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  DECEMBER 2006, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   NEW PRACTITIONER TRAINING - FOR COMPANION ANIMALS STARTS IN 2007
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
4.   DOG WORKSHOPS
5.   CAT WORKSHOPS
6.   TTOUCH TIPS - LISTENING HANDS – THE VALUE OF TELLINGTON TTOUCH – PART 3
7.   CLICKER TIPS - PIG IN A PICKLE
8.   CLICKER CLASSES
9.   PUPPIES: SPRING (OR SUMMER) TIME IS PUPPY TIME
10.   HEALTH - COLLARS COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR DOGS WITH GLAUCOMA OR OTHER EYE PROBLEMS
11.   SHANTI UPDATE - GERMAN SHORT-HAIRED POINTER – 5 YEARS, 6 MONTHS
12.   REACTIVE DOGS LEARN FROM BEING TREATED WITH RESPECT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THEIR PERFECTION
13.   TTOUCH WORKS FOR BABOON AND WOLVES AS WELL!
14.   ODDS AND ENDS
15.   EVENTS
16.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES – PLEASE ONLY CONTACT THE NUMBERS STATED
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

Hello TTouch Friends!

There is so much exciting news, where do I start? Since it’s Christmas, I have 2 wonderful new books that will be perfect gifts for the Horse Lovers! Linda Tellington-Jones’ new book: “The Ultimate HORSE BEHAVIOR and TRAINING Book – Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century” which was launched last month at the 30th Celebration in Arizona. I was privileged to be given one of the 50 “Author’s Special Editions” and it is truly beautiful.  But more importantly, it is the most complete and up to date information on the Tellington TTouch Method of working with horses that exists and is an absolute MUST for horse lovers. As it’s this month’s Book of the month, see more below.  Book of the Month       

The second Horse Book that has just arrived in our office is TTouch Instructor, Sarah Fisher’s book called: “Know Your Horse Inside Out – A clear, practical guide to understanding and improving posture and behaviour.” Sarah’s amazing work on observations and tension patterns in horses, makes this another book for your wish list this Christmas. We now have hard cover copies in the office at R200. Sarah runs the TTouch program in the UK as I do here in South Africa and she is truly brilliant at her work.     

And now, AM I EVER GLAD I WENT TO ARIZONA FOR THE CELEBRATION!  It did just what I had hoped which is to get me fired up about what is happening all over the world. It has been awhile since I was together with so many other Practitioners and it reminded me again of the fact that we here in South Africa are indeed part of a much bigger TTouch family.  There were 184 participants from 5 continents, 23 states plus 9 other countries  (other than the US)– Canada, Australia, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Japan and South Africa. And I was delighted that Lindy Dekker, our TTEAM Horse Training co-ordinator, decided to join me! It certainly made the trip over easier, especially when SAA let us miss our connection out of New York and we ended up trying to find our way in a rental car late at night to our destination. 

There were many people there that I had met on previous occasions, but hadn’t seen in years, so it was a real reunion for me. I’m ashamed to say that matching faces with names is not my best talent, but people were kind! They were also interested in what we were doing here in South Africa. I am hoping to organize in a couple of years, an advanced Training here in South Africa, safari included – and I had many people very keen to join us! 

So there was a 4 day Advanced Training and a 3 day Celebration/Conference, which was my favourite part. We have so many talented TTouch Practitioner around the world and many of them shared their expertise in related Animal work which was truly fascinating and inspiring. Our good fortune is that Linda has offered us her letter that she uses in the TTEAM Connections Newsletter, so we’ll be having a special space for this in the next few Newsletters. 

I personally am looking forward to a good break and rest over the Christmas period so I wish you all a Jolly Holiday, full of fun, joy, family and friends! 

Thanks for being part of the TTouch community,

Eugenie Chopin

Practitioner III for Companion Animals: echopin@icon.co.za; 011 884-3156



The Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner  
2.   NEW PRACTITIONER TRAINING - FOR COMPANION ANIMALS STARTS IN 2007
VENUE DETAILS DATE COST CONTACT

Well, 2007 is almost upon us and we have great News: We have just set the dates of the second Intro for Companion Animals. It will be April 27- May 2. this means you have to take minimal days off work The first Intro which is March 17-22, 2007. This workshop is technically full, so you will need to book now for April or let us know if you’d like to find someone to trade with you for the March Training. 

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a workshop before then if you are keen to start. Having a basic knowledge can help you retain more of the Intro training, but again this is not necessary for you to be part of the TTACT III class. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at www.ttouch.co.za and look on the Workshop page for details. 

