The art of breathing out

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My dogs are the most vital part of my life, but I do have a relatively ‘normal’ life beside them. I’m not a laid-back person in most situations, when I do stress I approach it, as most other things, with a profound seriousness. Eager to create worries I despair when I lose control. Funnily enough I’m different around animals. Calm, relaxed, focused but happy. Just like that, without even trying.

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So our weekend mini-adventures are as important to me as they are to the dogs. We take our time to explore, to learn the world and one another, we don’t actively train yet the dogs make progress in their ‘adaptation to the challenges of life’ journey. Recall gets better (because I know where to go-or so they think), fear of people weakens (because we met few, mostly with dogs,  so it’s not overwhelming), all the chewing, digging, madly chasing whatever there is to chase is allowed -and so much better than in the limited space of the garden (and, alas, the house).

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Lily’s over-excitement can be channelled, she loves her weekend trips and she makes loads of (as interesting as annoying) noises waiting for us to open the door and go out. Such a great opportunity to teach her that good things come to dogs who wait! She is, after all, allowed to make as much racket as she wants when she chases pigeons.

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Brian’s issues can be addressed, too. Walking on the lead with no pulling, not backing off when he sees a human- it’s so easy to practice when there’s loads of space, not many people, various paths and distracting scents. We change pace, direction, terrain. I lead, he follows because he wants to, no pressure.

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When we spend our weekend wisely, we’re ready to face the week. Happy and full of energy, we know that even if we get tense and we hold our breath for too long, the weekend will sort it out, we’ll relax and breath out again.

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22 thoughts on “The art of breathing out

      1. Sometimes the age difference helps (though I wouldn’t recommend a puppy!). If she can meet more than one and decide which one’s best, she’ll be happiest 🙂 The shelters now are really good at providing advice and support 🙂 Mind you, some dogs prefer their human pack-and don’t want any changes…

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      2. Yes…Mum thinks Erin could do with a happy dog like a beagle-why she thinks beagles are happier than others, I’m not sure.. I agree with you, actually and will tell her to get advice from a shelter before she commits.

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      3. Irish Setters are happy (and hyperactive), so are terriers – but the ‘happy’ ones are rather bouncy and independent, not for everyone. Beagles are great sniffers, but can get so obsessed with the scents that they ignore everything else. And if they bark they put their hearts in it! But then, even within a breed the differences are huge-so it’s good to ‘shop around’ (and fall in love- works for me!)

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      4. My dad used to bring orphan lambs and kids home, Mum would adopt them into the pack till they were bigger- the only thing she didn’t like was the badger cub, and none of us liked the swan so that stayed at the surgery till its wing healed..!

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      5. Hmm…I suppose it had its benefits, like now I am chief mouse remover and animal catcher…but also its downfalls as Dad discovered when one of the pet lambs-now quite a big sheep-knocked him off the edge of the raised patio and broke his ankle..

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