Tellington TTouch – Whole Dog Journal
In 1975, horse coach Linda Tellington-Jones studied the Feldenkrais Method with its founder, Moishe Feldenkrais. In this type of bodywork for folks, mild and non-habitual actions activate unused neural pathways to the mind. It is known for serving to folks enhance their athletic capability, enhance their bodily and psychological operate, and totally get better from accidents. First adapting its actions for horses, Tellington-Jones started experimenting with different animals. Tellington TTouch (pronounced tee-touch) is now a well-liked, hands-on remedy for canines, cats, and even zoo animals.
TTouch improves communication between canines and handlers, helps resolve behavioral in addition to bodily issues, helps canines adapt to new or completely different conditions, enhances efficiency, and helps canines get better from excitability, nervousness, thunder phobia, excessive concern, shyness, leash pulling, extreme barking, extreme chewing, leaping on folks, and different out-of-control behaviors.
Although it resembles therapeutic massage, TTouch is completely different, consisting of a collection of sunshine “touches” utilized in 1 1/four circles (like across the clock, from 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock). It has a relaxing impact on most canines, and extra importantly, it might probably assist reactive canines fully change their responses to triggers and different distractions. TTouch books, movies, webinars, on-line courses, and in-person workshops make it simple to review and apply.
TTouch trainers pioneered physique wraps (see “TTouch Practitioners Explain Canine ‘Body Wrapping,’” WDJ December 2002), that are easy preparations of elastic bandages. They are stated to assist canines really feel extra assured, really feel much less threatened by thunder and different loud noises, and scale back their reactive responses. In our 2002 article, Indianapolis neurobiologist Shereen D. Farber, Ph.D., defined how wrapping a canine could cause lasting behavioral adjustments. “Any type of trauma can damage nerve receptors, leading to exaggerated responses to stimuli,” she stated. “Applying constantly maintained pressure provides an unchanging, quieting stimulus that causes the receptors to adapt and modify their thresholds in a cumulative manner.”
When Blue was at her most agitated, I tucked her into an Anxiety Wrap or wrapped her with Ace bandages, and inside minutes her tight, taut, on-guard muscle groups relaxed. With and with out wrapping, she responds to TTouches throughout her physique, together with her ears and even round and in her mouth. The mouth TTouches are stated to assist with snapping, growling, and senseless barking.
Some TTouch webinars deal particularly with reactive canines, however even normal TTouch directions make a distinction.