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. The training consists of 2 sessions a year lasting between 5 & 7 days, for 3 years.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE:

We endeavour to help the student to be proficient and confident in the TTouch work. To this end we have a program that we believe gives a steady hands on experience for the best results. That includes such things as:

  • After session 2, the TTouch student is required to do 5 case studies between each session, 15 in total. This is to ensure that the student is doing and experiencing the work as well as getting feedback on what they are doing.
  • After session 2, each student receives a Mentor who is available to help him with these case studies and any question he might have about how to handle a particular situation.
  • At session 2, we begin to take students to a Shelter to work on both cats and dogs. This is to give you an opportunity to experience as many different animals as possible. It also allows us to give back something to the animal community. (Please note that if anyone has an objection to going into the shelter, and we realize that it is hard for some, there is no obligation. There is always an alternative to work with the kennel or your own animals instead.)
  • At session 3, we start to introduce Client Days. This is a morning where we set up Clients and their dogs for you to help in a safe and supported environment.
  • In general, the course is very much a hands on training giving you a great variety of experience with as many animals as possible so that at the end of 6 modules you feel confident to handle the clients and cases that come your way.
  • TTACT students are encouraged to assist at workshops given by fully Certified Practitioners. This is a great learning experience and invaluable to the learning process.
  • The TTouch office and Guild is always here to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any needs!
  • Our Instructors all come from overseas and are the best in the world. One of the beauties of this program is that the same people teach it worldwide and so the information doesn’t get filtered down through many hands. The Instructors include Linda Tellington Jones (creator of TTouch), Robyn Hood (Linda’s sister and brilliant teacher), Edie Jane Eaton (also a Feldenkrais Practitioner) & Debby Potts (teacher par excellence).
  • This program is about helping you communicate with animals, giving people an alternative method of working with both animals and people, our human relationship with the animal world and giving you the tools to do all of these things. The program is dynamic, creative and yet very practical so that the work is clear and easy to understand.

 At the end of 2 years, if you have done your case studies, you will acquire the Status of Practitioner–In–Training and are then able to charge for one-on-one consultations with clients.  

The cost of the 6-day Introductory course will be  R3900 + VAT.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za



1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years.
Any separation from you will be very painful.
 
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS
VENUE DETAILS DATE COST CONTACT

Well, 2007 is almost upon us and we have great News: We have just set the dates of the second Intro for Companion Animals. It will be April 27- May 2. this means you have to take minimal days off work The first Intro which is March 17-22, 2007. This workshop is technically full, so you will need to book now for April or let us know if you’d like to find someone to trade with you for the March Training. 

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year. You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a workshop before then if you are keen to start. Having a basic knowledge can help you retain more of the Intro training, but again this is not necessary for you to be part of the TTACT III class. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at www.ttouch.co.za and look on the Workshop page for details. 

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. The training consists of 2 sessions a year lasting between 5 & 7 days, for 3 years.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE:

We endeavour to help the student to be proficient and confident in the TTouch work. To this end we have a program that we believe gives a steady hands on experience for the best results. That includes such things as:

  • After session 2, the TTouch student is required to do 5 case studies between each session, 15 in total. This is to ensure that the student is doing and experiencing the work as well as getting feedback on what they are doing.
  • After session 2, each student receives a Mentor who is available to help him with these case studies and any question he might have about how to handle a particular situation.
  • At session 2, we begin to take students to a Shelter to work on both cats and dogs. This is to give you an opportunity to experience as many different animals as possible. It also allows us to give back something to the animal community. (Please note that if anyone has an objection to going into the shelter, and we realize that it is hard for some, there is no obligation. There is always an alternative to work with the kennel or your own animals instead.)
  • At session 3, we start to introduce Client Days. This is a morning where we set up Clients and their dogs for you to help in a safe and supported environment.
  • In general, the course is very much a hands on training giving you a great variety of experience with as many animals as possible so that at the end of 6 modules you feel confident to handle the clients and cases that come your way.
  • TTACT students are encouraged to assist at workshops given by fully Certified Practitioners. This is a great learning experience and invaluable to the learning process.
  • The TTouch office and Guild is always here to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any needs!
  • Our Instructors all come from overseas and are the best in the world. One of the beauties of this program is that the same people teach it worldwide and so the information doesn’t get filtered down through many hands. The Instructors include Linda Tellington Jones (creator of TTouch), Robyn Hood (Linda’s sister and brilliant teacher), Edie Jane Eaton (also a Feldenkrais Practitioner) & Debby Potts (teacher par excellence).
  • This program is about helping you communicate with animals, giving people an alternative method of working with both animals and people, our human relationship with the animal world and giving you the tools to do all of these things. The program is dynamic, creative and yet very practical so that the work is clear and easy to understand.

 At the end of 2 years, if you have done your case studies, you will acquire the Status of Practitioner–In–Training and are then able to charge for one-on-one consultations with clients.  

