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3.0 out of 5 stars With no disrespect to the TTouch system but.., 7 Sep 2007
This review is from: Getting in Touch with Your Dog: How to Influence Behaviour, Health and Performance: How to Understand and Influence Behaviour, Personality and Health (Paperback)
I purchased the earlier (and larger) version of this book "Getting in Touch with Your Dog: An Easy, Gentle Way to Better Health and Behavior " hoping to help my 4 year old rescue Border Collie. Consequently it is my view that if you have a dog which is not at ease with human physical contact then this system is probably not the best starting point on your quest.
Due to his horrendous previous life, my dog was very intolerant of being touched or handled to the point that, no matter how softly and gently you approached him if he didn't instigate the contact he would simply bite out of fear. (Matters are improving but not from trying to press him into human contact)
Mist is a sweet dog but with much emotional and behavioural baggage and has bitten 2 qualified TTouch practitioners who believed they could get through his barrier by the TTouch system.
I have no doubt that TTouch does work in many cases but ensure that you know your dog will take being handled before you attempt any of the techniques expounded.
It is also my view that the earlier version of this book is probably of more interest since it contains sections now omitted on building your dog's confidence.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2009 18:12:23 BDT
I understand it has been a while since you wrote this feedback but I figured I wouldn't do any harm to answer anyway! :-)
It surprised me to hear that your poor dog has bitten 2 tellington practitioners. Im obviously not sure of the circumstances but I will say this. As a practitioner myself I know that the bodywork section of the method ( ie the touches) is only 1 part of the training method. The ground work section of the method is just as - or at least should be just as, widely used and often makes lasting changes to an animal with out the need for Touching at all.
It is easy to see this mehtod as simply the touches as the names suggests having to be touching, but there is hope. I would suggest trying a practitioner who feels confident and happy to work with only the ground work to start with, with only yourself fitting any leading arrangements, and go from there. You are really missing out on an amazing training method by trying the bodywork touches only. Caroline - karma pets
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