For over forty years the Tellington TTouch Method has offered animal lovers and professionals alike; a positive, gentle and effective way to solve behavioural issues, enhance performance, and improve communication and relationships between humans and animals. 

 

Look beyond behaviour and help your animals become their best selves though a series of unique bodywork, groundwork and functional exercises that help create physical balance through good posture, relaxation and overall enhancement of trust.

 

Our instructors are the heart of our organization.

The Tellington TTouch Method is an ever evolving body of exercises and techniques based on a fundamental set of principles of respect for all beings and the interconnected nature of physical, mental, and emotional balance.

Our teachers and instructors are dynamic, inclusive, and creative individuals devoted to the betterment of animals and their people through knowledge, awareness, and understanding.  Each teacher brings their own spin to the work, providing a supportive, multi-layered learning experience.

Linda Tellington-Jones

 

PhD (Hon) Founder of Tellington TTouch Training

Linda Tellington-Jones’ highly effective and revolutionary approach to working with animals has brought her worldwide recognition. She is the founder and president of Tellington TTouch Training with certified TTouch practitioners for horses, companion animals and humans in 27 countries.

Her pioneering work has its roots in a philosophy that sees all beings — humans and animals alike — as reflections of a Divine Whole. The Tellington Method was first created 4 decades ago as a system of animal training and communication that allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way — a way that furthers inter-species connection and honors the body, mind and spirit of both animals and their people. She is the author of 17 books in 13 languages.

In 2007 she was awarded an honorary PhD from Wisdom University and appointed as Chair for the Wisdom University Institute of Interspecies Connections.

Robyn Hood

 

Senior Tellington TTouch Instructor, Connected Riding® Practitioner, and Four Hoof Surefoot® Professional

Robyn, Linda’s youngest sister, has been riding horses since before she could walk. She went through Pony Club and showed as a junior competitor in Alberta. She later attended and then instructed at the Pacific Coast School of Horsemanship in California owned by her sister Linda Tellington-Jones. Robyn competed successfully in hunter, jumper, three-day eventing, endurance, western events and more recently with gaited horses, throughout North America and Europe.

In 1982 Robyn became involved full-time with the Tellington TTouch Method. For the past three decades she has been the editor of the TTEAM Newsletter and principle of Tellington TTouch Training Canada. Since 1986 she has been teaching TTouch on a full-time basis in Canada, the US, Europe, South Africa, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand, spending about 160 days a year traveling. Robyn has given demonstrations and lectures at various venues including Spruce Meadows; Equitana USA, Equitana Asia Pacific, and Germany; Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan; International Humane Society Conference in Vienna and Murdoch University in Perth.

Robyn, along with her daughter Mandy Pretty, have written and published several TTouch related publications to enhance the ongoing development and refinement of the Tellington TTouch Method.  “All Wrapped Up:For Pets”,  “All Wrapped Up: For Horses”,  “All Wrapped Up: For You”, and “Harnessing Your Dog’s Perfection” are available through the online store.

Besides teaching around the world and at her farm in Vernon, BC, she and her husband have been importing and breeding Icelandic horses since 1976. In addition to their Icelandic herd which numbers around 50, they also share their farm with a cat, two dogs and a very talented parrot named Frances.

Learn more at www.ttouch.ca.

Kathy Cascade

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Instructor

Kathy’s introduction to dog training began in 1991 when Spirit, a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy, came into her life. Kathy and Spirit’s partnership lead them to the obedience ring, participation in flyball, agility, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy and Spirit attended their first Tellington TTouch workshop in 1994. The work resonated so much with Kathy that she went on to complete the first two-year TTouch Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in 2003.

With her professional training and experience in Physical Therapy, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiological and sensory aspects of TTouch to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often-humorous teaching style, Kathy believes learning should always be fun for people and animals alike.

Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues lead her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Extreme Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases, and she has had great success helping many reactive dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world.

You can learn more about the four legged crew and Kathy at www.sanedogtraining.com.

Debby Potts

 

Tellington TTouch Instructor, 4 Hoof Surefoot Equine Stability System Professional

For as long as she can remember, Debby knew she would spend her life working with animals. She began to live the TTouch philosophy of creative problem solving even before she had any idea this would be her life’s work; she was extremely allergic to anything covered with hair or fur!

