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Day: July 3, 2015

Principle 10 For Achieving Balance: Life Is Simple – We Make It Complicated

Principle 10 For Achieving Balance: Life Is Simple – We Make It Complicated

Dogs and dog psychology are not complex; there are only 5 Natural Laws that they follow. If we remember these and listen to the truth that our dogs are telling us ‘ rather than our own stories about them ‘ we make things much simpler for ourselves and our pack. We can keep life simple […]

Principle 2 For Achieving Balance: Live In The Moment

Principle 2 For Achieving Balance: Live In The Moment

As humans, we experience time differently than dogs do. We’re constantly aware not only of the present, but of past and future. For many of us, that’s where feelings like shame, guilt or regret (past) and fear or anxiety (future) arise. Dogs, on the other paw, live only in the present ‘ in the moment. […]

Principle 1 For Achieving Balance: Be Aware Of Your Energy.

Principle 1 For Achieving Balance: Be Aware Of Your Energy.

In nature, when a dog in a pack shows excited or unbalanced energy, the entire pack takes it as a warning of impending danger. It’s remarkable how quickly a sleeping pack of dogs will go on high alert when one dog barks! And it is just as remarkable how quickly the pack settles down when […]

Pack Leadership Technique 4: Master The Walk

Pack Leadership Technique 4: Master The Walk

Pack Leadership Technique 2 reminds us to provide exercise, discipline, and affection in that order. And the absolute best way to provide exercise and discipline for your dog is through the walk. To make the walk productive and bonding, you have to be the leader. This means that you’re in front, not your dog. It […]

Pack Leadership Technique 3: Establish Rules, Boundaries And Limitations.

Pack Leadership Technique 3: Establish Rules, Boundaries And Limitations.

Because of their nature as social pack animals, dogs want us to tell them what they’re supposed to do. Their goal is to help the pack survive, and they do it by following the pack leader. It’s the job of the pack leaders to provide protection and direction. Establishing and enforcing rules, boundaries, and limitations […]

Pack Leadership Technique 2: Provide Exercise, Discipline, Affection

Pack Leadership Technique 2: Provide Exercise, Discipline, Affection

A balanced dog is one that is fulfilled in all three aspects of its being: body, mind, and heart. In nature, dogs instinctively find that balance. When dogs live in the human world, however, it’s up to us to ensure that they get that balance. Humans and dogs both have instinctual, intellectual and emotional dimensions. […]

Pack Leadership Technique 1: Project Calm, Assertive Energy

Pack Leadership Technique 1: Project Calm, Assertive Energy

‘To dogs,’ says Cesar, ‘energy is everything.’ Because dogs communicate with energy, our personal energy plays a central role in our relationship with them. Dogs are our mirrors, reflecting back in their behavior the energy we express. If we are hyperactive and over-excited, our dogs will be the same; if we are tense and angry, […]

Natural Dog Law 5: Dogs Are Social Pack Animals.

Natural Dog Law 5: Dogs Are Social Pack Animals.

As descendants of wolves, dogs are instinctual pack animals. They instinctually seek to join whatever pack is nearby. This explains why dogs can get along so well with so many other animals, especially other pack or herd animals like horses, cows, and sheep. There’s even at least one case of a dog and elephant becoming […]

Natural Dog Law 4: A Dog’s Senses Form His Reality

Natural Dog Law 4: A Dog’s Senses Form His Reality

Humans and dogs experience the world through a very different combination of senses. To most humans, sight is the most important sense, followed by touch, sound, and smell. For dogs, the order is smell, sight, sound, and then touch, with a dog’s sense of smell being by far the most important. The easy way to […]

Natural Dog Law 3: Dogs Are Animal, Species, Breed And Name

Natural Dog Law 3: Dogs Are Animal, Species, Breed And Name

We humans think of ourselves in a way that dogs would see as exactly backwards. To us, the most important thing is our name. It’s how we sign documents, how we introduce ourselves, and how we know other people. Next, we focus on ‘breed,’ which for humans is a group identifier like race, religion, or […]