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Tapping for dogs

In a successful experience with TFT, I was retained to work with a Jack Russell Terrier who was dismissed from the Conformation Ring for growling at the judge and biting him when he examined the dog’s feet.

Could TFT cure this problem? I wondered.

After some basic obedience training using positive reinforcement, I found the pup only 80% reliable. By using TFT, I was able to break through that final 20% and he went on to earn his Championship.

I started with desensitizing handling, then had strangers handle his feet while he was on a table. When he growled at them and showed his teeth to the handler, I started TFT.

At first, the pup was not receptive to the tapping. That is to say, he resisted it. I started by tapping him in the middle of his forehead, a technique I have used for many years (prior to my knowledge of TFT) to calm hyperactive dogs. After getting his attention, I used the eyebrow, under eye, under arm, clavicle, and gamut tapping sequence.

At first he looked surprised, and then calm.

After several treatments, the pup seemed to invite the tapping as though aware it was making him feel better.

I’ve also used TFT with other dogs including, recently, two Labrador Retrievers who were rescued from very abusive homes. Both dogs were fear-aggressive, lunging, barking, snapping, then retreating. After working with the dogs for several days, gaining their confidence, I had a stranger approach the dogs to maximize their trauma. I then applied the treatment, tapping the forehead, under eye, clavicle and sternum. The dogs calmed noticeably.

I have also used TFT many times briefly when working with students in classes. As I approach the pups, I signal them with the calming signals and then tap them on the forehead, under the eye, and on the sternum or clavicle, whichever is easiest to find. The only times I do not feel successful are when the owners interfere with or are not willing to try the treatment.

I believe TFT works when the dog is confident in the person applying the treatment. It should not be tried with a dog who is frightened of everyone and who has no “ally” in the room. In this situation, I find that dogs are not receptive to treatment and it is very difficult to tap the appropriate spots. —Lee Wells

-by Genie Joseph, MFA

Soldiers are prepared for combat operational stress. The Army has drilled them, trained them, polished them. What happens when they come home and have to adjust to the “surreal” world of civilian life? Once you have lived next to life and death as your daily reality, and perhaps gotten so familiar with the stress of combat operations, returning to mundane life can make everything feel out of whack. Retuning warriors often feel out of sync with family or civilian life, after what they’ve experienced.

With prolonged exposure to high-stress, the brain may actually adapt to this lifestyle of danger — so that danger brain messages feel normal. The harder part of what they’ve experienced may be coming home!

I teach classes in media and communication at Chaminade University in Honolulu, which offers classes on all the military bases. I work with all branches of the military, as well as their spouses. Many students walk into class in high states of stress. While I am not a therapist, and I don’t do any treatment or diagnosis, as a teacher I need to make sure that students are fully functioning and engaged, in order to make the classroom experience as positive as possible. Sometimes students come to class after just hearing traumatic news, witnessing something terrible or even have just been a part of something very disturbing.

For me, Thought Field Therapy provides me with tools that can calm someone down immediately, and allow the class to go forward as planned.  Read more

Dr. Callahan was asked to share his perspective on specific areas of Tapping Therapy: psychological reversal, The Nine Gamut, collar bone breathing exercise, and identifying toxins.

Here are his answers…

Fading

By Terri Perry, TFT-Dx

From time to time my partner has had attacks of extreme epigastric pain.

On two occasions he was admitted to Accident and Emergency and once was admitted with and overnight administration of morphine. X-rays were inconclusive and the doctors are unable to diagnose the cause of his pain.

His physicians indicated that exploratory surgery might be necessary.

Each time previously I have treated him with Reiki in the emergency department until the pain has resolved and we have walked away. Each time the pain comes on during the night but there is no trace of any discomfort the next day.

The previous attack started at 10.30 p.m. and went on until 4 a.m. while we were on a skiing holiday and staying in a hotel.

My partner has been a nail biter most of his life and has been treated for this with Robin Ellis, my TFT tutor. As a result, he stopped biting his nails. Wheat was found to be a toxin and we have avoided wheat for many months.

However, last Sunday we were invited to a party where virtually all the food was wheat-based. He had a sandwich and also some peanuts. I had suspected peanuts to be a toxin but he had already popped them into his mouth as I was about to warn him. He had only a couple of alcoholic drinks at the party.

He had not had an attack of this epigastric pain for two years. But on that Sunday night at 10.45 p.m. The pain awakened him from his sleep. It had started again.

This time, I had TFT as a tool in my tool box to help deal with this problem and suspected it was caused by toxins. Before the pain took hold, we got out of bed and started arm testing for everything he had consumed at the party.

We treated for wheat and the pain started to go down from a 9 to a 5. I treated for trauma of the last attack and the pain reduced again. I did diagnosis (probably not as well as I would when I was fully awake). I had been asleep for just an hour.

I directed him to tap his index finger, then under eyes and also eyebrows and the gamut for pain reduction.

After a few minutes of tapping the pain had lessened and the arm was strong – we did the 9 gamut to finish and he wanted to get back into bed to sleep. By this time, the pain disappeared!

It had only lasted less than an hour and had not progressed to the point where my partner was doubled up on the floor as before. He certainly won’t be having peanuts again! Next time we are invited to a party we will eat at home first just in case. Avoiding the toxin causing this pain will eliminate the need for an exploratory surgery.

 

broken hearted
Love Pain put to the test.. here’s one of our customer’s story:

I bought the Love Pain DVD as my 20 year old son was absolutely distraught after his girlfriend broke it off the other day.

He was miserable and sobbing and even said he felt like he was ill.

I have been using EFT a lot and all my children know it but I thought there might be something a little less cumbersome, so I decided to purchase the TFT Love Pain DVD.

While the DVD was downloading I opened the e-book that came with it and had him sit with me while I instructed him with the tapping points.

He started out at a 10 and by the time he had gotten to the under arm point he had already felt the intensity of his grief fade.  When we were done with the protocol he was quite amazed and said “How does this stuff work?”

It had gone down to a 5.  The next round we did included the gamut and it went to a 3, and the next round with the gamut and ending with the eye roll and it went to a 1 or 2.

He felt like he was cheating so I explained that it was not cheating, what it was doing was actually clearing the intense emotions to enable him to think and operate from a more rational perspective.

Once the DVD had downloaded and he made it bigger we watched it together.  At the end he was still feeling some of the pain – I guess different aspects were coming up – so we did the protocol a few more times which bought his pain down to about a 2, having started at about a 10 – it was to do with just wanting to be with her.  He was still a bit weepy when he went to bed and I went off to bed and found that I was feeling very tearful and sad for him, so I did the protocol a few times and it just melted away.

He has continued to use the tapping and I am really pleased and relieved to say that he is feeling enormous relief.  He still feels the sadness  a bit but it is not the gut/heart wrenching sadness that he was experiencing on Sunday, which is when she broke it off.

So, a great big hug and a thank you to Roger Callahan and I guess one cannot forget accolades to ‘God’, ‘The Universe’, whatever it is that makes the sun shine and the trees grow.

Regards

Sue Basler

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