The more I try to explain an energy theory of behavior to those who are genuinely interested, the more sympathetic I am to the question: “Where’s the science?” I wish I had all day to collate the science that’s available in support of an energy theory but for now I’ll just try to call the reader’s attention to material as I come across it. In the current edition of “Psychology Today” (and I don’t know if it’s available on line) is an article by Jeff Wise discussing the evolutionary advantages of fear. As I read the article it was as if he was discussing the “emotional battery” without yet understanding how this is also information as well as it is a release of powerful energy in critical moments. I will be exploring at length in an article the nature of fear, how it is part of a registration system of stored resistance (data bank of physical memory) and then how it serves as a tuning device assigning focus and intensity to various stimuli for an animal; but for now I just want to point out the strong correlation between this article and the notion of an emotional battery.
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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.|