Is Your Anxiety Making Your Dog Reactive? #20

#canine #humanmind anxiety canine connection stress stress reduction stress relief May 14, 2024

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Feeling stressed on walks because your dog reacts to things like bikes, skateboards or other dogs? You're not alone!  Discover how your anxiety can affect your dog's behavior.

Learn innovative ways to stay calm and make walks enjoyable for both of you!

Key takeaways include:

Understand the Stress Cycle: Recognize how your anxiety can worsen your dog's reactivity. It's a vicious cycle - your stress fuels your dog's stress, making walks unpleasant for both of you.

Take Control of Your State: Learn techniques to manage your stress. Practice mindful breathing, body awareness exercises, and reframing challenges as training opportunities.

The Power of Positive Reinforcement: Discover how positive reinforcement training can help your dog overcome their fear of triggers.

Planning and Preparation: Set your dog up for success by managing the environment (choosing calmer walking routes) and creating a training plan with a positive reinforcement professional.

Imagine Success:  Mentally rehearse your walks. Using all your senses to create a rich sensory experience, imagine how you'll handle challenges as they come up on your walks. This mental preparation can boost your confidence and calmness.

Compassion & Gratitude: Approach walks with a sense of compassion for both yourself and your dog. Embrace the journey of learning together and appreciate each moment. 

By understanding the impact of your anxiety and implementing these tips, you can create a more enjoyable and stress-free walking experience for you and your beloved canine.


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All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your dog are unwell or injured.