The emotional dynamic between ourselves and our companion animal runs very deep. Any significant relationship involves layers of conscious and unconscious emotions. These layers are being built from the moment we meet. Past experiences as well as future expectations all effect how we relate to one another in the present. The relationship we have with our dogs is no exception.
The influence of our emotions cannot be overestimated. The way we feel determines our thoughts and behaviour. Everything from our tone of voice to our body tension, posture and demeanour is determined by our emotional state. To our dog all of this translates as communication.
This can become particularly relevant when a behavioural problem arises. We can feel increasingly worried, afraid, out of control and generally more stressed. Sometimes our reactions are due to unconscious emotional 'buttons' being pressed. Unfortunately, as long as these emotional sensitivities remain in the subconscious we have no control over their influence on our thoughts and behaviours.
Using NLP coaching and relaxation techniques I will help you to explore these feelings, recognise their significance and teach you how to feel more confident and in control.
I encourage owners to reflect on our sessions and use them to gain a more objective perspective from which to observe how they are feeling as they interact with their dog on a daily basis. Combining these insights with their newly acquired confidence building technques an owner can increase their emotional connection with their dog and positively influence the behaviour.
And For Your Dog
Like children, our dogs pick up emotional cues about their environment from us. One of the key ways we can support a dog to feel calm and confident is to provide that that state as an emotional example. I described in the section above how I help you achieve that.
Given that calm and confident isn't always how we feel, fortunately there are other ways that we can support our dogs. TTouch is a gentle and effective method based on the principle that posture and physical tension effects the emotions and therefore behaviour. I will teach you simple body work and exercise techniques that will enable you to postively effect how your dog feels physically and emotionally.
Behavioural issues are often the result of accumulated stress. The main trigger or issue can be influenced by numerous minor stresses that are less obvious. I will teach you how to recognise the subtler signs of stress in your dog and show you to respond in a supportive and calming manner.
Various aspects of your dog's life will have an impact on their underlying emotional state, from the games you might play with them to the type of collar or harness you use. I will advise you as to how to create the optimum environment in which your dog can feel relaxed and secure.