Of course she dreamed of having a dog. Her turtle named Herman and her canary, Tangie, were wonderful but it wasn’t the same as thoughts of walks around the block with her very own dog. One day her parents learned that poodles didn’t shed. Shoni, a silver miniature poodle, soon became her best friend.

Debby’s interest in health and well-being was sparked by her childhood companion animals, and continued with her becoming one of Oregon’s first board certified veterinary technicians. She grew up breeding and showing horses, which gave her an extensive background into working with many different breeds and disciplines of horses. A horse born with severe neurological damage initially brought Debby to TTEAM and TTouch in 1984 after the veterinarians had done all they could to help the filly. The amazing progress Spirit made inspired Debby to use TTEAM and TTouch to improve the lives of animals and their people on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Debby’s passion for helping people and animals in a fun, positive and creative way is evident in the many workshops and trainings she teaches every year. She has been a popular speaker at various international conferences including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Symposium on Rescue Dogs. She established TTouch in Japan and oversees the TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Training there.

From the beginning, Debby has used TTouch to help humans as well as animals. Today Debby frequently works with people to help them reduce pain, recover from illness or injury and to improve mobility and function. She finds the TTouch work and philosophy to be an important part of helping people to find balance and well being in their lives. She often says, “TTouch isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am.” TTouch philosophy has strongly influenced her life and that of her family. Her 2 wonderful sons were raised with these concepts and often asked their mom for TTouch when they had bumps and bruises.

Debby travels much of the year teaching trainings and working privately with individuals in North America, Europe, South Africa and various parts of Asia. She lives near Portland, Oregon with her human and animal family. For more information about Debby visit her website www.IntegratedAnimal.com.

Mandy Pretty

 

Tellington TTouch Equine Instructor, Connected Riding® Associate Instructor, and Four Hoof Surefoot® Professional

Born and raised with horses, Mandy Pretty was literally riding before she could walk.  As a child she was immersed in the world of horses, helping to start youngsters, exercise sales horses, as well as participating in demonstrations and competitions with some of her parents’ many Icelandic horses.

Her exposure to the horse world was somewhat unconventional.  Daughter of clinician Robyn Hood, and niece of Internationally renowned horse woman Linda Tellington-Jones, meant that her norm for handling and interacting with horses was several decades ahead of its time.  Looking for tangible physical and emotional reasons for unwanted behaviour long before equine chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists were main stream meant that black and white behavioural labels like “stubborn”, “lazy”, or “disrespectful” were seldom used.  Instead, horse behaviour was looked at from a point of view as being the reaction to a concrete catalyst, looking at balance, pain, fear, and issues of rider communication.

Her clinics focus on creating a positive experience for horse and rider, while improving performance without compromising physical, emotional, or mental well being. These are often geared toward the Icelandic horse enthusiast but can be easily applicable to an all breed format. Mandy teaches 1 to 5 day workshops throughout the year, offering several at The Icelandic Horse Farm. She is available for demonstrations, riding lessons, lectures, and clinics.

 Mandy is currently a Tellington TTouch Instructor, a Certified Connected Riding Instructor, and 4 Hoof Surefoot Equine Stability Program Professional.  She lives near Vernon, BC, down the road from Robyn and Phil (aka Grandma & Grandpa) with her husband Walt, and two young sons on their “Faux Farm”.  Visit her own website; www.intouchwithyourhorse.com

Lindy Dekker

 

Tellington TTouch Equine and Companion Animal Instructor

 Lindy started riding at age 10 in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, South Africa. The majority of the horses were rescued racehorses with problems. She was always surrounded by animals and her parental home was never without at least two dogs and two cats. She was given a rescued donkey in 1967 and had him for four years.

After studying Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics at university, Lindy moved with her husband Rick to Johannesburg in 1979. There she changed careers to become a computer programmer, and she is still involved in doing support for a consulting company.

In 1987 Lindy reached her dream and acquired her first horse ‘Babyshoes’ (ex-racehorse TB gelding) who stayed with her for nearly 21 years. Lindy has competed in dressage to Elementary level. In March, 1999 she attended a Natural Healing course for animals that included Reiki and Aromatherapy as well as an introduction to the Tellington TTouch® Method. She started her own therapy business in 2000. In January, 2001 she attended her first five-day TTouch® workshop for horses and hasn’t looked back. She has been organizing the Tellington TTouch® practitioner training clinics in Johannesburg since 2002.

