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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I receive any additional benefits from the course?Registration includes: Meditation recordings Mind The Dog Workbook Access to Mind the Dog facebook community
What if I'm unable to attend a class?Classes will be recorded and recordings will be available to view up to one month following each class.
Do I need to have experience with mindfulness?No experience needed! We will start the course off with an overview of mindfulness and different practices will be introduced throughout. Recorded meditations will also be provided for your home practice.
Does my dog need to attend?We would love to see your dog during class, but your dog does not need to be around for your attendance. Course content will be focused on human learning with skills to try with your dogs inbetween classes.
How much of the course is donated to the selected rescues?20% of proceeds from each course are donated after taxes and fees.