Dog Training Seminar

May 5, 2024

5th & 6th April 2024

5th & 6th April 2024

Alex Wilson from X-tra Dog Training

The Tellington TTouch® Method, introduced over 50 years ago, is a training method which covers the relationships between humans and animals and developed a completely new attitude towards understanding and training. It originated with Linda Tellington-Jones, a respected trainer, teacher and author.

Dispensing with the habitual combination of force and fear to get animals to do our bidding, the Tellington TTouch®method changed the perspective completely. Tellington-Jones recognised that pain or fear of pain inhibits learning and that behaviour is a means of communication rather than an expression of attitude.

The nervous system can learn much more through non-habitual movement rather than simple repetition. Over and over again, thanks to this Method, we have seen the power of the connection between physical and mental balance so the TTouch creed has duly become “Change the posture, Change the behaviour”. It is therefore logical that all Tellington TTouch® exercises start with changing posture and mindfulness as a means to affect behaviour and co-operation for the better.    

TTouch combines a number of varied applications in pursuit of the best conditions for animals to fulfil their full potential. There is no pressure to create behaviour as TTouch makes the learning steps small and easy for the animals to understand what we want. It uses close observation, bodywork, exercises and specialised equipment to improve physical and mental balance which in turn leads to improved communication and harmony.

The specific approach of the Tellington TTouch® Method does not exclude the use of other programmes and the main TTouch philosophy of mindfulness and respect can be integrated into current methods being used. It enables dogs to benefit from whatever aspects of either help them most.

Building a true partnership between handler and animal depends on enhancing mutual trust and co-operation rather than handler domination. Instilling this self-confidence and self-control is key to enabling animals to adapt to any situation even for the first time, rather than only learning to respond to particular cues and being helpless without them.

We can all profit from expanding our often-set ways of thinking and the Tellington TTouch® Method can help with this both in general terms and your work with any animals or people.  To discover more about what this method can do for yourself you can attend one of our world-class workshops or investigate in your own time at home with some of our books that are offered on this site.

The Tellington TTouch® method is recognised worldwide as a hugely beneficial and gentle training regime and is recommended by countless veterinary surgeons, trainers, veterinary physiotherapists, competitors in equine and canine sports and rescue workers as well as thousands of animal owners.

Join Alex at the Ballymaloe Grainstore for one or two seminars. This is a human only event with limited numbers

Friday 5th of April : 4pm - 9pm Early Bird €99.00

Calmness rocks with Alex Wilson Xtra dog training

Unlock canine tranquility in our evening workshop with the Amazingly talented Alex Wilson from Xtra dog training.

Discover proven methods, including games, TTouch®, and Free Work, to transform your dog into a calm and composed companion.

Delve into understanding canine emotions, decoding body language, and managing relaxation day and night.

Essential for every dog owner, our workshop covers posture, emotions, equipment impact, practical tools, and more.

Elevate your connection with your dog and ensure they enjoy a serene and restful in their lives.

Alex will talk you on a transformative journey to unlock the secrets of canine calmness in the beautiful surrounding of Ballymaloe grainstore .

Saturday 6th April: 10am - 3pm Early Bird €99.00

Communication is key with Alex Wilson

Discover the secrets of canine communication in our one day workshop led by senior Tellington TTouch®️ practitioner, Alex Wilson.

Uncover the language of dogs through four comprehensive sections:

1. Tellington TTouch®️, Observations, and Free Work

2. Physical Body Language: Understanding Why Dogs Behave the Way They Do

3. Exploring Canine Emotions

Navigating Dog-to-Dog Interactions Enhance your bond with your furry friend by mastering observation skills and decoding canine body language.

Alex Wilson will be your expert guide, providing insights to help your dog become their best self.

Friday and Saturday - €200.00

We will serve a light lunch/supper at both events. You are welcome to join us for both days.

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About Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson has a lifelong love of dogs and helping dog owners manage their dogs in a kind, ethical way.

Alex is a certified Senior Tellington TTouch® Practitioner  and a member of the Guild of Tellington TTouch Practitioners. He is a Senior Instructor at the Dog Training College, and passed his advanced training with the Association of Pet Dog trainers UK.  

When he is not working, his interests include training his Siberian Husky, Arapahoe, and getting involved in dolphin and whale research.

Alex does not believe in any form of punitive dog training and uses modern reward-based and concept training techniques, including clicker training, games based dog training and Tellington TTouch. He also conforms to the code of practice of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK.  

He will not use equipment such as check or choke chains, prong or spike collars, electric shock devices in any form, high-frequency sound devices which are designed to startle or any form of aversive training techniques.

Alex has been lucky enough to train under some of the greats from the dog training world including: Linda Tellington-Jones, Sarah Fisher,Dr Erica Cosijn, Tina Constance, Marie Miller, Kathy Cascade, Robyn Hood to name a few. He continues his learning each year by making sure that he attends a number of courses so that he has new ideas to share with his clients and students.

