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The Tellington Touch ( TTouch ) method was developed by Linda Tellington-Jones. This technique eliminates the animal's fear and reactive responses. When the dog's tension is reduced, the animal is more aware of its body and learns new, desirable behaviors. Common pet behavioral problems like barking excessively, disobedience, destroying furniture, aggression towards strangers and vets can be overcome using the TTouch method.

TTouch is like massaging exercises to release fear. Dogs learn obedience to new behaviors using their self-control. When they are relaxed and confident, their negative behaviors are eliminated.

The TTouch is done by gently rubbing the dog's skin in circles with your thumb and forefinger. Gently pinch a loose fold of the dog's skin with your thumb and forefinger and push / rub the skin in a circular motion clockwise. Make 1 and a quarter circles at each spot you massage. With your other free hand, hold and support the dog firmly. When massaging, keep a steady rhythm and pressure on your circles.

Each TTouch is 1 and a quarter circles. Move on to another spot on the dog's body. You can choose spots at random or be systematic by performing the TTouch on spots running parallel lines on the dog's body. This will help the animal to relax, feel at ease with you and become confident of itself too.

You can try to practice clockwise circles as well as counterclockwise circles. TTouch advocates say that clockwise circles are good for relaxing the dog and thus eliminating its old, aggressive behaviors.

When you are massaging the dog's skin in circles, it is important also to learn the correct amount of pressure to exert. Exerting enough pressure to move the skin with the slightest hint of indentation of the dog's skin is called a " one pressure " TTouch.

When you try to exert more pressure, you will see the dog's skin suffering a slight indentation. This becomes a " two pressure" TTouch. Practice your pressure so that it becomes constant and you are aware of what amount of pressure you are exerting for a " one pressure " or " four pressure " TTouch.

You can slowly build up on the pressure as you gain confidence and your pet will also enjoy the different types of TTouch. Dogs that are medium sized animals and sensitive enough to take up to " six pressure " TTouch. Too much pressure will be causing pain or discomfort to the dog. Smaller dogs require gentler massages and less pressure. Start on a dog with the lightest TTouch pressure.

When you get positive feedback from the dog, you will become more confident and may progress to another pressure level. You will find yourself soothed too by massaging your pet. Both dog and master will benefit from exercising the TTouch.