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  MARCH 2012, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS
5.   TTOUCH TIPS
6.   CLICKER TIPS: CLICKING FERAL CATS ONCE THEY ARE CRATED
7.   PUPPIES: WHAT’S THE BEST DOG FOR KIDS? BY NIKI ELLIOTT
8.   BEHAVIOUR: THE MYTH OF THE ALPHA DOG
9.   SHANTI UPDATE: GO WITH YOUR INSTINCT WHEN YOU THINK THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG BY EUGENIE CHOPIN
10.   YOUR LETTERS
11.   ODDS AND ENDS
12.   EVENTS
13.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

March - May 2012

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 –JHB & Cape Town!

i. Gordon’s Bay: 6-11 October 2012

ii. Midrand: 19-24 September 2012

3. Horse Workshops – JHB 27 Sept, 2012

4. TTouch Workshops - Dog: July 7 & 8

5. TTouch Tips – Car Sickness

6. Clicker Tips – Clicking Feral Cats

7. Puppies – What’s the best dogs for Kids?

a. Puppy Socialization Classes in your area

8. Behaviour / Health

a. Behaviour: The Myth of the Alpha Dog

b. Health: Ear Mites

9. Shanti & Friends Update: Trust your instinct

10. Your Letters

11. Odds and Ends

a. Book of the month – The Elephant Whisperer

b. Website of the month: Interesting Links

12. Events

a. New COAPE Courses

b. SAINT’s Gorgeous T-shirt sale

c. New TTouch App for horses

d. Fur Free Competition

13. Dogs or Cats Urgently Needing Homes / Lost animals

Note that things highlighted in yellow refer to Western Cape

1. EUGENIE’S LETTER

Hello TTouch Friends!

What a privilege it was to have Linda Tellington-Jones here with us for a whole month! At 74 years of age, she is more dynamic than ever. I truthfully don’t know how she does it. She is up half the night writing blogs or books (has 2 new ones almost ready) and then teaches all day – and then she is ready to chat and brainstorm after that. I literally needed a week off after she and husband Roland left for Europe. And that is probably why she is who she is. She seems to get inspired by people, new places and new ideas. Living in her brain must certainly be an exciting place to be.

Lynn, Linda & Thineke

Linda with Sharon, new Practitioner-in-Training

Linda and husband Roland enjoying SA music at the Waterfront in Cape Town

Now for me one of the most exciting things about this past month is that we graduated 9 new Companion Animal Practitioners! Yeah! They are:

Thineke Momple from Paarl

Lynn Scholtz from Port Elizabeth and Sharon le Roux as new Practitioner-in-Training

Dione Nelisson from Centurion

Elaine Botha from Alberton

Karen Bullivant from Germiston

Tracy Bullivant from Germiston

Heleen Prinsloo from Mid-Rand (and the TTouch office)

Michelle Sachs from Highlands N., JHB

Salome Maree from Germiston

Back: Salome, Eugenie, Michelle, Heleen, Dion, Linda, Elaine, Tracy & Karen

Front: Assistants: Azeht, Lindy, Nicky, Tricia & Nancy

Congratulations Ladies! And well done!

Gordon’s Bay has turned into a great place for us to teach. We really enjoy the people there as well as Claire Grobbelaar’s fantastic Venue at Canine Concepts. Having that view over False Bay towards the back of Table Mountain is a real treat for someone up on the Highveld. I do wonder what it is about heights and Mountain views that make me feel so good….

For the Music Lovers out there, our bi-annual Evening Soiree is happening on Sunday, June 3rd. It will start at 5 p.m. and feature members of my Singing Studio singing musical theatre and excerpts from Mozart’s Cosi van Tutte. There will be an added mixture of duets, trios and ensemble singing which is a bit different from our usual solos. So it’s looking to be a most entertaining concert!

We will be at the World of Dogs and Cats the weekend of July 21st, so please be sure to come and see us. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. It’s back at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

And lastly, great NEWS FOR HORSE LOVERS. A brand new TTouch App is here! Go to www.ttouch.com to find out more.

All the best,

Eugenie

Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 3 for Companion Animals

eugenie@ttouch.co.za

www.ttouch.co.za

2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING

2. PRACTITIONER TRAINING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS 2012

With Linda Tellington-Jones, creator of this amazing work

JHB: 19-24 September 2012

Cape Town: 6-11 October 2012

This program is designed so that you can start at any time. We love mixing beginners with more experienced students. It seems to benefit everyone. We have also 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.

And YES, we are coming back to the Cape! The Venue in Gordon’s Bay belongs to one of our Practitioners, Claire Grobbelaar, who 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, Canine Concepts and the venue at www.canineconcepts.co.za. We are really looking forward to being back in that beautiful space, place and atmosphere.

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year lasting between 6 days. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a 1 or 2 day 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: 19-24 September 2012

OR CT: 06-11 October 2012

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

Advanced Training for Companion Animals - open only to Practitioners of Tellington TTouch with Robyn Hood

Date: 15-17 Sept 2012

Cost: R2300

Venue: Brochacarm Kennels - JHB Contact: Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za



Man speaks dog…

Dog Teaches man…

A man’s best friend is his dog

Dog are really people with short legs in fur coats .

