By working the ear, we can influence the entire body, the mind, emotions, and behavior of our pets. That’s why Ear Slides (also known as Eas Ear TTouch) are one of the most useful of all Tellington TTouch® Method TTouches.
Just some of the many ways they can help your pet are to: relax and be calm; overcome fear of storms and loud noises; improve digestion, immune system, circulation, and overall wellness; and improve performance. Read more benefits of Ear Slides, and the unusual way by which I first learned to do them!
With one exception, Ear Slides are done the same way for dogs and cats. The pressure is light for both, but even lighter for cats. For cats, think of stroking a rose petal. The directions below talk about dogs, but the technique is for both.
HOW TO DO THE EAR SLIDE (aka Ear TTouch)
- Place your dog and yourself in a comfortable position.
- Take a deep breath, exhale, and relax yourself. Remember that your dog is likely to reflect your breathing pattern and your tension.
- Support dog’s head with one hand.
- Use your other hand to work your dog’s ear.
- Place your hand at the base of your dog’s ear, so that the thumb is on the outside, and one or more of your fingers are on the inner part of your dog’s ear. Always include the index finger, and use more fingers if your dog’s ear is larger.
- Alternatively, if your wrist is in an awkward position, you can place the thumb inside the ear and the fingers on the outside.
- Begin working the ear:
- Use very light pressure.
- Start at the base of the ear.
- Rotate the base in a circular motion one time, then,
- Slide your finger(s) and thumb along the ear, following the natural direction of the ear – up, down, or out.
For very large ears that hang down, support the ear as you slide.
- Be sure to include the tip of the ear.
- Finish slightly beyond the ear tip.
- The sliding motion should take 2-3 seconds to complete, with the lesser time needed for smaller ears and more for larger ears.
Dogs with exceptionally large ears, like basset hounds, may take 4 seconds.
- Repeat this motion until the entire ear is covered.
- Switch hands and do the same thing on the other ear.
- You only need to do this once on each ear, covering the entire ear. If you wish, you may do a few more, but no more than 4 slides on each ear, because they can increase body temperature and blood pressure.
- Do the Ear Slide as often as you wish and your dog will allow.
- An alternative way to do the Ear Slide is to gently fold the ear on itself, with the thumb on one side and the fingers on the other. The motion, pressure, and time it takes to do the TTouch are the same as above.
- “Activating” Ear Slides stimulate pets and increase alertness.
- They are used:
- in cases of emergency to reduce shock (There are many cases of Ear Slides saving a pet’s life after a trauma);
- to restore consciousness faster after sedation or anesthesia; and
- to enhance performance.
- They use the same position and motion as above. However, they are done:
- with a little more pressure,
- a little faster, and
- with extra attention being paid to the ear tips.
- They can be done frequently or continuously, depending on the severity of the situation.
- Because of the very strong effect on blood pressure and body temperature, they should be stopped as soon as your pet has stabilized, regains full consciousness, or seems ready to perform.
Watch this Video Demonstration of Ear Slides, presented by fellow practitioner Elaine Garley.
Buddy, our Australian Cattle Dog mix, turned into a terrified wimp when he needed his blood drawn. Read how Ear Slides helped Buddy overcome his needle phobia and made veterinarian visits pleasant and easy.