Monday, October 10, 2011
Philosophy of Behavior Training Part I
The mechanics are mostly simple to do and simple to teach, which is probably why the discussion of them is so prevalent and the discussion of why we do these mechanics is mostly missing. But having only one side of the equation does not allow one to truly handle the issues that dogs have because of our bumbling attempts to train them to live by our rules. I think that is really why there is very little discussion of why - most humans are more interested in exerting control then they are in actually living life. Life is hard, life is unpredictable and life changes constantly. Control and predictability become two of the most important aspects of living.
So this morning, I started quantifying how I take a dog from reactive to social and why I have the humans and dogs do the things they do in the order they do them. On Facebook, I put up the first synthesis of this quantification. The six steps to rehabilitation: Attention, Alignment, Awareness, Activity, Application, Assignment.
Cesar talks about being the packleader, creating calm submission, exercise / discipline / affection, and calm assertiveness, but no where have I found step by step explanations of how to achieve these things - and I have all his DVD's and books. In my practice I've found that 80% of the people I deal with cannot be a calm assertive leader, it's just not in them. I realized a long time ago that just like in the dog world where only a small percentage of dogs are actually true alpha dogs, it's the same in the human world. Most people are content to just live life and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Very few people have the personality and skills to be a true leader.
So, in the following weeks, I will present my philosophy, the pattern of what I do to rehabilitate a dog who is off the rails into a social companion. Hopefully I can explain things so that others can duplicate what I do and be just as successful. I will be mentioning Natural Dog Training a lot as what I do aligns most closely with this philosophy. I will also mention other training methodologies and philosophies as what I do is a blend of many ideas, practices, theories and methods because each dog and human team is different and will respond differently and may need just a slight adjustment to a proven method.