The cost of the 6-day Introductory course will be  R3900 + VAT.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

4.   DOG WORKSHOPS
VENUE DETAILS DATE COST CONTACT

TTouch Classes – Saturday Afternoons Starts January 27th 

Here is a great way to get started with TTouch or to come refresh your skills!
Perfect for dogs who are:

  • Fearful of the Summer Thunderstorms!
  • Scared of Fireworks
  • Hyper & Excitable
  • Shy or Fearful
  • Old, arthritic or have HD
  • Jumping up or Leash Pulling
  • Aggressive or Bullies
  • Nervous
  • Fearful of Strangers, men, etc.
  • Or just deepen you bond with your dog and do something he will love!!!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How do TTouch bodywork, which includes a variety of TTouches
  • How to read your Dog’s body Language
  • How to Use a Body Wrap, a wonderful tool for many things including fear of Thunder and Fireworks
  • To Find the Perfect Equipment for your Pet and How to use it: Sometimes, changing a Harness or Head Collar can make a huge difference to your ability to not only control your dog, but in helping you communicate what it is you want him to do!
  • To Do Groundwork, for helping dogs balance, learn, improve gait, gain confidence and much more!
  • How to increase the bond with your pet through mindful interactions
  • How to Problem Solve your Personal Situations
  • How to Communicate on many Levels
  • How you are affecting your Dog’s Life, Confidence and Behaviour

DATE:            Saturday afternoons: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 14 & March 3
TIME:             2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
COST:            R550
VENUE:         Sandown, Johannesburg
CONTACT:    Eugenie on 011-884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

The TTouch class is a great way to learn & absorb TTouch at it’s best. Over a 6-week period, you have the opportunity to go home, practice and then come back for more! SEE YOUR DOG MAKE CHANGES IS A FEW WEEKS!

5.   CAT WORKSHOPS

CONFIi-KITTEN SOCIALIZATION CLASSES. NEW

The classes will consist of:

  • Information on the developmental stages of kittens, Litter box training, Toys
  • TTouch for your kitten. How to deal with basic kitten problems.
  • Socialization and Habituation. Handling and grooming
  • Clicker Basics. Communication. Nutrition and lots more


2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.  
6.   TTOUCH TIPS - LISTENING HANDS – THE VALUE OF TELLINGTON TTOUCH – PART 3

(published in Seattle Purebred Rescue Magazine)

HOW TO DO TTOUCH
Following are simple TTouches and techniques that you can use any time on your animal.

All of these will help both the senior and the disabled animal. Twenty minutes at a sitting is the maximum amount of time to do TTouch on your dog. Beyond that time, the nervous system can be overtaxed, and the animal can become tired or restless. After a TTouch session animals often (but not always) drink more water and sleep deeply for an hour or two.

Lying Leopard

Excellent for excessive barking, nervousness, reducing stress, relaxation, wounds, bruising and swelling, and injuries. Rest your hand lightly on your dog’s body, your fingers flattened slightly to allow a large area of warm contact with fingers and palm. Go below the haircoat and push the skin one and a quarter circle. Make your circle last to a count of 5 or longer. Let your middle finger lead. Feel the connection between your forefinger and thumb, which are held several inches apart. Keep your wrist straight yet flexible. Breathing in rhythm with the circles you are doing helps maintain a softness in your fingers, hand, arm and shoulder. Assess your dog’s comfort level. If he seems uncomfortable, lighten the touch. Never press harder than you could tolerate on your own eyelid.

Python Lift

Excellent for arthritis, balancing, hip dysplasia, nervousness, gait improvement, improving physical and emotional balance, stiffness in back and shoulder. Place your hand on the body or around a leg with just enough pressure to gently lift the skin and muscle. Lift to a count of four or a full breath in, hold for a count of 2, and slowly lower the skin to a count of four or a full breath out. Be sure you are balanced and breathing. If you lift with tension in your own body, the animal will tense or move away.

Belly Lift

Excellent for arthritis, bloating, digestive problems, fear, fear of loud noises, sore back, shoulder or hips, stress and tension. Fold a towel so that it is 4 to 6 inches wide. Starting just behind your dog’s front legs, gently lift to a count of 4 or a full breath in. Do not lift so hard that you lift your dog off his feet. Hold for about 15 seconds. Release slowly, to a count of 8, or twice as long as it took to lift up. The slow release is essential to achieving the desired effect. After each lift move toward the hindquarters and repeat the procedure. Continue until you are all the way to the hindquarters. Repeat 3 or 4 times if your animal  tolerates it.

Bonding

We are all used to petting our dogs, but petting becomes unremarkable and somewhat mindless after a while. Even our dogs become habituated to petting and won’t be aware of the health benefits of your touch. Varying your hand movements as well as using different textures to touch your dog, will have your dog snuggling closer to you:

  • Use a chamois mitt from an auto store. Gently and slowly rub the mitt over your dog’s face, ears, back and paws. Always go in the same direction as his whiskers.
  • Use a paintbrush to outline the sworls and rivulets around your dog’s ears, chest and chin. Use a bigger paintbrush for his stomach and back.
  • Grasp a small handful of fur at the root. Gently move it in a circle and a quarter, and slowly let go while pulling over your index finger. Dogs especially love this on the top of their heads.
     

You will enjoy using TTouch as much as your dog does. TTouch affects you the same way it affects your animal. Many people use it while they are meditate or do their yoga exercises. Being mindful and enjoying the time you have with your animal is a gift you can give to both of you.

