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  JUNE 2011, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS - 5-DAY TTEAM WITH EDIE JANE EATON
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS - DOG / CAT WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
5.   TTOUCH TIPS: GUIDE DOG HELPED AFTER EARTHQUAKE
6.   CLICKER TIPS: CLICK AND LAUGH: FUN CAT TRICKS!
7.   CLICKER CLASSES - JULY/AUGUST
8.   PUPPIES: PRE-EMPTIVE POWER FOR PUPS!
9.   BEHAVIOUR: THINGS YOU DO THAT ANNOY YOUR PET
10.   SHANTI UPDATE:
11.   YOUR LETTERS
12.   ODDS AND ENDS
13.   EVENTS
14.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

June / July 2011

TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER

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

Unless otherwise stated)

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

CONTENTS:

1. Eugenie’s Letter

2. Practitioner Training - for Companion Animals – Cape Town !

3. Horse Workshops – JHB, KZN

4. TTouch Workshops – JHB

5. TTouch Tips – Guide dog helped after earthquake

6. Clicker Tips – Clicker train a cat?

7. Clicker Classes – start July 30th

8. Puppies – Pre-Emptive Power For Pups!

a. Puppy Socialization Classes in your area

9. Behaviour / Health

a. Behaviour: Things You Do That Annoy Your Pet

b. Health: Sleeps With Dogs

10. Shanti & Friends Update: Lost and Found; Cat on the Desk

11. Your Letters

12. Odds and Ends

a. Book of the month – The 100 Silliest Things People say about Dogs by Alexandra Semyanova

b. Website of the month: http://beyondcesarmillan.weebly.com/index.html

c. Interesting Links

13. Events

a. Help for Rescue Organizations & WODAC July 22-24

b. Zoo looking for Tree prunings for special animals

14. Dogs or Cats Urgently Needing Homes / Lost animals

Note that things highlighted in yellow refer to Western Cape

1. EUGENIE’S LETTER

The pace has picked up again in the TTouch office. We are getting organized for the weekend dog workshop on July 9 & 10, as well as WODAC, the World of Dogs and Cats at the Gallagher Conference Centre on July 22-24.

The Chopin Studio Soiree (Musical Evening) was a huge success and I‘m delighted we have animal lovers, who also love music! For those of you who don‘t know, I was a professional opera singer for 25 years, so music is an integral part of my life. I teach singing at least 3 full days a week and deal with office matters in-between students! It‘s one of the reasons I need a full time PA to take care of day to day ―stuff. Thanks Heleen! On Sunday night, we have 90 odd people singing or listening to music and having a wonderful time. My bartender and friend, Jacque decided with the cold weather that Gluhwein was called for and we merrily warmed up a batch!

The TTouch Dog workshop July 9th & 10th is a great way to introduce you to the work or to refresh your skills if it‘s been awhile. Many people learn more by coming without their dogs as they can focus more on what is being taught, so come along and work with the dogs already booked.

Practitioner Scotty Valadao has added a LOST & FOUND section to her dog website at www.friendsofthedog.co.za – There is nothing worse than losing an animal and she hopes to help. So go there if you want to post a listing or if you have found an animal.

The big news is still the workshop in Gordon‘s Bay in October. Yes, TTouch Practitioner Training for Companion Animals will be giving its first workshop outside of Gauteng in the Western Cape. We need about 20 people to make it viable and are more than 2/3rds of the way, so things are looking good for those of you wanting to participate! Please be sure to be in touch if you are thinking about joining us, so we can send you all the info and forms.

WODAC was in Cape Town last year, but it back in JHB this month. TTouch will have a stand and we will be giving Demos throughout the day from Friday to Sunday. However, we will happily give you a demo at any time and talk to you about your personal 4 legged problems. See below for Demo times. And thanks to the many of you that offered your dogs for the Demos! See you at Gallagher!

Warmest Regards, 

Eugenie Chopin

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 3 for Companion Animals

eugenie@ttouch.co.za

WODAC TTOUCH STAND - you can’t miss us!

WODAC: TTouch

DEMO TIMES 2011

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

TIME

DEMO

TIME

DEMO

TIME

DEMO

11:20

TTouch for Dogs

10:45

TTouch for Dogs

11:00

Clicker for dogs

12:15

Clicker

for dogs

11:45

TTouch for injuries/HD

12:00

TTouch for Cats

13:30

TTouch for Dogs

13:00

TTouch for Cats

13:00

Bodywraps &Thunder- shirts for Dogs

14:50

TTouch for Dogs

14:00

Clicker for Dogs

14:30

TTouch for Dogs

16:00

TTouch for Dogs

15:40

Bodywraps & Thunder-shirts for Dogs

15:30

TTouch for Dogs

ALL DEMO‘S WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE GALLAGHER ESTATES

TTOUCH STAND T1



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
You and the dog come down with something like flu on the same day. Your dog sees the vet while you settle for an over-the-counter remedy from the drugstore.
 
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING

PRACTITIONER TRAINING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS

October 2011

JHB: October 12-17 

Cape Town: October 22-27

The TTACT program has changed format somewhat by allowing new people to start in any session. This goes along with the practice used in the rest of the world. We have been 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.

Again, the exciting news is that we are going to Cape Town this year! Many of you have asked for this over the years and I do hope that now you will join us on the magnificent journey into the TTouch world. The main reason that it‘s possible this year is that one of our Practitioners, Claire Grobbelaar has opened a fabulous new indoor training facility in Gordon‘s Bay and has offered it to us as a Venue. You can find out more about Claire and the venue at www.canineconcepts.co.za. We are really looking forward to being there and working with the Capetonians!

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.

DATE: JHB: Oct 12-17

OR CT: Oct. 22-27

VENUE: JHB: Broshacarm Kennels – Midrand

CT: Canine Concepts, Gordon‘s Bay

COST: +/- R4550.00

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

SESSION 6: CT: March 30th – April 4th, 2012

JHB: April 18 – 23, 2012



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
You have 32 different names for your dog. Most make no sense, but the dog understands.
You sign and send birthday/anniversary/Christmas cards from your dog
 
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS - 5-DAY TTEAM WITH EDIE JANE EATON

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 without 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

VENUE

HORSE

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Midrand

Donnybrook Stables

5-day TTEAM workshop Edie Jane Eaton

October 5-9

R4350

Lindy Dekker on equibalance@iafrica.com or 083 616 0577 or Eugenie Chopin on 011 8843156

Midlands Fort Nottingham

Weekend Intro to TTEAM

July 30-31

R850

Lynn Selby 083 775-6537

lynns@selbys.co.za



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
Poop has become a source of conversation for you and your significant other.
You put an extra blanket on the bed so your dog can be comfortable
 
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS - DOG / CAT WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

DOGS/CATS

VENUE

DOG

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Sandton

Weekend with Eugenie

July 9-10

R800

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

VENUE

CAT

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Bryanston

1 day for cats

July 9

R300

Lindy Dekker 0836160577 equibalance@iafrica.com

5.   TTOUCH TIPS: GUIDE DOG HELPED AFTER EARTHQUAKE

By Lib Roe, TTouch Practitioner from New Zealand

Editor’s Note: What is described here could be used for any Trauma an animal experiences! The touches along with confidence boosting groundwork for dogs can make a huge difference.

