Workshop Frequently Asked Questions

From Difficult Dog… to Comfortable Companion

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019 at the Oregon Humane Society, Portland

Taught by Dawn Jansen, Certified Advanced Practitioner and Clare Swanger, Certified Senior Practitioner Tellington TTouch® Method of Animal Care and Training.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for dog owners who want to address their dog’s troublesome behaviors or just improve their relationship with their dog, and for pet professionals who want to add new tools to their toolbox. It has been approved for CEUs by PPAB, IAABC, NADOI and PSI.

Why two days?

Two days allows a comprehensive introduction to the principles, approaches and techniques of the Tellington TTouch® Method of Animal Care and Training. Having a second day allows participants to practice what they learned and then come back immediately with any questions or comments/observations to enhance understanding, hone technique and learn more. Most previous participants say that it was the second day that solidified their learning and resulted in the most positive changes for their dogs. Day two builds on day one to extend the learning and practice.

Most participants give exceptionally high, consistent positive ratings. Below are a few comments:

“By the end of this two-day workshop, our Hannah was not reacting to other dogs like before. She definitely seems more balanced and confident. Thanks so much for giving us these TTouch tools to use for the future to help both our dogs be successful.” ~ Kariena Mellor

“I am amazed at Molly’s transformation. She responded positively to techniques, touch, tools, instructors, and most importantly, other dogs! Thank you for helping my Molly become a better dog.” ~ Jeanine 

“I loved the workshop. Being a dog trainer, I saw many techniques that I can incorporate into my practices.  ~ Jeri Lynn Vosburgh 

“Thank you… for all that you do to help so many animals and the people who try so hard to understand them. You have opened my eyes to “the possible”.  ~ Kellie Sanders 

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How long have you been teaching these workshops?

We began teaching these workshops in 2014. We thoroughly enjoy teaching — helping dogs become calm and confident living in our world, and helping people better understand them. Together we have been certified TTouch practitioners for 26 years.

We both work with individual clients and teach workshops. Dawn lives in Portland, Oregon and Clare lives in Ketchum, Idaho. We found this work when searching for solutions for our own dogs who had challenging behaviors. We know what it’s like to have dogs with difficult behaviors; we have been there too.

What can I expect at the workshop?

We will teach a comprehensive introduction to the Tellington TTouch® Method of Animal Care and Training as it applies to dogs with challenging behaviors. We include other approaches to resolving reactive dog behaviors as well. There will be group learning and discussion, practice time and individual attention. We will provide guidance on using what you learn in your real life situations.

We recommend comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is easy to move around in. Some people may choose to sit on the floor for some of the practice sessions, but it is not necessary. Making sure you and your dog feel comfortable is our top priority. We take breaks to give everyone – people and dogs – time to assimilate what is being taught and learned.

After you register, we will send you information such as driving directions to the Humane Society and places for lunch (or you may bring your own). If you are bringing a dog, we will ask for brief background information and your goals.

What are the workshop hours each day?

Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Tell me a little about the Tellington TTouch® Method of Animal Care and Training.

TTouch is based on the premise that physical posture and balance are inextricably related to mental and emotional states. When a dog is experiencing fear or anxiety, they hold a lot of tension in their body, which impacts posture, balance and ability to learn. When tension is released, the dog’s awareness of its body increases and posture and balance improve. We then see changes in behavior and an acceleration of learning.

TTouch includes tension-reducing TTouches that work on the dog’s nervous system, purposeful leading exercises to help improve balance and posture, the use of specialized equipment to improve our communication with the dog, and the TTouch philosophy. TTouch respects each dog as an individual.

What if I have questions or would like to talk with someone about the workshop and/or bringing my dog?

Please contact Dawn or Clare any time.
Dawn: 503.705.5062 and dawn@pawsitivecompanion.com
Clare: 208.309.0960 and c.swanger@me.com

How do I register?

Happy Participants:

“We were at a point where we were wondering if we were going to be able to keep our 2-year old cattle dog because of severe behavioral and reactivity issues. After a day and a half of class, she is a different dog. She is more connected to us, looking to us for guidance and is walking nicely on a leash. Amazingly she is walking past other dogs and ignoring them instead of snarling and trying to attack them. This class repaired our relationship with our dog and has given us hope for the future.” ~ Nancy Mellor

“Tanque was a very different dog in just the two days of this workshop. When we started he was pulling and hard to control, by the end of the first day, he was more in balance and easier to walk. By the end of the second day calmer, less reactive. This was a great start or even extension of training for any dog”.  ~ Tami Larson