Friday, February 24, 2012

Sandy's TTouch Session

Before Sandy met her fantastic new Dad, who is patient and happy with her in all her puppy rambunctiousness, I thought it would be a good idea to bring her for a TTouch session or two to see if I could temper her wildness a bit and make her a tad more palatable to any adopter. 

Just like for Fozzie's first session, Pam sat on the floor with Sandy and just held her harness, waiting for her to settle down. 

It took a long time! Sandy is such a busy little bee. All her whining, sniffing, stretching, and straining showed just how stressful it was for her just to be asked to be still!

While she struggled and sniffed and whined, Pam just patiently held her and did some TTouch on her. She especially worked her nose and face, and noted how tight they were. 

She showed me how her little nose was wrinkled up, with the skin around the tip of her nose bunched up like a prune. Pam focused her TTouch right around those wrinkles and tight spots, doing circles all over her nose and head. 

Pam even put her finger in Sandy's mouth and stretched out her lip, to show Sandy how it felt to have those lip muscles in a position other than tight.

After a bit of this, even Sandy was able to see that it could be rewarding to just Be Here Now. So wonderful to watch her learn a new way of being!

Hopefully her dad will let us know soon whether those new lessons stuck, or whether she is still bouncing off the walls. 


  1. Love that last picture. Looks like Sandy got into it.

  2. Just received my TTouch book in the mail. Looking forward to learning more about the benefits. Sandy sure looks relaxed. :)

  3. I think we're really going to have to try out this TTouch. I've found a few practitioners in our area and am going to reach out!

  4. Looks like TTouch certainly relaxed Sandy. she looks very peaceful and relaxed.
    ernie and the pack

  5. It sure looks like TTouch worked for Sandy!

  6. Wow I have never seen TTouch with dogs, only horses! Looks like Sandy loved it!

  7. I have never heard of TTouch. Is it a lot different than canine massage? I'm not sure how to do a proper canine massage but I have done Reiki on my dogs, if you're familiar with that.

  8. I've heard that TTouch is a fantastic thing for many dogs! I've kind of looked through one of the books, but never comprehensively. I hope it really works for Sandy!

  9. Sandy looks so relaxed in the last photo. I will have to order the TTouch book and try it on Betsy.

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

  10. Who knows, maybe Sandy's new person will want to continue with the TTouch.

    I hope they have a great life together.

  11. It looks like Sandy likes it. Hope that her new dad continues with TTouch.

  12. I love the last picture, you can just see how relaxed she is. So there's a book about it? I might have to read that, I think a certain lab could benefit from relaxing a bit....:-)

  13. Hi everyone, yes there are several books out there on TTouch. My favorite is called Unlock your Dog's Potential: How to Achieve a Calm and Happy Canine, by Sarah Fisher. It is full of great pictures and really explains the process well.

  14. Sandy'd new dad here, FINALLY checking in again. I should preface my statement(s) by stating my point of reference with Sandy and TTouch only goes back one week to last Friday. However, I was truly blown away with the events I witnessed. Upon meeting Sandy in Kirsten's front yard, her endless source of energy was very apparent. I looked into my crystal ball and saw training classes in our near future, if Sandy was going to move north to Baltimore with me. LOL. She drew me in with her playful nature and quirky idiosyncrasies. Watching her dive into her little baby pool belly first in the middle of February melted my heart. She proceeded to autographed my jacket and pants with her muddy paw print. :-) Sandy won me over as she continued to play with myself, Fozzy and Lamar throughout my visit. It did not take very long to realize Sandy is a special little girl.

    Eventually, it was time for me to go. I said my goodbyes and discussed the next step in the process with Kirsten. At that point she invited me to join her and Sandy for a TTouch session. I happily accepted and we cruised maybe a mile or two down the road for the session. We entered the house and Sandy was distracted by a dog in a neighboring room for a minute or two. However, she calmed down to meditative state within a few minutes. The transformation was remarkable. I witnessed a complete and utter change in a dog that could not sit still just 1/2 hour ago. I could only stay for 10 minutes or so, but it was long enough for me. I would love to continue to take Sandy to TTouch.

    1. Yay, Chris! My next post is on the session you attended--I'm a little behind here :) But I'm so glad you chimed in. It really was neat to see her response to TTouch. Fozzie's was similar...and next week I think I'll take Lamar! So stay tuned for lots more TTouch-tastic posts :)

  15. Lovely Zen dog in final photo - breathe, Sandy, just breathe....:)

  16. Kirsten..great to see how relaxed Sandy ecame in the photos. Thanks for the book advice going to look at getting them.
    Look forward to Fozzie's update. Have a great weekend
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx
    P.S. hello to Sandys new Dad!


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