“So …when a dog is growling he’s not digesting , the incoming information is not making is way through the pipe to where it is grounded in its gut , it’s all stuck in it’s head , I was mistakingly under the impression the pipe (mind/body) was flow out , the idea of flow (information) just been stuck in the head , jaws , make the fear biter easier to understand, the pressure build up needing release. In the fear biter , is the snap or bite a slight connection to the gut or is it still all in the head , I know it’s a release of pressure but it is an oral impulse which comes from the gut , ??thanks”
To understand growling, we have to approach it from the perspective of emotional conductivity, which is predicated on the mechanics of locomotion. Hopefully the following pictures will save a few thousand words.
To review, pure emotional conductivity is manifested on the most basic level as unencumbered physical motion. In a physical setting that is emotionally conductive, the dog is free to bound at full speed toward what he wants, a prey object he wants in his mouth. In this modality there is input commensurate with output, total flow. The dog is both projecting and collecting itself at full strength.
We can see in the sequence below that this wave dynamic is characterized, and executed, by three distinct pulses of strong muscle contractions, the propulsive force of the hind muscles, the planting of the rigid forequarters which thus serves as a pole vault to transmit thrust forward even faster, and then this sequence of strides culminates with the prey object gripped in the jaws with a crushing bite. There are three points of physical and hence emotional leverage. The acceleration of being attracted to something reaches culmination in the mouth.
A dog associates its physical center-of-gravity with an object of attraction, and it also associates the muscle tension that configures the body around the physical center-of-gravity moving through the body, with an object of attraction as well. P-cog, tension and object of attraction all become synonymous as features of a smooth wave function of running toward what the dog wants. The tension that travels through the body as a wave ultimately meets with the actual object in the jaws. In other words, the projected p-cog connects with the real p-cog, in the mouth. This physical memory of the wave pattern is held in the heart and is keyed to the breath so that a dog can feel free and in the flow, even when not moving. In such a state, even a physical compressed situation can evoke the feeling of being emotionally conductive. This for example is what we observed in the Malinois being worked at Von Liche Kennels when thrown about the culvert while on the helper’s back. It always could perceive prey, and so it always bit harder when experiencing “turbulence” and it was energized by these so called “negatives” rather than inhibited which is why its body was always supple rather than tense. The root of this wave is derived from a subliminal beam of attention continually grounded in its gut and sustaining that smooth wave action. This is continually maintained by processing stimuli through the hunger circuitry as the dog comports through a sequence of actions. In this modality, balance serves as a tuning metric rather than as an inhibitor and/or an on/off switch.
When attracted and feeling in the flow the three main regions (hips/shoulders/jaws) are supple voids awaiting their turn for contraction, in other words, the muscle groups are relaxed and poised to receive the intense contractive impulse when it arrives as the smooth wave pattern moves through the body. The dog feels open and loose in its hind end, shoulders and jaws and this is reflected in an overall supple, fluid body mechanics, as each body region is prepared to pulse in rhythm with the the p-cog/tension in motion. The dog associates the wave moving through its body as culminating with an object in its mouth so that the supple body state in a smooth rhythmic pulse, is synonymous with having something in its mouth and with a strong subliminal beam of attention fixated in the deep gut. The subliminal beam of attention in the gut, being processed by the hunger circuitry, brings the physical memory of having something in the mouth to the surface and sustains the dog through complex series of actions even when it doesn’t have something in its mouth. Feeling emotionally conductive is a predictor that it will have something in its mouth to redress the void in its gut and which generates the feeling of being grounded during the course of a complex action that can play out over a very long period of time.
On the other hand, the opposite of emotional conductivity, is resisting forward motion because of the loss of the subliminal fixation on the gut. This brings the balance circuitry to the forefront rather than its being subsumed into a tuning metric within the hunger circuitry. The dog is only projecting, not collecting, it is actively pushing back rather than absorbing and this cuts off a subliminal beam of fixation on the gut.
In this instance, the force of attraction is experienced as a force of acceleration because the dog does not perceive a preyful aspect but rather is focused on a predatory aspect. The dog counteracts that force of propulsion (supplied by physical memory) by focusing his subliminal beam and muscle energy on his forequarters in order to resist forward motion.
Growling, below, is the exact same mechanical dynamic as the above, but in this case the loci of the counter acting exertion is the muzzle rather than the forequarters, and this is because the knot of tension has slipped forward to the jaws. The heart was not strong enough to hold it back. By growling the dog is resisting forward motion from its muzzle, by exerting leverage from this point as opposed to its forequarters because the tension of propulsion has gotten past the forequarters and is leaking from the muzzle. For example we might observe a dog walking toward something and yet incongruently, growling. This condition has been grossly misinterpreted in behaviorism.
Growling is merely changing the loci of the subliminal beam of attention as a last stop measure of exerting a force of resistance. The dog is attempting to resist the entry of any more force of acceleration (by pushing back from its muzzle) from entering his body. The dog is pushing subliminally against his jaw in order to keep from bursting into motion toward something that can’t absorb its momentum because it can’t perceive its preyful aspect. Were it to break down and then bite, this would be characterized by a load/overload, electrostatic nature, typically with much noise, but in that act of opening the jaws then the body/mind as a pipe does let in some essence and so a little bit of hunger would be evoked and the dog would feel better and this short lived relief is all it can learn. (This is why for some dogs getting a snark or even a bite out, then makes it possible for them to socially interact with another dog. All of a sudden it can perceive a preyful aspect and its subliminal beam of attention takes station in the gut and now it is grounded and feels safe.) The overwhelming aspects of stress relief would be the predominant aspect of the experience and we would observe the dog to be enervated and depleted after such an episode. For example the exact opposite of the dogs doing man work at the Von Liche Kennels who always wanted more no matter how tired they were or how much stress came their way.
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