A touch of genius? Our experience on a Tellington Touch workshop

On Saturday, Wolf Run dog Harvey and I attended a Tellington Touch or T Touch workshop run by Rachel Jackson, one of the most experienced T Touch practitioners in the UK.

Rachel explained that T Touch is particularly good for dogs (or any animal, for that matter) suffering from fear reactivity or sound sensitivity. It’s also a great way of bonding with your dog and getting your dog to be happy with being handled rather than just tolerating it.

So it’s all about the touch then?

Before I attended the workshop I was under the misapprehension that T Touch is all about the different contacts you make with the dog. Despite the slightly misleading title, a good part of T Touch is something called groundwork where you don’t actually touch the dog at all. Many dogs are too touch shy to begin with any hands on work so the groundwork is all about observing how the dog moves and it’s behaviour.

We were told to become “dog detectives”, looking out for how they moved, their balance and posture as well as their behaviour i.e. were they happy, confident and curious enough to interact with the equipment.

Rachel laid out some props on the floor – think enriched environment meets an obstacle course – and the dogs chose what they’d like to interact with. Particularly popular was the ball pit, the snuffle mat and the slow feeder, all of which contained treats, surprisingly enough.

“The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body” George Sheehan

In the afternoon we had a go at doing some T Touches which, Rachel explained, are very light movements of the skin. We applied the kind of pressure you would use to move the skin on your own eyelid. Take it from me, the touch is incredibly light.

Throughout the workshop Rachel emphasised that none of this was ever about forcing the dog to be touched. If the dog will only tolerate one T Touch before walking off, that’s still a great starting point to build upon.

Now I’m home I’m trying out the various T Touches on the Wolf Run dogs, Sasha and Harvey. They seem quite accepting of it.

Longer term it will be interesting to see if any of the other hoped for benefits manifest. I’ll keep you posted.

Get fit with your dog

Another amazing day with people that want to get fit but can’t bear to do it without their dogs. If you’d like to take part in this complete exercise system that will build both your cardiovascular capabilities and your strength whilst having the best time of your life, email me today at info@wolfrun.org.uk.

Your dog will love you for it.

Ready, steady …

Here at Wolf Run we’re getting excited about delivering our Canine Nordic Walking at Tong Park Farm tomorrow.

It’s always wise to do a quick equipment check before any event and fortunately Jan and the Wolf Run dogs, Harvey and Sasha, were on hand to help.

New raw food producer in Wolverhampton

I love to support other local businesses and was delighted to hear that we now have a local producer of a complete raw dog food in the City. I’ve been feeding my dogs raw for a couple of years now and I’ve been amazed at the difference it has made to their health.

For the Love of Your Dog is a quality raw dog food. It costs £2.69 for 900 grams. Customers can collect from their premises in Pendeford or the company will deliver 10 packs or more completely free of charge.

Call Wesley on 01902 747775 to place your order. My dogs, Harvey and Sasha, have tried the food and they give it a big paws up.

Let there be light

A new service – light therapy

I’m delighted to be offering a new service to you whether you are a new or existing client. Light therapy is a complementary, non-invasive and effective treatment for numerous conditions on dogs.

What is light therapy?

Light therapy works brilliantly alongside massage and can be used to treat both chronic and acute conditions such as:
– Wounds, including infected wounds
– Bites and stings
– Muscle injuries
– Tendon injuries
– Sprained ligaments
– Elbow and hip dysplasia
– Bruising
– Acral lick granulomas
– Abcesses
– Swelling and inflammation
– Haematomes
– Skin conditions
– Mastitis

How does it work?

Light therapy works by energising compromised cells and increasing blood flow by using LED light.

When applied soon after an acute injury it can lead to quicker healing after injury.

Research has shown that light therapy:

– Increases energy in cells
– Leads to faster cell regeneration
– Reversal of cell death when applied 4 – 6 hours after injury
– Clears inflammation, reducing pain
– Increases lymphatic activity, strengthening the body’s immune response
– Increases circulation
– Releases endorphins and serotonin, the body’s natural pain relief
– Regulates collagen production

Is Light Therapy for your dog?

Light therapy is suitable for most dogs, particularly nervous dogs who would not tolerate massage.

Call or text me today on 07842 153831 to discuss you dog’s requirements and how light therapy or massage might be able to help them.