Following the earthquake in early September, I went to Christchurch to meet with some of the Guide Dog teams that had been affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Guide dog services arranged for me to visit with several teams as well as the puppies at walk. A group forum was also organised where we talked about how TTouch and the Bach flower remedies could help dogs cope with this stressful event.

One of the people I met in Christchurch was Susanne and her guide dog Gemma.

Gemma has shown some reactivity to noises and was unsettled at times since the earthquake. Susanne wanted to know if there were any techniques she could use to help relax Gemma and support her through the on-going aftershocks. After talking to

Susanne, I believed that Gemma could benefit from using both the TTouch techniques and Bach Flower remedies. Susanne was keen to try so we started the session by introducing her to some basics of the TTouch method.

TTouch

TTouch is a gentle method of working with animals based on co-operation and respect. It can help an animal to relax and develop more self-awareness and in doing so influence their confidence and behaviour.

There are a variety of TTouches that are based on specific circular movements, slides or lifts. They can be applied all over the body and help to provide feedback to the dog about its own body. We can also gain information through touch work such as identifying tension patterns and changes in the dogs coat and body.

Gemma

In the initial session we identified some of the techniques that Gemma responded well to, we then developed the work in another session later on in the week. Susanne worked with Gemma once or twice a day in short sessions over a week period.

Having a break between each session gave Gemma time to process the experience as it was important not to overwhelm her by doing too much.

Below are some of the touches and techniques that we have used with Gemma:

The Zig-Zag touch which is a great introduction touch and can help a dog to settle.

The basic circular touch which can help a dog to relax.

Gemma had some tension around her hind area and back legs.

We used the Python lift combined with circular touch around Gemma‘s hind areas and then python lifts down her legs as this can help to relax and release tension.

We also did some small circular touches on her paws and pads to help her feel more grounded and sure footed.

Ear slides as these can have a great calming and relaxing effect.

Introduced a Jelly scrubber {a rubber grooming glove} which is a useful way of introducing touch work to a dog that may be sensitive to touch.

We used a ½ wrap with Gemma as there could be possible benefits for helping her confidence and settling.

Wraps can help to enhance a dog‘s sense of its own body and movements. They can provide the dog with feedback which can influence their posture and behaviour.

Bach flower remedies

The Bach Flower remedies are a complete natural system of 38 plant and flower based remedies. Each of the 38 remedies relates to a specific emotional state and they work to restore emotional balance.

We made Gemma up a Bach flower remedy treatment bottle which contained 4 remedies. Gemma responded well to both the TTouch techniques and the Bach flower remedies. We noticed a marked improvement as Gemma became more relaxed and settled following the sessions.

Susanne commented:

Through Lib’s clear, precise instructions on how to use the TTouch technique, I am now able to use TTouch with confidence each day, both on my guide dog Gemma and cat Pepper as both fur babies are still perturbed by the heavier aftershocks.

Gemma enjoyed and responded quickly to the massage, she became much more relaxed and settled, and at one stage she began snoring!  A Bach flower remedy was used alongside the technique and this also had an excellent result for her.

The whole experience was a very positive one for Gemma and myself. It is great to be able and continue to support my beautiful Gemma, my guide and companion.

Lib, thank you for sharing your gift and knowledge, it is very much appreciated by the both of us.

Susanne and Gemma

By Lib Roe - TTouch P1— New Zealand

Taken with permission from TTEAM Connections 5 April-June 2011

Guide Dog Services

Paul Metcalf, Head of Guide Dog Services, said that "it was a difficult time for all affected by the quakes, and that very much includes our dogs. Whilst getting around obstacles that may litter the path is an integral part of a Guide Dogs training, the debris created was something very much out of the ordinary - and all on top of the heightened emotional state of the dogs in having to cope with such unexpected ’commotion’. The support Lib was able to provide certainly went a long way to ensuring we could keep our dogs guiding in the way that they have been trained and, therefore, allowing their Handlers the independence they both need and rightly deserve. I have no hesitation in thanking Lib for her effort and commitment in supporting us the way she did."



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
You like people who like your dog. You despise people who don’t
You’d rather stay home on Saturday night and cuddle your dog than go to the movies with your sweetie
 
6.   CLICKER TIPS: CLICK AND LAUGH: FUN CAT TRICKS!

By Joan Orr on 09/01/2008

Train a cat?

You can’t be serious!

The idea of training cats is often met with a reaction of disbelief. Cats are prized for their independence and for their determination to do exactly as they please when they please. Surely cats do not want to be trained—and, if they did, they would insist on setting their own agenda. (They do, of course.)

Clicker training is perfect for cats, because the training agenda is in large part set by the animal being trained. Clicker training requires that the animal be a willing and equal partner in the training process—and cats wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, with clicker training the cat has the upper hand, since the cat must try to get the trainer to click. Training a cat is a humbling experience for a dog trainer. The training principles are identical for dogs and cats, but cats are much less tolerant of training mistakes and will not put up with anything that hints at correction, or even the mildest rebuke. But, if you can accept a secondary role, clicker training a cat is possible, and can be tremendous fun. It is even possible to clicker train a cat to perform enjoyable and entertaining tricks.

Start with treats

For clicker training to work, you need to offer the cat something it is willing to work for. Some cats may work for dry kibble, while others may be horrified at the thought! Try offering your cat several tempting morsels on a plate and see which one it prefers. Offer various combinations of treats to discover which ones are the three or four favourites.

The best treats for clicker training are those that can be broken into small pieces, can be eaten quickly, and can be tossed for the cat to chase. If your cat insists on only the moistest canned cat food, put some in a large-calibre syringe (without the needle) and allow the cat small tastes by depressing the plunger.

Surely cats do not want to be trained?

Cats love to play and pounce and will often work for the chance to play with a favourite toy. Use the toys your cat likes the best for training. During a training session, be sure to have two toys to play with so that you can entice the cat away from the first toy with the second if the cat does not want to give up the first.

Don’t be disappointed if the cat turns its back and leaves, or engages in a marathon groom-fest when the training seems to be going well. Even with the tastiest treats or the most engaging toys, clicker training is very tiring, and the cat may need to rest its brain after only a few clicks. Early training sessions may last for only four or five clicks. If the cat ends a session after four clicks, then be sure to end the next session after three clicks. This schedule will prevent the cat from becoming over-taxed and will leave it wanting more—and eager to play the game the next time you offer.

