Tellington TTouch Training

Requirements for Dogs Attending TTouch Training

1. Part of our work will not involve the dogs. We may be working with other animals or involved in exercises with people. Therefore, all dogs must have the opportunity for "down time" in a space where they feel comfortable. This time for the dogs is also critical for their learning and can be achieved by:

  • Crating (in some cases a crate/kennel could be provided if you are unable to bring your own)
  • Staying in the car - which is of course weather and/or shade dependent
  • Simply staying quietly tied up on a mat at the side of the room if that is possible for your dog in a strange environment and is not distracting to other dogs
  • We will always consider other creative options.

2. Some dogs attending the training may not be comfortable about being approached by other dogs or people they don't know. Please be responsible for your dog by keeping him or her away from other dogs. Please ask a dog's person for permission before petting their dog. Dogs should be on a leash at all times unless they are in a designated off-leash play area.

3. Please check with the instructor if you wish to give your dog a high-value treat or toy when in the company of other dogs.

4. Please bring with you a flat (or rolled) collar and standard (non-flexi) leash in addition to any other training /leading equipment you may normally use. Also bring anything else your dog might need to be comfortable such as a blanket, bed and water bowl, toys, etc.

5. If your dog has a history of aggression and we have determined that it is appropriate for you to bring your dog, we may require you to bring a comfortably fitting muzzle, particularly if the dog has bitten. The purpose of the muzzle is to make it possible to work with your dog safely without an increased level of human anxiety. We recommend a basket muzzle in which the dog can open his/her mouth easily and be able to take a treat.

6. In the TTouch work, we use headcollars in a specific way for a variety of reasons, for example:

  • To help dogs which may be inclined - even unintentionally - to be provocative to other dogs,
  • To calm reactive or unfocused dogs, and
  • To add an extra measure of communication and safety with dogs showing inappropriate aggression.

There are several styles of headcollars available that can fit all shapes of heads comfortably. The Instructor may require the use of a headcollar for certain dogs. A selection of headcollars will be available at the training.

7. All dogs require proof of rabies vaccination. You will be advised of any other vaccination requirements with your training information.

Attendance of your dog at the training implies acceptance of the above requirements.