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The posture-behavior connection

The posture-behavior connection

Postural habits are set down from a very early age, and the link between posture and behavior should not be overlooked. A dog that carries tension through his hindquarters, for example, is more likely to be timid and noise-sensitive than a dog that is relaxed through the lower back, hips and tail. Tension in this area can also trigger the flight/fight reflex.

Puppies may have problems stemming from a difficult birth. Accidents, forceful handling, dragging a dog by his collar, persistent pulling on a leash, excessive rough-and-tumble play and so on can also set up problem areas in the body that will affect the way the dog thinks, feels and learns.

Use the handling exercises (ways 10, 11, 12, 50 and 51) to check for sensitive or 'no-go' areas and the Tellington TTouches to help release tension and reduce any concerns that your dog may have about contact.

Dogs with tension through the back may find it hard to settle and will be sensitive to contact in this area

Holly carries tension through her whole body, which makes it hard for her to relax and walk in balance on the leash. Changing the slip leash for a double clipped leash and using TTouches on her body and around her head helps her to settle very quickly.

From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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