I mentioned earlier that the sable GSD was overly stimulated in its prey instinct and so it can’t give its energy to its handler when stimulated. This is directly related to an aggressive issue because when a dog is in this state, there’s a bubble around him and the energy isn’t flowing smoothly with the handler, who therefore can’t serve as a filter by being able to absorb and refine the energy into a smooth wave function. The dog focuses on the sensations related to compression, and this is the number one defining feature of a negative experience and so these will be the physical memories summoned up from the emotional battery. Thus when another dog comes into his space, he will begin to bristle and overload. Whereas we can think of this bubble as a semi-permeable membrane so that it lets in that which is “nutritious” and keeps out that which is perceived as toxic. When the membrane is open other dogs can gain entry into the dog’s perception of its group. Instincts related to compression function as a load/overload means of energy transfer and the individual becomes like an electrically charged particle and so his body gets tense and it doesn’t feel good to be the object of another dog’s attention. So in this video I’m working on the bubble problem to see where I stand. There is only one energy, if I help the dog with the bubble issue relative to me, by making his body supple via rub-a-dubs, making contact, and smoothing it out with a fluid gate, I’m helping his bubble problem with other dogs as well, not to mention that it will prove incredibly easy to control him if I can fit inside his bubble. I also will be in position to help him let other dogs into his bubble since I’m already in. What the owner didn’t realize is that every ball playing session no matter how much fun it looked like the dog was having, in reality it was increasing the dog’s bubble problem, and since the dog has an incredible prey instinct, it is a very big bubble problem indeed. So what I am working toward in this video is for the dog to be able to convert the pressure of being the object of my attention, into arousal rather than excitement and we can see here the dog going in and out of successfully dealing with the bubble. The stimulation of the ball emotionally paralyzes him and his instinct is to shake it relentlessly, and so I was able to interrupt him a few times for food, and he successfully ran around me in a circle and looked at me in a state of arousal and then approached closely, and so ultimately this will all position me to induce him to push the toy into me.
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.|