Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dog Training Psychology vs Warriorschool

In order to have a healthy Human to Dog relationship you need to realize a few things and then train your dog in the correct way.

1. Offer Exercise, Discipline and then Affection to the dog (in that order)

2. Remember: "You are the dogs pack leader, not his parent, nor his friend", "The dog is a pack 'animal' and you need to treat him as such"

3. Always exert Calm and Assertive Energy when dealing with your dog (the dog will mirror you and only respects grounded and stable leaders)

Most people do not know these rules and do not treat their dog accordingly. If dogs do not have these principals guiding their life, they can become insecure, display problem behaviors, be disobedient and irritating. All of these things are signs that the dog is confused and does not know what it is he should do. It is up to the human to provide the dog with the proper understanding and outlets for his nature. These principals and formulas will offer that to him. These principals are exactly how alpha dogs would treat each other if humans were not involved, and they are the guide on how we should treat them as well, if we want them to be healthy and truly happy.

Once you train your dog according to these principals he will take a submissive role in relation to you. Since he is domesticated and relies on you to provide his food and shelter he will now be psychologically ready to work together with you in exceptional harmony. This should be your goal and it will be enjoyable for you and your dog. The dog deeply desires to be calm, peaceful, obedient and submissive to a strong leader and you need to provide that for him. It is a wonderful thing to see a dog and master work together, because as a team they can both accomplish so much. If there was deep miscommunication, lack of understanding, confusion or bad leadership there could be many negative consequences.

The sad thing is that most humans live their entire life feeling insecure, lost and displaying problem behaviors for the same reason a dog does. They don't know themselves, their place and they don't have a leader who knows their nature. Because of this, they don't know what to do with themselves. Unlike dogs however, we can prevent ourselves from acting out and often drown out the depths of our true feelings with activity and entertainment. Most people will never truly develop those very qualities a dog will display through good dog training, because they are unambitious, afraid or unwilling to submit themselves to others the way a dog would. Most people might exercise, but it is in the form of sports and its purpose is to entertain, not to fulfill their primal nature. They may discipline themselves, but not in a militaristic fashion. They may share superficial affection with others, but they don't push themselves to achieve profound spiritual connections with others. This would all require humbling themselves to a way of life, a teacher or principals the same way a dog would humble himself to an alpha dog. Most people are unwilling to do this when it comes to the essence of their nature, and therefore will never truly experience the benefits and life available to them. Warriorschool offered this and built on this.

Most people will never admit that some people are above us and better than us. They will not acknowledge, that another person or God or principals are their pack leader. Jeff Prather used to say: "I am not your friend, I am your teacher". He was saying essentially that he was our pack leader. I never felt like he was bringing glory to himself, but merely saying that he had principals he was teaching us and in order to learn them we needed to follow him in an intense way. If indeed such a thing as the good life exists, or virtues or justice they are rare, and in order to develop them it will take work. The work is difficult and most people will never achieve it. Because of the average persons unwillingness to submit to principals or a teacher they cut themselves short. They are stubborn towards submitting and like an untrained dog, they relegate themselves to an imperfect and flawed life. They probably will fail to enjoy the deep interactions and possibilities life has to offer. By purposely pursuing and developing these qualities a new world opens up to us, the same way an obedient dog opens himself up to more extravagant adventures with his master.

The other thing most people will never experience is to be around people who exert 'Calm and Assertive' energy at all times. This builds peace and trust that allows us to come together and accomplish things like never before. Warriorschool taught this and brought this to us. It was like a breath of fresh air amongst the worlds polluted winds of death and vice. Most people expect their teachers and fellow humans to be upset, angry, frustrated, irritated, dismissive, judgemental, impatient, retaliatory or rude at any given time, especially when unfavorable or dangerous circumstances arise. Like a good master of a dog, Warriorschoolers learned to always project this calm and assertive energy towards others, even lighthearted, gentle and graceful energy when life threatening situations occurred. This virtue made them highly respectable and credible. We all fed off each others calm and assertive power and it developed a safe environment where everyone could freely learn and advance. Most people will never experience this. They may want it, but they only want to receive such love and affection. Most people absolutely do not want to act this way, or be expected to act this way. It is too hard. They don't think they can do it, because they are convinced that they have the right to act that way themselves. Because they are so committed to their own vices, they will never submit themselves to such rigorous training which cultivates such virtues. Again, that is why I loved Warriorschool, because they brought such primal, simple and awesome principals to us in such an awesome way.

