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Tellington Touch - Sarah Fisher


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The UK's only Tellington Touch expert Sarah Fisher ( on the animal handling technique for reducing stress.

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Tellington Touch - Sarah Fisher

  1. 1. The Forward Thinking Approach to Training, Handling and Rehabilitation Photographs courtesy of David and Charles Publishing Ltd
  2. 3. Cookie Dough Dynamo <ul><li>Cookie was left outside Battersea Dogs and Cats Home when she was ten weeks old. </li></ul><ul><li>She bit and growled when handled and was in a constant state of arousal </li></ul><ul><li>She came to me on foster when she was twenty weeks old </li></ul>
  3. 5. Skipper <ul><li>Skipper is a young terrier who was under socialised in his previous home </li></ul><ul><li>He lunged at dogs, bit strangers, had a high chase drive and disliked being groomed </li></ul><ul><li>His dedicated owners were desperate to help him but were considering the option of re-homing him </li></ul>
  4. 6. Problem Behaviour <ul><li>The majority of unwanted behaviours are usually more of a problem for the owner/carer and society than the animal itself </li></ul><ul><li>The unwanted behaviours will have served a purpose for that animal </li></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>They may have enabled the animal to protect valuable resources </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with stress </li></ul><ul><li>Helped him to feel safe </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced boredom </li></ul><ul><li>Kept people and other perceived or real threats away </li></ul><ul><li>But may limit the animal’s chances of leading a happy and contented life </li></ul>
  6. 8. Changing habits <ul><li>In order to improve an animals behaviour you need to give him an alternative and more appropriate way of expressing himself </li></ul><ul><li>The focus should be on what he can do, not what he can’t do </li></ul><ul><li>You may also need to be aware of your own habits and change them too </li></ul>
  7. 11. Posture and Behaviour <ul><li>TTouch recognises an inextricable connection between posture and behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>As tension is released from the body unwanted behaviours diminish </li></ul><ul><li>Self carriage, self control and self confidence are linked </li></ul>
  8. 13. Posture is influenced by: <ul><li>Frustration and/or stress </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Fear </li></ul><ul><li>Injury and disease </li></ul><ul><li>Diet </li></ul><ul><li>Birth trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour </li></ul>
  9. 14. Behaviour is influenced by <ul><li>Posture </li></ul><ul><li>Stress, confusion, fear, pain, disease </li></ul><ul><li>Previous experiences (or lack of them) </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour of other animals and people </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Hormones </li></ul><ul><li>Diet </li></ul><ul><li>Natural instincts </li></ul>
  10. 15. Tellington TTouch <ul><li>The Tellington TTouch is a unique way of working with all animals </li></ul><ul><li>It is kind and respectful </li></ul><ul><li>It enables humans to develop a deep understanding and appreciation for our animal companions </li></ul><ul><li>And it enhances the lives of both the giver and the receiver </li></ul>
  11. 16. Observations <ul><li>Responses to stimuli </li></ul><ul><li>Posture </li></ul><ul><li>Coat pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Respiration </li></ul><ul><li>Body language </li></ul>
  12. 19. Flat hand assessment <ul><li>Responses to contact </li></ul><ul><li>Temperature </li></ul><ul><li>Texture of coat </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility of skin </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility of ears, tail, limbs </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle development </li></ul>
  13. 20. Equipment <ul><li>Specific equipment can be useful in helping animals over come their concerns and their habits </li></ul><ul><li>The aim is to give the animal a new experience, increase awareness of his posture/behaviour and change his expectation </li></ul><ul><li>It can also be used to keep the handlers safe </li></ul>
  14. 22. Skipper
  15. 26. Groundwork <ul><li>Ground work exercises for dogs and horses help to trigger the ‘feel good factor’ </li></ul><ul><li>They improve physical balance which influences mental and emotional balance </li></ul><ul><li>They improve focus, increasing the potential for the animal to learn new and more appropriate behaviours </li></ul>
  16. 30. Body Work <ul><li>The TTouches break down into three groups - circles, slides and lifts </li></ul><ul><li>They improve mind/body awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Release tension </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage deep breathing </li></ul><ul><li>Enable the animal to over ride its instinctive behaviours </li></ul>
  17. 36. Skippers Update
  18. 37. <ul><li>‘We are now able to take Skipper out without the muzzle and let him off lead in the company of other dogs. He plays happily with all sizes, colours and breeds and is even happy to share his toys but still returns to us when called. He also loves to swim in the ponds, even in the chilliest of weather. He also now stands quietly while the horses with riders pass and (on the whole) ignores all the wild ponies and cattle grazing on the heath.   </li></ul>
  19. 38. .   He allows us to hold his paws to trim his nails and happily stands to be bathed and groomed.      The opportunity to introduce him to children has been limited but he is firm friends with the 8 year old daughter of a close friend of ours. It was truly a fortuitous day when we met you and the team and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts ’ Meryl and Trevor
  20. 39. <ul><li>Skipper’s story is typical of the dogs that have been helped by TTouch Practitioners around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Cookie Dough Dynamo has matured into the most amazing dog </li></ul>
  21. 40. <ul><li>And lives with me </li></ul>
  22. 41. <ul><li>Thank you ICAWC for getting in TTOUCH </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>