Acceptance of Mistakes in Dog Mindfulness

Dogs teach us how to accept our mistakes without being so hard on ourselves with self-criticism. Nothing is really a mistake because it is where it has taken you to this point in time. It has made you who you are today.  So many times we harbor and dwell over past mistakes. The voices in our head tell us what we should have done but didn’t do in any particular situation. We can beat ourselves up over it and carry our problem for days, weeks, months even years. We fight with ourselves constantly.

On the other hand, when a dog makes a mistake such as having an accident in the house or breaks something they don’t ruminate over it or express negative emotions.  They may feel bad for in the moment but soon they are wagging their tails as we are screaming that they are a “bad dog.” What must it look like from a dog’s point of view when we act so out of control?  Maybe that’s a good thing that we don’t know what they are thinking.

The next time when your dog makes a mistake think of the phrase, “acceptance of what is.”   The more that you observe it in your dog and make that emotional shift to acceptance of reality, the better you will be able to accept your own mistake and not be so hard on yourself.  Fighting with reality just prolongs the negative emotion and makes it more stressful.

Staying calm and observing your own reactions to events gives you a space to choose your reaction.  You just may feel better.  Happy owners and happy dogs, now that’s nice.  Paws down!



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