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Object of Attention To Object of Attraction

In this video an important development occurs within the mind of the sable GSD. He can feel emotional leverage, in other words he feels grounded into the other dog and connected to his “self” and therefore because he’s in hunger circuitry, Newton’s second law of motion is enabled, i.e. every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In this mode he can flip polarity and become the prey because this feels more energizing.  (The animal mind is predicated on motion.) He has become confident enough to become an object of attraction, rather than feeling as an object of attention (which triggers negative, physical memories). Now the question becomes—-is his emotional capacity high enough to flip polarity with a dog that resists him and with whom he has not had any positive contact. When the dog is the object of attention he feels as if a force that he’s not in control over is acting on him, and there is only so much stimulation that a dog can bear in this mode of being.

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Published September 11, 2011 by Kevin Behan
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One response to “Object of Attention To Object of Attraction”

  1. Joanne Frame says:

    thankyou for that lightbulb moment!

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In 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.
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