In my work with animals I often use a technique called Tellington TTouch. Developed initially with horses in Canada by Linda Tellington-Jones, Tellington TTouch is a forward-looking, gentle and non-forceful approach that is now used with all animals, including dogs, cats and rabbits. It uses a combination of touches, wraps and groundwork to help bring an animal into physical balance, and help it become more emotionally confident and calm.
Tellington TTouch helps engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps slow the heart and breathing rate, releases muscle tension, helps lower blood pressure and improves circulation. This process helps the animal to learn how to respond appropriately to situations rather than simply react.
Tellington TTouch emphasises that you will be working with your pet in a partnership. It is often likened to having a conversation, and uses observation and slow thoughtful movements to help engage your pet in a new way.
The wonderful thing about TTouch is how accessible it is, and that you will learn how to use it yourself, rather than having to rely on a practitioner for every session. This helps deepen the bond between you and your pet – something that is often badly affected when a pet is showing challenging behaviour.
I am a qualified Tellington TTouch guild member and use TTouch alongside other positive, reward-based behaviour modification programmes.