Month: July 2015

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, […]

Principle 4 For Achieving Balance: Work With Mother Nature

Principle 4 For Achieving Balance: Work With Mother Nature

A dog sees itself in this order: animal, species, breed, and then name. The first two are a part of what a dog is by nature; the last two were created by humans. We run into difficulties with our dogs when we try to treat them primarily as breed and name. Working with Mother Nature […]

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 […]

Principle 5 For Achieving Balance: Honor Your Dog’s Instincts

Principle 5 For Achieving Balance: Honor Your Dog’s Instincts

Because dogs are animals and species first, they all share a common set of instincts. They are connected to nature, live in the moment, communicate with energy and, as pack animals, seek calm and assertive leadership. Although the animal and species instincts are common to all dogs, their breeds can sometimes affect behavior. Breeds were […]

Principle 6 For Achieving Balance: Nose, Eyes, Ears

Principle 6 For Achieving Balance: Nose, Eyes, Ears

The 4th Natural Dog Law tells us that a dog’s senses form her reality. She perceives the world through her nose, eyes, and ears (in that order). That’s very different from our human way of eyes, ears and nose. That means if we’re not thoughtful in the way we meet and approach dogs, we can […]

Principle 7 For Achieving Balance: Know Your Dog’s Natural Pack Position

Principle 7 For Achieving Balance: Know Your Dog’s Natural Pack Position

In nature, there are three positions in the dog pack ‘ front, middle, and back ‘ and each dog will gravitate to its natural place based on relative dominance, with the pack leaders always in front. Each position has its own function within the pack as they work together to survive. The dogs in front […]

Principle 8 For Achieving Balance: You Create The Dog’s Calm, Submissive State

Principle 8 For Achieving Balance: You Create The Dog’s Calm, Submissive State

As a Pack Leader, it’s your goal to bring your dog to a place of calm, submissive energy. It’s not about your dog. Everything begins with you, your energy, your state of mind, and your approach. You are the source of your dog’s calm, submissive state, and your dog is looking to you for guidance. […]

Principle 9 For Achieving Balance: Be The Pack Leader

Principle 9 For Achieving Balance: Be The Pack Leader

Dogs are social pack animals with a leader and followers. In the wild, most dogs are followers, but if they don’t have a leader to follow, a dog ‘ or dogs ‘ will attempt to take control of the situation. The lack of strong leadership leaves the dogs in an unbalanced mental state, and they […]

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 […]

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