Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay… calm – Yves Behar
We’re constantly asking you to exude calm energy here at Darwin Dogs. That’s the first step in Piloting: control yourself. Creating a calm and low key environment is key for your dog to succeed and lead a balanced life. But why is it important? Why are we asking you to stay calm?
Well, let’s give you a few examples. You know that family member you have that on your Easter get together in April is already talking about what the plans are for Thanksgiving? Or how about that friend that asks a million questions rapid fire, but as you’re answering the first one they’re already telling you about their next big vacation they’re planning? What about that person at work that can’t handle their workload no matter how small it is? They run around like everything is on fire and they have the entire weight of the world on their shoulders and can’t hold it up much longer.
How do you feel when you’re around those people? My guess is not great. Your blood pressure may rise some and you may find yourself getting frustrated. Honestly, you’re probably not able to think as rationally and clearly as you normally are. Your mind is working overtime on how to deal with the energy that the other person is putting out there. You’ll find your body is tense as well. All in all, you want to remove yourself from the situation because you don’t like how you feel around these people. You want calm and relaxation.
Think about this when you find yourself frustrated, anxious or upset when you’re working with your dog. Creating an atmosphere with lots of energy and stress will cause your dog to have all the same reactions you would in that situation. They’ll all of a sudden have more anxiety, frustration and tense body language. This creates a situation where your dog is not in a state to learn, trust or understand easily. There’s confusion which leads to more frustration for both you and your dog.
This is why we keep insisting on calm. Think about how you feel after spending some quiet time by the lake, or a walk through the Metroparks, or as you’re taking a moment to look up at the stars. That calm. That’s what you want to portray. In those moments, you feel like you can take on the world. In those moments, you can figure out a solution to problems you’ve been facing throughout the week. Everything seems like it’s okay. That’s the environment you want to create for you and your dog. That’s when your Piloting will be at its best and the bonding that will occur between you and your dog will be more than you could ever imagine.
Calm. You can do it. Think about the last time you were truly relaxed before you work with your dog and bring that energy to the table. You’ll be surprised at the results.
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Dog Training in Cleveland, OH