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