Guest Post: guide dogs and the power of positive energy
Posted Mar 20 2012 1:07pm
This month’s guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, a freelance writer from Texas. Besides blogging, she loves travelling, reading and gardening :)
Thanks for the post, its definitely one to keep in mind for any guide dog owner while you are working with your dog.
Guide Dogs and the Power of Positive Energy
Anyone who works closely with dogs will tell you that they are experts in reading human emotion. They can sense when a human feels confidant or insecure. They can tell when their owner is about to leave or go to bed. They even jump to provide comfort when a human is distressed. If you don’t believe that, then you’ve never had a dog! But, what does this heightened awareness actually mean for people who work with dogs? Can they really read our emotional energy? Whether they can or not, we do know that dogs are able to read body language and facial cues and will always react to the state of mind of their humans, mainly because we treat them in accordance with our state of mind. Because of this, it’s so important to maintain a positive state of mind while working with your guide dog, especially in potential life or death situations, like crossing the street. Here are the top reasons why staying positive will help both you and your dog.
1. Positive Thoughts Breed Positive Cues
Dogs can read facial and body language cues of any human. However, a dog will interpret those cues in the way that makes sense to him or her. They are not really reading our minds. They are instead reading out faces, our reaction times, out posture, our tone of voice and the presence or lack of cues for the dog to follow. When you’re in a bad mood or feeling angry, your actions and commands may reflect that, and your dog will naturally react to those commands. Most of the time, dogs will react to angry, abrupt or unclear commands by either challenging the owner or by becoming nervous and fidgety. However, if you approach your dog calmly and assertively, he or she will automatically see you as the boss and react positively. Your dog needs to know who the boss is, and when you are feeling less than calm and secure, you will begin to have a difficult time working with your guide dog, as well-trained as they may be.
2. The Ability to Let Go
Working to get into a positive state of mind before working with or leaving the house with your dog will allow your guide dog to do his or her job. If you are giving cues of confusion or distress, your dog may feel distracted and begin to confuse his duties. Instead, know that you have no choice but to trust your guide dog and move forward with a positive state of mind. Showing trust will allow you and your dog to bond, the faster the two of you will understand each other’s cues, and the more easily your dog will be able to do his or her job. If your body tenses every time the dog stops, slows, or turns a corner, your dog will sense those reactions and may confuse a good action on his part with a negative reaction on yours.
3. Staying Focused on Your Objective
Not only do you need to let go and allow your dog to do his job, you must also focus on your job, as well. If you are walking in public with a guide dog, he or she cannot tell you what street you’re on or whether the light has turned green. It is you responsibility to know where you are at all times and read traffic signals. Rather than worrying or falling into a negative state of mind, focus on giving your dog the right cues and managing your own business, especially when it comes to things that your dog cannot do on his own. Staying focused can help you let go of negative thoughts and focus on the tasks at hand.
This guest post is contributed byLauren Bailey, who regularly writes foraccredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id:blauren99 @gmail.com.