It's been a lovely week of breakthroughs this week. What I love about my work is that firstly it never seems like work because I love doing what I do.
Secondly TTouch never loses its magic and clients' devotion to their dogs never fails to move me.
Two cases that proved this point this week was working with the Shepherd cross Malamute Tamaska ~ his devoted mum and dad Cathy and Neil have had him for 10 months and he has come a long way.
Tamaska is what I would call a Wise Soul. Through no fault of theirs interaction with other dogs has not been positive and Tamaska has been clear and restrained. However Cathy has to muzzle him when out.
Thanks to her dedication and the use of positive training and TTouch Tamaska is blossoming. He was really stiff through his back left hind leg too and had real tension through his neck and back. By introducing a Perfect Fit harness and TTouch he straightened out and groundwork changed his gait so he walked in balance. This can really help his interaction with other dogs ~ posture effects behaviour SO when you change posture you can change behaviour.
What's more TTouch is easy to learn and a wonderful way to interact with your dog.
The second case involves the wonderful Jake a young Jack Russell who my fantastic clients rescued two and a half months ago.
He came to them very nervous reactive to people and dogs and was constantly barking and on the go.
I first visited Jake two weeks ago and he was so stressed his coat was falling out and his chest was almost bare.
Claire his mum has been a total superstar and given Jake TTouch and applied a neck wrap when he became overwhelmed~ the result being she walked passed a builder at work and Jake was calm.... something that had never happened before. Jake has stopped spinning, is calmer when going out for a walk and his fur has grown back on his chest. This makes my heart sing.
Jake is getting better with other dogs but we still have work to do. Saturday was groundwork day where I introduced Jake to some different textured surfaces and some poles and cones to help with his body awareness ~ he was so good and really came in to focus.
Ian his dad had a brilliant idea ~ when he becomes anxious out on a walk Jake will bite the lead~ to stop the lead getting ruined Ian came up with the idea of cutting up a mountain bike size inner tube and threading it on to the lead~ genius! Stops Jake chewing the lead without making it heavier.
This and the groundwork really helped Jake come in to focus.
Next step is to take the groundwork to a public place to enable him to cope with meeting other dogs ~ watch this space but I have total faith in Jake and his family.
LOVE MY JOB!