How A Dog Can Be Every Stutterer’s Best Friend

You’ll have heard the saying that a dog is man’s best friend, right? To take that further, a dog more specifically, is every stutterer’s best friend.

You see, the stutter is psychological, so for as long your brain believes you have a stutter, you will have it. The key to pushing past that and onto fluent speech is to create enough of the positive speaking memories for your brain to believe that you can actually speak normally.

And believe me… you can!

You just need a pet. Any pet, because they can’t speak back and they do not judge. Well, maybe they do, but they can’t ridicule you, or pass judgement like humans can.

Pets are tremendous emotional stress busters for stutterers. You’ll notice that when you’re alone with an animal, you’ll be able to speak more naturally and fluently.

Stressed lady

It’s because you do not fear being ridiculed or judged. That’s a rarity for any stutterer to experience and the longer you have the speech impediment, the more likely you’re going to be experiencing high anxiety bursts when it comes to speaking to people.

For that reason, set some time aside each day to speak to your animal. Just make sure it’s not a parrot because if you speak to a parrot and frequently stutter, it’s going to remind you of that constantly!

That will have the opposite effect and confirm to your brain that you do actually have a problem.

Speak to an animal that won’t back chat.

What happens when you do this regularly is that you are creating positive memories of normal speech behaviour. The stutter, for psychological ones anyway, is just a habit. It’s problematic to break but it’s definitely not impossible.

When you aren’t doing the speaking exercise, you need to always be thinking about fluent speech. A fundamental aspect of the brain that many people don’t account for is the fact that as smart as anyone may be, the brain can never tell the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined.

That’s why meditation and positive affirmations and the like work. If you’re feeling down, you can speak a few affirmations and your mood and outlook will change. You can close your eyes, imagine yourself at the beach, use visualisation exercises and other imaginary stimulants and you can get to a stage where your sense of smell picks up the scent of being on a beach.

Your brain’s a fool!

That’s good news for you because it means you can trick it into believing your speech is perfect. The more you practice, the more believable the scenario becomes. Before you know it, the words you’re used to stuttering over will flow from your mouth without a second thought. It’s only after you’ve said it that you’ll be dumbfounded that you actually managed it.

Of course, this is going to take some time for it to begin working, but the best part is the fact that each day that you are practicing your speech, you get quality time with your pet, where you can sit and experience that peaceful conversation that may only be a distant dream to you just now.

There’s something therapeutic about pets, and you can only experience it for yourself when you have a dog, cat, gerbil, or any other animal you can sit and have a conversation with.

You don’t even need to have a pet. You can talk to yourself if you like. No shame in that, as long as you don’t start answering yourself back!

The only thing that matters is that you get alone time every day to practice speaking without the fear and anxieties of speaking with people. It’s only around people that stutterers usually find their speech problematic. Take away the pressure and the result is near fluency.

That takes you closer to fluency through consistent practice of non-anxious speaking. To the point that your brain believes that you don’t have a speech problem and word by word, your speech will improve.

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