Sharon & Hugo

Hugo’s TTouch session appears to have had an extraordinary effect. He’s been to Lisa’s Daycare twice this week. His time there has been described as the best they’ve ever experienced! relaxed, enjoying playtime with other dogs, etc.

He seems to respond best to the zigzag touches and the raccoon ear touches. I can see a calming effect, even if he’s being a twit, ie circling, chewing the leash, etc.  Thanks so much again for a wonderful experience, on behalf of myself and the big Bouv! I am reading about TTouch and look forward to taking part in another session in the new year.  

Heather & Dash

Everything was well presented and easy to understand.  The zig-zag touch had an amazing affect on Dash as well as the Thundershirt!  I am open to any additional courses which will improve his reactions and in turn change our reactions.  Dash truly is less reactive. A day well spent!  Thank you.

Shelagh & Paprika

I especially liked the TTouch demonstrations that were done on the humans.  I will continue to do the ear slides with Paprika and use the Thundershirt.  The leash trick, looped around the chest (balance leash) will help on our walks.  The day was well worth the time and money.

Alli foster Mom to rescue dog Scooby

Thanks Catherine,
 
I have been meaning to send you a line to thank you for all that you did for Scooby. You would be so proud of him. On the introduction to his new family, he let little kids crawl over him, he met chickens without even batting an eye, and the sheep freaked him out but he showed no reactivity at all! His adoptive family and I have been in contact many times and they absolutely love Scooby. He has settled into his new kingdom without a hiccup. You would absolutely love this family- so calm and loving.
 
I really do appreciate everything you did for us, and I passed along some of your training tips to his new family. I taught the kids the ear TTouches and the zig zag down the back which Scooby loves. I suggested that they set up a confidence course in their yard. I’m sure going to miss that big fellow!
 
Thanks again, it was my absolute pleasure meeting and working with you!
 
Alli Wagner (foster Mom to rescue dog – Scooby)

Patricia & Muriel Rose

Catherine,

Thank-you for your resources on Saturday; I appreciated your generosity of spirit, and the possible opportunities in the future.

The philosophy fit, as I expressed in the evaluation. At times, I consciously thought “this woman can teach.” You can, and I suspect you are a natural. Your delivery is sincere and measured, and you use language that gives visual images to the student. You show and allow people to feel things, instead of just ‘telling’ how it is.

That may seem an odd remark, but when we are passionate about something, as you are about TTouch, it is tempting to use words such as “amazing, incredible, fantastic…” words that the listener can not put an image to. I teach Writing, and each year the lessons begin with “how does ‘nice’ look? How do we visualize ‘pretty’?”

I have been walking Muriel Rose using the balance leash, and she accepted the extra guidance immediately.

My other old dear dog, of fifteen, is tense in the belly. And yet, since Saturday, I have been trying the zigzag and tartula- pulling -the- plough, and she is seeking out touch. Before I tended to ruffle her fur and pat her gently, and she would move away within seconds.

Dogs are our soul mates here on earth: they comfort us, they accept us, and they love us. TTouch is one way of reciprocating in our relationship with them. To them we can offer comfort in language that is universal, the language of touch, of gesture, of being present with them. And that contact will stay in their body while we run around answering all the other calls in our life – gotta eat, gotta sleep, gotta do laundry.
TTouch should be one of our priorities because it builds a relationship of trust with our best friends.  

Additional thoughts:
TTouch is what every dog and person needs to know to begin a trusting relationship.
TTouch would win the Doggie Nobel Peace Prize, but unfortunately, it does not exist.

I think it is the answer to many dog questions.
The first one: Why should I trust you? Is answered in the first demonstration.
The answer is “Because I care.”
What dog, indeed what sentient being, can refuse that?

Thanks, Catherine. Hope to see you again.
Patricia
(workshop participant)

Margot & Alfredo

The Dog Whisperer; That’s what I call Catherine Stewart after watching her with my new puppy. She’s been working with him for four weeks now, and he’s a different dog. Not that Alfredo had problems… a dog doesn’t have to be a problem to want for him what my puppy has had. No… he’s a different puppy because he’s becoming very manageable and he’s excited about learning—and with Catherine, he learns so fast!

So often we hear people speaking to their dogs. “No! Stop! Wait! Sit! Fetch!” But Catherine doesn’t speak to Alfredo with commands and demands. It is amazing to see her elicit the behavior from the dog without commands. She uses her hands to guide him into a sit. She uses her eyes, gazing with great intent at his bed, where he quickly learns to lie down. Only AFTER the dog has got the idea of what’s wanted does Catherine add the commands, so Alfredo has figured it out using his own canine critical thinking. Then comes the positive reinforcement. I’m a psychologist by trade and in my own work I know that learning is more effective and lasting for a client if they come to their own realizations, with gentle guidance from me. Well, it works with dogs too. I think Alfredo has a huge sense of accomplishment and pride when he figures something out. Then comes the praise, the reinforcement, and thus the relationship is built. It’s an egalitarian relationship in many ways, in that the dog is not humiliated or bullied. I think when you respect an animal, like Catherine respects my dog, there is an incredibly strong bond that is developed.

Catherine is training me too, and I’m learning how to raise a happy dog. He doesn’t have anxiety if I am in charge. But being in charge is achieved with positive reinforcement, with the clicker, with treats, and never with harsh words, punishment or threats. And when he is successful, Catherine is quick to praise.

I guess the loveliest thing about Catherine is how she touches my pup. He is teething and I can imagine the itchy pain in his mouth. I could understand why he snapped at me and at everything else he could find, but I didn’t like it. Catherine is able to massage his gums and teeth, and it settles him right down. He loves it, and now I know how to do it. She has also demonstrated such warmth and affection for my pup with gentle body strokes. He especially seems to love to have his ears rubbed. Lucky dog.

Catherine is obviously gifted with dogs. She has what seems like an innate ability to relate to them, and it is indeed a lucky dog that gets to meet her and to be trained by her loving, gentle guidance. A dog introduced at a young age to Catherine, and her methods, is going to be better off, I believe, developing a sense of trust in humans and an eagerness to interact. And it’s a lucky dog owner too. I now feel a sense of confidence and control that doesn’t involve yelling and yanking and general frustration. No matter what stages Alfredo may go through, I’ve got some tools. And, of course, I can always call Catherine.

I am very happy with the work Catherine has done with Alfredo, and would recommend her to any new dog owner. Here’s an example of how dinner time is different in my house. When Alfredo jumps up and puts his paws on the kitchen counter (he’s a Standard Poodle and already has long legs) I just wait. No pushing him down or issuing commands. I just wait. He soon figures out this isn’t getting him anywhere, so he drops back down, and in that split second, Catherine has taught me to say “down”, click the clicker and only then does he get his food. Both Alfredo and I feel good about things. He’s figured it out, I reward him, and we are a team. He doesn’t jump up again. He’s been allowed to learn through his own thinking processes, and the learning sticks. I’m amazed by Catherine’s methods and most of all by her loving respect and affection for my puppy.

Margot
Point Roberts, WA

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