You probably already know that consistency is key to successful dog training, but did you know your energy is equally important?
It might sound ‘woo-woo’, but the energy you bring to the table in each training session really does matter. Not just for that session, either, but for the overall training goal as well.
As I tell my (human) clients, your dog’s energy will always match your energy, so you need to take charge! Read on to discover how energy works, and to learn how to harness yours to achieve the best training outcomes for your dog.
Energy is all around us – presented in all material objects, individual beings and the environment, with each holding its own energy vibrational value. As we are exposed to various types of vibrational fields, we are absorbing some part of that energy through the intake of foods, the air we breathe and other various sensory or spiritual exposures.
To live a happy, healthy life, it is important that we expose ourselves to positive vibrations more than negative ones. And when I say ‘we’, I mean our furry friends as well!
Energy in action – what I’ve observed in 20 years as a dog trainer
Working as a Brisbane dog trainer for over 20 years, I’ve consistently seen that training success comes down to the energy a dog owner brings to each session (and the work implemented).
I’ve seen that if the client and family are motivated, optimistic, open minded and energy balanced, they fast track their success rate with their dog (Group A). If, however, the client and family are struggling, in low vibration, constantly making excuses and unable to separate the training session from other life challenges, their success rate with their dog is very low (Group B). In each scenario, the vibration of the clients’ emotions amplifies the vibrational energy associated within their dog, thus impacting the behavioural layers of the dog’s mischievous antics.
This is something I’ve also observed working as a veterinary nurse. When animal guardians addressed their dog’s illness and kept their vibration high (as in Group A), their dog’s health improved and was generally maintained. However, where guardian vibrations are low (as in Group B), the animals often returned to the veterinary clinic on a regular basis as the layer attached to the human emotions had not shifted enough to improve the animal’s health. This animal is then given more medication and treatment which in return provides a different vibrational level (usually lower) into the animal’s energetic field.
During behavioural training, it’s important to understand that your dog’s energy will always match your energy. How you use your energy in a training session with your dog has a huge influence on the overall outcome of the training session and, ultimately, the end result of the behavioural modification program.
If your energy is not vibrating high, it will be no match to your dog’s mischievous antics. This will enable the behaviours driving the antics to amplify and create a chaotic energy system. Which means? No end in sight for your dog’s less loveable behaviours.
Unpeeling the layers behind ‘bad’ dog behaviours
From inappropriate barking to destructive chewing or jumping on visitors, most dog problems have behavioural layers that require acknowledging and peeling. These layers each have a vibrational value to them, and they are driven by an emotion. Depending on the layer and the vibrational frequency, the time required for behaviour modification will differ. And you can’t cut corners as trying to force away a layer as it will only lead to resistance or amplified behaviour.
Take for instance the example of a dog that excitedly jumps on visitors. Some layers that can be contributing to the jumping behaviour include:
• Insecurity – your dog feels more comfortable being held or in close contact.
• Mismatched understandings – your dog is unsure what is acceptable behaviour. He wants to greet the visitor but doesn’t know that jumping is unacceptable.
• Difference in energy via environment or the receiver of the greeting. There is too much hype and the dog becomes confused in the process.
Should we try to suppress the behaviour or meet it with a negative force of vibration (energy), such as smacking, yelling, cursing or ignoring, the behaviour of jumping intensity almost always increases, and is worse the next time someone visits.
However, should we visualise our training goal intent and match our energy to reflect our intent, the behaviour of jumping intensity will decrease, and quickly – provided the layer sequence is addressed in order.
Top tips for dog training success
Understand that the energy you bring to a training session will ultimately influence the success rate of your goals with your dog. Therefore:
• Always train with your dog when you are motivated, excited, and in high vibration. In other words, don’t see training as a chore but try to have fun with your dog!
• If you feel down, avoid training with your dog to avoid mixed signals and your low vibrations being absorbed.
• Create an intention for each session’s outcome. Visualise the result of the training session, where and how your dog will respond and look like, what you will look like and what the whole movement will look like. This intention in itself carries enough energetic vibration that will cut through or release any static energy. It works!
At Panting Paws we offer private dog training in Brisbane (and online programs coming soon!). Call me on 0409 636 117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.