One of the great benefits of learning to control my stress has been noted in the behaviour of our dog, Murphy. Murphy came to us from Doberman Rescue with abandonment issues. Dogs are highly sensitive to the moods of their humans and I think Dobermans are even more so.
Whenever I am upset or get that "tone" in my voice, Murphy runs and hides. He is a great barometer for me to take myself out of automatic pilot and see exactly how I'm thinking and feeling. Well, I already know that it isn't great, thanks to a dog who has literally turned tail!
To improve the climate in the household I take the time (and it doesn't take long!) to practise one of the techniques that you can learn too!