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The Power Of Calm Energy (Tool: The Calm Freeze)
Nowadays it seems like everyone is talking about calm energy, but very few people
actually have any advice on how to apply it to dogs. In this chapter I want to tell you
about one of the most talked about techniques on my website because people are just
stunned with how powerful this is when done correctly.
I call it the Calm Freeze, but first let me put it into context by describing a scenario
that many of you will have experienced where this technique is so useful.
You are calmly walking down the road with your dog or puppy when suddenly
another dog comes into view and grabs their attention. Immediately they become too
excited, overly aggressive or maybe very fearful. It is important to point out that every
dog will respond differently yet the calm freeze technique will work whatever their
emotional response. On the energy meter your dog is heading rapidly up the scale
and is at say, a 7. The adrenaline has not yet kicked in but we need to do something
fast to calm them down and avoid a complete melt down.
Now usually what happens at this point is that we then mirror our dog and we too
become highly energized, with a tug on the lead, quickly correcting our dog with a
“leave it” command. To which our dog responds with more energy and barks or pulls
even harder resulting in an increased response from ourselves and before we know it
their adrenaline has kicked in and we might as well all go home to calm ourselves
So here is where the calm freeze technique comes into play. At the point at which
you detect an increase in your dog’s energy due to the sighting of another dog, calmly
walk your dog a couple of yards away. Ten with your back to the other dog as a
distraction, crouch down and without a word take your hand palm up, under your
dogs chin and lightly hold the collar.
Here are a couple of other important points to make sure that you are doing it
correctly. Firstly, you do it all in silence, no talking. Secondly, you hold as lightly as
possible, this is not about causing your dog pain. And thirdly, you look away from
your dog, down at the ground with a relaxed expression. Your dog will read you like
a book and will very likely be stunned into silence! Once they are calm then you
simply loosen your grip and gently let go, stand up and carry on walking, leaving
them in that calm state of 2 or 3 on the energy scale.
Now if you try this and they take no notice of you then that is because they are the
pack leader and not you. So it’s time to get the basics put in place first.
So you may be thinking, is that it? And the answer is absolutely Yes! But remember,
the beauty of this technique and this whole method lies in its simplicity. You see our
thoughts, our words and our actions are all important and when we align all three we
become very powerful. If you only shout the words “Calm Down” at your dog but
you are still stressed and pulling aggressively on the lead your dog will not respond
calmly – they will reflect back your energy.
So by putting your own mind into a calm state, by staying silent, demonstrating a
calm behavior by crouching down and turning away, your dog will understand your
communication very clearly. As they say, actions really do speak louder than words.
This is just one technique which when used in conjunction with all the other tools
can be part of that magical moment when your dog starts to take notice of you. Te
great thing about the calm freeze is that you can do it anywhere both inside and
outside and it doesn’t require another piece of equipment. Just your hand and your
There are so many situations where you can use the calm freeze with dramatic success
such as when your dog is barking in the house at somebody outside or if your dog is
shaking and scared of the fireworks.
Now I have done my best to describe how to do this technique, but actually watching
me do it will make it much more real. You’ll really ‘get it’. Plus you’ll also be able to
see for yourself how the dogs I apply it to respond.
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