Synergy. You’ll hear me use this word quite a bit. So, what exactly does it mean and how can it help you and your dog? Let’s get a clear understanding of what synergy is and how it is applied to living with dogs.
Synergy is the interaction or cooperation of two or more things which produce or create a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate parts. The term synergy has Greek roots. “synergos” meaning “working together”. Isn’t that what having a dog is all about – working together? Enjoying life together – Playing together – Eating together – Exploring together. When there is a synergistic relationship there is a give and take, a wax and waning and a dance that develops. When something is synergistic, it’s beautiful!
Unfortunately, many people are disengaged with their dogs – rarely playing with them, some dogs are banned from entering the kitchen, exploration walks are a distant dream, playing with other dogs is forbidden, while others are only taken in the car when there’s an emergency. The sad reality is that many dogs are not enjoying life. I know you’re not one of these people, otherwise you wouldn’t have purchased this package. It’s worth noting what dogs experience so that it helps us learn how to help them more. Hopefully you read my earlier essay “Listen to your Dog”. I stress the importance of paying attention and hearing what your dog is communicating while refraining from dominating and/ or ignoring your dog’s wants, needs and desires.
Help your dog by creating a balance in their life and cultivate synergy! I’ve broken things down into six sections, so it makes more sense. In order to create and maintain balance, it requires my SIX R’s:
REALIZE how you and your energy impacts your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.
RESTORE your dog to optimal health by supporting their gut microbiome and feeding a biologically appropriate diet.
RAISE your dog to be social with all types of people and animals.
REDUCE the vaccine load and toxic chemicals in your dog’s environment.
REMEMBER to always assess your dog’s stress level.
REGULAR exercise for mental and physical stimulation and overall wellness.