Learning by living with dogs
What’s It All About?
Hounds Connect is a therapy service that offers counselling to people with dogs. I started this unique service in 2013. We are based in Scotland, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, but work with people across the world.
I experienced difficulties with my own dogs and spent a lot of time trying to establish a better relationship with them. My ‘journey’ led me to understand how important our own thoughts and feelings are to the behaviour we see in our dogs. It seemed to me that this aspect of living well with our dogs wasn’t given enough focus in dog training and behaviourist disciplines. It felt tough and lonely to get the wider perspective I needed . This led me to set up counselling for dog people, where you can talk about anything that is troubling you.
Hounds taught me that true connection is through the heart. That’s why we are called Hounds Connect and why a heart features in our logo.
Each and every one of us has an important role to play in the world and we make the strongest impact when we live authentically.
At Hounds Connect I want to contribute to the development of a more harmonious world view. In that world, when we experience problems with our dogs, we won’t always rush to fix the dog. It will become natural to wonder about the bigger picture. We will allow ourselves to ask, ‘What is going on for me (at the other end of the leash)?’ We will have an open curiosity for the answers we receive. There is no doubt that this approach can challenge us but over time it helps us learn to live more truly and honestly.
“The secret to finding the deeper level in the other is finding the deeper level in yourself. Without finding it in yourself, you cannot see it in the other.”-Eckhart Tolle