#5 Count the good.
This blog is the fifth and final in a series of relaxation techniques that Canine Comprehension teach to students. To be able to do this at home you need to make sure your dog can hold a close drop and will relax while being brushed.
In this last exercise, all you have to do is notice. Notice and appreciate. Choose one person, place or thing in your life and hold it in your mind. I want you to make a list in your head, a list of all the reasons why that person, place or thing is important to you. The point of this exercise is to simply give thanks and appreciate the seemingly insignificant things in life; the things that support our existence but rarely get a second thought in our desire for bigger and better things.
We are going to appreciate someone our something important in our life and we are going to look at the most minute detail.
I’m going to appreciate a dog:
I love the way they wag their tails when they see you, or if you talk to them. I like how it makes me feel as though I am part of their family. Accepted, trusted, and loved.
I enjoy being able to pat their fur. Taking long strokes down their body feels nice and warm. It makes me happy when they react positively and lean on me or try to get closer.
I like taking them on a walk with me. I feel safer when they are with me. Strangers smile at me more when I have a dog by my side and I get a happy feeling when I know they are enjoying their walk.
Now you have a go at comprising a list of things you love about a person, a place or a thing…
For example: your best friend, your bedroom or your favourite shoes…
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