Episode 81 - Free Shaping and Tellington Touch

Released Sat January 24, 2009
Length: 0:56:19
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Free Shaping

Pam Dennison's dogs paying attention to her.

Pam Dennison's dogs paying attention to her.
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There’s a lot of different ways that you can train each thing, but I love the free-shaping process, and I love to watch them figure things out. '

 - Pam Dennison

Hopefully you know by now that clicker training is a highly effective training method. You should also be aware that the clicker is not to get the dog's attention or give an instruction; rather it's a way of pinpointing to the dog the exact behaviour you want.

There are many ways to use a clicker, and in this show we hear about shaping from expert dog trainer, Pam Dennison. Shaping is a way to break a behaviour down into little steps, and tell the dog that he is doing something right, and gradually moving towards the behaviour you want.

According to Pam, you can think of it a little like the hot and cold game. Pam has all the information you need to get you started on shaping with your dog - and she has a DVD The Magic of Shaping: Explore the Possibilities.

It sounds like a great way to get your dog thinking, and you can find out more about Pam at her website.

Tellington Touch

Toni Shelbourne works on a dog using Tellington Touch.

Toni Shelbourne works on a dog using Tellington Touch.
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Tellington Touch can involve a variety of equipment.

Tellington Touch can involve a variety of equipment.
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Tellington Touch can be used on dogs with health or behaviour problems, as well as healthy dogs. It's something you can learn to do with your own dog, whatever his breed or age, and it's something that will benefit you both, and help you bond.

In this interview you can listen to Toni Shelbourne talking about Tellington Touch. Toni has studied under Linda Tellington-Jones as well as other top Tellington Touch instructors, and risen to become one of the highest qualified practitioners in the UK. She can work with a variety of animals, appeared alongside Sarah Fisher in the television series "Talking to Animals", and runs one and two day workshops in the UK.

You can find more details at her website. According to Toni, if you're willing to give it a go, you can learn to do Tellington Touch.

News and articles

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This show's article highlights Bichon Frise Star's eccentricities.

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