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How to Build Resilency

  1. Be your dog's cheerleader when he needs support out of stress. but do not try harder than him. Balance in cheering and balance in correction.
  2. Quickest way to release stress and pressure? RUN with abandon with your dog!
  3. Your dog will tell you what he needs if you really observe him. Release? Demand? Encouragement? Perservere? Look at his body posture and be quietly discerning.
  4. Don't be afraid of a good pop! It's sooooo much better than fixating, straining, and reactivity. Your dog will thank you for helping him out of that yuck.
  5. Find things that challenge your dog to use his mighty canine mind. Troubleshoot with him, be a team and applaud his efforts!
  6. Postures we want to encourage in your dog: calm, stable and grounded AND loose, free, at ease. Find what works in your tool box to create the state of mind and posture best fitting for your dog, at that moment, in that environment
  7. Learn to really let loose with your dog when he needs it. Build that inner hippie, crazy dog lady, or Jim Carrey who cares nothing but being free and open!
  8. And reign it in when your advocacy turns into codding. Your dog's posture will tell you which to be. Bring him up or put him in his necessary follower place?
  9. SLOW DOWN when in doubt of which tool or path to use. Try one, if it does not get the desired state of mind, try another. Be open, experiment, see it as a journey not a test!
  10. When your dog goes through some kind of pressure, help him see that it's a-ok because with you by his side, he can go through anything!

~Written by Kathy Kear

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