In “Natural Dog Training” in 1992 I posited the notion that learning in dogs was a function of emotional bonding. In other words a dog applies a social construct to all situations, he has a group mind perspective of reality. Even a seemingly innocuous physical act has a social connotation. This means that dogs become bonded by overcoming resistance through becoming emotionally and physically syncopated and aligned with their owners. OWNER ATTENTION CANNOT ACHIEVE BONDING. In fact it is enervating as the phonetically operative component of the word attention is TENSION. Such a dog is constantly positioning itself relative to its owner in order to relieve tension.
Meanwhile this kind of science is headed in the opposite direction.
Confusing eye contact with bonding is fueling the current epidemic problem of addiction-to-owner syndrome.
Dogs are team players, group animals (as opposed to pack animals), and being a productive member of a team is the healthy way for a dog to feel connected rather than by way of attention which is something that constantly varies and is often interrupted, and can never be satisfied. These are why such dogs are inherently anxious, they’re always on the lookout for that which can interrupt their sense of connection with their owner. (This includes things the owner does as well.) So don’t worry about your dog looking into your eyes, when a dog is emotionally bonded, he always can feel where you are.
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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.|