Our aim is that the animals we work with should be present throughout the activity. Only when the animal is aware of what is going on can he assimilate the experience and learn from it. We must always offer them that crucial “pause” so that they can process the information.
For the very same reasons we must also be present and mindful. They say that “Attention energises and intention transforms”, so if we first set our intention and then focus our attention on it, we set in motion the process of transformation. As all of us who share our lives with animals know only too well, they are remarkably adept at picking up on our intentions. In this way we can help them on their own journey of learning and transformation.