Family and friends welcome. Fleas are not

 
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
 HORSE WORKSHOPS: 27 Sept to Oct. 1, 2012 with Robyn Hood

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

Summerveld DURBAN

1 Day TTEAM Training

26 May 2012

R400.00

Tracy Moxey,

031 7053946 (w); 0731414876 (cell);

tracy@dbmelectro.co.za

Lynn Selby

083 775-6537 (cell);

lynns@selbys.co.za

Midrand Donnybrook Stables

5-day TTEAM with

Starts 27 Sept 2012

R4350

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



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
If you want the best seat in the house… move the dog
Life is just one table scrap after another
My dog’s not spoiled… I’m just well trained.
 
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS

TTOUCH DOG / CAT WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

DOGS/CATS VENUE

Dog

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Sandton Sandown

Weekend dog

July 7 & 8

R800

Eugenie Chopin on 011 8843156 or eugenie@ttouch.co.za

BRYANSTON Johannesburg

TTOUCH for Dogs with Lindy & Nicky Lucka

02 June 2012 for 2 days

R700

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

5.   TTOUCH TIPS

TTOUCH TIPS: DOGS GETTING CAR SICK by Lindy Dekker

Many people love taking their dogs with them wherever they go. This exercise becomes slightly less attractive if they have to clean up the car every time they’ve been out – because Fido got sick again. Speaking as one who gets motion sick in almost anything that moves – I can promise you it’s no fun for the dog either !

There are many theories as to why people get motion sick – and probably relating to dogs too and we can spend hours debating them. The relevant question is – how can we make the car travel experience better for both of us ?

Using TTOUCH© bodywork and groundwork – we have found that we can have significant improvements in the situation. The work we do addresses the balance of the dog .If you feel unbalanced it often leads to nausea (think about spinning around and feeling dizzy – leads to nausea). Thus if we can address the unbalanced part – we may relieve the nausea too. TTOUCH© also helps dogs with relaxation – going in the car can be VERY exciting for some dogs – so that they get overexcited – and then may be sick

Working a dog through groundwork – slowly and consistently can help him become aware of his body. Working over different surfaces will help with proprioception and again an awareness of where the body is in space. Creating this awareness allows the dog to change his posture so as to be in a more balanced state. Being in a balanced state will help to release tension and create relaxation. The more balanced and relaxed you are – the less likely you are to get sick.

Obviously we can’t set up an obstacle course in the car – but doing these exercises at home can teach the dog to be more consistently in a relaxed posture.

One of the greatest TTOUCH© tools we use is a bodywrap. This consists of an elasticised bandage (like the leg bandages we use with horses) which is wrapped around the dog’s body. (PLEASE do not use sticky plaster – you could end up with a sick AND bald dog) This DOES NOT mean we have to wrap Fido up like a Christmas cracker ! Simply putting the middle of the bandage across his chest – bringing it around over the shoulders – crossing over and then pinning it under his rib cage (or if it is long crossing over again and then tying along his back – not on the spine – just next to it) . This wrap seems to help with an awareness which allows the dog to feel far more relaxed (also useful for thunderstorms – but that’s another chapter).

This shows a “half wrap”. The wrap is snug but not tight – so that the dog will feel it, but not be restricted by it. T-shirts may also be used and there are many fun ones available commercially.

Many people have found that just putting a wrap like this on their dog has prevented the dog from getting car sick. It is certainly worth a try isn’t it ?

Wraps and jackets as shown above help dogs to be calm and a lot of the sickness in the car – is not just motion sickness – it may be hyper excitement as well.

Bodywork that really helps with nausea and to calm - is ear work. There is a meridian (the triple heater) that runs around the base of the ear – which governs digestion, respiration and reproduction. Working with tiny little raccoon touches (The tips of the fingers in a circle and a quarter) around the base of the ear as well as ear slides (self-explanatory) can work wonders to prevent the up-welling of nausea. If you can – do the ear work while in the car (but not if you are driving please), and doing some before and after trips will also help.

Some dogs have been getting sick in the car for so long – that as soon as they get in the car – they start drooling. You may need to work on breaking this association – by letting them into the car and then straight out again – before the drooling can start and then doing something fun. Slowly increase the time in the car – so that eventually they can sit in the car without feeling sick by association.

Some practical aspects relating to car sickness may also help. See if you can have Fido so that he can see where you are going. Being able to see the road ahead definitely helps. Putting a non-slip surface in the car – where Fido sits or stands can also help him tremendously. It is also very important do be calm yourself – so quietly let Fido in the car , rather than getting very high pitched and enthusiastic – so that he is already in a state of high excitement before he even gets in the car.
We hope this will help make your travels much more fun.
Thanks to Sam and Taz for being models.
Lindy Dekker is a Ttouch Practitioner for both horses and dogs
You can reach her at lindy@ttouch.co.za or on her website at www.lindydekker.com/www.ttouch.co.za



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
Gone to the dogs
Children are for people who can’t have dogs
A barking dog never bites
Every dog has his day
 
6.   CLICKER TIPS: CLICKING FERAL CATS ONCE THEY ARE CRATED

Trying to desensitize and tame a hissing, feral cat, whether kitten or adult, can be a slow business. You can speed it up immensely with the clicker.

