Dog breath also focuses on the sounds dogs make – especially when they are feeling threatened or annoyed. Take a deep belly breath and let the air out trying to make a “grrrrrr” sound. This is a perfect exercise to release tension around stress and to soothe with the sound of our own voice.
Tip for therapists: this is a good exercise for normalising feelings of anger and educating the client about the complexity of it, the social norms as well as the importance of exploring and regulating feelings to soothe them.
Tip for pet therapists: this is a fantastic exercise when taking your dog to a primary school to normalise stronger emotional reactions with smaller children.