Dog training is not about dominating a dog or bribing her to obey. Obedience is actually built into your dog's character through an innate need to always attain a state of group harmony, a need that's directly inherited from the way wolves hunt together as a cohesive unit. In fact, new research shows that the relationship between humans and canines began because both species hunt in groups. Dogs need to know two things in order to be happy and well-behaved: “Am I safe ?” and “What do I do with my energy?” By simply answering those two primary concerns and understanding that your dog sees the world through his emotions, you can begin to have the kinds of responsiveness and obedience that you desire and that your dog actually wants to give you. That's one of the most important breakthroughs that the natural method gives us, the idea that dogs actually want to learn and are eager to obey us, it's part of their cooperative nature as group predators.
The other important breakthrough is that listening to your dog is almost as important as teaching him to listen to you. Training is a two-way street. Your dog will teach you as much as you teach him, if you can tune in to his emotions.
As its name implies, Natural Dog Training is a totally natural, holistic approach that always works, even where other methods fail. Based on the methods used to train police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, etc., it operates on the principle that a dog's social energy, which governs his desire to learn and obey, is inextricably linked to his hunting instincts. By playing games that stimulate and satisfying the emotions contained within your dog's prey drive you automatically restructure the emotional dynamic between you. This creates intense focus and a strong desire for group harmony, and is far more effective at teaching a dog to obey than the use of behavioral science methods or dominance training.
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