The Connection Collective

Connection is at the heart of our lives.

It has no boundaries and no measure.

It is offered freely and without charge.

Articles on Connection

Contributions from many authors.

Connection starts with invitation

Connection thrives in the absence of expectations, a precious freedom that fills the space between two beings when there is no agenda, no time limit, no “have to get it done.”

Connection: A Conversation for Life

In the busy-ness of life connection can be the last thing considered. Living with a dog is about developing a relationship and all successful relationships are based on connection.
So just what is connection and why is it important?

Laura Holder

Connection is always
there if you’re
looking for it.


Connection is reinforcing

Dogs will often choose how they maintain their connection with you. This connection, the thread that binds the pack, is an invisible and easily dismissible element. Connection is not black and white, it comes in lots of shades of colour and intensity and it is developed between both recipients.

Connection is a very personal experience. What is connection for one person may not be for another.

We can feel connected to people, to art, to a landscape, to a house.

From a beginning of total dependency graduating to a fulfilling relationship that flows in many streams over different landscapes.

Connection can flow strongly or meander peacefully. It can be seasonal with different characteristics that bring their own values.


Laura Holder

Complete trust.

No doubt.



Kay Laurence

Connection is knowing
when you can lean
on a friend

of yogis, dogs and humans

Connection, as expression of trust, relationship, and finally of the deep attraction, which develops so easily between dogs and their human fellows, stains every single interaction and can be used as a potent reinforcer.

What does connection look like?

It comes in many forms. Walking together, sitting quietly together, sharing a mental or physical task. Individuals can be connected without looking at each other; just feeling each other’s presence is perhaps the strongest type of connection. These activities can all be done with or without connection, but with connection they appear fluent.

A lesson in connection

At first, it barely made it through the door. But it kept tapping and when I let it in, it had connection written all over it. It surprises me that it is a lesson I need repeated so often.

Heather Binns

Photos that say everything
we can’t put
into words.

Emma Parsons

This Wild Idea

An inspiring photographer, person-who-connects-with-a-dog, website:

Photo: Theron Humphrey

“These days I like to think my photography exists somewhere between that country living and city ideals. Images with roots and connections but excited about big lights and tall buildings.”

This page is a dedication to all the animals we share our lives with. A  spotlight on how connection underpins our relationships.

Many different thoughts and ways of expressing connection. From photographs, quotes to articles. The wonderful aspect of a webpage is the unlimited amount of material we can collect.

I would love to include your ideas on the page. An article from 5 to 5000 words would be very welcome, a quote that resonates with you, an experience that describes what connection between people and dogs is for you.

We may be able to share ways of connecting, strengthen connection and open up those “new eyes” for those who have lost the connection.

1 Comment

  1. Iris Maxfield


    Being attuned to the emotional state of another being, a desire to create collaboration, listening, the art of being present in a relationship, emotional connection and empathy.

    We can feel an instant connection when we first meet another being whether two feet or four paws, equally we may have to work hard at making that connection, feeling comfortable in their presence, understanding who they are and then being able to read their emotional state, depending on the closeness of the relationship.

    Dogs are pretty unique in the way that they tune in to human emotions. Paying REAL attention to our four pawed friend, need only take a few minutes at a time, but to be there and present in that time with them, can create connection and value.

    Over time they’ll seek more of that connection with you.

    Building or improving the connection.
    It all takes time, that’s the hard bit, patience, listening , watching, being aware and commitment to being in the moment with them is all part of building the connection.

    We may take time to train, but how connected are we as their personal trainer?
    Do we share jokes and story’s or is it just pay and go?



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