If you can accept a secondary role, clicker training a cat is possible, and can be tremendous fun.

Target training lays the groundwork

The best way to begin clicker training a cat is to teach it to touch a target with its nose. This task is easy for the cat and will earn the cat many clicks and treats in a short time period. A plastic golf ball or a ping-pong ball on the end of a chopstick, pen, or wooden dowel makes a good target. Hold the target where the cat can see it and click/treat when the cat looks at the target. Click/treat any movement toward the target, and then click for actually touching the target. Work in short sessions at first. Take a break after four or five clicks even if the cat seems keen to continue. Pet or play with the cat, so that the cat does not feel punished when the session ends. After a few minutes, produce the target again and click/treat the cat for approaching, and eventually for touching, the target. Once the cat is interested in the target, start to move the target as the cat approaches, so that the cat has to take one step, then two, and then more in order to touch the target.

Introduce the verbal cue "touch" once you are sure that the cat is deliberately touching the target and seems to be enjoying the game. Give the cue just as the cat’s nose comes in contact with the target. Do this ten times.

Try giving the cue "touch" before the cat starts to approach the target to see if it understands the verbal cue. The sight of the target is also a cue to touch it, so it is a bit difficult at first to know if the cat understands the word. Try giving the "touch" cue when the cat is looking the other way. If the cat doesn’t come to touch the target, then spend some more time giving the verbal cue at the same time as you present the target. Soon the cat will understand the word "touch" and will come running whenever it hears the cue.

Be sure to click/treat every time the cat touches the target in order to keep this behaviour strong. Target training is a great way to teach a cat to come when you call; you’ll appreciate the prompt response each day.

Take a break after four or five clicks even if the cat seems keen to continue.

Have a seat

Teach your cat to sit, another useful skill, by moving the target back toward the cat’s tail so that the cat’s head must come up slightly to touch the target. Click and treat any movement of the cat’s rear end toward the ground. Eventually the cat will sit; click and treat when its rear end touches the ground. Add the verbal cue "sit" when the cat gets the idea.

You can also hold a treat over the cat’s nose and move the treat back slightly to lure the cat into a sitting position. Of course, you can just wait until the cat sits on its own (which it will do at some point during the day) and click/treat when you see the cat going into the sitting position naturally.

However you teach it, the cat will eventually get the idea of sitting (or touching a target) and will offer the behaviour, hoping to get you to click. When this happens, you will know that you have a clicker trained cat, and lessons will go quickly from this point on.

Sleight of hand

High five and wave are easy tricks to teach a cat that has learned the basics of target training. Hold the target a few inches above the cat’s head, too high for it to touch with its nose. The cat will almost certainly extend a paw to try to bring the target to its nose. Click/treat just as the paw makes contact with the target. Move your hand down the shaft of the target, so that on each subsequent trial your hand is closer to the ball end of the target. When your hand is nearly on top of the ball, remove the target and just use your hand as the target. The cat will put its paw up to your hand where the target used to be. Click/treat every attempt the cat makes to put its paw on or near your hand. Add the verbal cue "high five" when the cat is putting its paw up to touch your hand reliably.

Turn a high five into a wave by offering your hand for the cat to touch, and clicking/treating just before the cat actually touches the hand. Raise your hand higher and higher so that the cat cannot touch it, but will still try. Click/treat every attempt at first, and then click/treat only the highest waves. Add the verbal cue "wave" when the cat offers a good wave every time.

Another way to teach a cat to wave is to dangle an interesting toy just out of reach, and click/treat when the cat tries to bat at the toy. This method may take longer if you have a cat that is more interested in playing with the toy than in winning a click/treat. If you have a cat that likes to play more than it likes a food treat, try using the toy as the reward, allowing the cat to play after you click.

Performance or practicality

There is an endless list of tricks that you can teach a cat with clicker training, and many can be taught for pure pleasure (the cat’s and yours).

For entertainment, try using the target to teach the cat to spin in a circle, stand on its hind legs, jump through a hoop, push a toy cart—or anything else you can think of. Try giving the cat a large ball or other novel prop. Click and treat any interest in or interaction with the prop. Click anything the cat does with the prop that you like and see where it leads!

Visit www.circuscats.com to see videos and photos of performing cats trained by clicker trainer Samantha Martin, and for more ideas of what your cat can learn.

Clicker training is not just for tricks, though. You can also encourage truly useful behaviours. If you work in a shelter, teach the cats to come to the front of their cages and give a high five or wave to visitors. This simple behaviour makes the cats instantly more adoptable. If shelter volunteers and staff learn to clicker train, it improves the quality of life for the cats in the shelter and makes the job more fun for the humans.

Encourage the behaviour that you like, ignore the behaviour that you don’t like, and click patiently.

For purely practical purposes, cats can be trained to ring a bell to ask to go out, to sit on a chair or cat perch rather than on the kitchen counter, to pull claws on the scratching post rather than on the furniture, and to go into a carrier on cue. Any behavior that wins a click/treat will be repeated.

Encourage the behaviour that you like, ignore the behavior that you don’t like, click patiently—and even the most strong-minded cat can be trained in pleasurable and helpful ways.

About the author

Joan Orr is a ClickerExpo faculty member and Advisory Board member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior.

Thanks to Laura, Karen Pryor and www.clickertraining.com Go to this website for many more interesting articles.



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
You have a kiddie wading pool in the yard, but no small children
You open your purse, and that big bunch of baggies you use for pick-ups pops out
 
7.   CLICKER CLASSES - JULY/AUGUST

6 Saturday Mornings: 9:30 to 12:30; Plus we will add in a 3 hour session with no dogs to get you started!

DATES: Starts July 30th

VENUE: Sandown – Johannesburg

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

COST: R1600: this includes the cost of the 6 week class, notes, treat bag, target stick and a clicker

If you have always wanted to learn a method of training that doesn‘t need aversive 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!

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!

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!



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
Lint wheels are on your shopping list every week
You get an extra-long hose on your shower-message just so you can use it to wash your dog in the tub, without making the dog sit hip-deep in water
 
8.   PUPPIES: PRE-EMPTIVE POWER FOR PUPS!

May 26th, 2011 by Karen Wild –

What is that saying? ’Saving for a rainy day’.

Today made me think about how powerful pre-emption really is. Anticipating and therefore catching something before it becomes a problem. Acting on the earliest impulse. In my other world of martial arts, the ’pre-emtive strike’ is often used as a way of getting your punch in first before someone can do harm! In the military world, pre-emption has been described as making the difference between victory and defeat. Useful in that context too, but it needn’t have such violent connotations here! The definition I like to use here is "pre-emptive - designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence". To me that means not just waiting until it happens, or just stopping it - it means having the foresight to prepare for something so that you can act in positive fashion to prevent it. Now that sounds promisingly familiar!

