I want to discuss a specific TTouch for dogs that is one of the most helpful for calming excited dogs as well as activating dogs that are lethargic. It is an excellent tool for preventing shock or reducing shock post injury. Not only does it activate the limbic system which affects the emotional state but it also influences important physical functions – respiration, digestion and reproduction and supports the body’s ability to heal.
It is a combination of two touches that are used. First – the slide. For those of you who have floppy eared dogs you will begin with a slide with your thumb from the center of the top of the head, to the tip of the ear. The thumb remains on top and fingers support the ear from underneath. This is a gentle slide, not a ear tug. The opposite hand supports and stabilizes the head from the opposite side. For floppy ears make the slides sideways so you don’t pull down on the ear. For those of you who have dogs with upright ears, go in the direction that the ear grows. Again – this is a gentle slide – no pulling. Second – the circular touch. With the hands in the same position you can make the circular TTouches that we have been discussing with your thumb. Hold the ear parallel to the ground and make the circles around the edge of the ear through to the tip. Then cover the entire ear with TTouches in parallel lines. For pointed ears, these circles will start at the base and work upward towards the tip.
If you have an emergency where the dog has been injured these TTouches can reduce or prevent shock as they activate the triple heater meridian that runs along the bottom on the ear. I have my own experience with this type of situation. I was on my own, but I put the dog in the passenger seat and I performed this combination touch with my right hand and drove with my left. I don’t recommend the one-handed driving scenario but you do what you have to do. When I arrived at the vet’s office the dog was calm, but alert and healed beautifully within a few days.
Of course, you don’t have to be faced with an emergency situation to use this touch. It is a great tool for the hyperactive, rambunctious dog or for the dog that is exhausted or over worked.