My Facebook feed is almost 100% curated to provide a stream of dog behavior, interesting science and of special import, heavy construction equipment. At any rate this piece on dog behavior just came over the transom and warrants comment.
Let me put it this way, if one is wondering if their dog loves them, then one might as well be wondering if gravity is going to hold their feet to the ground. The earth loves us, she won’t let go. Even Jeffrey Dahmers’ dog, (if he had one) — or better yet Hitler’s dogs, HAD to love him. Unconditional love is the default setting of the canine mind. If you find yourself wondering, or worse, working at earning your dog’s love, then you’re working too hard. On the other hand what one should be asking is whether or not your dog TRUSTS you. And this is exhibited by whether or not one’s dog is able to give you his Deepest, Darkest, Dankest energy, or, does it give it to someone or something else, otherwise known as a Problem Behavior.
Heart is a Trust Muscle and to earn a dog’s trust you have to exercise this muscle, nothing else matters. Mental stimulation, tons of attention, sleeping on the bed, these don’t exercise the Trust Muscle. Neither for that matter does exercise. To exercise this part of your dog’s body/mind, I suggest the five core exercises: Pushing—Collecting—Barking—Bite/Carry—Rub-a-Dub. These behaviors conduct a dog’s Deepest, Darkest, Dankest energy and bring it to a state of fulfillment. They reset a dog’s mind to the factory’s default setting, Unconditional Love.
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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.