• Monica Wickstrøm

English version of blog 1.

Transelated by Hilde Ulvatne Marthinsen.

Hope you like my blog and my mindset. My intention with this blog is to contribute to increased knowledge and motivation. I write from a slightly different perspective than others, as I want a higher "happy factor" in you than other blogs do.

My blog is written based on both my own experience and findings from recent research in ethology and dog training. By following my blog, you can learn several tools that can help you understand what's going on in your dog's head!

Who really needs mental training? I am convinced that we all need it. Mental training is about becoming more aware of one's own feelings, one's own actions and one's own challenges. We all have things in life that seem difficult. Some people think it's scary to go to a competition, or to have a lecture. Others find it difficult to raise their hand and say something in a meeting. The fear of being stupid is strong for us.

Mental training gives you tools to make things that once felt difficult feel easier! Mental training is thus about changing our own behavior, so that we can more easily ensure that the dog shows the right behavior. How can we manage to change the dog if we are not aware of our own behavior? Through mental training, you can help yourself reach your goals faster.

Think about the next time you say, "I'm not good enough." There is as much power in those words as if you say "I'm good enough." Your dog notices the difference in how you think. Your thoughts will determine how you act, and this in turn will create a reaction in the dog. If you are afraid that the dog will do something you do not like, well then you almost ask the dog to do it. For example, acting out or failing in a competition. YOU decide which thought will control you and your dog!

As an instructor, I can look at the dog when the dog handler has a thought that does not correspond to what they are doing. How sensitive is the interaction between dog and handler? I have worked with many people who wanted to change their thought patterns. Mental training has given magical results for them.

Mental training is one of the most difficult things we start with, because it can not be observed as defined behaviors. There is a job to be done in your head, and only you can observe and feel it in there. I will provide advice and tips on how to do this in the blog in the future.

The goal of mental training is to control what I call "Here and now condition". Good thoughts and feelings create high energy, and I call this high frequency. The opposite is negative thoughts and feelings such as anger and irritation, which create low energy, and which I call low frequency. Have you ever quarreled with anyone? Then you exchange emotions with low frequency. Have you on the other hand experienced being in love? Then you exchange emotions with high frequency. If you are well trained, you can help a person with low frequency to change.

Research shows that humans are aware of our "here and now state" for about 5 - 20% of the time. The dog, on the other hand, is actually 100% "here and now". It is the explanation of why the dog is always in front of us, and "reads our mind". They feel our energy before we discover it ourselves. In the "here and now state" it is easier to read the dog's behavior. in observation mode, here we become creative and solution-oriented.

The physical answer to our differences lies in our brains. The dog does not have the ability to think in the past and future as with us. They have a completely different range of emotions. The dog does not lie down and think about what it should have for dinner, or ponder what it should do tomorrow. The dog does not think about when it follows its instinct and runs after a cat. It is actually physically impossible for a dog to think about such things.

The dogs are affected and take in our low-frequency emotions, and with this often come frustrations, behavior and lack of focus. Think about when you have strong competitive nerves. Then the dog knows it without knowing what to do with it, and the mental picture for, and thus the feelings of, the dog becomes completely different than in training. Mistakes and lack of focus can occur. Mental training raises our frequency level up to the dog's level, and can compensate for this!

A German research group has recently researched exactly this with sensitivity. The research showed that the dog can distinguish a magnet from other pieces of metal. Surprisingly, the result was that the dog secreted the magnet by feeling and feeling forward. That is, not through smell or other senses. The dog felt it, felt the energy.

I have experienced this many times as an instructor, and use it consciously when I train and compete with my own dog. When I am abroad, such as in Russia, I can borrow a dog without knowing the local language, and it will still respond to my thoughts and energy in the words I use.

A dog does not necessarily believe in your words, it knows what you really mean. Think about the importance of how you pronounce your words. How do you command when you are stressed, versus when you are calm? For example in competition, or in meeting situations. It can quickly become a mistake if you do not think about it. Have you ever experienced that?

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Wish you a nice day :-)

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