The Mirror Effect and our relationship with our dogs can lead to a happy life together.
Welcome to another episode of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast! In this episode, Kathy gets into the topic of enlightenment, and how we gain enlightenment from our relationship with our dogs. She also describes a certain mirror effect that happens between us and our dogs, and how we can misunderstand it, as well as use it for our benefit.
If we learn to be attentive, our dogs give us feedback for how effectively we are communicating and for how our dogs are perceiving our intentions and our emotions … that’s the mirror effect in action.
The upside of having our dogs mirroring back to us what we are truly ‘putting out’ is that we can learn to become the human that is a great role model and lives in alignment with our core values.
Listen to the episode for Kathy’s perspective on how our dogs help guide us toward enlightenment through the magic of the mirror effect.
In This Episode
- The definition and meaning of enlightenment
- How the mirror effect works, and how we can utilize it to create a deep connection
- Common mishaps and misinterpretations when communicating with our dogs
- How dogs can reinforce our intentions
“I happened to glance down and I could see my young dog doing the same thing I was doing”
“We can use these things to our advantage to help shape behaviors that we would love for our dogs to develop”
“The upside of having our dogs mirroring back to us what we are truly ‘putting out’ is that we can learn to become the human that is a great role model and lives in alignment with our core values.”
“If we learn to be attentive, our dogs give us feedback for how effectively we are communicating and for how our dogs are perceiving our intentions and our emotions.”
Wow what a story till so far. My Daisy is also looking at the sky. Seeing birds, all kinds of insects, airplanes and helicopters she even barked one time at night against ISS that came by. Really hilarious. But the downside is that she starts barking at the planes, helicopters, birds etc. And it’s really hard to make her stop barking. We have chickens in our garden, and when they walk by, Daisy will start barking like a mad dog. Running around the garden. It’s almost impossible to make her stop. Most of the time we have to put her in the house or take her at a smaller piece of the garden so we can make her stop. When she is barking like a mad dog she doesn’t listen. Try to outrun us. Which most of the time she does (she is so much faster😅) . We really love her but at those moments it’s hard not to get irritated or not to raise our voices. I try to reason with her, try to understand what’s happening. She really is a sweet and very intelligent dog. I hope that someday I can hear and understand her just like you do.
With kind regards,
#3 The Mirror effect
I didn’t realize how much my dog mirrors me as she barks at birds and planes and I was always looking up when I heard a plane or helicopter and loooking for birds as we don’t have many around in the new subdivision