As a trainer regularly dealing with dogs that have sometimes bitten so many times even the owners have lost count, I realised that I am always advising owners learn to ’pre-empt’ the dog’s undesirable behaviour. As early as the first sniff of a problem wafts about - let’s act even earlier than that, in fact! We share information about their dog’s reactions and behaviour that a dog may show or an owner has observed, prior to a bite. We make the whole process predictable rather than everyone’s (including the dog’s) previous feeling that it was unpredictable and scary. I like to use Kendal Shepherd’s brilliant ’Ladder of Aggression’ illustration as a visual aid. It empowers the client and helps them avoid giving their dog practice at biting. Practice, of course, makes perfect.

Once we have that pre-emptive moment established, the client can act. They can use a combination of management, training, desensitisation, to help. The predictive nature of what they do helps the dog, too. All of a sudden they do not need to get into a conflict any more. Sighs of relief all round, but of course, the hard work is really starting. Pre-emption needs super-senses and eyes like a hawk. If you know your dog reacts badly to other dogs but don’t predict that the alley you are walking down has no space to side-step anyone walking towards you or from behind, you may end up in trouble. Pre-emptive action is needed. Take another route until you have worked on the problem, learn to act the second those stress signals emerge, and calm the dog with good handling and pre-practised training with the squishy smelly treats you remembered to put in your pocket. Then gradually work your way towards reaching the ’alley walk’ once again. Its a simple example to experienced people, but not at all obvious to some owners.

Handling owner expectations is another form of pre-emption. If the owner expects they will have a perfect canine citizen with no effort, think again. If owners are beside themselves with worry when their junior male pup cocks its leg against the curtains, were their expectations accurate? Can we help them to see that this is highly likely to happen with most male dogs AND get them to do something about it before it happens? And can we let them know this, and tell them what they should do, before it becomes a problem habit?

If we could apply this to every stage of dog ownership, particularly obtaining a puppy, it would save so much heartache. The issue is, how to get the message across and keep all these dogs out of shelters when they don’t start off in the right place, with the right training and socialisation help from their owners? This week I met a rare breed - a client who has called me in, pre-emptively. From the client’s brief enquiry about what kind of breed might be suitable for their family, this has developed into my visiting their home, making housetraining plans, where the puppy will live at first, when the puppy parties will be, and so on. They haven’t even chosen a puppy yet, but they are now well-prepared and informed. I would love to hear from you all about other owners that make this kind of effort. It’s rare for me to come across this. There are so many pitfalls and milestones one needs to be aware of, but in my experience they are fallen over too late for those that have developed problems.

How can we, in our profession, pre-empt these issues?

It’s easy to look back and think ’If only’, but this could become a very useful tool. Sharing our experiences and what has worked for us forms the bedrock of the training community. So even here - let’s not just predict or prevent - let’s pre-empt!

Karen Wild copyright www.intellidogs.com

With kind permission from Ian Dunbar 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.

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

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

Bryanston, Puppy 1&2, Classes Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon. Private sessions on request. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 or niki@thinkingpets.com

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

Centurion: Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8-Week Course Weekdays and Weekends. Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 or email heather4paws@gmail.com

Durbanville: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. On-going: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 856 5886 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za

Gordon’s Bay: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. On-going: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 856 5886 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za

Heidelberg: Jordaanpark, Every Sunday; contact Ilze van der Walt: zafira.ilze@webmail.co.za or 082 921 4448

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

Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area: Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays. Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za  

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

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

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



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
You have baby gates permanently installed at strategic places around the house, but no babies
Your dog is getting old and arthritic, so you go buy lumber and build her a small staircase so she can climb onto the bed by herself
 
9.   BEHAVIOUR: THINGS YOU DO THAT ANNOY YOUR PET

When it comes to living and interacting with our pets, irritation is a two-way street. But most pet owners tend to believe it‘s only their precious pup or kitty that has annoying habits.

Just in case you think your dog or cat loves every little thing you do, think again!

Some of the things pet parents do can cause kitty hiss-y fits or make a dog howling mad.

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

Observing the behavior of your dog or cat can give you valuable clues as to what you might be doing inadvertently to drive your furry friend right up the wall.

Things You Might Be Doing That Really Annoy Your Cat

Lack of proper attention to the powder room. Cats have individual preferences when it comes to the type of litter they like, and also the size and location of the litter box. They tend to be very annoyed by a dirty box, or when there are not enough boxes for the number of kitties using them.

Take some time to discover what your own kitty’s toileting preferences are, and provide the right litter, in the right size litter box, located in an area of your home that provides some security and privacy.

Sleeping in or arriving home at all hours. Remember: your kitty enjoys an established routine. If something in her environment changes – like mealtime – she’ll feel a loss of control, which is quite stressful for her. Your cat doesn’t understand your urge to get a little extra shuteye now and then, which is why she creates such a commotion when breakfast isn’t served at the appointed time.

Some folks owned by kitties have figured out how to work around this problem. They use an automatic feeder with a bit of kibble or a dry treat in it, set to dispense a pre-breakfast or pre-dinner snack. This can potentially accomplish two things – 1) keep Fluffy quiet a little longer in the morning, and 2) reduce pre-meal vomiting in cats prone to the behavior.

Growing the family unit. Kitties don’t appreciate changes in their environment, and one of the most stressful disruptions for them is the addition of a new four-legged family member.

A new dog can be both frightening and annoying, and a new kitty even more so. Suddenly Garfield is sharing meals, toys, his favorite napping spot and his litter box with a total stranger. He’s even expected to share you, his very own human. When introducing a new pet into the family, manage everyone’s stress by preparing in advance for the new arrival.

How You Might Be Irritating Your Dog

Allowing housebreaking failures. Most dogs prefer to do their business outdoors, and most dogs want to succeed at being potty trained. Housebreaking success can only be achieved if you are consistently doing your job as teacher.

Give your pup every opportunity to succeed. Offer regular trips outside at logical times, crate him when you can’t supervise him, and reward good behavior. Resist the urge to punish your dog for accidents. Anger is not helpful, nor is yelling, spanking or rubbing his nose in his mistake.

Considering her an outside dog. It’s true dogs love the outdoors, but your pup is a pack animal designed by nature to spend most of her time with her family, wherever her family spends most of its time. It is extremely hard on a dog made to live apart from her humans, only catching glimpses of those she loves through the window.

Dogs confined to the backyard, garage or an outdoor dog run quickly become lonely and bored, which can lead to destructive and aggressive behavior. It’s really no life for a canine, so if you’re not planning to treat your dog like a member of the family, it’s better to acquire a pet you’re comfortable having indoors.