Use a highly-preferred treat, such as canned tuna or any freeze-dried fish cat treat. Approach the cage, let the cat retreat, put a pea-sized treat in the front of the cage, click, and instantly back away. You are giving the cat two kinds of benefits: a) food comes and b) scary person backs off. Give the cat a minute or two to eat the treat. Even if the cat does NOT eat the treat, by the third repetition it will be learning that Click means you’re backing off.

Leave the cat for an hour or more, then repeat the process; this time, watch for the cat to take a step toward the front of the cage. Click that paw movement as it happens, then place the food and step back. Repeat. The cat is now ‘controlling’ both the arrival of food and the departure of person, by coming forward. This gives even the wildest cat great confidence and a feeling of safety. Soon you will not have to step back, and the cat will be on the way to learning what good company humans can be.

Thanks to Karen Pryor and http://www.clickertraining.com/ - Go to this website for many more interesting articles.



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
Barking up the wrong tree
Wife and dog missing… $25 reward for dog
Let sleeping dogs lie.
 
7.   PUPPIES: WHAT’S THE BEST DOG FOR KIDS? BY NIKI ELLIOTT

NIKI AND KAY RUN PUPPIES IN BALANCE PUPPY SCHOOL IN BRYANSTON/SANDTON AND ARE ONE OF OUR RECOMMENDED PUPPY SCHOOLS.

What is the best dog for my child? We get asked this question all the time and really there is no single answer. Almost any dog has the potential to be good with children. There is a lot of speculation around certain breeds that are supposed to be good with children but you just never know how each individual dog will turn out. There are so many reasons why a certain dog will do well with children and another dog will react badly to children. The reasons are not always to do with the dog! The children in the household also need to be taught how to conduct themselves around dogs.

Most important is how do the children relate to dogs? Are they afraid of dogs or are they not bothered? How much exposure have they had with dogs in the past? Do you want a dog for your child or does your child want a dog? Are you expecting your child to care for the dog – to teach him how to look after animals? You need to consider the children’s ages and how active they are. Crawling babies and toddlers can be stood on or knocked over by a hyperactive, awkward, gangly puppy who does not know his own size. Bigger kids could squash or drop a small dog if they are not always careful. If your child is afraid of dogs, look at getting a dog with a quiet temperament and low to moderate energy level and of a medium size. You don’t want a puppy that jumps up all the time and mouths or chases your child. In some cases an adult dog that has grown up with children and was part of family life in that home, would be better than an excitable jumpy puppy.

There are certain breeds may be naturally good with kids and you need to do some research into the breeds to see which one would suit your kids and your lifestyle. Each dog has it’s own set of attributes and “problems”. If your child has allergies you would need to look at breeds that don’t shed very much, or at all.

A few suggestions of dogs to research that have been know to be good with kids. Traditionally Labradors or Golden Retrievers have been suggested as being good with children, and they are usually pretty smart and easy to train, but they can be very hyperactive and destructive if they do not get enough exercise. The retrievers need more grooming than the Labradors, unless you have a mud patch in your garden!

The Poodle is extremely smart and is great fun without being over the top. They love to learn tricks, which can be great fun for the kids to train them, but can be a little nervous and would do better with older children. You have a choice of size as well – toy, miniature, or standard. Regular grooming is necessary but they don’t shed very much.

The little Bichon Frise is a perfect size for small children. This little cotton-ball breed loves to play, but is not usually too hyperactive. Regular grooming is necessary.

Beagles are clever, friendly dogs that are not too big. They respond well to training and are also a lot of fun. Their short coats make them easy to keep clean and they don’t leave a trail of fur everywhere.

The Collie and Shetland Sheep dog are both very calm, gentle and tolerant breeds that often do well with children of all ages and sizes - like Lassie. Regular grooming is necessary.

Then there are all the mixed breed dogs, who are often the most well balanced and intelligent of all the dogs.

When you are ready to make the commitment, visit some reputable local rescue groups or look on line for one of the many shelters. Unfortunately for the dogs, there are plenty of these groups around and they have lots of beautiful dogs looking for a new life. Find out about dogs that have been in foster care. Their foster "parents" know and love them. They really want the dogs to go to the right homes, and they will be completely honest about the dogs’ personality and temperament. If you want a purebred dog, go to a reputable breed-specific rescue organization.

If you do decide to get a purebred dog from a breeder, research a number of breeders and get as much information about their dogs. If they will allow you to have the names of some of the people who have taken their past puppies, call these people and see what their dogs are like. Once you choose a breeder, spend a lot of time talking about the temperament and socialization history of the pups. A good breeder will know the pups and parents well and share information freely.

Your work really begins once you have found your new dog. Owning and caring for a dog is a wonderful way to enrich your child’s development and create beautiful memories to be treasured for years to come. The bond between dogs and kids can be magical. Training your dog and your children together is a life-long project. Puppy socialization and obedience training is absolutely essential! Make sure someone in the home can spend a lot of time training the new dog, especially if it is a puppy. It is really great if your child wants to participate in training, however it should be done under the supervision of an adult. Not many children have the motivation or dedication to train their dog when others are at birthday parties, on holiday are at friends!

By Niki Elliott http://www.puppiesinbalance.co.za/

Puppy Socialization Classes:
All classes below are given by TTouch Practitioners or Practitioners in Training and incorporate TTouch in the Handling of puppies.
„È 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
„È Brixton / Auckland Park: Puppy classes; contact Candi Moon: furbabies.sanctuary@gmail.com, 079 490 3233, http://www.furbabiestraining.co.za/
„È Riverclub Vet in Parkmore on Saturday mornings with Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 or niki@thinkingpets.com
„È Bryanston on Wednesday evening, Thursday morning and Saturday afternoons for Puppy 1, 2 and Advanced Open classes. Private sessions on request. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 or niki@thinkingpets.com
„È Centurion: Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8-Week Course Weekdays and Weekends. Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 or email heather4paws@gmail.com „È 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
„È Heidelberg: Jordaanpark, contact Ilze van der Walt:
zafira.ilze@webmail.co.za or 082 921 4448
„È Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area: Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays. Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za
„È Oaklands, JHB: Puppy Socializing Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net
„È Parkwood: Puppy Classes, 6 Week courses Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net „È Cape West Coast - Langebaan, Puppy 1 Classes. Adult classes. Private Sessions on request. Wendy Wilson ¡V overthemoon@iafrica.com 083 336 1761



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
Chasing your tail gets you nowhere…’cept back where you started
Tail wagging the dog
You can teach an old dog new tricks

Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
I bought my grandmother a Seeing Eye dog. But he’s a little sadistic. He does impressions of cars screeching to a halt – Larry Amoros
I like driving around with my two dogs, especially on the freeways. I make them wear little hats so I can use the car-pool lanes.- Monica Piper
 
8.   BEHAVIOUR: THE MYTH OF THE ALPHA DOG

Posted By: Dr. Becker on May 09 2012 |
Story at-a-glance

  • Helping dogs with behavior problems is a multi-step process that doesn’t include showing the animal who is boss.
  • The idea dog owners must dominate their pets in order to achieve desired behavior is based on misinterpretation of the results of canine behavior studies. Normal dog behavior doesn’t include a drive for dominance. The desire to dominate is a human trait, not a canine trait.
  • Dogs with aggression-related behavior issues have an anxiety disorder which is only made worse by techniques designed to assert control over them. By

Dr. Becker

Most behavior problems in dogs involve either normal canine behaviors owners don’t like or understand, or undesirable behaviors rooted in anxiety.

In order to improve any type of dog behavior issue, the steps must always include:

  • Learning what ‘normal’ means in the canine world
  • Identifying and minimizing risks associated with the behavior
  • Effectively communicating with the dog
  • Learning to read the dog’s signals
  • Meeting the dog’s needs

Unfortunately dog trainers, veterinarians and other canine experts have been conditioned over the years to believe ‘bad’ behavior is driven by a dog’s desire to be dominant over his humans.

So owners receive the message that exerting control over their dog – showing him who’s ‘boss’ – is the key to improving behavior.

This is an anthropocentric focus on the relationship between people and dogs which considers only the needs of the human.

The Merriam-Webster definition of anthropocentrici: 1. considering human beings as the most significant entity of the universe 2. interpreting or regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences

According to Dr. Karen Overall of the University of Pennsylvania, an Applied Animal Behaviorist, “The entire concept of dominance as applied to pet dogs is almost always based on a profound misunderstanding of the shared history of dogs and humans.”

Dog-Human Relationship History

Canines have relationships with humans that stand alone among all relationships between people and domestic animals.

Anthropological evidence shows that dogs have lived closely with humans for at least 30,000 years, and have been engaged in different tasks alongside humans for at least 15,000 years. And for the past 2,000 years there have been specific breeds of dogs of varying shapes and sizes that engaged in specific tasks helpful to humans.

In fact, many of the physical differences among dog breeds developed as a deliberate effort by humans to match desired behaviors to physical attributes. Dr. Overall uses the example of field trial or working English springer spaniels and show dogs of the same breed. These animals look like completely different breeds because they’ve been bred for different behaviors and ‘jobs.’

She theorizes the relationship between humans and dogs developed initially to take advantage of the power of collaboration. Then over time, changes in actual brain function may have occurred with the result that today’s humans and dogs truly rely on each other. Normal Dog Behavior Doesn’t Include a Drive for Dominance To be dominant is to have the ability to control access to resources, and to keep that control by winning out over competitors who also want to control access to the same resources. Dominance is often expressed as aggression.

Dominance shouldn’t be confused with having a higher status in a relationship. A higher status individual achieves the ranking not by his own behavior, but by the behavior of the lower status individuals in the group who subordinate themselves to him. In a social hierarchy where there are higher and lower status individuals, dominance rarely leads to aggression or fighting – just the opposite.

Flawed Theories of Canine Behavior

Early studies seem to have misinterpreted the concept of dominance in canine social hierarchies.

The dogs in early experiments formed rank hierarchies based not on their own natural social tendencies, but on how the studies were designed. Further, researchers assigned dominant traits to certain dogs based on their behavior with a bone as puppies. The way puppies interact in a natural setting is actually much more fluid than study results indicate, and it changes over time as they mature. Unfortunately, these early ‘forced hierarchy’ studies led to the erroneous assumption that in healthy human-dog relationships, canines subordinate themselves to their owners. This led to the theory that owners must exercise dominance over their pets in order to elicit acceptable behavior.

The ‘show them who’s boss’ approach is flawed, according to Dr. Overall, because: “Our historic and evolutionary relationship with dogs is one of cooperative and collaborative work. A hierarchical relationship like that formerly recommended would not have allowed dogs to work with humans in the ways that they have because humans would have had to make all of the work decisions.”

Dogs who do display dominant tendencies have in the past been diagnosed with ‘dominance aggression.’ But given our improved understanding of canine nature, that behavior problem is now more often referred to as ‘impulse control aggression’ or ‘conflict aggression.’ This rightfully distances us from the concept of dogs as naturally striving for dominance over other animals and people.

Aggressive Dogs are Anxious Dogs Among the many shared behavior traits of humans and dogs is a tendency to suffer from maladaptive anxiety – anxiety that interferes with normal functioning.

Dogs with behavior problems involving aggression have an anxiety disorder. They are, in Dr. Overall’s view, troubled, needy and pathological. One of the worst methods for handling such a dog is to attempt to dominate him – especially when it involves hitting, hanging, ‘dominance downs,’ ‘alpha rolls’ and other similar techniques intended to show the dog who’s boss.

Dogs with anxiety disorders have trouble processing information and making accurate risk assessments. The actions dog owners take to demonstrate dominance over a misbehaving pet actually result in an already troubled animal feeling betrayed, terrified, threatened and backed into a corner by his human.

As you can imagine, this only results in a worsening of the dog’s condition.

In a future article I’ll discuss how we can change our thinking away from the concept of dominance-submission and toward more productive relationships with our canine companions.

References: i Merriam-Webster.com With kind permission from Dr Becker of Mercola Healty Pets with Dr Karen Becker – website http://healthypets.mercola.com/

HEALTH: EAR MITES

Ear mites are a very common occurrence in puppies and are highly contagious. They are also extremely uncomfortable for your dog.

Ear Mites are tiny parasitic mites that infect the ears of dogs (and cats). They live in the dogs’ ear canal where it is warm and moist. Dogs with long, floppy ears like your basset hound are more prone to ear mites as the mites thrive in the warm ear areas where the air flow is restricted.

Ear mites feed in the epidermal debris and the ear wax in your

dogs’ ear. As they burrow down into the ear canal it causes discomfort and inflammation which in turn causes the body to produce more ear wax which the mites then feed off of.

The most common and easy to spot symptom of ear mites is your dog shaking his head or trying to scratch his ears. (Ear mites cause the ears to become extremely itchy) There could also be an odour coming from your dogs’ ears. The mites cause your dog such discomfort that he may actually cause damage while trying to relieve the itchiness by either scratching his ears to hard that they bleed or even by shaking his head with so much force that blood vessels are broken.

...symptom of ear mites is shaking the head or trying to scratch the ears.

If you look in the dogs’ ear you will throughout the ear canal. These are not the ear mites. The ear mites can be seen as little white dots in-between the black bits. If you look closely, enough you can see them moving about.

If you suspect your dog has an ear mite he needs to go to the vet as soon as possible to get medication as untreated ear mites can cause damage to the ear drums and ear canals which could even lead to deafness.

The vet will look inside your dogs’ ears with an otoscope. The light from the otoscope actually draws the ear mites out of the ear wax so the vet can see them. If the vet still can’t see the mites this way he will then examine the black bits of debris in the ear. It is very important to get a diagnosis from your vet as anti –mite medication may cause even more aggravation to your dogs’ ear if your dog has an infection and not actually mites in the ear.

Ear mites are fairly easy to treat. Treatment requires the ears to be properly cleaned and then medication in the form of ear drops. Ear mites can sometime cause infections which may require anti-biotics Courtesy of Husky Rescue – www.huskyrescue.co.za



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
It was a small town: Ferguson, Ohio. When you entered there was a big sign and it said, “Welcome to Ferguson. Beware of the Dog.” The all-night drugstore closed at noon – Jackie Vernon
When there is an old maid in the house, a watchdog is unnecessary – H de Balzac

Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
Dumb dog. I bought a dog whistle. He won’t use it – Unknown
A guy wanted the vet to cut his dog’s tail off. The vet asked why. Well, my mother in law is visiting next month and I want to eliminate any possible indication that she is welcome - Unknown .
 
9.   SHANTI UPDATE: GO WITH YOUR INSTINCT WHEN YOU THINK THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG BY EUGENIE CHOPIN

I don’t know about you, but I often wish my dogs could speak and tell me how they feel or where it hurts. With health issues we look for things like not eating or their elimination behaviour but I’ve recently realized that if I think something is “off” it most likely is!

