SO WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
“The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, in Purser, 2015).
Mindfulness is a quality that every person already has, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.
Research shows that, when practiced over time, mindfulness:
- Decreases symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Decreases the production of the stress hormone, cortisol.
- Improves concentration and the ability to learn.
- Increases resilience.
- Increases calmness.
- Enhances self-awareness.
- Helps with conflict resolution and the development of positive relationships.
- Increases wellbeing.
OUR TRAINING ETHOS
ll of our trainers use humane, dog friendly techniques to help you train your dog or puppy. Through our mindful approach you’ll not only learn how to train your dog in a positive way, but you’ll also learn how your emotional state can effect the way in which your dog learns and interacts with you and the world around them.
They will simply open your eyes to the conversations your dog is having with you and more importantly the real message behind the conversations you are having with your dog.
All our trainers are Full members or Endorsed Trainers of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers New Zealand.
THERE IS NO NEED TO BE THE BOSS!!!
In the early 1970’s Dr David Mech made the claims that Wolves and therefore dogs live in a heirachical world where the Alpha dog is the leader of the pack. His work was based on previous studies in the 30’s and 40’s by a Swiss Behaviourist called Rudolph Schenkel who worked with captive wolves. Mech even published a book titled The Wolf: The ecology and behaviour of an endangered species, explaining all the Dominant behaviours he had noticed while studying wild wovles in North America.
His research was picked up by many dog trainers and has been absorbed into modern day dog training by the lay public. People like Cesar Milan have popularised this notion of Alpha dominance in domesticated and pet dogs. Which has lead to the promotion of the Alpha roll or pinning your dog down on to the ground to show him who is boss!
BUT IT IS COMPLETELY INCORRECT AND ALWAYS WAS AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED WITH DOGS.