Behaving naturally with your dog is what allows them to live full, balanced lives. It may surprise you that this approach to dog psychology and behavior is actually quite common in other places around the world. It is however quite unique to the United States & other Western countries where we tend to treat our dogs like people rather than the wonderful animals they are. Most people treat dogs like children because they care for them so immensely. While we appreciate that this comes from a place of love, we also find it to be detrimental to the human-dog relationship & to the mental health of the dog. The key phrase here is “human-dog relationship”. It’s a bond between a human & a dog, not a human and a human. By communicating with dogs on their level, in language they understand, we are able to truly connect with them and have a deep relationship based on respect & understanding.
Animals want balance in life. By being present with our dogs and learning how to think like our dogs, we can bring ourselves to a higher awareness of the world around us and become capable of living in the present moment. Seeing ourselves through our dog’s eyes can be a very enlightening experience. The joy of truly being in the present with our canine companions, in harmony as a pack unit, is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as dog owners.
We use a lot of body language and pay a lot of attention to energy and the reactions the dog has to certain situations. Dogs are instinctual, reactionary animals. We are therefore very instinctual when working and living with dogs and communicate in a physical way that they understand. While we use body language to communicate with our dogs, we are never abusive and never aim to hurt any animal, especially the ones we love so dearly and share our life with. Physical communication is what dogs do and we honor our dogs by speaking their language. Many dog professionals find this to be “mean” but in reality we simply communicate in a way that makes sense to dogs, in the way that they communicate with each other.