I've noticed how important energy is with the dog. If she's a barking leaping menace and I get riled up. YOU STOP THAT RIGHT NOW! SIT! NO! QUIT! DOWN! - chaos. She'll amp up even more to meet my excitement level. If I go quiet, calm, and still, she'll stop everything and stare at me with her lip stuck and her head tilted. Energy is a powerful thing. Not to get too woo-woo, because I think it's a matter of personal perception and not pixie dust, but when I give off loud, chaotic, emotional energy, I seem to get more of that right back from everyone and everything around me. If I can calm down, breathe, and just be, things around me calm down too. A situation that seemed really dire when I thought I had to control it seems like not such a big deal when I relax and look at it with curiosity and acceptance.