calm zone

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Rehearsing the Room: Choosing a Calm Zone

Picture this: It’s the end of a long day, you want to snuggle up on the sofa, perhaps with a glass of wine, but your dog has other ideas! Your dog has gone to fetch his favourite toy and he has placed it at your feet eagerly waiting for you to engage in a game. Sound familiar?

Calm Zone

To help create calmness, rehearse what you want in a room dedicated to calm. Often this room is where you like to sit, chill, read a book or watch a movie. So, to help your dog, when you are in this room, do nothing that will lead to your dog thinking that it is the place that training, games or exciting things happen.

Dogs are very clever at predicting what happens in particular environments, so if you train or play in the same space as where you wish your dog to also be calm, you can see why they might sometimes try to engage in a game with you – as that is what you sometimes do!

Calm Engagement in your Calm Zone

Now, we’re not saying that you have to totally ignore your dog when you are in your calm space! Absolutely go ahead and calmly massage your dog, interact and relax together! Think calm engagement rather than high excitement!

And finally, absolutely train in your house, but dedicate rooms for that away from your calm zone.

Visit our website for more info on ways we can help: or email if you have any questions. If you’d like to combine a holiday with dog training, check out our training packages HERE. We can also give you a Skype 121 if you live a long way from Bowerland.

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