Ignoring his attempts to communicate. Your dog barks to send messages. He may be sounding an alarm, showing excitement, expressing boredom, or communicating for some other reason. When you ignore or misinterpret his barks, it confuses and frustrates your pup.

Learning what your dog’s barks mean and how to respond appropriately can make the bond you share even stronger.

As your pet’s guardian, it’s your responsibility to learn how to live in harmony with your four-legged companion. Observing your pet’s behavior and learning what it all means is a great way to smooth out the rough edges in your relationship.

Chances are, the less often you exasperate your dog or cat, the less often you’ll find yourself annoyed by their behavior!

HEALTH: Sleeps With Dogs! By Suzanne & Dan

By now, you‘ve probably heard the brouhaha about the reported dangers of sleeping with your pets. In their article, Drs. Bruno Chomel and Ben Sun from the University of California at Davis conclude that public health risks can be associated with this practice. The relatively modest conclusions from this article seem to have been blown out of proportion.

Just a few of the headlines on the web that reported on this article are:

―sleeping with your pooch bad for health

―national study says those who sleep with pets are sick more often

It‘s not surprising that‘s NOT what the research article says. The authors quote several incidents of people – primarily children and immune compromised individuals – contracting serious diseases as a result of close contact with pets, including sleeping with them.

The article also provides a review of eight different diseases that can be transmitted from pets to people. Interestingly, although the title of the article is ―Zoonoses in the Bedroom‖ many of the cases of disease transmission the authors cite occurred from being licked by pets, or kissing them, unrelated to whether they sleep with their owners or not.

Given that more than half of U.S. pet owners sleep with their pets, the evidence indicates that the frequency of occurrence of serious diseases or illnesses among healthy individuals resulting from the practice is small. In a number of examples reported in the Chomel and Sun paper, the pets were already known to be ill when they were allowed to sleep in their owners‘ beds.

Other examples involved people who were already ill or were at risk due to recent surgery or open wounds. And in fact the few correlations between ONLY sleeping on the bed and disease occurrence among U.S. pet owners reported in the article barely rose to statistical significance.

The anecdotal cases of out of the ordinary examples don‘t seem to be representative of the typical U.S. pet household where healthy people choose to share their bed with healthy, well cared for pets.

In interviews, a number of veterinarians have been quick to point out that the potential risk of pet ownership are far less than the benefits, at least for healthy individuals. And from the pet side of things, a 2003 study found that dogs that sleep in or near their owners‘ beds were more likely to stay in the home rather than surrendered to an animal shelter, than those that slept elsewhere or were not allowed to sleep in the house (Duxbury, M. et al, 2003, JAVMA 223 (1): 61-66). Woof woof!

Most telling, even Chomel and Sun do not make a ―blanket recommendation (we couldn‘t resist!) to ban pets from the bedroom. Instead the article concludes with ―pet owners should seek regular veterinary care for their pets. Denver veterinarian Dr. Apryl Steele and others advise pet owners to ―use common sense.

In our house, we’ll continue to give our Irish setter Coral kisses on her cute little nose, allow her to shower us with sloppy dog kisses in return, and she will continue to occupy her preferred place on our bed, as our dogs and cats before her have done.

Our personal preferences differ from those of Dr. Chomel, who although he currently doesn‘t have any pets, was quoted as saying "There are private places in the household, and I think our pets should not go beyond next to the bed," and that his cat ―…knew this was not the room for her. Wonder how she figured that out?

Members of our BehaviorEducationNetwork site will find a link to the complete Chomel and Sun article in BEN.

With permission from Suzanne Hetts & Dan ……. More interesting articles can be found at www.animalbehaviorassociates.com



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
The trash basket is more or less permanently installed in the kitchen sink, to keep the dog out of it while you’re at work.
You talk about your dog the way other people talk about their kid
 
10.   SHANTI UPDATE:

SHANTI & FRIENDS UPDATE: ELECTRIC CAR DOORS CAN HAVE DISADVANTAGES & SHADOW GETS A NEW BED ON EUGENIE’S DESK

My dogs love to ride in the car. If I have to get out of the car to open the gate, or even stop to take out groceries, the dogs happily jump in the car just to ride with me into the garage. If you ever want to give your dog a great reward for doing something special that you really like, pop him in the car and drive around the block!

A few years ago, I purchased a Chrysler Voyager that has seats that fold down into the floor of the car. This is fabulous as it allows me to ―drop  the seats and have lots of packing space for all the paraphernalia that I sometimes carry around. This car also comes equipped with power back doors which means that I can open and shut doors from the driver‘s seat. I recently took Harley and Shanti with me for one of those ―quick shops‖ where you feel like it will be a nice outing but not too long for the 4-leggeds.

The dogs were happy to be with me and in the car and when we arrived home, I parked in the garage and opened the back door with my button in the front. The dogs jumped out and went about their business. I then closed the door and got out of the car.

Awhile later I was thinking that Shanti was spending an unusual amount of time in the garden and went to look for her. (Most serious pet owners know where their dogs are like parents keep tabs on their children) She was nowhere to be seen. Now all of you know what that feeling is like when an animal goes missing and you just don‘t know where they are – the fear pops up and you try to be logical and think there must be some explanation, but ―what if… So I tried to be logical and think when did I last see her? I thought I saw her go off towards the servants quarters – but did I? Or did I just think that was where she went.

Hmmm, I did know she was in the car with me – so it can‘t hurt to look in the car although it sounded preposterous – as she would have jumped out quickly. So back inside to fetch the keys, open up the garage, peek into the car and THERE SHE WAS! Calmly waiting for someone to come and rescue her. Did I feel horrible for not seeing she was still in the car! My girl is getting older and I‘m guessing that she just didn‘t get up and moving as fast as usual – and of course, I‘ll never close the door again from the front. Fortunately it was winter and in the shade – but indeed dogs are like children, you have to know where they are at all times, what their habits are and what are they chewing on now?

What does amaze me is that she didn‘t bark, cry or make any other noise that would let us know she was stuck. It reminded me of many years ago when my boy, Danilo disappeared at the end of a meeting I was having downstairs at my house. The gate was open because people were leaving and when I went to lock up Danilo couldn‘t be found anywhere. Now he had a habit of wandering a bit down the street if the gate was open, so when I called all around the garden and looked through the house and couldn‘t find him, I panicked, got in the car and started to drive around the block. He had never gone far, but I couldn‘t find him. Serious fear….:-( - then I went back into the house and tried again every room and sure enough, the boy had managed to lock himself in the narrow bathroom downstairs! He went in to check the rubbish bin and when he tried to come out, he must have actually pushed the door shut. Although I called and called in the hallway right outside, not a sound was made by him.

So the moral of the story, just because you call and they don‘t come or answer, doesn‘t mean they aren‘t near! Just for once being calm and polite and waiting patiently for the ―rescue.