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About Ballymaloe Yoga Retreats:

About Dearbhla

Dearbhla has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, the more she practiced she noticed how grounded and calm she was after yoga. In time the physical rewards became secondary to the mental and spiritual impact of her practice. Yoga and meditation has both become an integral part of her daily life.

Dearbhla currently practices and teaches Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga and Meditation.And she believes through the practice of yoga we can find balance, clarity and stillness of the mind.

Dearbhla has trained extensively and has vast experience teaching retreats both in Ireland and Internationally, she has been the resident teacher at the Cliffs of Moher for 4 years.  She also teaches in Little Bird and Samadhi yoga. And in 2020 and 2021 Dearbhla has been teaching online via Zoom!

Dearbhla is very interested in healing and trauma in the body, her retreats have a focus on healing and letting go of all stress, connecting to a place of peace and calm that is always there.

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A Yoga Retreat with delicious Food

Ballymaloe House has a reputation for delivering delicious food. All meals will be served in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballymaloe Dining rooms with produce sourced from the walled garden and local area. Each meal will be a delicious experience to nourish and rejuvenate.

Sample Retreat Itinerary

Arrival Day

  • Check in  3 - 4pm
  • 5pm - Welcome drink and healthy snack in the Grainstore
  • 5.30 - 7pm - Yin and restorative yoga in the grain store or on zoom in your room if you prefer
  • 7.30pm - Welcome dinner in Ballymaloe

1st Day

  • 7.30 - 9.00am - Meditation and morning yoga practice in the Grainstore
  • 9am - Breakfast  in Ballymaloe House
  • 10am - Mindful walk
  • 11.30am - Herbal tea
  • 12pm - Breath work, gentle stretching and relaxation
  • 1.30pm - Lunch in Ballymaloe
Afternoon - free time, find a sunny spot in the garden and read a book, go for a swim at one of the many beautiful beaches close to Ballymaloe. Walk the grounds or take a tour of the Cookery School gardens.
  • 5.30 - 7pm - Evening yoga Yin and Restorative practice - opening up tired joints and letting go of all stress,
  • 7.30pm - Dinner in Ballymaloe

2nd Day

  • 7.30am - Meditation and yoga in the Grainstore
  • 9am - Breakfast  in Ballymaloe House
  • 10am - Mindful walk
  • 11.15 - Herbal tea
  • 11.30 - 12.30am - Breath work and gentle stretching
  • 12.30 - Farewell lunch in Ballymaloe (2 day retreats)
  • 5.30 - 7pm - Evening yoga Yin and Restorative practice - opening  up tired joints and letting go of all stress.
  • 7.15pm - Dinner in Ballymaloe House
  • 9pm – Yoga Nidra in the Grainstore

3rd Day

  • 8am - Meditation and yoga in the Grainstore
  • 10.30am - Farewell Brunch  in Ballymaloe House

Morning Practice

Dearbhla will lead a warming Vinyasa flow practice in the mornings. Practicing several sun salutations with a different variations. The overall practice is slow, moving  mindfully with the breath. Holding some poses a little longer to develop strength and generate warmth in the body. We will flow through different transitions improving overall body awareness and opening the joints, while also strengthening and lengthening the muscles. The practice is slow, warming and requires some physical stamina yet it has a lovely meditative and mindful quality to it.  Dearbhla will offer modifications for any of the more challenging poses and rest is always an option! Creating an overall feeling of stillness and calm.

The second-morning practice

This is a lovely practice which focuses on breathing, stretching and relaxing before lunch.

The Evening practices are Yin and restorative

Slow down, unwind and restore your energy with a ninety minute Yin Yoga and restorative practice, aiming to calm the mind, stretch and relax the body. This two-hour practice will create space and stillness in both the mind and body. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones and even the joints, and releases tension and stress in the body.

The focus is simply about letting go of stress and tension, releasing into a deep yin practice followed by a long restorative practice using bolsters and blankets so people can relax, unwind and recharge. Dearbhla will use relaxing essential oils during the restorative practice for an even more relaxing experience.

Ballymaloe House & Grainstore

Come take sanctuary in the beautiful grounds of Ballymaloe House and Grainstore.

We promise to nurture you and create a safe space where you can rest, reflect, reconnect with yourself. Our retreats are for those of us who really want to rest and take some time out to self care, reflect, unwind and simply let go of all stress.

Ballymaloe is is a beautiful, nourishing environment,  you are in a safe and cosy cocoon of comfort, where every detail of your stay has been thought of.

All you have to do is show up and we will make sure you have a wonderful, restful stay

There is plenty of time to reconnect with yourself, move, stretch, rest and reset.

Your bedroom in Ballymaloe will be spacious and comfortable.  

Ballymaloe Grainstore, as the name suggests is an old grainstore that was turned into a multipurpose venue by Rory Allen. The large airy space offers a calm light filled area for you to practice yoga in a safe and covid friendly environment.

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