Now Lindy is a Tellington TTouch® Instructor for Companion Animals and for Horses. Besides organizing the practitioner training clinics for the Tellington TTouch® Method for horses, she gives clinics as well as private consultations for both horses and companion animals while traveling to all sorts of interesting places!

To learn more about Lindy, visit her website, www.lindydekker.com.

Edie Jane Eaton

 

Tellington TTouch Instructor, Feldenkrais

Born in New Zealand, Edie Jane spent her childhood living in Ireland where her father, a Canadian diplomat, was posted. One of her first priorities upon arrival in Ireland was to find a way to get near a horse, and eventually she persuaded her parents to buy her a pony to join the donkey, a lamb, and various cats, dogs and a hamster.

Edie Jane’s interest in horses was never quite outgrown. When she settled in Canada, she started a small teaching and thoroughbred breeding stable. In 1980 Edie Jane became intrigued by the Feldenkrais Method, having seen it’s influence on human recovery from physical and mental impairments. A Feldenkrais Practitioner told her about Linda Tellington-Jones and a weekend demonstration in Toronto began her involvement with TTEAM and TTouch. Edie Jane’s fascination with the Feldenkrais Method – the principles of which underlie the TTEAM and TTouch work – led her to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

She also travels the world as a Tellington TTouch Instructor for Horses and Companion Animals. When not traveling and teaching, Edie Jane keeps busy with her private Feldenkrais practice and workshops, and delights in being at home with her friends, family and her garden. For more information about Edie Jane, visit her website www.ListeningToWhispers.com.

Lucie Leclerc

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Instructor

Lucie Leclerc’s third birthday gift demand of a real horse, with a stable to live in the backyard of their suburban home, was a foreshadowing of her desire to be with animals! Since she did not get the horse, after a bit of negotiation with her parents, she brought home feral cats and lost dogs instead. She has shared her life with animals ever since.

Some years later, while doing Equine Studies in Quebec she came to realize that horses were usually attached to people and detoured from her original dream — to work with horses (alone on a mountain) — and went on to learn, through life lessons, how to relate to people.

She soon realized that she liked to help people figure out what their dreams were and how to put them on paper in order to become reality. In her search to find a better balance in herself, she studied or experienced a variety of alternative therapies and eventually completed a Bachelor in Biology.

At a time when she was looking for an alternative approach to help one of her dogs with a health issue, she heard about Tellington TTouch. After reading a book she opted to go and see if it was just a beautiful story or if the method was as great in practice as on paper. Definitively the teachers were walking their talk and she just could not stop going to trainings from then on. As a Tellington TTouch student she never felt judged in her process of learning and to this day she applies that principle with animals and people alike. Her passion is looking for solutions and possibilities instead of problems, in animals as well as in people.

She relishes seeing the animals blossom towards their full potential and as a teacher loves finding ways to help people truly connect with the animals through the TTouches and understand the powerful impact that finding balance has on any being.

She brings the Tellington TTouch Method to French speaking people in Quebec.

Andy Robertson

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Instructor

Andy Robertson, Tellington TTouch Instructor for Companion Animals, incorporates her skills as a Motivational Dog Trainer and Feldenkrais practitioner in her teaching.

In the late 1980’s Andy attended an evening demonstration of TTEAM, the original name for the Tellington TTouch Method. The TTEAM presenter did not touch a person or an animal, but had participants pair up and gave direction from the floor. At that stage Andy was ready for a change as she was uncomfortable with the way most others were training dogs and TTouch just felt “right”. Changing how Andy touched her own dog has benefited all the other animals that she has come in contact with from that day forward.

As a Motivational Trainer, Andy uses TTouch when she teaches Puppy classes as well as Teen and Adult classes. Andy teaches workshops and one-on-one sessions. While Andy mainly works with dogs, she is interested in working with other species and has had occasion to work with wildlife.

Andy’s special interest is with animals lacking the basic social skills needed to live in society.  The owners/partners find it very interesting how TTouch, Ground Work and use of TTouch Equipment can make changes that affect both the animals and themselves.

