Dogs Behaving Better
Talbot TTouch LLC


We use clicker training AND Tellington TTouch to change any puppy or dog's behavior. Issues can include anxiety, fear, noise sensitivity, reactivity or aggression to handling, vet clinic stress, shyness, pulling on leash, excessive barking, jumping up, mouthing, biting, or destructive chewing. Learn more about these powerful dog training methods. 


Training Methods

My approach makes learning fun and fast, by combining two amazing and powerful methods:


Clicker training

For teaching new skills in a clear, engaging way.

Tellington TTouch®

For promoting calmness, balance, confidence, focus, and trust.



Combining These Two Gentle Methods Can Reduce or Eliminate Behavior Issues, Such as . . . 

  • Pulling on Leash

  • Hyperactivity

  • "Not listening"

  • Resistance to handling

  • Nervousness or general anxiety

  • Vet clinic stress

  • Shyness

  • Reactivity/Aggressive behavior

  • Excessive barking

  • Jumping up

  • Over-EXcitement

  • Mouthiness, Destructive Chewing 


This Approach Improves Behavior in Three Ways:

Error-free dog and puppy training behavior modification, behaviorist.

1. By teaching dogs the way they learn best.  

Good management prevents bad habits from being repeated. We help your dog learn new skills by keeping him or her really engaged and motivated. With clear communication and consistent reinforcement of desirable behaviors, most dogs can succeed very quickly.  


TTouch for aggressive, sick, reactive, scared, shy dogs in Maryland.

2. By changing the emotions that cause unwanted behaviors.

Many dogs just haven't learned how to cope with certain situations, so they react emotionally or instinctively. 

Tellington TTouch® helps animals to behave better because they feel better—physically, mentally, and emotionally. Special touches and movement exercises promote calm, confidence, trust, and the ability to think and make good choices.

Behavior modification is the science-based way to change behavior by changing the underlying emotions.

These approaches work so much better (with no side effects) than trying to "correct" behaviors that are actually symptoms of feeling over-excited, frustrated, unsafe, or unsure.


Positive dog training to communicate instead of dominance, prong collar, or correction.

3. By changing the human perspective. 

Old myths about dominance and aggression persist despite decades of scientific evidence to the contrary. Understanding what our dogs are really trying to tell us and why they do what they do strengthens our relationship.

And when we change what we do, we can help them achieve their true potential.




Why Positive Training Instead of Obedience?

For every behavior you want to end, think of what you'd like your dog to do instead. That’s what he/she needs to learn. This method teaches dogs to make good choices. So you won't need to constantly tell them what to do (or what not to do). 

We use lots of reinforcers—whatever motivates the learner—to get the desired response quick and reliable, even with distractions. Communication is very clear, consistent, and encouraging. And we set things up so that your dog can always be successful. That's important. 

Positive training is so much clearer and easier for the learner than old-school methods, which focus on punishing the problem behaviors with aversive tools and techniques.   

What is TTouch?

Tellington TTouch® is a 40-year-old method of bodywork that facilitates training, well-being, and better behavior in all species. This method, based on cooperation and respect for our animals, offers a positive approach to training, can improve performance and health, and presents solutions to common behavioral and physical problems. It also helps to establish a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective two-way communication.

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How Does Behavior Modification Work?

This is the science-based way to overcome problems rooted in fear and other negative emotions. It's a process that changes the dog's emotional response in order to change the unwanted behavior. It can also work the other way: we can change the behavior first, to change the emotional response. Either way, the dog learns to feel and act differently in troublesome situations.

WhAT is Clicker Training?

We all need the right information and motivation to learn new skills! The clicker (or verbal marker) provides the information, while the reinforcer provides the motivation. The click communicates to the learner precisely which behavior we like and that a reward is coming.

Behaviors that are reinforced are strengthened or maintained. Your dog learns that his/her own behavior makes wonderful things happen! This is very empowering, and for us it’s a quick, fun way to teach just about anything: from good manners, to calmness and self-control, to tricks. To learn more about marker training, click here:


TTouch takes animals beyond instinct, teaching them to think instead of react.
— Linda Tellington-Jones