PS: Today is Sunday and I took the dogs ―shopping with me again. On the way home, we drove through a local fast food place and we ALL had hamburgers. What better activity for a Sunday afternoon!

PPS: I now close the door from outside the door (looking in) rather than the front seat!

In the meantime, Shadow seems to love coming onto my desk and lying all over my papers. Problems come when she pushes against the mouse and I can‘t work. I‘m sure all cat lovers have had this situation. I am guessing it‘s one of the few places in the house where she can have domination over the dogs; and access to me without them! I.e. dogs aren‘t actually allowed on top of the desk…However, it really is a problem when I‘m working, so last week, I grabbed a yummy velour blanket from the cupboard, folded it up and put it on my desk out of the way and voila! She loves it! Thought you might like a picture!



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
Your license plate or license plate frame mentions your dog.
You don‘t think it‘s the least bit strange to stand in the back yard chirping ―Meg, pee!‖ over and over again, while Meg tends to play and forget what she‘s out there for (but what your neighbours think of your behaviour is yet another story).
 
11.   YOUR LETTERS

HELP FOR PUTTING A HARNESS ON A YOUNG RESISTANT DOG

Just got back from working with a 5 month old Toy Pom, who would not allow his guardians to put a collar or a harness on him.

The puppy was 5 months old and had been traumatised by the vet when it was microchipped at 9 weeks. He would not allow his owners to pick him up or touch his head, neck or face.

I worked with the puppy using Llama touch with the harness. Then once he felt comfortable, I started doing Lying & Clouded Leopard with the harness all over his body & Baby Chimp on his head. After about 5 minutes, I was able to drape the harness around his body & continued doing Lying & Clouded. By this time, the puppy was really calm & I was able to put the harness over his head. In 10 minutes, I had the harness on the little guy and was touching his neck & head. The guardians were blown away.

Owners were really happy & puppy is doing really well.

I LOVE THIS WORK :) Nicky Lucka, Ttouch Practitioner

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Elsabè (Equine Practitioner) tagged a PS to us on an email:

PS: I drove to Morgenzon and back to fetch a 3 month old puppy today, and can testify that ear work stopped the drooling and helped her to sleep all the way to her new home, more than two hours. Australian Cattle Dogs are not cuddly but she accepted some TTouches to her body and the ear work and settled down well at her new home.

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Using TTouch after a workshop from TTEAM Connections April-June 2011

Just wanted to keep in touch and let you know about a couple of experiences I have had with TTouch. We are in the midst of renovations at our house so things have been a little hectic and tiring but things are coming along.

When I first came back home from the clinic, of course, the information swimming franticly in my mind I had to put it to work. My husband Doug had a neck and shoulder pain and so I asked him whether I could try a bit of TTouch and a body wrap. After a "why not, give it a shot", I tried the Clouded Leopard and Raccoon over his shoulder blade with a medium pressure and the Python Lift on his arm and finished with the cross over body wrap we had demonstrated to us at the clinic. He left the wrap on for approximately 10 min and then took it off. For the rest of the week - no pain or tightness.

Another great moment came when Timmy, my dog, and I on one of our walks came across a young woman and her dog Sara. The dog was moving very slowly and her owner said that she had a problem with her knee and would be seeing a specialist. During our conversation, Sara found my treat pocket and immediately laid herself down in front of me. I thought this was a good opportunity to try TTouch on Sara’s unlucky leg which the owner was quite responsive to the idea. I felt for temperature changes around that side and end of her body. She was quite hot in the hip area and cool lower down the leg.

did a little bit of clouded leopard between her hip and knee area and Sara was quite content to accept the touch and had no flinches or moving her head back to see what I was doing - it surprised the owner a bit because she said that Sara is quite sensitive to some people but she said that the look on Sara’s face seemed that I probably could have kept going all day. I only worked on her for about 30 seconds to 1 min and used a light pressure. I must say that I was even quite surprised at the response to just that sort amount of touch. When Sara got up and we started walking again, she was passing us and trying to keep up with Timmy when before that time she was only stepping very slowly and stopping often.

I have been using TTouches - Raccoon, Clouded Leopard, earwork and mouthwork and even the half wrap on Timmy at the start of the renovations until he got used to and accepted people coming in and out of the house and the noise of the demolition and he faired quite well.

Mostly he is a very good dog and is quite comfortable in his own skin, not to mention all the analysis that goes on in his mind 24/7 but I have to say he isn’t as sensitive about his ears being touched so I am happy about that.

I know that I have only the foundation of TTouch and I have a lot to learn yet but I thought that I would share a couple of happy stories I have had with TTouch.

Thank you again for a wonderful clinic and for everyone’s efforts for making the experience a fun and memorable one.

Best wishes,

Josey Page

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Dog ‘understood’ master’s death

Animal doctor, Dr. Michael Fox

Dear Dr Fox: I‘m writing in response to your recent column about how a ―dog‘s devotion to master can lead to the grave.  It is similar to what occurred with our golden retriever more than 20 years ago when my husband died at 46 after a four-year battle with cancer. During my husband‘s illness, our dog Friday never left his side. He obviously knows something was wrong and was devoted to his master.

After my husband‘s death (in the hospital), Friday sat at the front door all day, every day, whining and waiting for my husband‘s return. He stopped eating and wouldn‘t leave the font hallway. He refused to play with our children whom he loved because ―guard duty was his only purpose. My heart was breaking for this dog.

After one week of watching Friday‘s vigil, I decided to help him understand what happened. Hesitantly, Friday left his post and got into the car with me. His car behavior was unusual: He paced from window to window, looking everywhere for my husband. I drove to the cemetery, and we walked together toward my husband‘s gravesite. As we got closer, Friday pulled away from me and ran directly to my husband‘s grave. He lay down on the grave, closed his eyes, and just stayed there, quietly. I didn‘t try to talk to Friday or to disturb him. After an hour, Friday got up and walked over to me, using his mouth to hand me his leash. He was ready to go home.

After we arrived home, he kept kissing my hands as if to say ―thank you‖ and never again sat by the front door waiting for my husband to return home. He now understood. Although obviously sad, his behavior returned to normal and he began eating again. In time, he healed as we did.

Dr Fox says: Many readers will join me in thanking your for this remarkable example of giving a dog closure with regard to your husband, whom Friday thought was perhaps still alive. Your devoted dog clearly advances our understanding of how much some dogs really do know and feel.

Dr. Fox at United FeaturesSyndicate, NY.