Shanti has lost a bit weight over the last few months yet she was eating heartily! On a whim I took her to the Vet. Well sure enough, she had parasites. I’m glad we went! Then 6 weeks later, she started behaving strangely, needing more physical contact than usual. (At first I thought she was having Linda withdrawal symptoms) She also yelped a couple of times and I couldn’t pin point the problem. I know she does live with some pain in her back, so an occasional comment from her usually tells us that she needs a Rimadyl. However this seemed different, so on another “instinct” I booked the Vet. The weekend before the vet visit, her behaviour returned to normal and there was no more yelping, yet something compelled me to keep the appointment.

Luckily I got an idea to take a urine sample with me and thus we found that she had an e-coli infection in her bladder! I was so very glad I hadn’t cancelled the appointment. How easy it would have been to do so and the infection could have gotten much worse before we found it.

Truly no one knows your pet like you do and taking note of different behaviours and patterns in everyday life can alert you to something being wrong. It’s a huge responsibility when they can’t tell us what’s wrong! So trust your instincts!

Linda doing bodywork on Shanti



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when you’re coming home his face might burn up – “Deep thoughts” by Jack Handy.
Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes – L Grizzard
 
10.   YOUR LETTERS

I wrote to your website to let you know how I used Ttouch on humans when my son Hein had a motorcycle accident in which he sustained a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

Lip circles and heart hugs got me through all those hours of waiting, consultations with the neuro surgeon and all the emotional times surrounding such an incident. What I really tried to share with you was how Ttouch helped Hein cope with waking from the coma, coping with pain and recovering from the injury. I started with Air touches over his head and chest while he was in the induced coma, and did python lifts on his legs and all kinds of touches later on to help him wake up – which took eight days.

Carpe Diem,
Elsabè

BLOW ARE LETTERS SENT AFTER OUR CLIENT DAYS LAST MONTH

Hi there Thank you all for the most wonderful week-end. So much info - all extremely interesting and helpful.

We brought Meg and Petal and they were totally exhausted last night - so were we, total sensory overload for all! It is so amazing to have such gentle tools to deal with the animals and I know that the next animal that I have the privilege of having in my life will start off at TT classes.

Elaine and Lisa were super and took so much time and care with the dogs and us - such special people, thank you.

Thank you once again for such a great week-end.

Warm regards Janis Wood

Dear Heleen, I want to update and pass my thanks on to my lovely TTouch practitioners who assisted me yesterday with Stassja, my Italian Greyhound. It was such a pleasure meeting both of them yesterday, and I do hope that I will see them at future TTouch workshops

As promised, I undertook to give them feedback re the vets visit yesterday with Stassja my Italian Greyhound female who is petrified of having her nails clipped.

After yesterday’s workshop, I was simply AMAZED at how well the visit went. I did some TTouches on her whilst we were sitting in the waiting room and when she had to go in, she was nervous of course, when the vet touched her but was instructed not to grab the little animal. I held her up as the ladies had shown me to do, turning back the little feet and the vet clipped all her nails in less than 60 seconds without her performing or crying or pulling her legs or wincing at the noise of the clipper!


In addition I was so elated to see that she was alert after the ladies had done the touches on her yesterday, but not afraid and she settled down on my lap.


Thank you again for everything. I will definitely be attending more of your fabulous workshops.
Kind regards
Veressa Kukolj

Morning Eugenie,
After yesterday morning’s introduction to Tellington TTouch therapy, I am now more determined to sign up for the next class in September and the Clicker Training too.

My assigned “student”, Mari, I think, (I’m very bad with names) , Griffen and I had a bond from the moment she introduced herself to me.

Griffen was not car sick driving home, which is 15 kms. Griffen did not chase after a car that drove thru the gate. I did have him on a lead, but his interest was just not there. I could go to the toilet twice last night without him being 4 paws on the floor before me. He slept thru it all. The softness in his eyes is still there this morning. I am eternally grateful for this experience.

I continue working with him and my other 3 dogs and I already feel them all being calmer and responsive.
With gratitude and thanks,
Pat Wili & Griffen

JEANNE USES KINESIOLOGY TO GET INFORMATION ON A LOST DOG

During our TACT session (April 2012) in Cape Town the session with Mandy and Jackson was so magical and exciting, and inspired me to have this conversation with my special girl Laika:

A little Dachshund, his name is Worsie, went missing on the farm on Sunday, 1st April 2012 around 20:00. My dogs were barking and then the 3x Ridgeback (further up the road) also start barking, so I went out to see what it was that is upsetting all the dogs. Someone was walking up and down between the houses (8 houses in the complex) on the farm. Then soon after the guy was calling for the dog, I saw him drove down the road that will take him around the vineyard. He was still calling the dog and shaking the dog’s neck collar that has a bell on it, that up set my dog again.

I went into the house to find the torch and decide why not ask Laika, my mixbreed dog, if she might know where the little Dachshund might have gone. I knew that Laika saw the little dog when we went out for our evening walk, as we came out of the gate (19:30) that evening, the Duchshund was looking (staring) at us, and then the little dog disappears in between the houses)

Laika was laying on the sofa. So I asked her - If she would mind if I ask her a few questions? YES came the answer.

