Why Emotions Matter in Dog Training

Why Emotions Matter in Dog Training

Dog Training is a messy business. Anyone who claims that it is cut and dry is missing the beauty if not the stinging reality of the complexity that is Hearts and Dogs. You say I am complacent and permissive with my cookies and praises, and I say you’re downright cruel with those shock-collars and prongs around an innocent neck. But dog training is more than science and quadrants and pinches and pessimistic glances over the fence. Dog training should never even BE about “dog training” – it should be, and always will be, about Love. Because the only reason we’re all in this in the first place is because we love dogs. If love is what drives us to work with dogs, fear is what makes us abuse the system of behavior analysis. We all want to “think we know,” and that comes from our hearts. To believe that a shock collar or a clicker has equal power to bring a dog into greater harmony with our human world stems from a noble desire for a deeper connection with animals. But both beliefs stem from a desire for control. Clicker training drives the control freak crazy. It goes against every traditional teaching, every belief system, and every childhood memory of kids and dogs and long walks in fields and corporal punishment and ice-cream, all wrapped up in a nostalgic package. With a bow. Complex, isn’t it. Emotions and dogs. And ice cream. We don’t jerk our dogs because we’re trying to punish them; we use the aversive approach because “it works!”, because the punishment fits the crime, because it...
Earth-Based Spirituality & Dog Training

Earth-Based Spirituality & Dog Training

Dog Training Made Whole Together we have the opportunity to define a relationship between dogs and their families. That definition naturally is shaped by our relationship with earth. So to define earth-based spirituality in the context of our relationship with dogs and dog training, we must first understand who we are as spiritual beings on this earth. Understanding who we are in the bigger picture of the universe helps us to see how all beings are interconnected through nature. From the moment of conception we are connected with other animals on earth because we are by nature part of a larger ecosystem that we share with all creatures. Together, animals and humans share a similar pattern of thought and design that comes from the divine. All creatures have the ability to communicate through a universal language of patterns of thought. Animal communicators use this knowledge to connect with animals through signals which are patterns of thought identifiable by sound and pictures. Dog training applies this principal. Beginning with our relationship with other beings, we begin to see how the way in which we communicate can impact our relationship with nature. Our insight into relationships can help us define what we are meant to do in our sustainability of life and its protection of the planet. Life and its ecosystem is an essential component of spiritual practice in that it allows us to understand the delicate balance between ourselves, our world, and the creatures in it. This understanding leads to greater harmony between beings as it allows a fruitful relationship among creatures who would otherwise do harm rather than good....

FPF @ Bark in the Park – May 16

Henrico Humane Society Bark in the Park Saturday, May 16 – 10am – 1pm at Deep Run Park (West End Henrico) Admission to the event is free to the public (there is a registration fee to participate in the dog walk). All proceeds from the dog walk benefit Henrico Humane Society!  Event Day Activities: 2k Dog Walk Lots of Vendors Dog Contests – $1 per entry Inflatables & Face Painting for Kids Dog Adoptions Music Food for People and Pets...