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Introduction to the Tellington TTouch Method

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Jenn Merritt

on 24 March 2017

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Transcript of Introduction to the Tellington TTouch Method

What is TTouch?
Part 1
Part 2
Wrap Up
Foundations of the TTouch Method
Introduction to the Tellington TTouch Method

Basic components of the TTouch Method
Three things to take home
Presented by
Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner
Family Paws Parent Educator

Paul Chatterton
Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner

Strokes, Lifts, and Circles

Body Wrapping
Balanced Movement
A gentle approach to training and relating to our animals
A form of communication that influences behavior, health and performance
Directly addresses key issues that contribute to health and behavioral problems
Specialized knowledge of the body is not needed
TTouch can be done by anyone, anytime, anywhere
What Can TTouch Do?
Calms and supports so an animal can think and act more appropriately
Alleviate stresses, anxiety, tension,
pains of aging
Builds confidence and trust
Gently (imagine the ear as being as fragile as the petal of a flower) and slowly stroke the whole ear from the base to the very tip in the direction the ear grows.
Cover the whole ear from base to tip in several slides


Introduction/Llama Touch
Chimp Touch
Body Wrapping
Gentle, thoughtful Touch
TTouch vs. Petting
Moving the skin
slow, light pressure
Speed can vary
TTouch Basics
Balanced Movement
Body Wrapping
Face Wrap
Full Wrap
More Groundwork Exercises

Making contact with the back of your hand, lightly push the skin in a circle and quarter as you think "one Mississippi"
Continue to breathe normally
After each circular touch, move your hand to a new location on the body
Start with touches on areas of the body that your animal enjoys, then move to more challenging areas

All TTouches are variations of circles, slides and lifts
For Chimp, curve your hand like a "chimp", lightly make contact on your dog's skin and push the skin in circle and a quarter, using your thumb as an anchor
Remember to breathe, keeping a connection lightly with one hand, while doing touches with the other
Position yourself next to your animal in a comfortable position (not looming)
Place one hand on your animal for support
Gently stroke your animal from head to tail, 2-3 times, in the direction of their hair
Easing the Stress of Grooming/Nail Trimming
Change the conversation with TTouch
Make grooming rewarding and stress free
Change the association to tools, gentle restraint with clicker
Apply touches with your grooming tools
Don't force the things that need to get done
Bring awareness to specific areas of the body:
body tension
aches and pains of growing older
Getting Started
Walking Can Be a Pain in the Neck!
Getting pressure off the neck:
Reduces tension
Reduces arousal
Reduces reactivity
Bringing a Dog Into Balance
Eliminates pressure on the neck
Changes signal from neck to chest
Provides dog's body with information they can understand
Helps balance on all four feet
Decreases pulling
Reduces fight/flight response
How to do a Balanced Leash
Loop the leash around the dog's chest, passing it under one leg
Keep the leash in both hands
Use gentle ask/release signal to rebalance (and immediately release)
Confidence Course
Movement is:
slow and calm
non-habitual, purposeful
Provides safe opportunities
to have new experiences
increase coordination and flexibility
impulse control
encourages thinking vs. reacting
Body Wrapping
Physical and Behavioral Changes
Brings Awareness/New Information
Calming to Nervous System
Quarter Wrap
Thinking Cap
Place your whole hand lightly making contact on an area of your animal's body
Use just enough pressure to lift the skin upwards slightly and hold
After a few seconds, slowly release twice as long as you held
Breathe with the movement
Releases tension from shoulders, neck, legs and helpful for arthritis, balance, nervousness
Reduces tension in the mouth/muzzle and can help with excessive barking, chewing, licking and can influence emotional state
Mouthwork is a process and must be done at the dog's pace and it may be helpful to use some room temperature water to dip your fingers in
Cradle your dog's head with one hand as you gently stroke the muzzle sliding the skin of the lips back
slide your fingers into the mouth, using your fingertips to make light circles on the gum line
Calm the tail, calm the dog-reduce arousal, reactivity and issues that contribute to barking
Tailwork can be done while the dog is standing or lying down on any type of tail (even a bobtail)
Start by making circular touches with your fingertips all around the base of the tail
Using one hand to support the dog's side, gently hold the base of the tail and rotate the tail clockwise, then counterclockwise
Lightly pull the tail, pause, slowly release
Half Wrap
Light, non restrictive lengths of fabric
Introduce the wrap like a plate
Not meant to be tight
Worn for 10-15 minutes at a time prior to or during trigger events

Groundwork can be used to help dogs learn alternate behaviors and impulse control

Most groundwork obstacles can be objects from around your house
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