephyr lead out of yachting rope and a clip – you don’t need to buy anything.

I can’t say enough about this book – if you were like me and wondering if you should buy it and are on the fence – just bite the bullet and get it – it’s one of the best buys you’ll ever make. Everyone should have this on their shelf, I now keep it in my tack shed, still with all the post-its sticking out of it so i can find my favorite exercises. The best book I have ever bought.

The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book: Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century Overview

A superbly illustrated instructional manual offering ground breaking, step-by-step solutions for hundreds of horse behavior, health, and training problems.

Drawing from her decades of working with horses and studying their physical, mental, and emotional characteristics, and with the warmth and humour that has gained her a devoted international audience, Linda Tellington-Jones demonstrates how her famous Tellington Method of healing, training, and communicating can influence and alter equine behaviour. In many ways a compendium of the scores of “Tellington TTouches” and exercises that Tellington-Jones has discovered and proven effective over the years, this book promises that a new generation of readers can learn to avoid or solve the problems that so commonly interfere with progressive training and the horse-human relationship. Linda Tellington-Jones is an internationally recognized animal behaviourist and equine expert. She has authored nineteen books and produced numerous video programs. Tellington-Jones lives in Hawaii with her husband Roland Kleger, and their Westie, Rayne.

(From a blog whose author we have lost. If you know the author we would be grateful.LTJ)

b.      Website of the Month: http://healthypets.mercola.com/

This is a great website to address the health of your pets. Dr. Becker is a Vet who looks holistically at animals and has many insights in health problems. Get the free Newsletter which has loads of great articles! .

c.       Interesting Links

What nice nesting material:  Bird stealing loose fur from pet dog:



Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a world-renowned expert in animal behaviour is convinced many animals, and dogs in particular, experience a wide range of emotions.


Chaser, a border collie who lives in Spartanburg, S.C., has the largest vocabulary of any known dog. She knows 1,022 nouns, a record that displays unexpected depths of the canine mind and may help explain how children acquire language.

13.   EVENTS



Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sunday, 6 March 2011

Venue: Doonholm Nursery, Plot 265, Summit Road, Bridle Park, Midrand.

Cost: R750 (all inclusive – lunch, teas, herb seedlings, wound cream and practical materials, course notes) 

Prerequisite:  no previous experience with herbs required

More information on on website. http://happinessis.co.za/happy-animal-workshops/herbs-for-animals/ 

For all those that wish to live and work with animals in a new way. This foundational workshop in the series is themed around the Health & Wholeness, the Mind-Body connection. Subsequent workshops will focus on specific aspects of animal wellbeing.

Explore herbs as first-aid remedies for the mind and body.

Discover animal-plant relationships, including the wisdom of the ancient herbal traditions.

Create a first-aid herbal wound cream from scratch (this will be the first item in your herbal first-aid kit).

Take home five friendly herbs for your animal wellbeing garden.

All materials for the practical sessions included.

A full set of course notes to refer to.

Delicious wholesome food to keep you nourished throughout the day.

Many new ideas about health and healing.


Dr Jimmy Symmonds BSc BVSc and Cara Williams MA (UCT)

Jimmy’s background includes zoology, veterinary medicine, and herbal medicine. Cara’s background includes neuropsychology and animal behavioural science. Both are experienced teachers. For more information on Jimmy and Cara have a read here.


Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Deposit – R200

Balance – R550 (payable by 13 February 2011)

(Non-refundable deposit. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, the deposit can be carried over to the next workshop.)



Temporary Foster home needed for 2 Toy Pom dogs:  Chantel has lost her job and had to move in with family. She does not want to lose her dogs Annie and Mickey and is asking for foster help for a few months.  I would like to visit them if I can, and I will buy their food as well.  Annie is 4 years old, she has had a litter of 3 babies and then I had her fixed.  Mickey is 4 years old. They enjoy trips in the car aswell.  Contact Chantel  on 074 044 3606 or bb@randburgmovers.co.za

Streetcases Need Homes in The Ovah:  Contact sarina.myburg@up.ac.za or mandyw@up.ac.za tel 012 529 8016 and ask for Sarina or Mandy

Kittens!  5 gorgeous calico kittens (female) and 1 black and white male kitten.  Now approx 5 - 6 weeks old.  Mother still with them, but they are weaned and need homes urgently!!

Beauty’.  Mother of the 6 kittens above.  Very pretty and lovely nature.

Ginga’.  6 month female kitten.  Very pretty coat pattern and friendly nature.

Grace’.  Young adult grey and white female cat.  Friendly and placid.

Jessie’.  1 year crossbred dog.  Gentle and lovely nature.

The Dassenberg horse / dog sanctuary just outside Atlantis is closing its doors, it has been mainly privately funded by Mae-Anna and her husband and that funding is no longer available and they will no longer be able to pay rent for the farm and requirements for the animals. 

