When we meet the dog in a consultation, we will be making minute observations from the start. Observations are an important part of the TTouch work.
Practitioners note the animal’s responses to stimuli, the posture, balance, movement and muscle development, heart rate and respiration, the texture and appearance of the coat and so on.
They feel for temperature changes, coarse or dry hair, tension in the tail, ears, legs and the mobility of the skin.
They also pay close attention to the animal’s responses to contact on the body and ability to negotiate the ground work exercises and adapt the sessions accordingly.
The focus is always on what the animal can achieve rather than what he can’t achieve and the aim is to work below the threshold at which the animal has to react, particularly when handling animals that are nervous and/or defensive.