Mental health and happiness of your dog
We as their human guardians are there to guide them to become the best version of themselves. For a dog to feel supported and understood who and what he is, this is of the utmost importance for a happy, relaxed and stress-free relationship with your dog. In order for our dogs to become what they really are, we need to be aware of the effects of the environment and everything around them on their mental wellbeing.
Stress causes both mental and physical illness. Give them the right food, be fluent in dogs, know your individual canine character, guide them to good decisions so that they can live happily, in harmony with us and in our modern world.
How to Build a Relationship with Your Dog
- Be your safe zone. You are your guardian, mentor and trustworthy companion.
- Understand who and what they are.
- Watch and watch. Understand their language. Everything they do shows us how they feel.
- Calm and patience. Every dog is an individual and with the right mentor in the right situation they will thrive
- Age-appropriate goals
- To find out their likes and dislikes
- To help them be the best version of themselves
- Understand that their needs are far more important than your wants.
- Find out what your dog is reacting positively to and grow from there.
Who is talking to who? Understand how dogs talk
Communication works both ways. Verbal communication is not what you do on a daily basis. Your dog is best watching and learning when we are not doing a formal training session. Your dog is 95% non-verbal. So important to see and learn
Dog communication is their language – they have no idea that we are not fluent in dog language. We are arrogant to think that whatever they need is controlled and not heard. We just mistake it for our hasty, verbal, and sometimes impatient ways. Frustration on both sides leads to breakdowns in relationships.
Security, trust & understanding build relationships
Create space with new encounters to give them time to evaluate in safety. Giving them time to pause and reflect is important to them in order to decide whether or not to get involved in something new. If you find that the new dog is not a good, gentle mentor or friend, then you can choose to go far away with your dog.
If you see that your dog is still showing negative emotions, stand between your dog and the others to break eye contact. Your dog may then be able to relax and walk with you. Your dog will thank you. Either way, trust yourself to protect it, it grows.
Whether you encounter a dog, a car, a person, a bicycle, and an unfamiliar object standing or in motion, how to calmly let your dog see at a safe distance and help him make safe decisions will improve your relationship.
Building trusting relationships means taking into account the feelings of others and helping them through confusing and difficult times. Celebrate their achievements and help them become the best version of themselves. The rush to be everything to everyone and everything else distracts our eyes from building our own relationship.
When do you educate and build your relationship?
You are with your dog all the time. Learning is gradual progress, without a time scale, but simply moving forward with kindness and empathy.
Age-appropriate skills and the knowledge that every dog archives in its time and that it can only give its best when we are the best we can be.
It’s about living together and learning together. Also to understand that you don’t always know best.
In short, training, education, and relationship building are not something you pick up and then put back down when it suits you. It happens to your dog all the time, mostly when you are relaxed and not exercising formally, when you learn about your dog and your dog about you