In this video, TTouch practitioner, and owner of Harvey's Dog Training and Daycare, Jane Harvey, explains what she is looking for through "observation" before she starts a TTouch session. Swirling fur patterns in the coat, for example, can be indicative of tension. She demonstrates how to look for this using her own Border Collie 'Otis'.
It is as important that observations are carried out regularly to note any changes that take place as well as an initial observation to try to uncover problem areas.
Observation needs to be carried out throughout a TTouch session too, to assess which areas a dog feels uncomfortable with being worked on. It is better to tackle these problem areas little and often rather than force treatment on the dog.