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The Six Connection Principles


We, as humans, have a tendency to make up a LOT of stories about everything in our lives, including our dogs! These stories (our thoughts and beliefs) whether they are accurate or not, have the power to impact our behavior. And, we know that our behavior impacts our dog's behavior (and vice versa!). So if we're ONLY operating from our stories or assumptions instead of getting curious and exploring other possibilities, we may be believing in something that is not accurate. When we practice observing and shifting our thoughts and behavior patterns with our dogs, our relationship has the possibility of including more connection. 


Building a relationship with you AND your dog is important to me


My Six Connection Principles are so important to the training and behavior modification process. I use these principles as a framework when developing relationships with both you AND your dog. They are my core values when working with my clients. The Six Connection Principles invite everyone to explore the world through a fresh lens. As we work together, I will reference and demonstrate the principles to support the training process and your relationship with your dog. 

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Stop and observe.


Environmental conditions play a big role in both human and canine behavior. Internal conditions can be thoughts and emotions, while external conditions are the experiences you and your dog have. In order to modify behavior, we must look at all these conditions for both the dog and more importantly, ourselves.

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Different language, different results.


It's critical to notice the lens that we're looking at our dogs through, getting curious if the language we're using is accurate, and offering the dog (and ourselves) the benefit of the doubt.

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Is it true?


Curiosity is essential during the behavior modification process. It allows us the opportunity to look at the situation from different perspectives. When we hit roadblocks, we always ask questions to prevent assumptions and to make sure everyone's perspective is included. This skill allows for empathy and connection in the process and the relationship.

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We all have needs.


It’s essential to recognize and consider everyone's needs in this relationship. Most behavior concerns are a result of an unmet need. Enrichment and physical stimulation are some of the most important outlets you can provide your dog. You also have needs in this relationship. What are they?

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Click and treat!


We're wired to notice the negative. And, when we do, we react to the situation instead of utilizing prevention. Noticing the good choices you and your dog are already making is critical to this process since it provides you with many opportunities to reinforce desired behaviors. It's an opportunity for us to celebrate the small wins during this process.

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Setting up conditions for success.


Once you have identified everyone's needs, it's important to advocate for them. That may be asking a stranger to give your dog space, choosing to take breaks during nail trims, or making sure you're adding more positive experiences to the relationship trust account instead of negative experiences.