Marnie can be reached via her website at http://www.marnieblack.com/ 

THANKS MARNIE FOR SUCH A COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE!



3. Place your trust in me, it is crucial for my well-being.  
7.   CLICKER TIPS - PIG IN A PICKLE

You’ve all no doubt heard of  clicker training?

 Well, some dog training colleagues and I have been clicker training the most delightful, fast learning little creature imaginable - a 3 month old Vietnamese pot-bellied piglet!

We are teaching him, not only things which will make his life more fun, like pushing balls around, flipping objects like a rubber ring on to his snout, and "fetch", but behaviours which will actually make life easier, and less stressful, now, and in years to come. For instance, being able to walk up a ramp, into a vehicle, calmly, can only be of benefit, both to him, and his owners; and learning not to bite when he gets excited over food, will probably save many an enthusiastic visitor from a badly mutilated finger, or two!  

Recently, I volunteered for the unenviable job of taking the stitches out of his nether region after his castration. Crouched on the floor behind him; a quick clip of the 2 stitches -- easy. But then, when a little pull should have slid them effortlessly out of the skin, the first tug yielded nothing but an enraged squeal from piggy, followed by a belligerent stare! Milk and dog food were brought in a bowl to appease him, and take his mind off proceedings, and, as he snuffled greedily into this manna from heaven, I very firmly grabbed a piece of stitch, and pulled - hard! Another piercing shriek from poor Oscar -- and no wonder, for what emerged from his bum was a cronkely piece of stuff which looked more like string than the stiff gut which is normally used to stitch wounds with. It was soft, and full of gunge, and the hole it left was bleeding. One down, one to go. 

But pigs are wise, and cleverer than cats - there was no way this little piggy was going to let me get behind him again! There was only one thing to do - pick him up, and hold him! Fortunately, his innate lusting after food, glorious food, could be played as a trump card, and a few chunks of snout whifflingly delicious cheese soon brought him grunting amicably to our feet. An eagle-like swoop by his owner, and he was hoisted ignominiously into the air. "Squealing like a stuck pig" really has no meaning until it has been experienced first hand! Anyone within a miles’ radius would have been excused for being certain that a particularly gruesome and slow murder by torture was taking place, that day! Before Adam’s eardrum, which was closest to piggy’s mouth, and vocals; exploded, I was able to extract the second stitch; every bit as mucky as the first. What material had been used, I don’t know; I’ve never seen anything like it before.

With some persuasion, in the shape of a huge chunk of choice cheddar, I managed to lure the now visibly disgruntled porker to me, to have some much needed TTouch! Four zigzags across his hard, bristly flanks, and he was stretched out, eyes blissfully closed, grunting softly. At least I had spared him the trauma of a return visit to the vet’s rooms, and who knows, maybe the vet will be able to hear more in the ensuing years than he otherwise would have, had he tackled the job of unstitching a pig in the confines of a small surgery! 

Doreen is a TTouch Practitioner living in Pietermaritzburg. She available for TTouch consultations, one-on-one training for you and your dog, TTouch workshops for dogs and cats and demonstrations to groups and clubs. Contact:  doggydo@sai.co.za or 0845113553



4. Don't be angry with me for too long,
and don't lock me up as punishment.
You have your work, your friends, your entertainment.
I have only YOU.
 
8.   CLICKER CLASSES
VENUE DETAILS DATE COST CONTACT
JOHANNESBURG
Sandown
Clicker Classes for Dogs
6 week course
• Eugenie Chopin
• Karen Bullivant
starts 28 Jul 2012
Sat. July 28th: 9:30 to 4; Saturday mornings 9:30 to 12:30 for 6 weeks
R 1600  Eugenie Chopin
011 884 3156
eugenie@ttouch.co.za
Saturday mornings 9:30 to 12:30 [more detail]

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

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

DATES:          Without dogs: Wednesdays: Jan. 24 & 31, Feb. 7 & 14                   18:00 – 21:00        
                        With dogs:      Saturdays:  Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 3      9:30 – 11:30
VENUE:          Sandown– Johannesburg
BOOK:           Eugenie Chopin at eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone 011 884 3156 for more info.
COST:            Full Class: R1200: this includes the cost of the course, notes, book, treat bag, target stick and a clicker. When you have paid your R600 deposit you are welcome to come and get your book early.
                        Learning Theory Only: R600: this includes evening lectures, a book, File with notes & clicker

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

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

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

Eugenie’s next 6-Week Clicker & Leaning Theory Class will start January 24th, 2007!

Claire Grobbelaar is a TTouch Practitioner who teaches clicker classes in Cape Town. Contact her on 082-784-7524



5. Talk to me.
Even if I don't understand your words,
I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
 
9.   PUPPIES: SPRING (OR SUMMER) TIME IS PUPPY TIME
VENUE DETAILS DATE COST CONTACT

From the Dogsense Newsletter by TTouch Practitioner Claire Grobbelaar

Are you considering getting a puppy or know of some one who might be looking for a puppy. The following pointers can assist you in making an informed decision.

