Can your dog sniff their way to a happier self?

Caroline Griffith is an animal well-being expert, who through her unique spiritual dog training books, workshops, courses and retreat holidays she aims to educate people about natural pet care and holistic training techniques. Allowing both pets and their owners the chance to transform relationships and overcome well-being issues, Caroline believes we can all learn a lot from our pets. Here she shares one of her many tips to achieving a calmer and happier dog.


Little things matter in the world of the dog, and I am frequently reminded just how sensitive dogs are to how we think, feel and to the changing energies of our modern, fast paced households. My work centres around teaching us humans how to notice the little things our dogs do and feel, and allowing them to naturally express their behaviours and emotional energies in safe ways. The value of nutrition, physical flexibility, emotional balance and our ‘heart to heart’ connection with them are just some of the things to consider to help transform behaviour and improve well-being.

There are many ways to have a calmer, happier canine but I will let you into a secret; one of my top tips for a happy and relaxed canine is one of the simplest of all. Making your walks as much about the stopping to sniff moments, as the physical movement of walking or running. Become aware of when your dog wants to sniff something and simply let them do so, for a few minutes if need be.

You might be surprised how often you stop your dog from sniffing, yet it’s a vital way for your dog to connect with the world around them. They also ground a lot of emotional energies from their nose area when sniffing thus calming them down and providing an outlet for any pent up emotions.

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Sniffing really is a major part of your dog’s feelings of security and safety in the world around them. They need to be able to not just sniff the smells, but importantly linger over them to be able to work out if they are either safe smells or if they represent any possible threat. The more your dog can do this the more he can learn about the world, feel safer and thus cope in a calmer way to new stimuli or situations.

Give the theory a go for the next week or so. Notice how nice it is to stop yourself too, and just be ‘in the moment’ with your dog. You never know it could bring a whole new dimension to your daily treks out together.

For more about this natural phenomena, your dogs emotional energies and how they relate to your dogs behaviour and well-being visit Caroline’s listing on pets pyjamas. You can even book up for a transformational 5-day retreat holiday and learn all about Caroline’s dog calming secrets.



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