Dogs like to feel in harmony with the world around them. They have joined our environment and adapted from their packs in the wild to be part of our social order. It is true to say harmony is very important to them. Dogs like to know there is a pack order and that they have a place within that order.
Their instinctive behavior plays a role in finding their place and the harmony that goes with knowing how they fit in with the group. Dogs are sensitive animals and their acute sense of smell, hearing, and sight make them aware of life in harmony.
Signs a Dog Understands Harmony
Harmony is a state that dogs enjoy being in because it allows them to be relaxed and secure in the place where they live. Dogs are sensitive to the family they live with and how they are treated. Since they are pack animals, dogs need to know who the pack leader is and how they fit into the pecking order.
Harmony is felt among the animals who know that behavior towards them is going to be consistent. Your dog will know there is harmony in the home when they are fed, housed, and exercised according to their needs. Every breed of dog has different needs depending on their size, breeding, age, and temperament.
Dogs that are left alone to fend for themselves may feel separation anxiety and frustration and these emotions are not conducive to harmony. A well-socialized dog, that has some obedience training, is going to fit comfortably into your home and sense the harmony that is part of routine and rules. Dogs need to know what their boundaries are, then they can feel a sense of belonging in your home and with your family.
Your dog needs to feel comfortable with other pets in the household and it is especially important to recognize disharmony caused by a new pet joining your family. An animal behaviorist can assist with the challenges of pets accepting one another and getting your home back to its harmonious state once again.
There may be times in the day when a disruptive noise or activity causes stress through sudden noises or outdoor activities. You can watch for the signs of anxiety if your dog reacts to buses, vacuum cleaners, or other noisy interruptions during the day. It may be necessary to desensitize your dog to these sounds if they cause your dog to feel uneasy and no longer in harmony with their environment.
The History of Dogs Feeling Harmony
Dogs have an amazing sense of harmony and not only do they enjoy living in harmony, but sometimes they are able to create harmony for their owners. Dogs have become sensitive as therapy dogs and service dogs using their talent for creating harmony through their ability to love unconditionally.
A true story about a dog, aptly named Harmony, will give testimony to this fact. Harmony helped a family through some terrible times and her owner, Sally Hyder, wrote a book about how this amazing dog who restored harmony to their family.
Sally was an esteemed mountain climber and Andrew, her husband-to-be, proposed to her at the Base Camp of Mount Everest. A year after getting married Sally was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was only twenty-eight years old. Sally was determined to live a normal life, continued work as a nurse, and had three children. However, when her youngest was diagnosed as autistic Sally felt she could not cope any longer.
It was at this point that Canine Carers came to the rescue with a dog named Harmony. Harmony could do over a hundred little chores from helping put groceries in the shopping trolley to being a calming influence at home. She restored peace and harmony to the Hyder’s home.
When Sally took up climbing again Harmony was by her side. Together they climbed the Munroe Mountains in June 2011. There are many other stories of how service and therapy dogs have restored harmony to families and indeed individual’s lives because dogs can feel the harmony they like to live in.
Science Behind Dogs Sensing Harmony
Scientists have shown that on a neurological level, dogs can understand the difference between the sound of praise or a more neutral tone of voice. The center of their brain that triggers rewards becomes active when they hear positive voice sounds.
They have these ‘reward centers' in both the left and right sides of their brain. These reward sensors pick up on positive praise and encouragement, all associated with harmony. When you are happy around your dog, that feeling of well-being and happiness is also felt by them.
Dogs are very sensitive to different emotions and will feel fear, anxiety, and stress in disturbing situations, but peace, harmony, and contentment in times of happiness. Dogs can sense the pheromones we emit depending on our moods, and this affects their mood too.
Training a Dog to Sense Harmony
The early stages of puppy socializing, through to obedience training and any other forms of social interaction, will lead your dog to experience harmony in their life and contribute to yours too. There is a special harmony that comes through a dog fitting into their family's life They can joining in outings and social occasions while everyone feels at peace with the dog’s behavior.
Dogs who are not stimulated, especially the working breeds, do not find harmony in their lives. Owning a dog is a responsibility and some basic training will always make a difference to the harmony your dog experiences. They can sense when everyone is going out while they are left behind.
A dog’s idea of harmony may not necessarily be lying at home all day. Some breeds of dogs need exercise and mental stimulation to feel they are fulfilling the role they were bred for. Training your dog and getting advice about what will keep them in a harmonious state will make all the difference to everyone at home, and when you go on outings and want to take your dog.
Training does not have to be rigorous or military-style to keep your dog happy at home. Training and keeping healthy exercise in mind is the key to physical and mental harmony for your dog and yourself. Join clubs that promote dog and handler activities and your dog will sense the harmony behind the organized activity, especially if it is the instinctive activity he was bred for.
Tracking dogs enjoy being trained to track, and run freely in the outdoors. Service dogs, who can guide and help others, love being trained to assist needy people, and athletic dogs enjoy nothing more than an agility course with their owner alongside cheering them on. All these activities, with training, bring harmony into a dog's life.
By a Rhodesian Ridgeback lover Christina Wither
Published: 06/15/2018, edited: 04/06/2020