Meet the Author: Linda Michaels

It’s not merely adopting a dog, but opening your home and your heart in inviting a companion into your world.

You are creating a home for an otherwise homeless and abandoned animal.

You commit to ensuring to his or her welfare through meeting your dog’s needs.

You do this because you assume the role of becoming a pet parent.

As a pet parent, the loving bond begins as soon as your companion enters into your guardianship and you intentionally build trust with kindness right from the start.

Create a nurturing space so your dog can thrive will the keys for your love to blossom.

Gain a deeper awareness of pet parenting and understanding how stepping into this role is more than just training what you want your dog to do.

Come on by for an interview with the trailblazer herself, Linda Michaels MA on Saturday, 10 September at 10am PDT!

You for sure don’t want to miss this!

Play Uplifts Not Just Your Dog’s Mood

Life moves along.

You find yourself working more hours.

As soon as you wake up, you hit the ground running.

Solving problems for colleagues, putting out fires and the next thing you know, it’s 9pm.

You don’t know the last time you ate let alone the last time you spent time with your dog.

You do know that over the last few months, you’ve seen a change in your dog.

Your dog is panting and pacing, cowering when you walk into the room.

You have no idea what happened or what to do.

Unpacking the layers of stress in your life, you discover the change of routine, the transition from having joy and fun to trudging along impacted your dog socially and emotionally.

Through our time together, you recognize the pivotal moments in the preceding months of where the routine and your dog’s behavior started changing.

You didn’t recognize it at the time because your busy life took over.

What you receive when we put the pieces back together, the glue that keeps the pieces from pulling apart is how play is so vital for you and your dog’s wellbeing.

Play through an engaging game of tug with your dog, or for one of my clients having a treat party when she animatedly uses her hands to talk (her dog cowers, freezes and looks away) helped shift her dog from distress to her dog seeking her out.

This game is silly. It makes us all laugh.

Physiologically, it slows down the heart rate, slows the rate of breathing, it’s a total body stress release for the pet parents and the dog.

You start seeing a new pattern emerging.

Your dog is more relaxed and confident during and after our sessions together.

You continue through the weekend, but as soon as Monday rolls around, you see the impact of your work life has on your personal life through the reflection of how your dog’s behavior changes reverting back to cowering and freezing.

Rather than focusing on changing your dog’s behavior, we start seeing how you can make empowered choices in working in more of what you want like spending time having fun with your dog.

When you make the connection and create an action plan to feel more calm in your life and experiencing that you can achieve this through play with your dog, your dog also benefits.

Discover how you can create the loving bond with your dog and what you want more of in your life for what you want with ease.

Discovering Relief for You and Your Dog

You’re struggling.

You recognize the dog you adopted and committed your life to isn’t the dog you initially envisioned.

You feel guilt for feeling this way because you recognize your companion is also a sentient being who needs connection with you.

But, you feel you can’t give anymore because you’re feeling disconnected from yourself too.

You’re overwhelmed and you become a dumping ground for other people’s judgments of what to do or even judgments of how you’re handling the situation.

You feel alone.

Still, you feel a shift in yourself.

You recognize you need a lifeline.

A life raft to carry you to safer waters.

You want to be seen and heard in how you want to move forward.

You, like you’re dog are seeking relief.

Relief from feeling isolated and disconnected.

Entering into a coaching relationship will provide you with the support you want and you’re looking for while also guiding you back to yourself to create the action steps you need to move forward.

You are the expert of yourself and your dog.

Just like any experts, having someone in your corner gives you connection with someone who will walk alongside you without judgment and widen your worldview when you feel stuck in the day to day.

Someone who can shine a light on your blind spots and brush off the path, so you can more clearly see where you want to go.

When you can feel more connected to yourself, you have more capacity to give to others.

You and your dog will benefit when you take the leap of faith and go all in on you and your growth.

Curious? Let’s chat!

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