# 2 Watch and connect.
This blog is the second in a series of relaxation techniques that Canine Comprehension teach to students. To be able to do this at home, your dog needs to be able to wander around calmly off lead.
Our students spend a great deal of time with technology. They can often find it difficult to reconnect with the natural world. This exercise is simple but beautifully powerful. It's aim is to connect our students with the beauty of the natural environment, something that is easily missed when they are bombarded with social media. We do this in a classroom or out on an oval, however to do this at home you can simply let your dog wander around the garden or living room.
Sit comfortably and start by focusing on the dog wandering around or lying down. Focus on simply watching your dog for a minute or two. Don’t do anything except notice the dog’s body language. Simply relax into a harmony for as long as your concentration allows. Look at the dog as if you are seeing it for the first time. Visually explore every aspect of its formation. Allow yourself to be consumed by its presence. Allow yourself to connect with its energy and its role and purpose in the natural world.
As your thoughts start to wander remind yourself to reconnect with watching the dog and taking in their movement. Watch their shape. Focus on the smaller details of the dog. Their nails, their feet, their legs, belly, back, tail, head, ears, mouth and eyes. Hold this focus for as long as your wish.
Once you have finished call the dog over and give them a pat or hug.
About the Author
Contact us here.