A dog gains awareness of its “self” from an awareness of its body. It gains an awareness of its body by being acted on by external forces, such as gravity. This awareness is framed by a bilaterally symmetrical anatomy configured around a physical center-of-gravity. A dog’s sense of its self begins with a subliminal beam of attention on its physical center-of-gravity in response to external forces. This construct integrates the animal mind with a sense of its surroundings. The surroundings become the substrate of the self and this is the basis of motive. The construct of the self is directly reflected in body language.