Soft Puppy Mouth

In this sequence of play we can see the sable GSD exhibit a soft mouth, which is evidence that his puppy mind is beginning to run the show. This means he is becoming equipped under a high rate of change to find new focal points for his Drive energy, so that he can shift what he’s doing without loss of emotional momentum and thus can increase his carrying capacity. This will help him not collapse into prey instinct when excited so that emotion can continue to elaborate to a more and more refined feeling.

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Published September 11, 2011 by Kevin Behan
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4 responses to “Soft Puppy Mouth”

  1. Christine says:

    By “soft mouth” you mean the open, relaxed jaw as opposed to a tightly clamped jaw. I know the GSD biting the neck of the pit is not dominance but am not sure what the correct correlation is energetically speaking.

  2. kbehan says:

    Because the GSD feels so in the flow, its body/mind is soft, which is the puppy mind, and so it can’t clamp down on the neck, it merely wants to mouth, and this soft mouthing will render maximum pleasure to the pit and so she is happy to be “mauled” in this way.

  3. Christine says:

    Thanks…always wondered why Duncan seems to enjoy it when Diva is chewing on his neck. I’d always found it bemusing ♥

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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.
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