Companion Animal Learning, Stress, and the Immune Response
Sometimes after successfully implementing the changes that eliminate their animal’s problem behavior, my clients comment that doing so ranked among the most difficult but most fulfilling work they’ve ever done. And no doubt their animals felt the same way. One possible reason why mental changes may strike us that way takes us back to that bane and blessing of reality: our perceptions. We live in a society that equates hard work with hard physical labor such as splitting and stacking wood, hiking, pumping iron, or doing anything that gets us hot and sweaty. Within this realm, making mental changes in ourselves and consistently implementing those that make it easy for our animals to do likewise seem about as challenging as contemplating one’s pudgy abdomen.
As it turns out though, learning is anything but a benign process.