A short three part program covering the knowledge and skills required to effectively use sensory techniques such as body wraps.
This course is divided into three short lessons consisting of a Power Point presentation in a recorded webinar format. A 5 question self-assessment quiz will be available at the end of each lesson to enhance your learning and allow you to confirm your understanding and knowledge.
Lesson One will provide an overview of sensory concepts, particularly how tactile and proprioceptive input can influence the nervous system, often resulting in changes in posture, movement, and behavior. This section will also describe the purpose of using Body Wraps for dogs, proper fit and duration of wear, and the common situations where Body Wraps may be helpful in a home or other environment.
Lesson Two will provide a step by step process for introducing and applying three variations of TTouch Body Wraps, and how to address any concerns the dog may demonstrate. Several pictures and video clips are included to assist you in developing your skills.
Lesson Three will describe the use and application of Face and Head Wraps, and tips on the use of Thundershirts. There are several pictures and video clips to assist you in developing your skills.
As trainers we are always looking for effective and creative ways to help the dogs we work with learn appropriate behavior and live successfully in our human world. We are also modeling to our clients how to communicate and interact with their dogs in a humane, respectful, and caring manner. Typically, positive reward-based training techniques are very successful in shaping new behaviors. Unfortunately, not all dogs are receptive to training in the moment due to states of anxiety, fear, or over-arousal, which interfere with optimal learning. The goal of this course is help you learn about “sensory techniques,” which simply means the use of specific sensory input (tactile, proprioceptive) to give dogs new experiences. These types of sensory experiences can influence both emotional and physical states, resulting in a lowering of arousal and improved focus. We will start with a very simple, but often profound tool called the Body Wrap.
The Body Wrap for animals originated with the Tellington TTouch Method over 30 years ago and was the inspiration for the development of the Anxiety Wrap and the Thundershirt. As a Physical Therapist, I was also introduced to the concept of sensory techniques applied to children suffering from a variety of sensory processing disorders in the form of weighted vests and other light pressure garments.
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