Growing & Heeling: A Conversation About Dogs and Mental Health with Karoline of Dog Mom Mentality
We see these memes online everyday joking that all of our dogs are freelance emotional support dogs. But what if it’s your dog’s behavior that’s causing you anxiety?
I’m grateful to Karoline Edmonds of Dog Mom Mentality for courageously sharing her ups and downs with us today.
Admittedly a bit of a reluctant and naïve dog owner, in early 2020 Karoline agreed that her boyfriend could get a dog – if he was willing to do all the work. Then COVID happened and Karoline found herself being the one at home all day everyday with Layla the Australian Shepherd mix.
When Layla began showing fear, reactivity and even some fear aggression, Karoline found that her dog’s anxiety was giving her anxiety! So now what was she going to do?
Over the past 3 years Karoline has embarked on a journey of Growing & Heeling – working on her own mental and emotional health, as well as Layla’s behavioral challenges.
Karoline has now created the Growing & Heeling Journal to help pet parents navigate through both the awesome times and those times when it’s unexpectedly difficult sharing your life with your dog.