Waking the Tiger - Conclusion of the Impulse
Recently I have been working with a reactive dog using Bowen treatments and behavioural modification training to assist him. When he became over aroused, excited, and/or fearful this impulse would engage his entire body. He would be told ‘no, don’t do that’ through a correction. This impulse, this energy, would still be present in his body and mind, only now he would have no where to direct it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When working with this dog it became crucial for me as his guide and teacher to provide him with an outlet to express his impulses. He would feel this familiar build of energy as he spotted a dog across the park, I would guide him, saying no, but then use his energy by asking him to jump over a fallen branch, do a spin, run through my legs, and so on. He would be rewarded and praised for expressing his energy in a safe and controlled way, and you could see him become more relaxed, at ease, and comfortable as we began to walk on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Allowing the stored impulses of dogs with anxiety or reactivity to still be expressed healthily and safely is crucial in working with your dog to curb these behaviours, release trauma, and create comfort for both of you.