Teaching Relaxation

Unlike regular training, which encourages your dog to stay alert and ready for the next cue, these are training sessions that encourage calm and relaxed behavior.

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These two protocols are very different in application, but work toward the same goal. I recommend starting with the voluntary exercises, but if you and your dog struggle with that, move to the structured protocol, then go back to the voluntary exercises later.

Exercise 1: Voluntary Relaxation

This encourages the dog to self-regulate and offer relaxed behaviors without being told. 

Voluntary Relaxation Protocol PDF

Exercise 2: Structured Relaxation

A more structured program. It is also more complex, with different steps for each session. 

Structured Relaxation Protocol

I recommend using these audio recordings during your training sessions, so you don't need to keep referring back to the document.

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