Become ONE with Your Dog
Dogs are born with the innate ability to understand each other through a series of facial gestures, body movements and sounds which are reinforced through their first families, their canine mom and dad. This is something that is primal and originates from their ancient connection to the wolf. It is known as dog behavior. By learning to communicate with our dogs using dog behavioral cues we can connect with them on a deeper level than we ever could using other methods which are based on human psychology, i.e., reward based training. Please continue reading for further clarification.
When you have a dog that is exhibiting aggression or fear, understanding dog behavior can act as a bridge of communication for the dog to reconnect him with his primal roots. Mentally controlling your dog is the key to rehabilitating your dog. In other words, understanding how nature has given animals a system of natural order called hierarchy, is paramount to controlling your dog. Trying to rely on treats, commands, special collars, mind-altering drugs, thunder-shirts, etc., is futile without gaining understanding of what your dog needs based on dogs being dogs. As human we humanize our dogs, i.e., we treat them as equals giving them the very same access to things they haven't earned. This creates a scenario for them which tells them that they can do whatever they want and in turn when you try to tell them what to do they will not listen to you.
It is glaringly obvious for a new owner of a rescue dog that arrives with "issues" that doing something different is necessary to make a shift in his behavior. However we tend to believe that the dog is somehow ruined by his past abuse. We think that it is impossible for him to recover wholeness, to become balanced and able to socialize with other dogs or people, to get over harsh circumstances or trauma he suffered. But he can. It all depends on the willingness of the owner to understand "the why" the dog is behaving the way he is, and then "the how" can happen. In fact it is a relationship issue even though the dog was a rescue. The problem the dog is having comes from the way the person is reacting to it in the present. Looking to nature is where we can find solutions to our dog relationship issues. And that comes from understanding how dogs think which is stemmed from "pack mentality".
Dog behavior is based on the system of hierarchy, or mental dominance, of one dog over another. All the animal kingdom recognizes and respects this natural system so why don't humans do this, too? Interesting question. People have their own agendas, concepts, egos, judgments, needs, emotional baggage, etc., which all can get in the way of a dog progressing into wholeness. In short people prevent the dog from improving and this doesn't have to be the case...with a little guidance...
Susan Hill has studied dog behavioral principles for five years directly from working with aggressive dogs (not from theories in books or schools that teach rewards based training). Nature is the best healer, the best teacher and returning to the nature returns our lives to wholeness. Susan is ready to help you begin the journey of helping your dog back to being a whole dog, balanced and happy. And just maybe you, too, will find peace. Helping your dog is a approach based on healing your relationship with him.
Susan's Personal Story
I didn't know very much about dogs until an aggressive Doberman came into my life...she taught me that I needed to approach handling her mentally first which I hadn't been doing...and that is why she was biting me. I had allowed her to sleep on my bed and gave her perks that she hadn't earned ...all because I wanted her to love me... a void I was seemingly experiencing in my life. I WAS CREATING the problem...and until I accepted my part in her behavior...nothing would change...Now we enjoy an even better relationship than before...and I am dominant over her. She understands now what I want from her...and my communications with her are clear to her that she is to be subordinate to me.
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Your dog deserves another chance to improve. When would NOW be a good time to begin?