Another thing I learned from Warriorschool is that deep down inside humans are wild animals as well. Dogs used to be wild animals, until humans domesticated them thousands of years ago. They no longer hunt for food, because humans feed them. Instead of roaming the wild with other dogs, they now live with humans and support them as if they were their own wild pack of dogs. Humans also no longer live as wild animals, and because of the advances of civilization and technology humans have been domesticated themselves. The dog has been forced into his new environment, but his nature stays the same. A clever human will recognize the dogs nature and train him to appropriately express his nature in an acceptable way. Humans are so severely domesticated that many never learn about their wild nature. Most will never discover it, most will never become aware of it and most will never find a master so to speak who will help them properly unleash it and channel it into the appropriate and acceptable channels. The same way a dog will never feel completely happy and complete without the right master and context for his life, humans will also never feel complete without the proper guidance to live the truly human life. Jeff Prather and Warriorschool tried to teach this. That is why I joined and stayed, because I felt like I was gaining and learning something that was so powerful, any price was worth paying for it. I felt truly real, calm, peaceful and powerful around the Warriorschool people, the same way my dog feels when he has the right environment around him.

Warriorschool, like a good dog trainer offered a similar sort of formula for its students. Dogs are wild animals with sharp teeth and their nature is to defend, attack and alert their pack to danger. They desire to know their role, because they have needed to violently defend themselves from predators and have had to violently attack their prey to survive. In order to accomplish this, dogs have needed to develop a clear and simple militaristic sort of authority structure for their social interactions. They need a clear pack leader, and that leader needs to display specific qualities for them to be convinced that they can live together as a group and survive. Once they have this structure in place they can live together with harmony that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

Dogs know instinctually how to provide this structure for each other, but humans who have been domesticated for hundreds of years by modern society don't necessarily know this. Because of sports, which are merely sophisticated childrens games, entertainment and work, humans are able to ignore their primal nature and can live together in some sort of harmony. I am convinced that deep down inside humans have a void and a longing, that is silenced from all the distractions of life. We truly desire to unleash the oppressed primal nature of our humanity, but usually die without ever doing so.

Warriorschool gave us that primal, raw and wild experience that allowed us to know our selves and be ourselves in an acceptable way. Warriorschool's goal was to turn us into truly whole human beings who weren't domesticated or enslaved to the system of today. We were to learn skills that were true to our essential human nature, and encouraged to avoid deceptive entertainment, drugs or childrens games like sports. We were supposed to prepare ourselves to offer something back to society that only the most sophisticated of people could do. In order to do that, we needed the right leader and teachings. That leader and those teachings were based on indiginous and militaristic principals which were designed to help us be who we were meant to be.

Proper dog training brings about these qualities in a dog which are qualities and virtues most people would say are missing in their own lives

Through effective dog training
I have developed a deep connection, bond and sense of respect in the dog.
I can calmly and assertively order and guide his behavior. I have confidence and am able to use finesse to bring about his cooperation.
I have disciplined and trained him to work in harmony with the family.
He knows the proper forms of play, and feels powerful when I allow him to guard the house as I have trained him to do.
He now receives and shows the proper affection that calms him and puts him at ease.
He knows that we are his masters, that we have authority over him and that we are his leaders which helps him find his proper role.
I have built trust in the dog for us as owners and removed his need to fill the void of indecision and ignorance.
I have prepared him through training to calmly encounter danger or scary situations.
I am able to unravel and untrain old and bad habits.
I am able to challenge the dog in a healthy way and teach him how to be a better part of the family, so that everything runs more smoothly for all of us.

Because Warriorschool was similar to effective dog training it brought about many of these qualities. When I noticed these in others and realized I could share in them and partake in them I was determined to do anything it took to accomplish this. What made Warriorschool so sophisticated was the fact that it addressed the primal nature of training, but also helped us develop a sense of justice and holiness. Now I am not talking about it in a way that you read a book about it, but in a primitive way. In the sense that you embody those principals in a non-verbal way, that you do it in your life and don't just talk about it. Because of the militaristic approach and the clear pack leader and context for our life, we were able to develop these virtues that usually remain elusive to most.

Now below I have included some excerpts from the Dog Whisperer and other dog training sites. I hope you get an idea of what it is like to effectively train a dog. I think it is a great metaphor for life and shows the basic foundational level of Warriorschool. Warriorschool ultimately brought us all together like a master brings together a dog pack. The master being Jeff Prather. Too bad he turned out to be such a deluded and bad guy. Check out the dog training advice.

