A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered

A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered

Everyone has their own way to decompress. For some it’s a glass of wine post a hard day at work. For others, it’s lacing up their running shoes and going out for a jog. For me, a walk in the woods is just what the dog ordered. Just what the dog ordered? Yes, you read that right. For me, there is nothing more soothing than putting on a pair of hiking boots and going for a long walk with my dogs. There is just something decidedly relaxing about walking in the greenery of the Pacific Northwest with my fuzzy ones.

Adulting

Last week was a hard one. I had to adult five whole days…in a row! Take it from me….adulting is hard work. You have to make decisions, sometimes unpopular ones, you have to color inside the lines, drive with both hands on the steering wheel, and pay bills. I’ve got a PhD in adulting – by the time you are in your mid-thirties you’ll be well on your way to an advanced degree in it. But it’s not all that bad – I can eat ice-cream for dinner if I want to! I was tired of all the adulting and so at the end of day five I had enough of being the big decision maker and buckled up my fuzz ball and took off for one of the big wooded in-city parks close by our neighborhood.

A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered! When things get a little 'ruff' put on your hiking boots and take your dog for a walk in the woods, that's where you'll find your answers! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogA Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered

I talk to Mattie when we go out for a walk. Sound odd? It’s not really. I work through my frustrations, or hurts, or challenges and at the end of my rambling, I ask him what he thinks. It sounds something like this, “Well, today I was a bit more short tempered than I had set out to be..so and so didn’t hear what I was trying to explain..I was frustrated and so I got a bit snappy….that’s probably not what you would have done, is it Mattie?” More often than not, Mattie tilts his head and stares at me, and gives a little sneeze, and then stands up, shakes his little body, gives me a second sneeze, wags his tail and off we go, continuing our walking. I’ll carryon the conversation, “I knew it, you wouldn’t have done it! I’ll work to be better Mattie, I’ll try to convey more of you in my actions.” And, off we go on our walk.

Walking Talking Meditation

This is what I call my ‘walking talking meditation.’ Typically these three action-based words would not go together like this. But, like many other times where rules exist – I tend to break them. I get healed with our walking talking meditation times. When I go for a walk in the woods with one of my pups and ‘we’ talk through moments, growing my self-awareness, while walking together, taking in the green, mossy canvas, trees waving about in the wind, smells of the earth and ocean combining together – BAM, that’s my nirvana! My spiritual center, my church if you will. I worship at the alter of the great outdoors, and learn how to live a more kind life by talking with my dog.

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Dogs Make Great Psychotherapists

A Walk In The Woods Is Just What The Dog Ordered! When things get a little 'ruff' put on your hiking boots and take your dog for a walk in the woods, that's where you'll find your answers! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogWithout words or degrees, or even studying the profession, dogs seem to ace psychotherapy. Maybe it’s because we feel safe talking to them – judgement free exchanges allowing us to see ourselves a bit more clearly. I’ve gotta hand it to Mattie, if he charged me for his services…..boy, would I be broke. Happy and self aware, but broke. For me, when I have a tough day – a walk in the woods is just what the dog ordered! Does your dog help you work through things too, maybe challenges, or just the way you are approaching a problem? If so, share with me and my readers by leaving a comment below.

Until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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45 Comments

  1. There is nothing better than a walk with your dog to help clear your mind, and help you sort out the days problems. I always talk to my dog and my cats – sometimes you need a second opinion 😉

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  2. Walking in the woods is my favorite way to decompress, too! I love taking the dogs out and I talk to them, too! 😀 I always feel better when I get back!

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  3. Wish we had woods close by but I am blessed to have at least 4 dogs parks in my area so I can alternate – have a great weekend

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  4. Agreed – there is nothing that a walk in the woods can’t fix.

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  5. I so agree! Walking with my pup with a nice view is the best stress reliever!

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  6. There is nothing better than spending time outside with your dog(s).

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  7. Walking can be a great way to relax and clear your mind. So too, can talking to your pets – I have conversations with the cats regularly, they’re great listeners!

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  8. We don’t have woods where I live (sad, I know), but I grew up next to a forest and can remember walking through the woods. So nice and a great way to clear the mind. And all the better with a dog at your side!

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  9. We don’t walk in the woods because of the fear of fleas and ticks. We do go to special walking trails. It makes all of us very happy. ♥

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  10. I couldn’t agree more! I believe this is how I stay sane haha

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  11. Walking on the trails in the woods is one of our favorite activities and I am incredibly fortunate to live across the street from the trailhead to one of our favorite walking/hiking areas. We all come back from a walk/hike feeling more calm and relaxed and it clears my head better than anything else.

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  12. I love to go for a long walk to help clear my head, although usually I just walk in my neighborhood.

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    • Long walks = clear thinking!!

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  13. We love hiking and at the moment Shasta is still able to go. It is VERY peaceful and stress relieving! I also can relate to talking to the dog as I do it all the time and he ALWAYS keeps my secrets!! 😉

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  14. Mr. N will shove his head under my hand for petting if he thinks I’m stressing too much.

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  15. I totally agree, walking or hiking with my dogs is very spiritual and peaceful. I ramble on to them sometimes too, making sure to see that no one is around to hear me! I especially love hiking with them since there are usually not many distractions of the human variety, it’s just me, my dogs, and some beautiful wildlife if we’re lucky. Very therapeutic!
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  16. I am off now for TEN DAYS!!! I am planning more play and less ‘adulting’ even though we’re supposed to get snow.

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  17. I love walking with my dogs. I actually like going alone best because it gives me time to think and relax with my dogs too

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  18. Nature has always been my zen place, and sharing that with my dog is a delight beyond words.

    Tashi “talks” to me, as Shih Tzus do with their people, so I get that talk therapy is good for both parties, lol. Coming back refreshed after such walks makes the demands of life seem easier to meet. Great post =)

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  19. So sorry you had to do any adulting at all! But a walk in the woods is never a bad idea!

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  20. Adulting is no fun. It turns out that I have to do that a lot too. You aren’t weird at all for talking to your dog. I talk to my cat and sing to them. They make great therapists! No one understands me quite like they do. 🙂

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    • Adulating definitely can be energy using – so it’s important to stock back up and refill our creative energies!

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    • It’s always such a good reminder to just relax, be calm and take in the day!

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  21. Going for a walk is definitely good on a stressful day. Its nice to just get away sometimes!

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  22. Walking a dog really is therapeutic! I learn a lot about dealing with the frustrations of life and people by training Matilda. The patience and understanding it takes to train a dog carries over to real life. People need just as much time and positivity as dogs do, though it’s harder to remember because they’re supposed to understand. Having a dog reminds me to be thankful for the good in life and patient with the not-so-good.
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  23. I have a less serene experience walking my dogs, but I know exactly what you’re talking about. My trail rides on my retired race horse are my sanity. I had an over-the-top work week a couple of weeks ago and all I wanted to do was saddle up and get out into nature. That trail ride and quiet time with my horse did wonders for my soul.

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    • That is so beautiful! We often walk in areas where the horses travel as well – and we stop, stand back and just watch as they and their riders walk by. So amazing – and calming!

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