Dog energy is a lot like people energy (just ask Ceasar Milan). When a group of dogs get together it can be a passionate and frenetic adventure.
I walked in the SPCA K93K Walk to benefit homeless pets this weekend. The energy was electric with dogs dressed in costumes, excited owners and lots of treats!
There was the occasional scuffle (barking and a little biting) but there a point in the day that amazed me. It was when all the people and dogs began to walk together.
Once we began to walk together, everyone was on the same course with the same purpose in mind.
This applies to cooperative endeavors in every setting (whether we are at home, at a community meeting or in the corporation).
Once the group has a purpose (walk in a pack), a direction (forward), guidelines about behavior (expectations), and clear modeling and leadership (you), all things move productively forward.
It's all about harnessing energy in a productive direction.
Is there any unnecessary barking going on in your general area? What can you do to stop unnecessary barking and channel the energy in a productive direction this week? Where are your areas of consensus? Is there some way you can get the group walking forward together?
Most of us want the same thing. Often, all we need is a little leadership and positive direction.
© Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D. Kathy is founder of Refreshment Zone and is a communication doctor who specializes in organizational and personal development. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on motivational programs.