Dr. Frank Beach performed a 30-year study on dogs at Yale and UC Berkeley. Nineteen years of the study was devoted to social behavior of a dog pack. (Not a wolf pack. A DOG pack.) Some of his findings:
Male dogs have a rigid hierarchy.
Female dogs have a hierarchy, but it's more variable.
When you mix the sexes, the rules get mixed up. Males try to follow their constitution, but the females have "amendments."
Young puppies have what's called "puppy license." Basically, that license to do most anything. Bitches are more tolerant of puppy license than males are.
The puppy license is revoked at approximately four months of age. At that time, the older middle-ranked dogs literally give the puppy hell -- psychologically torturing it until it offers all of the appropriate appeasement behaviors and takes its place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The top-ranked dogs ignore the whole thing.
There is NO physical domination. Everything is accomplished through psychological harassment. It's all ritualistic.
A small minority of "alpha" dogs assumed their position by bullying and force. Those that did were quickly deposed. No one likes a dictator.
The vast majority of alpha dogs rule benevolently. They are confident in their position. They do not stoop to squabbling to prove their point. To do so would lower their status because...
Middle-ranked animals squabble. They are insecure in their positions and want to advance over other middle-ranked animals.
Low-ranked animals do not squabble. They know they would lose. They know their position, and they accept it.
"Alpha" does not mean physically dominant. It means "in control of resources." Many, many alpha dogs are too small or too physically frail to physically dominate. But they have earned the right to control the valued resources. An individual dog determines which resources he considers important. Thus an alpha dog may give up a prime sleeping place because he simply couldn't care less.
So what does this mean for the dog-human relationship?


Using physical force of any kind reduces your "rank." Only middle-ranked animals insecure in their place squabble.
To be "alpha," control the resources. I don't mean hokey stuff like not allowing dogs on beds or preceding them through doorways. I mean making resources contingent on behavior. Does the dog want to be fed. Great -- ask him to sit first. Does the dog want to go outside?
Sit first. Dog want to greet people? Sit first. Want to play a game? Sit first. Or whatever. If you are proactive enough to control the things your dogs want, *you* are alpha by definition.
Train your dog. This is the dog-human equivalent of the "revoking of puppy license" phase in dog development. Children, women, elderly people, handicapped people -- all are capable of training a dog. Very few people are capable of physical domination.
Reward deferential behavior, rather than pushy behavior. I have two dogs. If one pushes in front of the other, the other gets the attention, the food, whatever the first dog wanted. The first dog to sit gets treated. Pulling on lead goes nowhere. Doors don't open until dogs are seated and I say they may go out. Reward pushy, and you get pushy.
Your job is to be a leader, not a boss, not a dictator. Leadership is a huge responsibility. Your job is to provide for all of your dog's needs... food, water, vet care, social needs, security, etc. If you fail to provide what your dog needs, your dog will try to satisfy those needs on his own.


What do you mean by “pack mentality”?
A dog’s pack mentality is its natural way of relating to other dogs. A family unit can also be a dog’s pack. Even a single person and a dog is the dog’s pack. It is important that the human be the dominant member of the pack. This is not achieved through violence or bullying, but with calm, assertive energy. The dog isn’t threatened; it just knows its place in the pack.
How do you get dogs to change?
People humanize dogs and don’t understand their psychology as pack animals. I begin by showing the dog that I am the pack leader. I fulfill the dog’s need through exercise, which is walking the dog in the correct way. I give the dog rules, boundaries and limitations … and then affection.
What is the most common mistake people make with dogs?
They don’t establish a leadership role. Almost all dog problems come from two things: lack of exercise and lack of leadership. Additionally, especially in America, owners tend to give affection, affection, and more affection, when what the dog really needs is exercise, discipline … and then affection.
What is the most important thing to do for your dog?
Take your dog on a 45-minute power walk every morning. BUT, you must use the proper method in walking your dog – when leaving the house, make sure you always walk out the door ahead of your dog to demonstrate who is the leader, and make sure the dog is not in front of you on the walk.

Unspoken Rules
The mom or pack leader also uses calm-assertive energy to set rules, boundaries and limitations for how the dog interacts with his surroundings. The pack leader enforces these laws in a quiet way; maybe the mom picks up the puppy if he strays outside the den.
The pack leader doesn’t project emotional or nervous energy and neither should you. If you don’t set rules, boundaries and limitations in calm-assertive ways, your dog will not respect you.
Waiting is another way that pack leaders assert their position. Puppies wait to eat; dogs wait until the pack leader wants them to travel. Waiting is a form of psychological work for the dog. Domestication means dogs don’t need to hunt for food, but they can still work for food.
Establish your position as pack leader by asking your dog to work. Take him on a walk before you feed him. And just as you don’t give affection without your dog being in a calm-submissive state, don’t give food until your dog acts calm and submissive. (Exercise will help the dog, especially a high-energy one, to achieve this state.)
Try this: To further achieve a calm and submissive state before feeding, ask your dog to sit and wait a moment while you place his meal in his bowl. When he has sat patiently, give him the okay to eat.
Interact as canine parents interact with their puppies. Begin your day with calm-assertive energy before you share emotions or excitement. Establish rules, limitations and boundaries to create a healthy state of mind in the dog. Finally, enjoy a simple walk - a primal activity for dogs accustomed to following pack leaders over hundreds of miles. It will say more than any word ever could.

