In “NDT” and “YDIYM” I offered a new view of personality in contravention to the prevailing consensus of learning theory, i.e. that reinforcements and instincts are enough to account for the complexities of how a dogs’ behavior changes over time. I discovered that two dogs living together and treated exactly the same (even were this 100% possible) nevertheless gravitate toward different emotional polarities so that they become their equal and yet opposites. My theory is wholly consistent with the finding described in the NYT article linked above. In contrast, owners, behaviorists, biologist, ethologists, trainers have ascribed this variability in behavior, learning style and overall disposition, to the dog’s personalities and genetically encoded instincts. Furthermore this pattern of variation, one aspect of it being the phenomena of personality, is indicative of an underlying template that organizes all acts of learning and any instance of behavior changing over time. I predict that the mainstream will invoke epigenetics to account for new findings such as these, but this will not prove to be an adequate explanation since it is predicated on a faulty foundation, i.e. the random variability of genes. An immediate-moment analysis of behavior reveals that genes subscribe to this underlying template as well. In fact the very phenomenon of sociability is a manifestation of this template. The first traits of organisms (in service to interactions with other organisms) are the predator and prey polarities, and then in response to resistance these traits evolve into male and female in higher organisms, and then an infinite gradient of Active–Reactive—Direct—Indirect, encoding for what we have traditionally recognized as personalities. These are increasingly complex elaborations of the first traits, prey/predator, each the emotional counterbalance to the other.
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.|