‘Dogs can sense and appreciate us on many levels. They are very perceptive’ – Stanley Coren, Ph.D
Dogs have an inspiring presence and an ability to provide and teach unconditional positive regard, non-judgmental interaction, and empathy.
Working with a dog promotes experiential learning and they become a mirror for the client. They are highly attuned to human emotions and challenge us to stay congruent with our feelings when relating with them. Humans come with an agenda.The dog doesn’t, hence the mirror.
Empirical research has found that human interaction with dogs can have positive physical results, such as decrease heart rate, decrease blood pressure, decrease stress, and can have a calming effect on people. In addition, when people spend time around animals they report experiencing more positive self-esteem, empowerment, patience and trust.
The Canine Environment: Dogs promote experiential learning and they become a mirror for people’s behaviour.