His website is www.twobitdogs.com/drfox

12.   ODDS AND ENDS

a. Book of the Month: The 100 Silliest Things People Say about Dogs

By Alexandra Semyanova

Editor’s Note: I liked the Preface to this book so much that I‘ve decided to put it all in as written. This book debunks many of the ―Myths that we have been taught about dogs. I suggest that anyone who really wants to know the truth about dogs from all of the ―advice we are given, should go online and buy this book. It‘s available as an e-book at WWW.NONLINEARDOGS.COM for INSTANT DOWNLOAD for £10.00, €11.00 or $15.00

The 100 silliest things people say about dogs are all based on old-fashioned ideas about Nature in general, and about dogs in specific. In this book, I debunk various myths and fables that most people still believe in, replacing them with real insight into real dogs. As you read along, you‘ll see your dog doing things I talk about in this book. You‘ll discover new things in him each day, things you never noticed before because you didn‘t know what they meant — or that they even had any meaning. You‘ll also find your relationship with your dog improving, as you interact with him on the basis of real understanding instead of the old dogmas. I hope you will feel the same excitement I felt as I made my discoveries.

Even if you‘ve always believed in all of the myths this book debunks, you remain innocent of any wrongdoing. You probably, just like me, somehow ended up with a dog one day. And, just like me, you probably thought, ‗I‘d better get some advice from an expert, to be sure I do it right.‘ When they told you their silly ideas, they probably sounded so self-confident that it didn‘t occur to you to doubt they knew what they were talking about.

The same thing happened to me. After getting degrees in social and behavioural sciences, I ended up some years later with an adult dog. All I needed to do was use the same techniques I‘d used in the behaviour lab — reward the behaviour I wanted, and make sure I didn‘t reward behaviour I didn‘t like. Piece of cake, perfect dog.

I wasn‘t exposed to all the stories dog people tell until I got my first puppy. I realised that raising a young animal, with all its species-specific developmental requirements, was a totally different thing than simply applying the laws of behaviour to an adult. Time to research dogs. I read every book I could get my hands on and talked to many trainers. All sources agreed that dogs live in a hierarchy, and that they spend all their time being either dominant or submissive to each other. They told me that even play is about determining relative rank within the group; that any request my dog made to me (to fulfil one of his needs, to play with him) was a secret attempt to increase his own rank in the hope of taking over someday.

I was told I needed to make sure I was the Alpha Leader. The nice way to do this involved a number of things, which were explained to me as a sort of psychological warfare. I was told to ignore all requests from my dog. I should always go before my dog through a door, to show that I was the courageous leader. I had to eat first before I fed the dog, since the Alpha wolf always eats first and then determines who gets to eat next. The dog wasn‘t allowed on the sofa, since the Alpha wolf always lies on the highest spot when the pack is resting. I should never approach the dog, since the submissive wolf always approaches the dominant wolf — but on the other hand, I should make sure the dog moves aside when I‘m coming through, since the dominant wolf never moves aside for the lesser pack members (I sort of wondered how I was going to do this one without approaching the dog…). Even if he was lying somewhere, I wasn‘t to go around him, but to step over him, because otherwise I was letting him command the avenues of access to the territory. And so on and so on, about how it is absolutely crucial to maintain your Alpha rank.

This all seemed a bit far-fetched to me. I wondered why everyone started talking about wolves every time I asked them about dogs. I also kind of wondered why all had gone so well with my previous dogs, who were all allowed on the sofa. But who was I to argue with people who claimed to know so much, or scientists who claimed to have studied dogs? Most of the trainers also urged me to train the pup with punishment. I definitely had to get a choke chain, get angry at behaviour I didn‘t like, and do things like jerking on the puppy‘s neck if he was leashed or, if he wasn‘t, throwing cans of coins or marbles at him, or squirting water in his face.

But I never used any kind of punishment. I was too experienced in the lab and knew what kinds of horrible side effects punishment has on an animal, besides the fact that you can teach it perfectly well without it. But I did believe the rest, for a while. When I saw dogs together in a park, I thought I saw all kinds of rank-establishing behaviour. But I was only observing the dogs for short intervals, of course. My doubts began when I started to have many and various dogs in the house and to observe their group behaviour for long periods of time, in groups with ever changing composition. I could hardly believe my eyes. There was no dog that always lay on the highest spot. It was always a different dog who was first to go through a door. All of them avoided collisions any way they could, usually by both dogs moving aside a little. The way they behaved around food and toys didn‘t follow the rules, either. They seemed above all interested in being considerate to each other and avoiding arguments where possible, not about winning. In fact, none of my own observations confirmed any of what the experts had told me about dogs.

I decided to delve deeper into the literature. I also started my own research project. After fourteen years, a totally new picture of canine reality emerged — a reality that means we have to adjust not only the layman‘s beliefs about dogs, but also the things science is saying about them. It turns out that many scientists have written about dogs without observing them first hand. When they have, it has been under highly artificial circumstances (in the laboratory). Only a few have attempted to observe dogs in their natural habitat. Many defined this as ‗dogs not under human influence‘, failing to see that domestic dogs are always under human influence. Most observed for relatively short periods, or short intervals over a longer period — altogether a few months.

In fact, if you want to understand a social species, you have to observe a group of animals in their natural surroundings, and you have to observe them for at least one whole life cycle of an average member of the species. I suppose no one thought we had to do it with dogs, because they are so familiar. We assumed we already knew about them, and that we only needed to work out some details.

Wrong.

This book is based on real live observations of real live dogs, in their natural surroundings, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for fourteen years. The intensity of my study gave me the chance to discover which information was irrelevant and which was important. It was an anthropological study: besides watching them, I also participated in the dogs‘ social system, trying to discover and use their rules of interaction instead of imposing my human ones upon them.

By allowing the dogs to teach me, I gave them a chance to contradict the myths we have built up about them — a chance to be heard, as it were. It turned out not to matter at all to the social structure who went through a door first, or who got to keep food or a toy. Those things were different every time, and are not what their social structure is based on. Nor is their social structure based on threat, aggression, or power — perhaps the most damaging myth of all. The dog‘s social system is based on a few simple rules of politeness that are aimed above all at not disturbing the peace.

So don‘t feel silly as you read this book. Despite my education in the behavioural sciences, it took me fourteen years to find the truth amidst all the nonsense. There is, however, one group that definitely should feel silly — the trainers and other ‗experts‘ who have blown so much hot air into the world without bothering to make sure they knew what they were talking about.

Knowledge about how animals learn has, after all, been available since 1938. But it is science that should be truly ashamed of itself here. At least two whole generations of scientists failed in examining their own motivations and assumptions, in looking critically at their methodology, and — thus — in being fair to this wonderful species we call dogs.

b. Website of the Month: http://beyondcesarmillan.weebly.com/index.html

Editor’s Note: Caesar Millan has become a household name re dog training with his series on National Geographic. However, many experts in the field of dog behaviour have other opinions about his show and his methods. I thought I would share this site with you in case you’re interested in knowing what others are saying.

This site - from the home page:

Bringing together people who oppose cruel, violent or bullying methods of training or rehabilitating dogs; also those who question or challenge pack leadership, dominance theory, dog-as-wolf and other outdated ideas.

