The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience

To be calm, confident, and relaxed is a practice. There’s a reason it is called a practice: We must actually do the work. When something triggers us, we must stop and recognize what we are feeling. Then we can make the appropriate decision about how we should respond. Responding in any type of reactive way—anger, frustration, panic­—would be negative. You might get a response based on fear, but it will not be a respectful and trustworthy response.

Dogs respond and listen to calm confident …

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Phase Two: Addressing Anger and Anxiety

Phase Two: Addressing Anger and Anxiety

As we’ve talked about previously, positive energy is experienced through dogs as happiness and in humans as standing tall and being a leader. Negative energy, however, can turn even the sweetest owners and pets anxious, fearful, and even angry.

Think about how anger feels in your body. For me, it feels heavy, thick, and terrible. Like being stuck in mud. Maybe it makes your stomach upset, or you start to shake. It’s difficult to make rational decisions. It really just feels bad. …

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Understanding Cage Rage

Understanding Cage Rage

Have you ever heard the term “cage rage”? Cage rage looks like an intense aggression problem. Dogs are naturally den animals. They should enjoy their crates and see them as a refuge to get away from it all some times. Cage rage is not an aggression problem at all, but it’s based on being anxious and fearful and not trusting the crate.

Some dogs have anxiety from the beginning. Crying, screaming, and yelling to get out of the crate on their first …

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Protective or Possessive?

Protective or Possessive?

Does your dog become aggressive to other dogs or other people when they come near you? Do you feel like your dog is protecting you? Most likely he is not. He is possessing you. In other words, he feels like he owns you. How can this be? Why would a dog feel this way? It’s all about his place in the pack and if he feels like he follows you or leads you.

The difference is the psychological intention of your dog. …

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Energy: The Silent Communication

Energy: The Silent Communication

What is energy? Some people understand this concept readily. Other people need a little help to understand it.

The best example I can give would be to ask if you have ever met someone or passed someone on the street that gave you the creeps? Did they have to say, “I’m creepy?” Probably not. So how did you know? You felt it. This is energy—an unspoken language that we all encompass.

Human beings gained language eons ago, but it dulled our …

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Thunderphobic Dogs

Thunderphobic Dogs

Thunder or storm phobia is a fairly common affliction among dogs.  But what do we do about it?  Sadly, there are no cures for storm phobia…however, it can be managed. Do not get discouraged. It takes time, patience, and even some medications in more severe cases.

Where to start?

Firstly, we need to pay attention to the weather forecaster in order to make some of the techniques effective we need to be ahead of the storm.
One of the first tools I recommend is a Thunder Shirt.  Any tool we …

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