Life on the farm isn’t all fun and games, there’s wood to be fetched, and I miss having Hessian along when I’m on my tractor. Whenever a log or a tool fell out I could point at it and Hessian would bring it to my hand. Hunting is a many-splendored thing. So a big part of Bixie’s duties will be forestry management although I don’t see any big logs in her job description.
However, the tractor puts her into a frenzy and she starts doing zoomies and then racing off to the horizon looking for something to sink her teeth into. That’s why I keep the long lead on in case I have to break the spell. Overall she’s doing well in keeping track of me in the woods, but my vigilance is always required, what a difference living with a dog who wasn’t raised to just naturally attend as its normal function of simply being in sync. So before she dashes around the house I whistle to see if I can capture her energy. When she begins to respond, only then do I insert her name and even then not in a demand/command kind of way. And as she commits I begin to pour it on to entice her to come close enough on a snow bank so I can reach down and supple her neck, to ground out the frenzy she’s experiences when excited.
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.|