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‘The #slowdogmovement aims to foster deeper relationships between dogs and humans, educate by ‘showing the right way’ (Turid Rugaas), and grow a like minded worldwide community of dog lovers embracing the value of SLOW.’

The Slow Dog Movement® was originally created as a Facebook community page. A landing pad to share photos, thoughts, and insight into slowing down with dogs. Many dogs, like the people who live with them, are living much more complicated lives than ever before in history. There are other movements, such as The Slow Movement and The Slow Food Movement that encourage humans to slow down and enjoy each moment of travelling, eating and being. This group has a similar focus, but for the benefit of dogs. It’s not a joke.

As we hurry through our lives, our dogs often get pulled at a fast pace too. We either bring them to loud festivals or on jogs and bike rides with us or leave them at home. Either way is not pleasant for our canine friends. This group’s aim is to inspire, share and educate as many people as possible to simply BE with their dogs as well as provide positive experiences for them. Enrichment, slow walking, calm social activities, and many other ideas are part of it.

A caveat, while the #slowdogmovement is all about learning to slow down with your dog, this does not mean that dogs can’t have fun and run about or engage in fast play. It’s all about keeping the fast activities shorter than people are used to and doing a warm up and cool down or ‘…calm activities on either side…’ of being speedy. [Dr Amber Batson, Understand Animals] It’s also integral to provide dogs with choices in many elements of their life. If we provide choices, it is also necessary to understand what your dog is telling you with their body language.

As the ‘Resources‘ tab on this site grows, you will find many articles, links and videos that help you to navigate the philosophy and science behind the #slowdogmovement as well as other educational information about dogs.

Examples of slowing down with your dog:

– Sit with/beside your dog more often

– Sleep near/with them

– Eat with them near and be near them when they eat

– Involve them in calm activities, just to be close to you while you garden, read, do crafts, cook

– Just DO NOTHING with your dog, at home, in nature, in the forest, at the beach etc.

– Sit and watch the world go by with them. Make sure that people/dogs aren’t walking directly towards your dog when you do this!

– Provide natural parkour and enriched environments for your dog – To relieve stress, engage their bodies/muscles appropriately and utilise their brains and problem solving abilities

– Observe your dog in a loving, respectful and curious way

– Really pay attention to your connection with your dog, be present and grow your relationship and bond with them by giving them choices on where to walk, what to chew etc.

– Forest bathe with your dog (see the blog post on this subject)

– Use a well fitted harness and a long leash. At least 3m long. This allows your dog to move freely, be comfortable and communicate with ease.

– Allow your dog to lead on walks as long as this is a safe option. This will build your dog’s confidence and grow the bond between you. Plus, it is a joy to see where your dog will lead you!

– Let your have as much choice as possible in his/her life as possible. With food, treats, sleeping places, walking direction, friends, saying hello (or not), lying down, stopping on a walk, sniffing and the list goes on. Command your dog at a bare minimum or not at all. Try to build trust between you and your dog so that your dog takes responsibility for her/his actions.

– Visit a dedicated indoor enrichment facility, enclosed field with enrichment elements OR learn about building enrichment into your dog’s life from this website’s Resources page or Google searches. You can create small enriched environments in your home, garden and on the walk.

We all have something to share.

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About us

We are a group of dog professionals and lifelong learners who love dogs. We encourage dog guardians to SLOW down for health, relationship and enjoyment. We are the directors of the Slow Dog Movement® C.I.C. (social enterprise).

Laura Dobb (Lala Human Dog Coach) is a dog coach specialising in behaviour and problem solving, certified and taught by Turid Rugaas in 2014/15 and based in Old Malton, North Yorkshire, U.K. She ia member of the Pet Professional Guild and the International Companion Animal Network.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Laura has lived on Gabriola Island, BC, Vancouver, San Francisco and now lives with her family, in Cornwall, U.K., since 2009. She has two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier named Izzy and a Weechon called Ted. They are both small rescue dogs with big spirit.

Laura launched Dog Sense, Cornwall and the SW Peninsula’s 1st dedicated indoor canine enrichment facility in February 2020 and is planning to open a sensory garden for dogs in Yorkshire as soon as she can. More news soon! 

In her spare time, she walks in the countryside with her dogs, writes her Slow Dog Movement Blog, and swims in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic/North Sea without a wetsuit!

Laura started the @slowdogmovement as a Facebook group in late January 2020. It became a C.I.C. (Social Enterprise) in January 2021. She is the Founder and Director of the Slow Dog Movement®, along with 5 other directors who hope to build the movement slowly, for the benefit of dogs and their loving guardians.

Jonas Thulin The Jonas – Canine Education Centre Team and a Director with the Slow Dog Movement®. As far back as he can remember, Jonas has had dogs around, and some of them, more than others, put a mark in him.

