The Tellington Touch — or TTouch — For Dogs Aug 16, 2004 6:59:23 GMT -5
Post by admin on Aug 16, 2004 6:59:23 GMT -5
The Tellington Touch is actually a variety of touches that you do on your dog, to help with behavior or health problems. It's not massage really, though sometimes people think of it that way.
Tests that have been done with brain wave machines have shown that the Tellington Touch activates the Beta waves in the animal's brain; as I recall, these tests were run with horses. The Beta waves are the ones that stimulate thinking. In a nutshell, the dog or other animal may create new pathways in its nervous system so that learning can occur in new ways.
The results can be very dramatic, as I'll describe further on.
The Tellington Touch was first developed with horses, by Linda Tellington-Jones. The work gradually spread to many other animals, and now she spends her time traveling widely doing and teaching the TTouch, writing books, and creating videos.
That's where my husband and I come into the story. We used to raise llamas and we created a line of llama books and videos (see llamas-information.com if you're interested). I met Linda Tellington-Jones at a llama conference and was deeply moved by watching her demonstrations there. Once home, I tried out the methods on our llamas and loved them. We made a video on using the TTouch with llamas with Linda, and later we produced The Tellington Touch for Happier, Healthier Dogs, Featuring Linda Tellington-Jones, and a companion cat video. (That's our dear old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Cider, on the cover with Linda.)
That dog video is the bestseller of all the twenty-some video programs that we have produced over the years. Why? Because the methods are effective and they work. People sometimes call or email us with their stories. I wish I had kept better track of all the things that people have told us.
Here's a dramatic email I received from a woman who had just bought this video from us:
On Sunday night we had a severe thunder and hail storm with high winds and that all happened while my husband and I were watching the video [for the first time]. What luck!! A true test...
Since I was especially worried about Shirley and her fear of winds, storms, loud noises, etc..., I worked on her with the circular touches while watching the video. (I'm going to watch the video again a couple more times to learn the others.) It was truly amazing! She normally shivers like crazy and paces constantly during a storm and no matter how much I comfort her, there is no change. While giving her the touches, she laid on the couch next to me with such a look of love in her eyes. She even kissed me on the face, which she never has done before!! She was totally relaxed, not wanting me to stop! She especially liked the ear work.
—Robin Tassone, North Huntingdon, PA
(quoted with her permission)
The Tellington Touch has helped dogs with arthritis, dogs who were overly aggressive... you name it, some dog has probably been helped by it!