Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
These past few months I’ve been faced with the problem of a running mind. Thoughts everywhere. Some about the past, questions about what I could have done better, worrying about the future and figuring out where I want to be in my life. I’ve been feeling a little uneasy and have found myself questioning and question and questioning. As you know, this can wreak havoc on your mind.
So, last week I made an intention for the day. I told myself, “today you will have an adventure with Porter”. Now, I didn’t put any stipulations on this adventure. We didn’t have to try something brand new, we didn’t have to travel multiple hours to get there and we didn’t have to complete some amazing feat. The adventure could be anything. We just needed to do it together.
We set out for the Metroparks, because let’s be honest, you can always have an adventure there! We started off on our walk and I noticed how the ground covering was coming in. Bright green with yellow flowers everywhere. It was absolutely stunning. And then I saw a little path.
Normally if it’s just Porter and I, I will only stay on paths where other people are. Just a habit I picked up to stay on the side of caution. But that day I looked at Porter and remembered my intention. Adventure. We needed to go on an adventure together. So, we took the path.
The path put us in between beautiful ground covering, trees and the river. As we walked, it was silent except for the birds calling out to each other. I looked at Porter and he was smiling. And I noticed both of our energies immediately come down.
Lots of times we can learn things from our dogs. But sometimes, we need to learn things together. We both walked through the woods silently. You could barely hear either of us moving along the earth and stepping over logs. We were quiet. Silent. Just like I needed my mind to be.
We walked and we climbed and we sat by the river. And we were both soundless. Yet, I feel like I’ve never bonded more with Porter on a walk before.
Playtime is great. Playing fetch, throwing the Frisbee, running around the yard. That’s all amazing. But sometimes, it’s necessary to take some time for some quiet adventures with your dog.
There doesn’t need to be mountains of stimulation and noise for your dog to have fun. Your dog will have fun as long as you’re on those adventures together. Sometimes, to calm both of you down it’s necessary to go somewhere quiet where you can get your Activity in.
So put out an intention for the day for you and your dog. And know that your dog is always reacting to your energy. Try a quiet path early in the morning and start your day off calm with your pup. It will help both of you mentally and physically.
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Dog Training in Cleveland, OH