So I ask her if she is laying on my sofa? YES (just to make sure I know is YES and what is NO)

Laika have you seen "Worsie" YES Did the little dog went into the vineyard? NO Is the little dog still between the houses? YES

I thank her for giving me the information, and then walked to the parking area waiting for the guy to came back from his search around the vineyard block. I stop him as he came pass and told him "I don’t think you dog has gone into the vineyard, did you find your little dog? He confirm that they have found the dog and that he was somewhere between the houses!

So the little dog was not missing at all, he was somewhere between the houses, and Laika confirmed that.

What a special moment between my dog and myself. Thank you Linda for this magical journey that you open my eyes and heart to how special each one and everything is. You truly have a special gift and thank you for share this with us and enrich our lives. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have been in your class.
Love
Jeanne Basson



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
They say the dog is man’s best friend. I don’t believe that. How many of your friends have you neutered? – Larry Reeb
 
11.   ODDS AND ENDS

Book of the Month: Repeat of the Elephant Whisperer
With the recent death of Lawrence Anthony, I thought we’d revisit his wonderful book, which Linda Tellington-Jones loved reading during her stay here in South Africa. What is fascinating is that just after his death, two herds of elephants that hadn’t been near the house in months, showed up to honor Anthony and say good-bye.

When South African Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival – dangerous and unpredictable; they were also notorious escape artists and would be killed if Anthony wouldn’t take them.

As Anthony battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty and freedom.

Give yourself a gift and read this incredible journey with the Elephants.
Available at most book stores.

Website of the Month:
Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died March 2. His family tells of a solemn procession of Elephants that defies human explanation.
For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives. The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.” Read the rest of this moving story at http://delightmakers.com/news-bleat/wild-elephants-gather-inexplicably-mourn-death-of-elephant-whisperer/

Interesting Links:
TTouch Goes Hi-Tech
Linda Tellington-Jones announces new TTouch App for iPhones
http://www.ttouch.com/downloads/TTouchApp.pdf

Much has been written about Tellington TTouch® over the past 35 years in magazines
and books, and during that time TTouch has been seen on television programs, in veterinary
universities, and has produced remarkable results in Olympic teams around the world. TTouch is a gentle system of bodywork, ground exercises, and riding techniques that apply to training and behavioral issues with horses of all levels and disciplines.

Now TTouch is going high-tech with a new ‘app’ that can be viewed on your iPhone.

"I laughed when I realized that low-tech TTouch, based on simply using your hands and

heart to influence your horse, is going high-tech!," says TTouch Founder Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon). "This is such a great opportunity for people to have ‘how-to’ TTouch guidelines right in their phones, especially when faced with a horse emergency. TTouches can be extremely helpful for colic or injury situations while waiting for your veterinarian to arrive."

Friends of the Dog are launching the Recommend Puppy School section of the website. We have about 40 really good schools to feature. http://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/

Shark handler This is just unbelievable … The first part of this just looks like an awesome screen saver, but watch it & see what this girl does with that one shark near the end ... http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=WK2LpUoqX6A&vq=medium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SGlYiU8bZM&feature=share. Duck Man. Who said a Banker’s life is boring?



Man speaks dog…
Dog Teaches man…
There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog and ready money – ben Franklin
The other day I saw two dogs walk over to a parking meter. One says to the other, “How do you like that? Pay toilets!! – Dave Starr.
 
12.   EVENTS

Interested in a career in Animal Behaviour or just want to understand your pet better?
Why not do one of our internationally accredited courses on Dog and/or Cat behaviour and then progress to the prestigious COAPE Diploma which will give you a recognised qualification in Animal behaviour. All these courses have been awarded CPD qualification status by the SA Veterinary Council.

Why not do one of our internationally accredited courses on Dog and/or Cat behaviour and then progress to the prestigious COAPE Diploma which will give you a recognised qualification in Animal behaviour. All these courses have been awarded CPD qualification status by the SA Veterinary Council.

For more information please contact us on info@thinkingpets.com or visit us on http://www.thinkingpets.com/

b. TTouch Goes Hi-Tech
Linda Tellington-Jones announces new TTouch App for iPhones
http://www.ttouch.com/downloads/TTouchApp.pdf

Much has been written about Tellington TTouch® over the past 35 years in magazines

and books, and during that time TTouch has been seen on television programs, in veterinary

universities, and has produced remarkable results in Olympic teams around the world. TTouch is a gentle system of bodywork, ground exercises, and riding techniques that apply to training and behavioral issues with horses of all levels and disciplines.