  • Only take the puppy home at the age of 8 weeks. For reasons visit www.dogsense.co.za/newslist.php and see article "Pitfalls of adopting out too soon".
  • Avoid puppies that have been raised in an outdoor kennel or in the back yard only. Puppies that have been raised in the owner’s house, with all the household social happenings, since birth are much more adaptable and sociable as adults.
  • Be sure to view the mother and father of the litter, if possible.
  • Don’t be tempted or talked into taking two puppies at the same time. You could be setting yourself up for a series of potential behaviour problems; however dogs are social animals and need companionship. Best is to obtain a puppy, have him settle in with the rules and structures you provided, train him to be a well adjusted and well mannered pet, and then get your second dog. Chances are good that the second pup will learn from the older dog.
  • Try and stay in contact with the breeder and owners of the other litter mates.
  • The puppy should be taken to your vet as soon as possible for a check up, de-worming and vaccinations, if due.
  • Choose your puppy’s name with consideration. See http://www.favorite-puppy-names.com/
  • Who will hold the puppy when you drive home? This is an excellent bonding experience for owner and new dog. Take with the new blanket that the puppy will be sleeping on in his new bed.
  • Have you decided where the puppy will sleep the first few weeks? It is best if he can sleep close to you in an en-suit bathroom, closed off with a baby gate or board, or a big open box/puppy pen/crate in your bedroom. Remember he has just left behind all things familiar and safe. He needs your presence to feel safe and secure.
  • Have you decided what the puppy will be eating? It is usually best to keep the puppy on the same food that the breeder provided for a period of 5-7 days while at the same time mixing in more and more of the new diet.
  • Has the puppy got all the necessary bedding, blankets, bowls, chewy-toys, alone-time-toys, treats, collar/harness, lead and designated alone time area?
  • What is the real reason for obtaining a puppy? A companion, a walking-buddy, you love being around dogs and every thing dog, a social status object (i.e. rare breeds), aesthetic value of the breed, a guard dog only, a playmate for children, to teach your child responsibility ? The last five are not good reasons to get a dog - it’s not fair on the dog. Be very sure and honest as to why you want to get a puppy.
  • Does everybody in the household want a new dog?
  • Do you know all about the breed you are interested in? Have you done some research about the specific breed from different sources? Are you aware of that breed’s possible breed-specific-problems?
  • Will the size of your property be appropriate for the breed and size of the dog?
  • Do you already have other dogs or cats, or horses, ducks or bunnies on your property? If you do, consider the type of dog that will fit in.
  • What is your lifestyle like - active and sporty, do you go out a lot or do you prefer to laze around the house, do you work long hours away from home? Will this specific breed fit in with your lifestyle and routine?
  • Have you thought about how your puppy will spend his time while you are at work? Consider puppy-day-care or a mid-day dog-walker (for fully vaccinated pups), chew toys, food dispensing toys, an elimination area.
  • Find out about positive-methods-puppy class availability in your area. Enroll as soon as you know when you’re getting your new puppy as some instructors only take a limited number of puppies per class. These classes are critical for your dog to develop into a well adjusted and well mannered family dog. Did you know that by the time your puppy is 16 weeks old he needs to meet at least 100 different people and 100 different dogs to ensure him becoming a well socialised adult dog?
  • Are you willing to take the puppy to obedience classes after his puppy course? Will you have the time?
  • Does everybody agree about the house-rules for the puppy?
  • Does everybody understand and accept their part in the puppy’s education?
  • Are you aware that all puppies will dig, chew, whine, bark, mouth, bite, or eliminate in the house at some point? Are you prepared for some destruction? Have you ’puppy-proofed’ your house?
  • Have you considered the full financial implications of owning a dog - puppy classes, obedience classes, good quality food, grooming - if necessary, vaccinations, regular de-worming and tick and flea prevention, bedding, toys, chew toys, sterilization and unexpected medical expenses etc.
  • If any unwanted behaviour arises, will you put the effort, time and money into modifying it?


Claire gives regular puppy classes in Cape Town and can be reached at claire.g@mweb.co.za
Check out her website for more interesting articles at
http://www.dogsense.co.za



6. Be aware that however you treat me,
I'll never forget it.
 
10.   HEALTH - COLLARS COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR DOGS WITH GLAUCOMA OR OTHER EYE PROBLEMS

If your dog has glaucoma or other eye problems, consider substituting a harness for your dogs collar.

”Collars increase intraocular pressure, which can worsen conditions such as glaucoma, weak or thin corneas, or cataracts,” says Dr. Ellison Bentley, a veterinary ophthalmologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her recommendation is based on a study she did that was published in the March/April issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Her study measured the effects of collars versus harness on intraocular pressure in dogs.

The dogs in the study were participants in a canine weight pulling support sport, trained to pull weights. Using a digital force gauge, she measured the force each dog generated while pulling against a collar or a harness. She found that the internal eye pressure increased significantly in dogs pulling against a collar, but not in dogs pulling against a harness. 

