Anika is a “periphery” dog by which I mean that she feels most comfortable moving along the outer “emotional valence orbital” as there’s less resistance along this track. She’s analogous to the outermost electron in an atom. As such she ranges as far as she can from her handler while still maintaining contact. I believe her personality trait would place her in a wolf pack as the one best at catching small prey for the cubs, flushing rodents from cover due to her activity level in the search, as well as being the first to notice something on the far horizon. Personality types striating along paths of resistance in integral to a systems logic for the group. However the problem in domestic life is that everything we want a dog to do requires that she feel comfortable not only when she is not moving, but when she has to spend time “centered” at the core. At the core a personality type such as Anika’s feels compressed and thus compelled to bark or do something to relieve the pressure. Before the above photo we have gone for a long walk, played hide n’ seek so as to draw her in closer to us rather than her usual trait of scanning the far horizon, and then we took her to a stream that seemed to generate an emerald mist coloring everything around it. Woodland fairies and water nymphs were no doubt cavorting as Melissa and I took it in the sight and Anika drank from the water pooling through the moss covered ledges. On the way back we paused in the middle of a field and played some keep a way with the “sacred toy” to help her feel grounded to the group, centered at the core and within her core. In this photo she’s learning that her kill is greatly appreciated. I’m laying down to minimize my predatory aspect and this gives me the chance to rub-a-dub as we wallow in the fall glory together. Thanks to Melissa for capturing the moment.
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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.