Now TTouch is going high-tech with a new ‘app’ that can be viewed on your iPhone.
“I laughed when I realized that low-tech TTouch, based on simply using your hands and
heart to influence your horse, is going high-tech!,” says TTouch Founder Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon). “This is such a great opportunity for people to have ‘how-to’ TTouch guidelines right in their phones, especially when faced with a horse emergency. TTouches can be extremely helpful for colic or injury situations while waiting for your veterinarian to arrive.”

c. SAINTs is kindly assisting our Fundraising efforts and have some gorgeous Fleece jackets and T Shirts on offer.
This year’s ones have a new logo!
ALL proceeds from this email go to Four Paws, please NB state that on your email to Viv. order by emailing vivsaints@live.com. Thank you!

d. We run an ANIMAL FOUNDATION-The Joey Gracie Mc Connell Animal Foundation where our goal is to change the world one paw at a time. We are looking for sponsors in any form and/or amount-we are currently in urgent need of a sponsor for our foundation shirts as well. You can view the work we have been doing since 2008 on our website: http://www.jgmanimalfoundation.org.za/ and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have. We are open to any form of assistance we can receive so we can help as many animals as possible. Kind regards, Lynda Mc Connell-072 868 1993

e. WAYS TO SUPPORT Four-Paws:
“Bounty Hunters” in Melville has kindly taken us on as one of their charities. They sell any items we collect on our behalf, so please donate all your clothes, shoes, home and
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kitchen items, garden tools, any item from your office and anything else you have no need for anymore, whether it is in working condition or not!
Merinda Brits, FOUR PAWS, Nedbank, Fourways, Branch code: 168405, Acc no: 1684110750

13.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES

MISSING HUSKY We have lost our Husky Dakota she is 11months Dakota is not harmful to any one she is still very young and play full if you do see her next to the road please stop and open your back door for her, call her gently and she will jump in . Dakota has her own Facebook profile now, under Dakota Botes.. R 3000 reward for the person who finds her, Dakota’s parents 0765904915 or 0780555228

CLAW Pup Needs a Foster Home!!
This special boy was brought in by our mobile team today suffering from one of the most severe cases of puppy pyoderma I have ever seen.
We are looking for a foster home that provides him with love, attention and socialising with people and other animals (his skin condition is not contagious!) CLAW will provide the medication for him we just need a place where he can recuperate in peace.
If anyone can help please call me at the number below. Jennifer Gerner on 072 642 0850

Lost tabby, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. REWARD R 500.00. Female Tabby cat went missing on the 15th of March in the Waterkloof Ridge area, Pretoria. She wears a light blue pheroma collar with a brass pendant with her name on and her name is “Muschi”. if you see her please phone 072 907 0700

Appeal - Owner Passed Away - 3 Furry Orphans in Need of Help - GAUTENG
"Spokie" and Chicky, Patroon all 6 years old, females, spayed,
Genis, male, 7years old, not spayed, The son is willing to pay for Genis’ to have the "snip-snip".. If you can help with any of these furry friends and their re-homing, please email pawsrus@gmail.co.za – this is URGENT please.

PLEASE HELP - Cat for Adoption
Gorgeous redhead cat a new home. She has had all the necessary operations, is around 2 years old has a wonderful bubbly personality and has grown up around kids and dogs.
They reside in Nelspruit and are willing to transport her to her new home at no cost to the adoptive “parents”. If interested, please contact Brad Norval on 083 880 2186

Foster Home Needed
They are 3 males ¡V 1 x tan Terrier boy, 1 x small black/white Collie x boy and 1 x ¡§bunny-rabbit¡¨ Terrier mix (ƒº). If you have ANY suggestions as to possible good spaces that these 3 could go into, I would be ever grateful.
Contact Lana Ackermann at +27 83 339 1641 or http://www.emotionalfreedom.co.za/

Black Labbie looking for home:
REF WG2703 Georgie, female black labrador - kiddie & dog friendly, Pretoria
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Georgie, Female, Labrador, 6 years old, Pretoria East – Lynnwood, Contact: Wendy at email: wendythedogsaver@gmail.com or tel 083 235 5362 after hours please

Dusk: Lost: Siamese X girl, Alberton
Sonia, who is moving overseas, had her beautiful siamese cross adopted by someone in Alberton on Saturday. The address: Bloukrand Singel 12, Albertsdal, Alberton. Unfortunately Dusk got away and is now lost. Poor Sonia is extremely upset by this. Please forward this to anyone who lives in the Alberton area. Sonia can be contacted at soniaa@sanlamhealth.co.za or 0827579180. (One of Dusk’s paw pads is black.)

FIRES needs your help please. Louwville aka HORRORVILLE - Plse Help Us With Food And Dermavet For Fires. We confiscated Fires from his owners. He wass skin and bones with the worst pressure sores we have ever seen. With love and food, he will be magnificent again. Please help us on his road to recovery.
We are going to need a lot of Dermavet and food ! Any donations would be most appreciated. Contact LEAPS Jolene at 082 447 8866

Nala & Camo looking for forever homes: Female, Cross jack Russell / Fox Terrier, +- 4 years, Rynfield, Contact Person: Maxi. Contact Email: wolfshaven@mweb.co.za

Juliet, young girl needing a home....
18 month old rescue from Etwatwa. Can you give Juliet a forever home? Please call Cassandra on 082 771 0511

Please share! and keep eyes peeled! - Durban The owner is still looking for Lassie, has checked with shelters and vets: Lassie a ridgeback is lost in Morningside Durban. Her owner is away and his house was broken into last night, she ran away. She has a chip. Please share this post. — Contact 0834946892

Editor: 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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