Dr. Bentley notes that there is no indication that normal dogs are adversely affected by wearing collars.  

However, dogs with glaucoma, or those recovering from surgery for cataracts, corneal ulcerations, or lacerations should wear a harness instead of a collar, especially during exercise or activity. 



7. Before you hit me,
remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand,
but I choose not to.
 
11.   SHANTI UPDATE - GERMAN SHORT-HAIRED POINTER – 5 YEARS, 6 MONTHS

I’d like to tell you about an amazing Harness that we have just imported form the US. It’s called a Sen-sation Harness and it’s really great. It fits quite snugly and you clip your lead onto the front. I’ve taken Shanti onto the street with it and it stops the pulling almost instantly! I also have 2 clients at the moment who have major pulling problems and it seems to have sorted them really easily. 

In the past we have used more Head Collars, like the Halti, but as many dogs take a lot of time to get used to them and it also takes much more skill to use them efficiently, I think the Sen-sation Harness is going to become a good substitute for many dogs.  

Shadow had her first major trip to the Vet yesterday (excluding the quick check up after she first arrived). It was a long drive and she “complained” the whole way! After all that noise, I thought she’d be crazy at the Vet, but she actually came out smiling, looking around and generally wanting to interact. Of course, when we went to take out an old stitch that someone had left in from her Spaying, it was rather wild. Now I can hold onto most dogs, but cats are another story. I simply don’t have the experience to hold onto a cat that does NOT want to be there. So I learning that holding by the scruff of the neck is amazingly effective. Even then it took 3 of us to contain her so that the Vet could actually remove the stitch.  

Dr. Gary’s words were that she was a “bossy” thing. And I realized he is right. She really likes to have her way and if she doesn’t she growls and performs. After we let her up however, she was actually fine and explored the area more! So I was a typical pet owner who was sooo sorry for my poor kitty, who actually was fine and just had a Hissy (figuratively & literally speaking) when she didn’t get her way! 

By Eugenie Chopin, Practitioner 3 for Companion Animals



8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative,
ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long,
and my heart may be getting old and weak.
 
12.   REACTIVE DOGS LEARN FROM BEING TREATED WITH RESPECT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THEIR PERFECTION

Hi there Eugenie, 

As you know I took 2 of my dogs to the last workshop held in September 2006. This was my 6th training BUT probably the one where I learnt the most. For me this training had nothing to do with the touches, groundwork or equipment. I learnt 2 important lessons : to listen with your heart and to see the perfection in every animal.  

The biggest changes have been in my rescue boerboel/staffie cross. I rescued DOGGIE in March 2005 where he had been living on an empty piece of land. At that stage 2 ladies had been feeding him for 6 months. They say that he was so thin when they started feeding him that he couldn’t walk, he crawled, to the food bowl. Anyway, I wasn’t really ready to take in another dog but started visiting him every day. After 2 weeks he approached me, sat down next me, and I touched under the chin. What a moment! The deciding moment was when Doggie ran after my car, twice. He came home the next day. 

Doggie actually adjusted rather quickly and was integrated into my home life within two months. Off course, I did lots of ttouch on him. The biggest problem he faced was his fear of strangers, new situations and his reactivity to other dogs. At the workshop one of the practitioners, who is also an animal communicator, saw an image of someone hitting Doggie over the head with a metal pole/pipe. At first I was rather emotional but there was a clear message: ‘that it was important for me to know what happened so that I would have a deeper understanding of his behaviour at times’. Thanks Scotty. I spoke to Doggie about this image and he looked at me with these soft eyes and I felt him saying: ’Mom, when I am with you I never think of the past and neither should you’. 

Anyway, what really blew my mind at the workshop was how Linda connected with all the dogs, on every level. When she works with a dog nothing else matters but that connection with the animal. And she spoke about seeing every animal’s PERFECTION. I must admit that it can be frustrating owning a fearful dog who lunges out and growls at people and dogs. The frustrating part for me was that everyone else was quick to label him ’aggressive. At the workshop Doggie was treated with respect, with everyone seeing his perfection. He wasn’t treated any differently than the other dogs nor was he was he excluded.

Linda also told me to visualise Doggie being calm and to give him a clear picture of what I want from him. To talk to him, to make him think and to give him a choice. I was sitting down with Doggie and a few people walked by. He was really concerned about this. So all I did was tell him that ’Carmen is a nice person’ and then ask him to ’watch me’. If he turned his head to watch me I popped him a treat. I could not believe how successful this was. Linda is truly awesome. 

There have been some incredible changes in Doggie’s behaviour. I AM SO PROUD OF MY BABY. He has taught me how to be a better person. And that patience and kindness do have a pay off. Where do I start!! Since the workshop a month ago Doggie is so confident. He never used to jump on my bed but every morning I now get a cuddle. Doggie also is confident enough to give my other dogs the appropriate signals that ’his bone is his’ , without there being altercations. Before he would back away and give up his resource. Doggie has accepted my sister’s new Rotti pup, my Mom’s new rescue and another 2 dogs at training. But for me the biggest changes happened this week. I had a braai at my house on Sunday and 8 of my friends came round. Usually Doggie would sit a distance away from them but on Sunday he sat in between all of them getting lots of love. Amanda said to me : ’ I can’t believe that Doggie actually walked up to me, he usually shies away from me’. And yesterday I had to have my alarm checked. The two male technicians had to walk through my house and I visualised Doggie’s perfection. Doggie went up to them, smelt them, and didn’t bark once.  

