One of the things I would like to do is teach dog owners to be critical readers in terms of an energy theory by exploring some of the popular and well received literature on dogs so that they can recognize a contradiction, anomaly and inconsistency when they find one. Often these are revealed immediately in the title: “Hidden Life of Dogs” when nothing about dogs is hidden; “The Dog Who Loved Too Much” — I thought love was supposed to be the answer?
I’m currently reading Jeffrey Masson’s book “The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving” and he is so readable and has a knack of putting his finger on the essence of what’s missing from the current discussion on animal behavior that this would prove a good place to start. He’s almost posing some of the questions I’ve been raising and then of course in my view he’s unable to find a resolution, but his writing and ideas are a perfect platform for taking an overview of the thinking on dogs and animals, the nature of emotion and love, and then the resulting conjectures and theories offered can serve to highlight where the intellectual heavyweights go wrong. My suggestion is that this book as well as other classics could become the subject of an online discussion group as this will make vivid many of the points and theses I’m striving to articulate. Once I’m through with reading the book, I will offer a brief summation and I would like to hear what others think of it. Then I suggest we go chapter by chapter, line by line in many cases to pinpoint what’s actually going on. I anticipate it will be a slow process so maybe it should be called “Book of the Months Discussion Club.”
Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin BehanIn Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
|Natural Dog Training is about how dogs see the world and what this means in regards to training. The first part of this book presents a new theory for the social behavior of canines, featuring the drive to hunt, not the pack instincts, as seminal to canine behavior. The second part reinterprets how dogs actually learn. The third section presents exercises and handling techniques to put this theory into practice with a puppy. The final section sets forth a training program with a special emphasis on coming when called.|