There are quite a few dogs and horses that are looking for good homes… pls let me know and please network with anyone else you know, please this is important to me.  Mae Anna’s contact number is: 074 1022121

Missing Cat!  Alex, (black slender cat with big green eyes) went missing from Kyalami Ridge, corner of Whisken and Norfolk Road, Carlswald on Monday 10 January 2011.  Reward offered.  Contact  Ilona on 082 451 8231 or Catherine on 082 946 2981

HOME NEEDED TODAY FOR ABANDONED CHOW X LABRADOR. This beautiful boy was found abandoned at an empty property.  He has nowhere to go – shelters are all full.  PLEASE !!!–  We just can’t let him down again.  Please contact elkedu@absamail.co.za  or 0829274222  or  asmerber@mccain.co.za

Adult male one eyed ginger cat in urgent need of a home.-Blyde River Canyon (NELSPRUIT).  He was abandoned by his owner when he left the resort.  Contact: Jesse 072 790 8483 or biba@mushroom.co.za

Puppies up for adoption.  I have pure breed English Bulldog,Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese puppies available for adoption,They’re so adorable. If you are interested, please contact me about the adoption process.  Kevin Larry at kevinlarry@airmail.com

2 special Chihuahuas need a home together   Very neglected boys – Roodepoort

These gorgeous boys are in need of a loving forever home, they are very attached to each other.  They are 2 brothers, about 1-2 years old and a bit shy but with a bit of love they come around.  Please contact Jennifer at 27 072 642 0850

Owner has passed away, 2 staffies in need of a home, Home inspection applies.  Bagira – 11 years old, male, black, neutered.  Shanti – 6 years old, female, black, spayed.   The dogs need an experienced owner who can control them. They are inside dogs preferably. They cry if locked outside all day. We want to rehome them as a pair. Contact Lisa Shane on t: 011 792 3637 or c: 082 414 2828 or  e: lisa@candidbaby.co.zawww.candidbaby.co.za

Urgent Home required for three kittens.  The mother Cat just moved into the family home and had her 3 kittens. However the family are unable to keep the kittens as they are moving down to Cape Town in February and will be staying in complex that doesn’t allow pets. If homes cannot be found for the kittens and mother cat they will have to a shelter the SPCA.  Marique or Leonine can be contacted on 011 6787032

2 dogs looking for a home or foster home – Durban.  Please – If you can offer them a good home, you will be rewarded with the best pets! They are both very loving dogs and preferably should go together. They are used to getting by with very little care and affection and so respond very well to this. It would be wonderful for them to go to a home instead of being locked up once again.  Contact Kim on 031 2060112 or 084 683 5149

Badger needs a home URGENTLY

His owners are immigrating and he has nowhere to go...  He is about 8 years old, Jack Russel, good with dogs and cats. Great with kids and still very playful ;)  He will be sterilised before going to a new home.  Please let me know if you would like to meet the little fellow and can offer him a GREAT FOREVER home !!  Lauren Námer  0727317397  lauren.namer@iburst.co.za  Jhb/Pta

2 x brown Spaniels, 9 years old looking for forever home.  Contact Karen Kotze, 082 459 3454, Boschkop Dr, Johannesburg

EXTREMELY URGENT & DESPERATE APPEAL.  2 Days to find this “PEDIGREE CAT “A HOME  This is Teddy, who is desperate for a new, secure, forever home.  11 years old, neutered. Should be an only child in the household.  Not very friendly with dogs.  Contact HEIDI – 082 4584 768 or EMAIL – nikita@intekom.co.za

Gizmo” – a stunning silver/pink kitten, very playful, curious and oh so loving. he is 10 weeks old, inoculations up to date, his neuter at appropriate age will be paid for by his foster mom, property check applies.   Please contact Heidi – 082 4584 768 or email – nikita@intekom.co.za

Looking for a family for Chopin (American Staffordshire Terrier with papers)

1 year 2 months • Castrated and micro-chipped, Loves to play ball and ride (very quietly) in a car, Good watchdog, Enjoys the company of people and children and can integrate with other dogs and cats. Chopin is currently sitting in the SPCA waiting for a new home. Please contact: Alan: alancpaterson@gmail.com / 076 676 7493

Urgent please! SHELLEY is looking for a new loving home.  She is 2 and half years old and in perfect health. She’s truly a blessing, she grows on even the most un-likely & is destined to bring much love to any home.  (Her adoption will include ALL her accessories – beds, transport box, feeding bowls, blankets, toys etc)CONTACT: Tracy-Lee Barrow 082 4966 470 or email: tracy.barrow@fnbib.co.za

Desperate cry for someone to help:  I have been taking care of a very sweet, timid little cat that stays in a scrap yard next to my office in Edenvale, JHB. He is a very cute black and grey striped cat who desperatley needs somone to love him.  Contact suzieconte@gmail.com or 082 331 2622 or at work 011 452 9229

Eugenie Chopin, Certified TTouch Practitioner III for Companion Animal

PO Box 729, Strathavon 2031

Tel: 011 884-3156

Fax: 011 783 1515

Email: echopin@icon.co.za,

Website: www.ttouch.co.za

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