Let’s take a whole new spin on dog training. I have been noticing more and more about how our emotions and energy affect how our dogs respond to us. Our emotions affect how fast your dog will learn! Wow…fascinating. Most of you may know this already as it is not the first time I have mentioned it. I am going to say that I believe 80% of the dog training results you create with your dog are a result of emitting confident and relaxed emotions. Think about it when you are stressed, fearful, angry, sad, etc. your dog feels this and he is probably more focused on your emotions then what you are training him to do.
This past week I have had amazing experiences with breath and dog training. What I am referring to is taking the time to ground yourself by breathing through your belly. As you are doing this be in a place of allowing. You can see white light traveling through your body and being emitted into the ground. The point is that you are in the moment and are channeling your energy to become more balanced.
Here are three amazing scenarios that I witness this week with breath work and dogs:
1.) Last Wed I had my students breath at the beginning of class. The dogs immediately became quiet afterwards. To be clear they were barking before we did this and it wasn’t minor. It was a huge shift!
2.) I was at my boyfriend’s house and our dogs love to play rough. We took sometime in the morning to breath and meditate. The dogs were drastically calmer and played less that morning. They were more grounded.
3.) My dog is still moving through his fear of cars. Today I breathed when I walked him. I also slowed my walking pace. He was much calmer as the cars went by. Of course I was doing training. The truth is disregarding the training he was calmer.
Take some time and breath before you train and during your training. Watch the difference!
Johanna Teresi, Professional Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC