About Linda Tellington-Jones
The pioneering work of Linda Tellington-Jones has its roots in a philosophy that sees all beings -- humans and animals alike -- as reflections of a Divine Whole. The Tellington Method was first created 4 decades ago as a system of animal training, healing and communication that allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way -- a way that furthers inter-species connection and honors the body, mind and spirit of both animals and their people. The Tellington Method utilizes a variety of techniques of touch, movement and body language to affect behavior, performance, and health, and to increase an animal’s willingness and ability to learn in a painless and anxiety-free environment. (Note! Click image to see larger view.)
Linda’s highly effective and revolutionary approach to working with animals brought her world wide recognition, and it was out of this success that Tellington TTouch for humans has arisen, emerging as an important addition to the increasingly respected world of alternative healing practices.
The method for horses, first developed in the 1970’s, is known as TTEAM (Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method). In the 1980’s, Tellington TTouch broadened to include the world of companion animals, developing techniques that deepen mutual trust and understanding and strengthen the human/animal bond. During this period, TTouch work was also introduced as an effective and valuable method to reduce stress in wild life rehabilitation and to enhance the well-being of animals in zoos.
As an internationally acclaimed authority on animal behavior, training and healing, Linda has given presentations and demonstrations on her TTEAM method at veterinary conferences, universities, equestrian expositions, North American Handicapped Riding Association and the Delta Society world conferences, therapeutic riding associations, Olympic training centers, wildlife rehabilitation conferences, and zoos throughout the world.
Linda has also brought TTouch into the world of humans, teaching weekend and week-long workshops over the past 15 years in programs for individuals and their family members, as well as for health-care professionals. She is a visiting faculty member at the University of Minnesota where she has co-taught Tellington TTouch for humans annually since 2002. Tellington TTouch is included in the research program at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. The results of studies on humans by Cecilia Wendler, PhD, RN, CCRN have been published in 3 prestigious professional nursing journals and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Through her non-profit organization, Animal Ambassadors, she supports projects of children working with animals to enhance understanding, compassion and quality of life for both humans and animals.
Publications: Linda has written eleven books about TTouch and TTEAM which have been printed in twelve languages. Her most recent efforts include two books, Getting In TTouch With Your Cat and TTouch for You, her new book exclusively for humans, currently published in German only.
Videos: Eighteen videos relating to horses, dogs, cats, and llamas have also been released.
TTouch Practitioners: There are more than 1300 practitioners of the Tellington Method in twenty-six countries, as well as Tellington Method Centers in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, the U.K. and U.S.A...
Promotion: Linda and her work have been featured many times over the past eighteen years in prime time television in North American, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia and featured in innumerable publications. In North America these include, including Equus; Practical Horseman; Modern Horse Breeding; Horseman; Good Dog; Trail Blazer; Arabian Horse World; Massage Therapy Journal; New Age Journal; Woman's Day; ASPCA Report; American Way; American Kennel Club Gazette; Horses Illustrated; United Airlines Magazine. Major newspapers and magazines and well as horse, dog and cat publications in Europe, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Hungary, France have covered the Tellington Method over the past 35 years.
Awards: Awards include the 1994 Horsewoman of the Year Award from the North American Horsemen's Association, the 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Riding Instructors Association and the 1969 Award for Creative Citizenship from the State of California.
Vision and Outreach: Linda’s passion is for spreading her message of understanding and compassion for animals and their people through her books, videos and certified TTouch teachers in 26 countries.
Lindaís videos and books, in English (available in our online
- An Introduction to the Tellington-Jones Equine Awareness Method,
1985, a best selling horse book in Germany and North America; over
- The Tellington Touch: A Breakthrough Technique in Training
and Caring for Your Favorite Animal, 1993, published in USA,
Germany and England.
- Getting in TTouch: Understand and Influence Your Horse's Behavior,
released in April, l995. A best seller Trafalgar Square Press.
- Letís Ride! with Linda Tellington-Jones. Published in
English in 1997, Trafalgar Square Press.
- Improve Your Horseís Well-being: A Step-by-step Guide to TTouch
and TTEAM Training, released in 1999.
- Fifteen training videos for horses; one for llamas and two each
for cats and dogs. The latest is a 1999 video designed to build
confidence with riding (in German).