True, my critic is right in one sense: a person is not a moose and a dog can never come to THINK of a person as a moose. However a dog doesn’t think its owner is a person either. In fact, a wolf doesn’t think a moose is a moose, or a wolf is a wolf, and neither does an animal ever arrive at the realization that its mother is its mother, or a sibling is a brother or a sister.
The human intellect fixates on the forms of things and then tries to apprehend its essential nature in terms of its relationships with the forms of other things, as well as in terms of one moment relative to another moment. In the human mind a moose is a moose, a human is a human, a dog is a dog. With this in mind we then construct rationales based on cause and effect in order to account for the interactions of one form with another and which transpires over a span of time. We see wolves hunting, killing and eating a moose and we assume that wolves hunt with the INTENTION to kill and they kill with the INTENTION to eat.
Animals on the other hand are fundamentally concerned with energetic essences that are contained within the forms of things, essences that are universal to all things and they are either instantly or gradually revealed to a dog through the movements of a form and then the actual physical secretions from the form: then and only then, does an animal “know” what it’s dealing with. And the one constant in any and all interactions is whether or not energy “runs to ground.”
All the wolves want to do is make contact with the moose. This is why they hunt. All they next want to do is bring the moose to the ground; this is why they kill the moose. And then all they next want to do is ingest the essence of the moose in order to fill the void in their gut. This is why they eat the moose. There is absolutely no intention or comprehension in any of this. And were the moose somehow aware of the emotional leverage it enjoyed over wolves, we could see a moose easily train a wolf to heel, sit, down and stay, and come to it no-matter-what.
The form of the thing is a value of resistance, in other words its predatory aspect relative to its preyful aspect. This “R value” correlates on a one-to-one basis to a specific layer of unresolved emotion deposited as physical memory in the body/mind as an emotional battery: the more intense the resistance that’s encountered, the deeper the layer in the emotional battery that is then summoned to the surface of the dog’s awareness. So for example, the higher the eyes of a being; the actual physical stature of the form, then the greater the inherent resistance value of that form. Perhaps you can already see where I’m going. This means that as the individual goes forward in space, the intensities of its various experiences regresses it BACK IN TIME, back down into its emotional data bank, regressing it through its history of acquired resistance to the expression of its emotion. The activation of physical memory in conjunction with the circumstances of the immediate-moment thus make possible an expression of unresolved emotion as Drive and as a complex and nuanced response in real time (and in an adaptive manner) to the forms of things. So in NDT we’re not asking a dog to THINK of its owner as a moose. I’m only interested in what a dog FEELS for its owner.
Let me sum it up this way: in the canine mind a moose is that which can trigger, release and gratify all pent up stress. In other words, and this may at first sound fantastic, the moose is energetically to an adult wolf the same as the mother wolf is energetically to the wolf cub. The adult wolf looks up at the moose at the same angle as the little cub looking up at its mother. (Interestingly, the angle of the sun on the horizon triggers the hormones of the large, dangerous ungulate species the wolf evolved to hunt so that the height of the sun over the horizon, i.e. the angle of photons hitting the back of the eye then triggers the pineal gland and induces the rut. Thus we see a direct correlation between the physiology and the emotional makeup of the animal, i.e. the height of the predatory aspect triggers a specific depth of the emotional battery and subsequently, a specific blend of hormones. BTW, the sun is the predatory aspect, the moon is the preyful aspect in celestial influences on the animal mind.) So in point of fact every owner starts out in the beginning of its young puppy’s life as the most exciting thing on the earth, a.k.a. the moose.
So, when wolves encounter a moose, their earliest litter experiences are recapitulated and they are able to align around the moose just as they aligned BY FEEL (and well before the higher centers of the nervous system were even fully formed and sentient) around their mother. This is critical to the raising and training of a dog because if the intensity of the owner can summon to the surface of the dog’s awareness the earliest moments of its life on earth, i.e. trigger the deepest layers in the body/mind as an emotional battery (this triggering is easy since humans have so much predatory aspect), and then if this activated physical memory can be RESOLVED by aligning around the owner (this part is harder because human beings have so little preyful essence), this is what Moose-energy feels like for a dog, and mooSeY-eNERGY equals synergy, i.e. more energy being realized than is being invested.
This state of emotional suspension is immediately gratifying no matter whether the hunt is successful or not, and is why a dog pulls a sled for the syncopated joy of it, or why a dog herds sheep without having to kill any, or a field dog hunts all day without ever getting to eat the soft, warm, squishy bodies of birds in its mouth.
So if we want to have a positive relationship with a dog and in a way that grants us 100% control no-matter-what, our dog must connect with our “inner moose.” There is no other option. We must learn to be the moose our puppy once saw us as, and our dog now wants us to be.
SET YOUR MOOSE LOOSE!!
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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.