All I can say is that my light is shining bright for ttouch.

Thanks to everyone who worked with Doggie. Thanks Eugenie
 LOVE
 SIOBHAN & DOGGIE

13.   TTOUCH WORKS FOR BABOON AND WOLVES AS WELL!

Dear Eugenie

I look forward to your newsletter every month and have wanted to write to you for quite a while now but you know how life goes and time goes by so fast. So here I am quite a quiet moment (until the phone rings again) to tell you of my (amateur) TTouch experiences. 

At one stage we had nine Alaskan Malamutes all at once. As they grew older, most of them died gracefully of old age, while one or two developed problems. We still brought one to you (Eugenie) to help her manage her discomfort and we bought the TTouch book from you. I learnt some of the basics from you and it and it really helped her. When her time came we took her for the final injection knowing that she had still had quality time, despite the cancer in her shoulder. 

For years I have been involved in the rehabilitation of wild animals, especially baboons. I have reared dozens of babies and nursed some seriously ill adult baboons. I have applied basic TTouch to them all with really good results. From the ear rubbing to the circles down the back etc the animals immediately respond. I once nursed a temporarily paralysed baboon and did the same kind of movements with her (as well as other gentle massage and movement etc). From being only able to eat from a spoon or suck through a straw without moving her head, she became more and more mobile and is, today, a healthy, happy, completely active baboon. 

I now have a grey wolf who is an incredible privilege to live with. She has taught us so much about her kind and about ourselves. She so loves the TTouch I do up her spine and the ear rubs that she rushes inside when she feels it’s time for a little pampering, puts her front feet on he coffee table while swinging her back towards me and then madam stands, at the ready, for a dose of TLC. Beware if you’re not fast enough! She throws her head back and looks at you, upside down. Wolves are so supple and flexible; they seem to have springs in their feet and extra joints. I’m not saying wolves make good pets, they don’t and she’s not a pet. We are fully aware that wolves are shy and never force her to stand on parade for anyone. We take our lead from her as far as meeting people is concerned; we respect the fact that, underneath it all (and despite, somehow landing under the duvet with us at night when it’s cold and despite the fact that she sometimes sits on my lap) she’s a wild animal and not a pet. Her best buddy in the whole world is our very sturdy, docile male malamute who allows her to ride on his back, to grab him by the scruff of his neck and to "stalk" him and mock charge him time and again.

Life is beautiful!

Best wishes

Gill



9. Take care of me when I get old.
You, too, will grow old.
 
14.   ODDS AND ENDS

Book of the Month:

The Ultimate Horse Behaviour and Training Book – Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions

for the 21st Century– by Linda Tellington Jones (with Bobbie Lieberman) 

At last, the definitive work of Linda Tellington Jones, including everything you need to learn and practice the world-famous Tellington Method! This book includes an A to Z Problem Solver (so it’s easy to use!) Anything from Accident prone to Weaving! 

Inside you’ll find:

  • Innovative and Practical Bodywork
  • Over 20 Unique Ground Lessons
  • Specialized Riding Exercises
  • Trailer-Loading How-To Section – with pictures!
  • Many Colour Photos of the work 

Whether you are a competitor in an equine sport like dressage, jumping, endurance or reining or ride simply for the pleasure of it, you will find the Tellington Method keeps you horse from getting sour or bored and enhances your mutual mental, emotional and physical vitality. 

BOOK AVAILABLE FROM THE TTOUCH OFFICE:

To Order: phone Heather on 011 884-3156 or email info@ttouch.co.za

Cost: To Be Confirmed, but +/- R360

Website of the Month: www.ttouch.com

Following on to our “Book of the Month” we would like to draw your attention to the international Tellington TTouch and TTEAM website. The site focuses intensely on TTouch for Humans, Companion Animals and Horses. A new section that has been added is the Research and Studies Section. Here the spotlight falls on Research Listing and Research Findings: Features such as EPM/Neurological Study, Stress Reduction Study, Mind Mirror Study, Therapeutic Intervention Study and Ongoing TTouch Research are only a few of the listings and findings that they discuss.

This site is a definate “Favorite” for all who is interested in animal well-being and behaviour.

10 Secrets my dog taught me – Carlo de Vito (All wording taken directly from the book)

 Secret 6: Simple acts of kindness are the best acts –
 

“ The best portion of a good man’s life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts, of kindness and of love”
 – William Wordsworth

The one thing all dog owners can relate to is the unbelievable amount of unconditional love a dog offers. No matter your mood, no matter the circumstances, a dog’s unconditional love is the greatest spirit lifter. 

