Tellington TTouch is a way to bring you and your dog into balance with kindness and awareness. Its foundation is based upon bringing balance to the animal, physically, emotionally and mentally. TTouch was created more then 40 years ago by Linda Tellington-Jones, an internationally acclaimed authority on animal behavior, noted for her groundbreaking bodywork and training method for all animals. Tellington TTouch allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way, that furthers inter-species connection and honors the body, mind and spirit of both animals and humans.
The four aspects of TTouch :
1) bodywork 2) ground exercises 3) specialized training equipment and 4) intention.
1) Bodywork: Utilizes a series of circular touches on your dog’s body, using different pressures and patterns. It has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, speed healing and increase focus and the ability to learn. Additionally, the mouth and ears have a direct connection to the limbic system, which is that part of the brain that is the seat of emotion and directly affects the ability to learn. It is responsible for self preservation, fight or flight response and memory storage. It is involved with respiration, heart regulation and other bodily functions. Mouth and ear TTouches have a remarkable influence on your dogs physical, mental and emotional health and well being.
A primary intention of TTouch is to enhance cellular communication and support the healing potential of the body. Every cell in the body knows its function; Neuroscientist, Candace Pert, states that emotions are held in our cells and transported to our brain by neurotransmitters. Linda Tellington teaches to allow the cells in our fingers to connect, at a cellular level, and convey a simple message of support: “remember your perfection.”
2) Ground Exercises: Using the confidence course, brings non-habitual movement to the dog. Precise and slow movements are very useful to help deeper muscles learn new movement patterns, and movement helps to maintain the communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, even in challenging situations. In activating these neuropathways to the brain and awakening new brain cells, the dog is helped to change old habitual reactive patterns, by helping him to instead think, figure out and respond.
3) Equipment: Harnesses and leashes with 2 points of contact, body and/or face wraps, and a few tricks with the leash, appropriately named “The Balance Leash” can be implemented to help dogs find their overall balance.
4) Intention: A favorite tenet of Linda’s is, “Change your mind, change your dog”. Part of the foundation of the TTouch method is to change your pictures, from seeing only the problems with your dog to positive traits and expectation. Linda teaches that the “idea” of your dog that you hold within, the picture you have in your mind, has a great deal to do with how he will ultimately behave. According to biologist and author, Rupert Sheldrake, dogs that know when their owner is coming home, demonstrate that dogs can read our minds and pick up mental pictures even far away. What image are you sending to your companion? Another aspect of intention is to choose your words with consideration when speaking about or to your dog.
TTouch supports the well being of your dog (and all animals), and helps them to be functional and balanced physically, emotionally and mentally, as well as increasing the bond between the two of you. All aspects of TTouch can be implemented or just those that resonate with you, but whatever you choose, intention must always be part of the interaction between you and your pet.