People tend to look for ways to relax. Whether it be yoga, massage, day spas, or golf….I keep hearing people say they need to ‘take time for themselves’; time out from their stressful lives to enjoy something. Our lives have gotten so busy, that in order to be happy, we need to take time out of our life, to enjoy living!
It sounds funny, but it is true. A friend of mine, a psychologist, writes a daily blog, for exactly this cause; to be good to ourselves. She says people do not treat themselves well enough, and need to relax. Dogs often tell me that she is correct!
|Taking time to smell the flowers!|
Where is our dog in all our stress? Right in the middle! If you have trained with me, then you have heard me say, “Your dog is your mirror, or your barometer.” Your dog’s behavior is telling you what’s going on inside your head. If you are stressed, your dog is stressed. If you are running around looking for your keys, is your dog running around with you? If you are calm….your dog is calm. Do you notice a pattern?
If you need a time out….so does your dog.
So after your yoga class, or massage, or ten minutes of quiet, try to help your dog enjoy the same treatment. A ten minute walk with a relaxed human leading the way can create a miracle in a dog’s world, and also in your home.
February 2011 Monthly training tip from Dogtopia Newsletter: