Being a dog trainer by trade for many years none of this surprises me.. My last dog was totally protection trained, as all my dogs were over the years. Protection dogs were my specialty. I could look at him with eye contact then look at you and point and he would go off on you.. If I showed anger or even seemed like I was frustrated at someone he didn't know, he would be keyed in on that person and ready for me to give him his command. I could sense him as well as he could sense me.. I started training dogs when I was twelve years old.
Officers on the street have this bond. Miltary dogs and handlers in the bush in Vietnam came back with all kinds of story's on how well there dogs did, sensing and feeling danger between the handler and dog..
There is a reason they say a dog is mans best friend.. Certain breeds are a lot more receptive to body language and emotion then other's.. Cattle dogs and the herding breeds being the ones that are the most receptive in these area's.. They have been bred to do a job of taking direction from the handler from a distance. Because of this they are always watching and reading there handlers wants and needs.. It's been bred into them..
My first dog I got as a kid of twelve years old, she was an Aussie Queensland Healer mix. When your a kid, your nothing but emotion! I learned to use this, to show my dog what I wanted..
I got into vocabulary and hand signals and went out of my way to see how many words and or hand signals I could teach her.. She had a vocabulary of over 200 commands and hand signals by the time I finished with her.
I called her my circus dog. Taught her every trick I could think of.. Roll over, crawl, limp like she was hurt. To shake, like she was shaking water off her back.. All with hand signals. I could drop her into a down from a football field in length, sit from a down. stand from a down. All from hand signals from way down field. She would walk walls, climb trees and many other little things I came up with to teach her.. To go to sleep, (cover her eyes with her paws,) when I gave her the command to go to sleep.. She would amaze even me at times.. She was so in tune with me, it wasn't even funny. All because I was an emotional trainer that used these emotions to pass onto the animal what I wanted..
Cesar Millan is a good friend of mine. I lived at his place for a year or so. Way before he was what I call Mr. Hollywood. ;-)
Cesar calls it energy, I think of it as emotions and drives... To teach an excitable hyper dog to settle down. I will do what I call a 1000 and 1 to 0.. Get all squirrely, cause the dog to go ape. Then correct the dog with a mild correction and drop your emotions to "0" walk real slow and take your whole being to a zero state.. The dog picks up on this and can then understand what your asking of it.. If he doesn't understand one state, how do you expect him to understand the other? You show him both and ask that he gives you "0".. If he has one state, he can now relate to the other and he learns and actually understands what your asking of him. he is not just going through the motions but actualy understands what your asking. This is a good example of using emotions in training..
What I call the gut feeling of dog training. Meaning to be in tune with your dog and feel it in your gut, in how to communicate with your animal.
Liked this post from you my friend.. Many of your post are very incite-full.
Yours through the screen..