feelings

Resentment
awareness

Resentment

Hiding resentment I have been struggling with too many balls in the air lately, which leads me to procrastinate. I spend time worrying about how much I have to do rather than doing anything about it. One of the things I had been worrying about is my time with the dogs. They need to be…

Sheep Worrying
awareness

Sheep Worrying

Sheep Worrying on the Increase The BBC recently reported that “the number of dog attacks on sheep in [in Scotland] has risen by 67% in two years, according to the latest rural crime figures (Dog owners warned ‘no excuse’ for sheep worrying) It’s a harrowing subject. Sheep mauled and injured, dogs shot or destroyed, criminal…

Mining those emotions and feelings
awareness | mental health

Mining those emotions and feelings

My Labrador Archie woke me up again last night. He wanted to go out to the toilet. I tried to ignore it for a long time because I didn’t want to get up. Eventually I relented and let him out. It was my fault, I had given him chicken the night before, accidentally switching his…

What’s at the root of your overwhelm?
awareness | mental health | Reflections

What’s at the root of your overwhelm?

Overwhelm – how it can creep up on us Reading the latest Psychologies Magazine (December 2018), I was drawn to the self-analysis quiz – ‘What’s the Root Cause of your Overwhelm?’  Answering the multiple choice questions I found I scored highest on ‘Perfectionism’. Reading through the other 3 categories I could just have easily identified…

Mental Health Awareness Week and our dogs
mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week and our dogs

Mental Health Awareness Week This week, in the UK, is Mental Health Awareness week. According to the Mental Health Foundation the week is about about raising awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspiring action to promote the message of good mental health for all. This year the focus for the week is…

Help on Labrador Sit-stay Training
Coincidences | Labrador retrievers

Help on Labrador Sit-stay Training

I have decided to get more focused on my dog training. I had attended a positive gun-dog training conference recently which re-fired my interest. So Archie and I went for a couple of days training away from home with a well-known gun-dog trainer. We’re not used to being around a lot of people and dogs,…

Dogs and human emotions in therapy sessions
My dog as my therapist

Dogs and human emotions in therapy sessions

IntroductionThis is a short description of some of the work I have been doing with my own dogs, studying dogs and human emotions.  The work has involved fellow therapists studying the relationship between our emotions and the dogs’ behaviour. BackgroundI had started to notice that my hounds were sensitive to my emotions. This first came to my attention when…

Understanding Feelings
awareness

Understanding Feelings

 I’ve been trying to write more about my therapeutic principles and I am finding it challenging.  Which is good, but because that makes me WORK .  I have been trying to explain to people in conversation, and in my writing, how we store up feelings in our body, how it is  stuck energy, and our dogs…

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