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Explore mindfulness as a practice to strengthen your relationship with your dog and improve your well-being through a three-week virtual journey.

Your registration supports rescues saving dogs across the country.

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INTRODUCTION
TO MINDFULNESS

Learn the basics of mindfulness including mindful practices 
and how to apply mindfulness concepts to your interactions with your dog.

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LEARN FROM
DOGS

Expand your understanding of dog behavior and ways your dog can reinforce your mindfulness practice.

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MINDFUL
TRAINING

Learn to see the world like your dog and apply your mindfulness practice to training your dog.

My Dog Story

I have loved dogs since I was very young – I was obsessed with the Encyclopedia of the Dog and recently found a homemade book from elementary school entitled “One Lonely German Shepard, A Counting Book.” I can assure you that the German Shepard was not lonely by the end.

I became a dog walker and sitter in early 2020 as I changed careers and trained in mindfulness and meditation (read more here). I ultimately fostered and adopted my own dog early summer 2021. 

Practicing mindfulness has been an invaluable tool in the way I approach and work with dogs using awareness, presence, and patience. Mind The Dog came out of my application of mindfulness in my experiences interacting with dogs with various levels of reactivity, anxiety, and basic training needs. I hope to share the benefits of this practice with all dog lovers.

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Elyssa’s Mind the Dog class series was so eye opening for me. Not only did it help me better understand my dog’s behaviors, it improved our communication and relationship. This class helped deepen my bond with my dog and expanded my mindfulness practice, I highly recommend it to any dog owner!

CARRIE, WASHINGTON

Elyssa knows dogs make the world a better place and wants to enhance the joy in people's lives. Building awareness of how mindfulness flows out of our relationships with our dogs is both good for us and for our furry friends!

LESLIE, VIRGINIA (OWNER OF DOGTOPIA PURCELLVILLE, VA)

Mind The Dog Course was wonderful! I learned so much about mindfulness and dogs and the time went by so quickly! I loved learning the science behind the topic discussed and Elyssa made it both fun and educational. Loved the weekly meditations! I will be continuing to use WOOF in my daily interactions! I definitely recommend this course even if you don't have a dog but love dogs in general!

DANIELLE, PENNSYLVANIA

Awesome experience! Elyssa really broke down different ways we could be mindful throughout our day in addition to meditating. I really enjoyed learning so much about dogs and how truly powerful their senses are. Now that I understand how dogs process their surroundings, I feel more connected to my dogs and can be more understanding with them in my trainings.

VALERIA, CALIFORNIA

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Learn the basics of mindfulness including mindful practices and how to apply mindfulness concepts to your interactions with your dog.

You will be able to define mindfulness, understand how both stress and mindfulness affects your brain, how to practice mindfulness, and how your dog helps your stress.

 
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Learn From Dogs

Expand your understanding of dog behavior and ways your dog can reinforce your mindfulness practice.

You will be able to identify ways your dog can reinforce your mindfulness practice and how you can use your interactions with your dog to practice.

 
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Mindful Training

Learn to see the world like your dog and apply your mindfulness practice to training your dog.

You will be able to incorporate mindfulness into training your dog by expanding your observational skills, shifting your energy, and inviting patience.