Figure of 8 to calm

09/02/2022

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FIGURE OF 8 TO CALM

Movement can be helpful when your dog is a little stressed or over-aroused. The Figure of Eight is a useful movement pattern to use when you want to calm your dog down.

It encourages slow, mindful movement, as their body turns in both directions, helping to release muscle tension. You walk repeatedly over the same space, which is also helpful for dogs who find novelty over-stimulating.

Simply imagine a large figure eight marked out on the ground and slowly walk with your dog around it. The continuous slow methodical movement and turns will help your dog to relax and encourage them to focus on you as the environment stays the same. Try not to use treats for this as they might make your dog more excited. Instead, stroke the lead as needed to encourage your dog around the turns. Be sure to allow lots of space for this so your dog can turn comfortably in wide arcs throughout.

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