What is Tellington TTouch Ground Work?

Tellington TTouch Ground Work looks like an agility course, but it is done slowly. It is also often called Lead exercises, awareness course, confidence coure or playground of higher learning.

The slow considered movements in the ground work exercises calm and relax the dog.

The combination of TTouch and ground work exercises combine to encourage better brain/body function that enables the dog to have more options physically, mentally and emotionally.

Why do we do it?

  • It's FUN
  • Focus and think – handler and dog
  • When we move slowly the nervous system pays more attention to what it is doing – uses different parts of the brain and it uses different muscles
  • Moves it into a real situation – bringing into function
  • Allows a dog to explore non-habitual ways of moving
  • Increases coordination
  • Must be in own balance to benefit the most
  • Gives a new way to meet other dogs and relating in another way
  • Increases confidence
  • Overcomes fears by having ways to keep the experience successful
  • The more the dog can be in balance the more they will learn about themselves
  • Improving self-carriage (posture); increases self-confidence; increases self-control
  • Movement increases proprioceptive input = awareness of where your body parts are in space
  • proprioceptive input increase dopamine (neuro-transmitter which helps influence emotional state)

Melody Todd APDT Member 01172 Tellington TTouch Practitioner in Training P1 email: info@springerloaded.co.uk mobile: 07800 826339

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