Andy lives just outside of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Dawn Jansen

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Senior Practitioner,

Many years ago Dawn adopted a four-year old red Doberman Pinscher named Chris (he came with the name). Chris was a large dog, weighing about 90 pounds, but he wasn’t very confident around other dogs.  He would cower and run from them, or he would growl and snarl at them.

Dawn wanted to help Chris be more comfortable around other dogs and someone suggested that she try TTouch.  Dawn had never heard of this technique, did some research and found a two-day workshop in Portland.  She was amazed at the difference in Chris at the end of the two days.  He seemed more confident, was able to calmly walk near other dogs and have them walk by him without reacting.

The combination of gentle body work to release fear and tension, and groundwork to improve balance and confidence made sense in addressing behavior issues related to stress, fear and anxiety.  The work resonated so much with her that she completed the two-year certification course, and became a TTouch Practitioner in 2003,  a Senior Practitioner in 2017.

Dawn brings compassion, patience and understanding to her work and I am passionate about helping pets feel comfortable and confident living in our human world.  When your pets feel safe and confident you will see fewer behavior and/or health issues.  Happy pets equal happy pet owners.

Dawn is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society.  She enjoy camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and shares her home with her husband and dog.  Learn more at https://pawsitivecompanion.com/

Rachel Jackson

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Senior Practitioner,

It all started 24 years ago when Rachel adopted a beautiful, sweet, two year old lurcher from a local rescue.  Fionn turned out to be petrified of other dogs, among other things.  In her desire to help Fionn, she started to investigate ways to make his life easier.  Rachel started to learn about dog behaviour, completing a two year dog trainer and behaviour course and have continued on a 20 year learning journey. Through my knowledge she has helped other people and their animals too.   This was how her beautiful, scared, sweet natured dog laid the foundations for what has become Rachel’s passion. 

By combining Veterinary Physiotherapy, Tellington TTouch Training and other modalities, Rachel can help solve your animal’s problems by creating a bespoke treatment plan for their unique needs, bringing them back into balance and creating a harmonious relationship between you and your best friend. 

Located in the North West of England, Rachel has many years experience teaching and working with animals and their people all over the UK.

Learn more at https://www.wellbalancedanimals-vetphysio.co.uk/ .

Sage Lewis

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Senior Practitioner,

Java showed up in Sage’s life in 2001 as a frightened puppy who needed more support than she knew how to give. Dancing Porcupine, Sage’s business, began in 2002 because she wanted a gentler method of training for Java. What started as a quiet little idea has grown into a much broader based business to include a variety of soulful solution for people and animals. Java is the reason Dancing Porcupine exists. Her dog, Reggae, is the reason she continues.

Dancing Porcupine offers behavior training, life coaching, telepathic services for living and deceased people and animals, animal hospice consulting, celebration facilitation, a variety of healing options and spiritual adventure trips to the Amazon jungle and other sacred sites.

Learn more at www.dancingporcupine.com.

Toni Shelbourne

 

Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Senior Practitioner,

Toni has worked with domesticated and wild canids since 1989. After a long and successful career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, she started her own business as a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner.
She is now one of the highest qualified Practitioners in the UK. In 2001 her skills in TTouch took Toni to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust were she meet a pack of socialised wolves. She went on to work with them for over a decade as a Senior Wolf Handler and Education Officer for the organisation. In more recent years, Toni has gone on to become a Real Dog Yoga Instructor, (Visit This page to find out more) and updated her qualifications in behaviour with the International School of Psychology and Behaviour, for which she is also an affiliate. She teaches all over the UK and abroad, works with clients’ one to one, and writes. Toni lives in South Oxfordshire, England.

Over the last decade Toni has been developing her writing. She spent two years editing and writing features for Wolf Print, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s international magazine. She went on to write for national dog magazines, rescue society newsletters and blogs. Her first and second book, The Truth about Wolves & Dogs, (Hubble and Hattie 2012) and Among the Wolves (Hubble and Hattie 2015) have been a great success. Her latest writing collaboration with co-author Karen Bush sees a series of books entitled HELP! My Dog is….All are available in paperback and eBook format on Amazon, with many more titles planned.  
 
To learn more visit www.tonishelbourne.co.uk/
 
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