My profession is not in the dog world, I am just appalled at what I witnessed on NG’s "The Dog Whisperer". Site last updated 15 Jan 2010. Helena Bailey (UK) ===========================================================

Discover what real dog experts, including senior animal behaviourists, veterinarians, qualified behavioural counsellors, certified dog trainers, highly respected authors, researchers and biologists as well as dog-owners and dog-lovers are saying about Cesar Millan,

c. Interesting Links

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/19/spider-cat-can-climb-up-walls.aspx

Spider Cat can climb up walls

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=EVwlMVYqMu4&vq=medium#t=125 TWO DOGS DINING. You will absolutely FALL OVER laughing at this one!!!!

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2011/05/13/funny-pictures-videos-cat-and-owl-play/ Cat and owl play together

If you just happen to love a good laugh like I do, have a look at this:

Last summer we received a news report of an RCMP raid on a Marijuana plantation at Christina Lake, BC that was guarded by animals, mainly bears. Many of us thought it was sad but, when you think about it, it is quite funny as shown by this Russian TV News Report on the raid. Hilarious! http://scoutmagazine.ca/2011/05/12/smoke-break-848-russian-news- anchor-cant-keep-straight-face-for-bc-pot-story/



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
You refer to yourselves as Mommy and Daddy
You curry dog biscuits in your purse or pocket at all times
 
13.   EVENTS

Zoo wants tree prunings.  

The Joburg Zoo’s giraffes and black rhino need tree branches this winter and donations of their specialist fodder from the public are welcome. The animals are specialist browsers, which means they only eat leaves from specific trees. "Be it a garden in your home or business, if you have any palatable indigenous plant such as acacia thorn tree, rhus/wax tree, olea/wild tree and ziziphus/buffalo tree, animals at the zoo will greatly benefit from donated branches," she says. People can drop off their branches at the zoo’s service centre entrance on Upper Park Drive. For more information, contact Richard on 078 540 2043 or Patrick on 083 392 0027, or email Segal on Candice.segal@jhbzoo.org.za Submitted on: 06/03/2011

Springbok Supporters shirts now available, all proceeds to Four Paws

Please place your order by mailing amyg@mweb.co.za, stating sizes and quantities.

(Please state it is for Four Paws)

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WODAC – World of Dogs & Cats this year back in Johannesburg

22-24 JULY - GALLAGHER CONVENTION CENTRE, MIDRAND

See the demo times after Eugenie‘s Letter:



You know you’re a Dog Person When:
Your dog sleeps with you
You can’t see out the passenger side of the windshield because there are nose-prints all over the inside.
 
14.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES

We have lost our much loved family pet! She is an Alsatian Chow cross.

She has long, light brown hair and answers to the name "SASHA."

She is a very kind and good natured dog.

She was last seen on the 2nd of July in the Roohuiskraal area in Pretoria.

Sasha has been spayed and has a chip.

Jolanda 079 516 9875

Shoneez 082 498 2487

Andre 082 925 6114

Cocker Spaniel urgently needing a home (Gauteng)

She is a pure-bred golden Cocker Spaniel – approx. just under 2yrs of age.

She will be vaccinated and sterilised once i know she has a new home. She is sociable with the other dogs at the kennels, very sweet natured. Contact Tracy Barrow on 082 4966 470

Looking for a new kitten?

We have rescued 5 kittens who are now 10 weeks old. If anyone is looking to expand their family, they are super friendly, lovely kitties and they really need Page 27 of 28

safe and loving homes at this point. We will keep one or two to join our other 2, but need homes for the rest. Office: +27 (0)11 856 7305, Mobile: 076 038 3134

Steele is missing!

Our beloved border collie, Steele, has been missing on the mountain since Wed evening near the blockhouse near Rhodes Memorial so is probably quite high up the mountain. He has a tag with our numbers and is micro chipped as well. Contact Gavin 0837778058 or Diane 0837879224

Help find Zag a Home! Cross JR Edenvale, JHB

Zag‘s owner died recently of cancer. The owner‘s partner has immigrated back to Australia. He is a Corgi X JR. He is 8yrs old and in perfect health.

Please Contact Tracy Barrow 082 4966 470

Found: Ginger and white tom, Lynnwood, Pretoria. Lost cat is being kept at the Glen Animal Clinic, Pretoria. Their tel no is 012 361 6206.

Cat and bunny needs warm home

Poor abandoned tom cat finds a warm home for the winter as his family moved out and left him behind. There is also a bunny that was abandoned that needs a home Please contact Janine on Mobile: 082 894 9420 or Email: janine@restyleyou.co.za

Lonely cream tortie cat girl in a complex in Pretoria looking for a home

Ashley, sy is grys en wit, met kort haartjies. Ek is nie seker of dit ’n mannetjie of wyfie is nie, maar Ashley is gesteriliseer. Ashley is maar gewoond aan ’n lewe buite want hy/sy het nie ’n huis of iemand wat vir hom/haar kan sorg nie, Kan julle ons asseblief help om ’n huis vir Ashley te soek. Kontak vir Janine Terblanche Tel 0123423777/ 0720952308

Shirley - Chihuahua X Boston Terrier - For Adoption

Name: Shirley; Breed: Boston Terrier cross Chihuahua, Age: 5 years old, Female at Brakpan SPCA can be contacted at (011)742-2007 or 073 660 5717

Feline siblings need a new forever home (Roodepoort)

They are brother and sister, short haired, two and a half years old.. A home that can take both of them would be ideal, as they are very fond of each other. They are friendly cats; they like to sleep a lot and don‘t really wander out too much.

Anyone who can help give or find them a new home please contact Fern on 082 257 0716, fernf@souliento.co.za

Please can you offer this beautiful cat a LAP to call her own?

Sasha is a very special lady, she is a lovely cat. She is sweet and loving and affectionate. She has already been sterilized and vaccinated, de-wormed and de-flead. To meet little Sasha, contact Elanza on 079 492 5763

Beautiful Jo-Jo urgently needs a home .....time is running out / Gauteng

Jo-Jo is a playful, loving, 7 year old Female Pit Bull. She will melt your heart with her facial expressions. Owners are moving. Call Kat Georgiades on 076-148-3303, or eMAIL - katkit690@gmail.com or Nick on 083 600 9186. Page 28 of 28

Cats needing good homes, Mountainview, Pretoria

Cats found in home after new owner moved in. He cannot keep the cats as he has aggressive dogs. Please contact Johann Trollip 072 342 0125

Please help me network this stunning female cat. She is about 2 years old and spayed. She is looking for a home. Her best friend was a doggie but he has already been homed and now she is alone and still looking for a family to call her own. She is lovely. If you can give her that home please contact me to arrange on 0834199110 (Diann).

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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