The first dog he recalls, was an incredibly beautiful Welsh Corgi named Palle. Palle was the joy of his family home. ‘He was playful and affectionate like few others and when he left us prematurely it broke my heart. He left us in 1977 and I still miss him.’

Then came Fia, a small Beagle girl that gave Jonas the reason to get into the world of dog training and psychology. He then lived in Sweden and signed up for puppy classes with the Swedish Working Dog Club (Svenska Brukshundklubben). This was in the year of 1984 and those puppy classes got him hooked. As a result he took an Instructor course and obtained his certificate in 1986. Jonas studied dog psychology at the then Swedish State Dog School (Statens Hundskola) and in 1989 got the Working Dog Club Certificate as Dog Trainer Teacher.

In 1992 Jonas moved to Spain, which took him away from the world of canine education, but he couldn’t live without a dog by his side, so Luna, a Siberian Husky, came to accompany him. Luna was for many years a fantastic traveling companion who, for example, helped Jonas take care of his children during their first years.

Hercules is a Chihuahua who’s taught Jonas that little ones can also be grand. This guy has a huge personality and Jonas has a great respect for him.

A few years ago Jonas joined an animal protection association and little by little has moved into the canine education game again. At first altruistically and especially organising controlled pack walks for the Happy Galgo association. After some time doing this he came to the conclusion that he should dedicate himself to this professionally and after taking some courses to get new education to catch up, something that never stops, he launched himself into this adventure. #beyourdogsbestfriend

Namitha PC is a Director at the Slow Dog Movement®. Namitha is a Dog Welfare Activist. Based out of Bangalore, India, Namitha loves spending outdoors with her two dogs Micah and Sniper. She believes her love for embracing nature and all the little things around, got into being her lifestyle because of her dogs.

Namitha, along with her peers handle the content at Bombat Dawgz, a large Facebook community that has come together to educate fellow dog parents, rescuers and dog lovers. She is a freelance content writer at Fresh Desk and also manages her music band ATA which is a Kathakali and Carnatic influenced band. In her free time she loves exploring places, singing and co-producing music with her partner.

She started a wonderful initiative known as “Street Dogs are Family Too” for her love of street dogs. She and her partner Anant, take care of street dogs whom they lovingly call streeties near their residence and it’s a visual treat to watch the beautiful dogs all happy and positive around them. She says that street dogs are a huge part of her life and she will go any extent to protect them and do right by them. You can follow them on Instagram to know more. #streetdogsarefamily

Pennie Clayton is a Director at the Slow Dog Movement® and works with horses and dogs. She works on a freelance basis, coaches horses and riders to develop confidence and helps people understand their dogs better by providing support and training.

She has lived with lurchers and greyhounds for many years and loves spending time with her current two greyhound girls and a lurcher that constantly presents her with lots of problems!

In 2008 Pennie qualified as a human Bowen therapist and then studied further to become a canine and equine Bowen therapist. She recently set up and runs Crabtree Canine Enrichment in Sussex and writes regularly for Edition Dog magazine. In 2016 she founded a Facebook group called Enhancing the Life of Your Hound

She is currently writing a book about how to live with an ex racing greyhound which is due to be published in the summer. Pennie is a full member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE).

I’m Kath Hardington and I’m a Director at the Slow Dog Movement® and the Founder of Help for Hounds. I’ve been a passionate dog lover all my life and work with owners and their dogs to help them live in harmony. I use a kind, scientifically based, force free and up-to-date approach to dog behaviour and training. I’m fully insured and a Full Member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe. I completed the International Dog Trainer Education (IDTE) with world renowned Norwegian dog expert Turid Rugaas in 2016. I have also trained with Amber Baston and Ann Lill Kvam. 

Santos Salcines Nazabal is a Director at the Slow Dog Movement®. ANJANA, a beautiful female Border Collie who accompanied me for 14 years, marked the start of my professional career with dogs sharing our human environment.

At the beginning, in 2008, we practiced agility, disc-dog and dog tricks in an almost completely self-taught way. Three years later we founded the AGILITY Laredo Club aimed at training dogs and their handlers in different sport disciplines. This step forward was motivated by the fact that the education prevailing at that time in Spain was not the friendliest with dogs and, hence, was at odds with our beliefs. Together with this project came an evergreen eagerness to train and learn from those who really cared about the welfare of sport dogs, what led us to walk ethically sounder educational pathways.

During that time, we became a foster home for abandoned Border Collies, most of them discarded for their assigned job.

In 2016 we created Sanjana & Dogs, more than a company, a philosophy of work, relationship and education aimed at promoting the well-being of dogs and their human families. Today, together with two colleagues, we manage DogStar, a dog centre located in Cantabria (Northern Spain) and devoted to work with abandoned animals to rehabilitate them for future adoption. We also run the Mantrailing Cantabria School and coordinate the solidarity project Trails for Hope, dedicated to the rehabilitation of shelter dogs through scent work and ’mantrailing.’

I’m one of the founders of ANPECEC.

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