This research provides further verification of the phenomenon of emotional projection, by which I mean the projection of a feeling of the body’s physical center-of-gravity (p-cog), into an object so that the object feels to the subject as if it is an extension of its own body. This internal/external emotional connection is facilitated by physical acts of alignment and synchronization. When this “wave” becomes intense enough, then the subject animal feels physically connected to the object in question. The object possesses the subject’s “emotional center-of-gravity.” (e-cog)
In a syncopated state, two individuals so entrained will act in a very intelligent (adaptive) manner because each as an extension of the other, they will respond to each other in mirror fashion. Mirroring is actually “wave-coupling” so that their forces are combined and they are able to achieve more together than they could singly. This is why their relationship proves so adaptive, what observers call intelligent. However science has mistaken this adaptive capacity as evidence of a high intelligence and what they term a “Theory-of-Mind;” the idea that another being might have a mind of its own capable of entertaining perspectives in counterpoint to one’s own. In this view, dogs figure out how to get along. But what’s really going on is better termed a “Theory-of-Body,” the feeling that an object’s body is an extension of one’s own body and reflects a “Deep Intelligence” (courtesy of Willem Larsen) rather than a high intelligence. Dogs are thereby able to go by feel as opposed to going by thought. (This latter approach to interpreting the intelligence of animal behavior will prove to be the greatest “Clever Hans” delusion of the modern era.)
Emotional projection is the basic code of intelligent life. It is a primordial system not an advanced one. Dogs excel at emotional projection because the basal code has become the most pronounced aspect of their makeup given that their ancestor is the wolf, a group hunter of a large dangerous prey, and then the selective process of domestication which amplified the basal code exponentially and rendered the spectra of working breeds. A frequency of prey animal, i.e. the specific rhythm by which it moves, becomes the tuned set-point (reflecting the vibration of a given prey species) of a specific breed, a diverse range running from bird dogs to bull dogs. That the basal code is so pronounced in the dog given its unique evolutionary heritage, is why only the dog has produced such a wide and diverse range of body plans and working types. Man might try as much as we want to selectively breed any other animal but it will never produce the range of diversity and adaptive capacity of the domesticated dog.
Due to the phenomenon of emotional projection, one can protection train a working dog, encouraging it to sink its teeth into human flesh without inhibition, and yet paradoxically at the same time enhance its sociability. Whereas if any other animal is encouraged to attack a human being, we would end up with psychotic animals not social ones. But with a working dog, its sense-of-self can be fine tuned so that it can autonomically distinguish between civilian and criminal activity, as can a human being. In reality, protection training is projection training.
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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.|