A dog can help you be a better speaker

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at th...
Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new book for potential dog parents is now available for free download – it’s National Dog Week this week. If you’re a pet owner, you know how much a dog can do for your mental and physical health. For anyone feeling unsure about adopting a dog, this little e-book gives you lots of reasons why you’ll be glad you did.

Dogs make great companions, keep you healthier and all that. But did you know dogs can serve as encouraging, non-judgmental audience members to help nervous speakers improve their presentation skills?

Here’s a quote from the opening of the book, Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog: For a Healthy Mind, Spirit, Body & Community written by Kristen Levine:

…at American University’s Kogod School of Business, anxiety-prone students practice giving presentations to dogs in order to overcome their nervousness. The school claims that, “Addressing a friendly and nonjudgmental canine can lower blood pressure, decrease stress and elevate mood — perfect for practicing your speech or team presentation.”

Think about how that might work for sharing your frustrations with your dog. Hmmm. I almost adopted a dog a few weeks ago. Wonder if this book is a sign… Read more at www.kristenlevine.com.