Tellington TTouch

Tellington TTouch

The Tellington Method® commonly known as TTouch is named after its originator, Linda Tellington – Jones. Linda grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds. She is particularly known and honoured worldwide as an innovative horsewoman, developing TTouch techniques initially with horses and later with companion animals.

TTouch grew out of Linda’s extensive range of experience, combined with her study of the Feldenkrais Method, which is known to be successful in improving athletic ability and increasing function in cases of paralysis and chronic pain, and her recognition that the same principles could be applied to animals.

TTouch is a gentle method of working with animals based on co-operation and respect. It can help an animal to relax and develop more self awareness and in doing so influence their confidence and behaviour.

There are a variety of TTouch techniques but the two main aspects of the work are: Bodywork and Groundwork

Body work

dog ttouchBody work consists of different ways of touching a dog.

TTouches are based on specific circular movements, slides or lifts. They can be applied all over the body and help to provide feedback to the dog about its own body.

dog wrap Wraps can help to enhance a dog’s sense of its own body and movements. They can provide the dog with feedback which can influence their posture and behaviour.

Ground Work

Groundwork also known as the Confidence course consists of a variety of obstacles and props can be used to create a groundwork course.

Through different leading exercises, we can encourage the dog to explore how to move differently. From these experiences dogs can gain an increased awareness of themselves which can influence their self confidence, coordination and focus.

dog training with ladders


2 points of contact is a technique that can be used to influence a dogs positioning and help the dog to find its own balance.


Observation is an important part of TTouch and the information gathered can give us an insight into areas where a dog may be having difficulty. This information can be invaluable in helping our understanding of each dog as there is often a combination of reasons which contribute to a particular behavior.

Going through this observation process whilst using TTouch, can help to identify a starting point for us to work from. We can then use techniques that meet each dog’s individual needs; this helps them to move forward, setting positive changes in motion.

Case Study - Alf

For more information on the sensory side of TTouch please read Kathys article on Sensory enhanced learning.

Included with the kind permission of Kathy Cascade

The TTouch method provides us with a range of techniques that have a wide application. These techniques can be used to help influence a variety of behaviours, a few of which are:

  • Excitability
  • Lead pulling
  • Vocalising
  • Stress
  • Fear based behaviours
  • Confidencedog walking

The TTouch method can help to enhance our relationship with dogs which is an important part of any training foundations.

It is important to note that Tellington TTouch does not take the place of Veterinary care but it can be used to support Veterinary care, training and behaviour modification.
If you have any concerns about your dog, please contact a qualified professional for advice.

News of upcoming TTouch workshops and events in New Zealand will be posted on the Information page of this web site.

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