Features May 2012 Issue

Teaching Your Dog Calm, Slow Breathing

Practice calm breathing with your dog at home, and as you and your dog gain competence, practice in gradually more distracting environments.

Teaching Your Dog Calm, Slow Breathing

Radio talk show psychologist Dr. Joy Browne offers her listeners a stress-reducing “Square Breathing” technique. To relax before or during any potentially anxiety-producing experience, try square breathing: Inhale to the count of four, hold to the count of four, exhale to the count of four, and hold for four. With practice, you can increase each side of the “square” to a count of eight or even 20; the longer the count, the slower and more calming the breathing.

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