Breathing Exercises for Dog Owners

Breath is often underestimated in classical dog training. But by breathing we humans come into the here and now, calm our pulse and get more oxygen to think clearly. Especially in stressful situations with your dog, e.g. a tense dog encounter or in other conflict situations, even breathing ensures that you relax. Your dog senses the change in your mood and can perceive this information as calming.  

The 4, 6, 8 – Breathing

Learn to breathe evenly and calmly in stressful situations. Apply this breathing technique before you go for a walk with your dog, so you are relaxed when you go out on the street with your dog and the walk starts in a relaxed overall mood.

  • Breathe in for 4 seconds
  • Hold your breath for 6 seconds and feel the new oxygen in your body
  • Breathe out slowly for 8 seconds
  • Repeat this breathing at least 5 times in a stress situation

Bhramari Respiration

Learn a yoga breathing technique that relaxes your body and mind. Perform the breathing exercise at home in a quiet place and observe how your dog behaves towards you as you relax deeper and deeper. Many dogs even seek out the proximity of their owner. Even before tests or tournaments with your dog, this breathing can ease your excitement!

  • Take a deep breath and then let your breath slowly flow out with a buzzing sound that seems to vibrate throughout your body
  • Repeat breathing at least 5 times in a row to calm down
  • Due to the vibration, the tissue in your body is supplied with more blood and a pleasant warmth spreads throughout your body

By Sarah Mertes

Certified dog trainer