“Mr. Norman recalled at the news conference in Arras on Saturday. “My thought was, ‘I’m probably going to die anyway, so let’s go.’ Once you start moving, you’re not afraid anymore.”
Allow me to springboard off of current events in order to discuss the root source of all fears. The terrorist attacking the French train presented the passengers with a physical problem, not a mental one. The passengers had an emotional issue with the terrorist, not a psychological one. He was preventing them from moving well. He put an incredible “Charge” into the system.
Likewise a problem dog has a physical problem, not a mental problem. A problem dog is emotionally “charged.” Meanwhile a psychological approach is trying to address the dog’s problem by trying to get a dog to think like a human: “Listen to me I’m your Pack Leader.”—“Listen to me, I control access to your resources.”—“Listen to me, I”m your loving caregiver.” Etcetera, etcetera. These are wonderful thoughts in their own way, there is a vast behavioral industry that industrially works at substantiating these arguments, but they fail to address a dog’s physical problem which is the source of all his fears, i.e., he doesn’t know what to do with his body and therefore he is unable to move well under “the Charge.”All he knows is that once he gets moving, the fear, for one instant, goes away. If this movement is supplied by an instinctive script, we call it a behavioral problem. The dog does not end up moving well and his emotional charge grows ever greater.The goal of Natural Dog Training is to write a new script through channeling a dog’s movement through the five core exercises. Then the dog learns to move well and his charge begins to dissipate. He begins to feel integrated into his group. The men who stormed the terrorist in the French train moved well. I doubt these heroes are suffering any emotional charge from the event. I doubt they will experience any PTSD from the event. The reason is that they moved well and moving well always connects the individual to its group and such a state of integration neutralizes “The Charge.”