Looking back, I realize that the simple acts of kindness that I might perform were the real small miracles. This is one of the single most important tricks my dog taught me, Exley taught me about the possibilities, the power, the benefits of kindness. I was blind to it for a long time – and then sometimes forgetful of it. Exley reminded me that I wanted to be better, kinder. Sometimes, I only needed reminding. That’s probably true about us all. 

Secrets to remember:

  • Your dog is probably the kindest person you know
  • A simple act of kindness will do someone else good – and will endear you to them much more.
  • A simple act of kindness toward you spouse will go a long way to improve your relationship.
  • Imagine what doing a small, nice thing for your parents or your kids would mean to them.
  • No co-worker or employer will ever think any less of you because you did something nice for someone you work with
15.   EVENTS

WET NOSE XMAS HOMELESS ANIMALS DAY:

Will take place on SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2006. We hope to share the day with you. As you all know we are in the crisis period of the year, thus if you cannot make the day and would like to support Wet Nose Donations are most welcome to help us through this period.

WISHLIST:

  1. Financial contributions to enable us to cover veterinary and medical bills
  2. Soft puppy & kitten food (tins or sachets)
  3. Puppy and kitten pellets (dry food)
  4. Volunteers to help over the Festive Season
  5. Volunteers to assist on standby for the New Years Eve with the Fireworks dilemma


10. Go with me on difficult journeys.
Never say, "I can't bear to watch it", or,
"Let it happen in my absence."
Everything is easier for me if you are there.
Remember, I Love You!
 
16.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES – PLEASE ONLY CONTACT THE NUMBERS STATED

Rescued Kittens Needing Homes:

Noeleen Hern-Riding feeds and sterilise 2 feral colonies of cats in Pta.  She take any kittens and rehome them after having them inoculated and dewormed.  Interested people can contact Noeleen on 082-612-5551 after 5pm weekdays or her husband, Steven on 082-499-8718 during the day or email her: noeleen@gtav.co.za

Cat needs home:

One of the ladies we visit in Hospice has a cat that needs a new home. She’s ± 5 years old, spayed, friendly and used to dogs. Please can anyone help or can pass this to some-one else who might?
Please contact Ami at Hospice on 011 8452342

Misty: Female Cat:

Misty, a stunning young adult female cat is sadly unwanted, and urgently looking for a new, safe, loving, and caring home. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in giving Misty a good, kind, and loving home, Please e-mail CLAW with your contact details at: tbapaw@global.co.za or leave a message for Merle at 011-763-1638

Shelly: GSD X,  5-6 Months

This pup is very bright and alert, black & tan in colour, and at the time of adoption, will have been spayed, dewormed and inoculated. She is exceptionally well socialized, is tremendously friendly and good-natured.

Should anyone be willing to adopt Shelly and give her a LOVING family home, please call me, Leanne Smith, on 011-791-6957, at home, after hours. If I’m not available, please leave a message on the answering service, and I shall return your call.


Tyson is a Labrador X Great Dane

Urgent home require - Owners relocated to house with a small yard. Extremely friendly & love children, but need a lot of patience as he is very energetic for an 8 year old. Great guard dog! Well behaved when on a lead. Please contact Cindy at Paws for Though 011 464 1755 or 076 589 9700 or email: cindy@pawsforthought.co.za

Labrador X & GSD/Australian Dingo X

Owners re-homed to a small yard and can no longer accommodate these dogs:
Dog 1 – Sasha - Cross Labrador Female (not spaded), Black, 8 Yrs, Temperament: Placid and loving.
Dog 2: - Alexis - Cross German Shepard/Australian Dingo Female (not spaded), Dingo Brown, 6 Yrs, Temperament: Friendly if she knows you, otherwise aggressive and very protective.
Please contact: Cas Lausberg, Tel: +27 11 928-0176 Mobile+ +27 (0) 836760791 e-mail: Clausberg@safair.co.za

Spaniels: Sasha & Phoebe

Urgent: Owners has been transferred overseas. Please contact Michelle on 083 292 1452 or
Pieter on 082 3893307.

“Miniture Boerboel”: BOO

Please help! Owner no longer allowed keeping her dog in a complex. Boo is a 2 year old female "miniture boerboel" that needs love and attention. Please email me should you be interested in taking her in or if you know of anyone who can take her in.
Tanya , tanyaboiling@hotmail.com

Boerboel: 10 Mnts, Female

She has been sterilized & her vaccinations are up-to-date. She does not get along with smaller dogs and needs to be an only pet. Loving & extremely loyal! A wonderful dog! She has not been exposed to children. Please contact Debbie h) 011 8883440 c) 0829013409

Scottish Terrier: Less that a year, Male

This pure bred have many more years to live and I need to find a loving home pronto please. The perfect companion and promise to behave! Please contact Angela on 083 288 5125 – adoption fee required. If this Scottie isn’t what you’re looking for, please visit their website:   http://www.hartebeespoortdam.co.za/haws/furry_friends.htm

 
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