This program is designed for the dog who is uncomfortable or becomes overly excited in the presence of strangers, other dogs or both. Most dogs express this by lunging, barking, pulling, they have dilated pupils and their hackles are raised. Most people think their dog is aggressive but really, they have no choice, because when on a leash we take their ability to flee the situation away. Other dogs shut down, hiding behind their owners with their tails tucked between their legs, ears pinned back, they may shake and lick their lips or drool, and/or shed excessively. If this sounds like your dog, then you are in the right place. Angie Neal, CDBC and Stevie Fields CBST have developed a program just for your dog.
Angie and Stevie have teamed up with Jennifer Pearson, DVM and Linda Hoover, Companion Animal Practitioner and developed a comprehensive program that is designed to help your dog from the inside out. This is a ten week program and starts off with a half hour consultation with a trainer. We go over your enrollment form and create a functional assessment making sure the program is right for you. Once you sign up you will visit with Jennifer Pearson, DVM for a full physical and behavioral assessment.
We send everyone in the program to see Jennifer Pearson,DVM for a complete behavioral and physical assessment. We do not expect you to change your current vet but require the one visit with Jennifer Pearson,DVM. The visit is included in the price of the program.
The next step in the program is orientation at our facility that will last an hour and half to two hours. There will be three other people doing the program with you and you will have the chance to meet them and share your story. Orientation is without your dog, so you don't have to worry about what they will be doing. It's nice knowing other people who have had the same struggles with their dogs and this gives you a chance to connect and possibly work with others after the program. After the orientation you will have an appointment with Linda Hoover, Companion Animal Practitioner and she will have the complete history from both us and Jennifer Pearson.
Your second lesson will be TTouch with Linda Hoover, Companion Animal Practitioner. What is Tellington TTouch, and how can it help my dog?
TTouch (the extra T is for Trust) is a method of working with animals.
There are 3 aspects:
we communicate with the animal and relate to the animal;
we use touch and movement to influence the behavior;
we don't force them to do anything.
We think of the 3 R's---
Results (what we want), Respect (for the animal), and Relationship (how to build or enhance it).
TTouch is a specific form of touch to help them relax, calm down, and feel good about being touched. It includes body work and ground work, where appropriate. The touches are not massage or acupressure, and they are not invasive. The movements are slow, rhythmical, and mindful. They are non-habitual, thus the animal has no instinctive, programmed reaction to them. This allows an animal to think before acting, rather than just reacting. TTouches include slides, lifts, and circular touches. The groundwork involves guiding the animal through movement exercises in non-habitual ways. Together, they are designed to create a calm, attentive, focused state of consciousness. This helps them to be more capable of learning new behaviors. TTouch helps increase self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-control.
Because TTouch allows an animal to recover from poor handling in the past, it is very helpful for rescued dogs that may be hand-shy, wary of being touched, or that stiffen anxiously when touched, rather than enjoying it. Feeling less tense, the animal is less prone to reactive behavior. TTouch reduces the physical and mental stress created by human contact, handling, environment and other sub-optimum environmental conditions.
Linda Hoover is a Companion Animal Practitioner, and a guild member. She offers TTouch classes for puppies and reactive dogs, in cooperation with training classes at House of Dog Training.
After the lesson with Linda we start class with your dog. The reactive dog class will provide you with critical handling skills so that you are well equipped to deal with challenges that may arise in the present and the future. Your dog will learn to "look" at their trigger and then look to you for guidance. The program is a total of 8 weeks and if you and your dog are able to perform all of the skills in the presence of the trigger by the end of the 8 weeks you will receive 25% off your next class. The program is $400 and includes the visit with both Jennifer Pearson, DVM and Linda Hoover, Companion Animal Practitioner. To register for this program please email or contact Stevie Fields, CBST at 719-646-1422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have already seen Jennifer Pearson,DVM or Linda Hoover, CAP then you will receive a discount.
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