Veterinary Endorsement for our Zero to Hero Course

“The Tellington T-touch course was fantastic! I work as a full-time veterinarian and had heard of T-touch before but had always been a bit skeptical having never learned anything about it at vet school. I was intrigued and thought I would give it a try and WOW I couldn’t have been more impressed. It was amazing to see the responses of the dogs to the various touches and having my own ‘Naughty but Nice’ dog take part in the seminar was great – I’ve never seen her as calm around other dogs as she was in that seminar when we tried the body wrap on her!!! From now on I will definitely be recommending T-touch as part of my veterinary care, particularly for my rehabilitation and behaviour cases.


Dr Montana Mays

B.V.Sc, M.R.C.V.S, Cert V.B.M

Vet, Dr. Tom Beckett DVM Defines Tellington TTouch

Tom Beckett DVM has been practising veterinary medicine for over 20 years at his Camino Viego Equine Clinic in Austin, Texas. His assistant, Marnie Reeder, is an equine practitioner. Both are actively involved with the Humane Society of Austin-Travis County in Texas and treat animals for the Humane Society in a veterinary capacity.


"TTouch reduces the physical and mental stress created by human contact, handling, environment, and other sub-optimum environmental conditions. It reduces chronic pain and poor functioning, which also cause stress.


Injuries often leave a holding pattern of pain and impaired function in the injured area.   This pattern persists below awareness long after healing is complete, blocks aware use of that body part and thereby creates stress on distant areas, which must overwork to compensate. Such chronic distress effects general health, ‘mood’ and behaviour.


When pain or impaired nerve or muscle function disable a part of the body, TTouch induces the animal to activate any available alternate neuromuscular pathways to restore function. The awareness it brings often relieves associated pain.​


TTEAM (the Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method) uses TTouch to bring these patterns to awareness, and exercises which guide the organisation of more healthful, balanced movement.


With continued exposure to TTEAM, animals develop more ability to operate in a calm, focused mode. Responses to new situations become less automatic and more considered. The animal learns to learn. This along with more body awareness and awareness of the environment yields more adaptability and more appropriate action."

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Alex Wilson is a student member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and consequently, we do not use any aversive or punitive training, including slip leads, choke chains, pinch collars, e-collars etc. We use positive reinforcement training including clicker training and Tellington TTouch Training.