Allow time to adjust
By duffyspampered, Jan 1 2020 09:10PM
Firstly, a warm welcome & Happy New Year! In my first blog, on the first day of 2020, I’m considering how my dogs (& my client’s dogs) cope with change, which there is a lot of at this time of year. I know myself, that I feel anticipation for the 12 months ahead & that me, my family, friends and acquaintances are hatching new plans & making resolutions, whether that be a holiday, diet, new fitness regime, the end or start of a relationship or the desire to do more training with our own dogs – all of this is change & change that is likely to in some way moving forward affect our canine companions too.
Not only that, there is always the change of being off for so many days or for a few weeks over the festive period and then having to return to work. For me, having been ill for 3 weeks, followed by a two-week break, my dog’s recent home life has been very different! So, when I go back to work and back to classes and one to ones at my training centre on Monday, my dog’s will find themselves alone for much longer periods than they have been for quite a while. I need to be mindful of this and allow them to adjust back into our ‘normal’ routine (as I do myself!).
On top of that think how much the recent festivities may affect our dogs – more people around, trees, decorations, different smells (cooking, alcohol etc), parties, fireworks & more noise than normal -perhaps more or less walks too. Again, I know that it has left me slightly jaded & my dogs too –they’ve been more inclined to lay on the sofa, than play since returning from a few days spent at their canine cousin’s house (my sister’s house) in Northumberland.
The ‘energy’ around the build up to & preparation to Christmas, then the ‘energy’ on the day itself and the festivities of Christmas week then the build up to New Year & the plans that follow have all had an impact on me and my dogs. If I were to draw an ‘energy’ graph of the last few weeks, I know mine would be low-high-high-high-low-high-meh! For me to not consider the impact my ‘energy’ has on my dogs would be remiss.
As we move into 2020, I’m giving thought to how the recent festivities and my 2020 plans will affect my dogs & our client’s dogs. Those dogs that we walk regularly that have been off – will like us return back to their routine and their walks with doggie friends. Luckily my team are fantastic at picking up on any change in the dogs under our care & know the affect that the smallest environmental/situational/emotional change can have on our canine friends. The same goes for the dogs that train with us, they may well be out of sorts for the first few sessions & just like us need a period of adjustment to get back to ‘normal’.
I will ease myself, my dogs, my client’s and their dogs into 2020 gently & mindfully.