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Sat, Mar 02


TailWaggersK9Sport Dog Gym

T-Touch - Handling Techniques for Sports Dogs

The trial environment can be very different from the classroom, and while we train for it - there is always some anxiety. TTouch is an entire way of training, handling, and understanding animals and works to reduce anxiety with different techniques and exercises.

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T-Touch - Handling Techniques for Sports Dogs
T-Touch - Handling Techniques for Sports Dogs

Time & Location

Mar 02, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

TailWaggersK9Sport Dog Gym, 573 Lubitz Rd, Pembroke, ON K8A 6W6, Canada

About the event

Does anxiety plague your trialing career?  Tellington T Touch is a form of bodywork using gentle, non-habitual movements with the intent of activating unused neural pathways to the brain. It is highly successful for helping people, horses and companion animals, recover function after injury, for improving athletic ability, for increasing physical and mental activities and reducing anxiety.

TTouch for the Sports Environment

There are many demands placed on the canine athlete while participating in Rally obedience, agility, scent work etc. Discover how TTouch can improve your pet’s performance in the trial ring. Learn mindful and forward-thinking techniques and exercises to help you and your dog with their anxiety around the trial environment. This workshop will focus on a variety of exercises/touches to lower anxiety and to improve your pet’s posture and balance.

The TTouch Method is not simply “training” a specific behaviour, but actually providing the animal with the education to adapt, cooperatively to different situations.

Learn mindful and forward-thinking techniques and exercises to help your pet with their anxiety. TTouch is more than a form of bodywork, it is an entire way of training, handling, and understanding animals in a positive, non-threatening way. This workshop will focus on handling techniques that will help support your pet’s health and prepare your pet for Vet visits.

Working through specific exercises that will help you and your dog prepare for the trialing environment.  These techniques can be applied in multiple situations.

Learn life long skills that can assist your dog from puppyhood to senior years.

What is TTouch?

TTouch combines observations, bodywork, ground exercises, and equipment to help animals find physical, mental, and emotional balance, as a way of enhancing communication, and cooperation. TTouch can also influence behaviour and assist with health issues.

Through a series of unique bodywork, groundwork and functional exercises that will help create physical balance through good posture, relaxation and overall enhancement of trust.

One of the method’s core principles is; Change the posture, Change the behaviour.   Time again we have seen the powerful connection between physical, mental, and emotional balance.


Dogs must have had 2nd set of vaccinations and must have Bordetella, proof required

Dogs must be toilet trained

Dogs must be dog-to-dog and dog-to-human friendly

Please bring a change of footwear (for the human)

Instructor: Dian McTaggart is a certified Level II Companion Animal Practitioner.  She is a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and teaches classes for the city of Ottawa and at the Ottawa Humane Society. Her training focus is to develop a trusting relationship with your companion.  She likes participating in dog sports including scent work, ratting and Rally Obedience.

Cost $85 Working Spot (one dog) $50 Audit Spot

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