Most dogs that live in this country have shelter, food, and lots of love. These are the dogs that often become unstable because they’re not working for food and water. Dogs need a pack leader to feel balanced and connected. They need to be told every day what to do.

Leadership is forever, and love is forever. But sometimes we get lazy and only share love and no leadership. Once you share calm-assertive energy and the dog goes into a submissive state, then you can share love and affection.

Position matters; walking in front of a dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. Master the walk, and your dog will relate to you as a pack leader.
During the walk, you will feel the highest level of connection with your dog. My clients are often surprised by this, because they think dogs only crave love and affection. This is not so. Dogs crave rules, boundaries and limitations from their pack leader. This allows them to relax and accept their role within the pack.

Dogs as Animals
Dogs don’t follow emotional leaders or lovable leaders; they follow calm-assertive leaders. This is the same for all animals in the animal kingdom. Humans are the only animals that follow unstable, emotional leaders around the world.

The pack leader, often the mom or a male, controls everything: when the pack eats, when they play and how far they can walk. The key to earning your dog’s respect as the pack leader is to understand the nature of the pack and to duplicate the action and attitude of the pack leader. The pack instinct is the dog’s strongest natural motivator.

The dog’s mom sets these rules from day one: where they can sleep, how far they can walk, and when they can eat. These rules, boundaries and limitations nurture a healthy state of mind.
As adults, dogs look to their pack leader to set these rules. They don’t question the pack leader’s position, and the pack leader doesn’t look to the dogs to affirm his position. This is the natural balance of the pack.
Without rules, boundaries and limitations, your dog will not respect you as the pack leader.

Make feeding a ritual. When puppies are little, they wait to be fed by their mother. This waiting is a form of work. When feeding, we ask the pack to work for food and water. This is why we walk the pack before they eat.
Dogs don’t get fed when their mind is excited, nervous, tense or aggressive. They get fed when their mind is calm and submissive.
Walk the walk. If we study dogs in their natural habitat, walking is how they earn food and water and experience the world. Dogs would rather walk than do anything else, because they get to work their body and their mind.
A big back yard is no substitute for a primal activity like a walk. A dog with a big back yard can still develop frustration because the physical energy needs to go somewhere. That is why daily walks are so important.
When walking, make sure that you are in front of your dog. This allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Remember, dogs always follow the pack leader.
When your dog recognizes you as the pack leader, you will enjoy the connection that you have sought all along.



How Humans Create Behavioral Issues for Dogs
Tips for Retraining Humans
Your dog will set the rules if you don’t learn how.
The number one mistake people make in their relationships with dogs is treating them like people. You wouldn’t interact with a horse like you interact with your sister. So why do humans insist on treating dogs like people?
I see it every day with my clients; they think that their dogs will stop tearing up the couch if they just love them more or show them more affection. These strategies might work in the structure of human relationships, but, in the animal world, Nature didn’t hard-wire dogs to interact this way. Instead, Nature instilled dogs with a powerful pack instinct. This way of being is how dogs communicate and experience the world.
If you love your dog, treat him like a dog. A dog needs a stable pack leader to lead a balanced and happy life. The recipe is really that simple. Humans are the ones that make these relations complicated.
Retrain Your Brain
I realize this turns upside down most thinking about the human-dog relationship. But think about it, if your husband mistook your needs for the needs of a chimpanzee, where would that leave you? Confused and disoriented.
It’s the same for dogs. But their confusion and disorientation manifest in bad behavior such as tearing up the couch or barking constantly. Most of these dogs are probably loved and well cared for by their owners but feel lost in a vast ocean without a life raft. Think of the life raft as the strong, stable pack leader. S/he provides a source of strength and guidance to help the dog navigate through a complex world

Barking and Jumping

Behavior Rehabilitation
Discovering the Cause of Barking
If nuisance barking is a problem, consider these issues to find a solution.
Some clients tell me that they love coming home because their dog greets them excitedly by jumping and barking. They feel this proves their dogs love for and bond with the family.
But look at a dog in a natural setting; she doesn’t bark and yelp and jump on her pack mates in a burst of affection.
So what are my clients’ dogs trying to say?
Looking Deeper for Answers
Dogs that greet their owners in this way are trying to communicate. But rather than professing undying love, they are probably trying to tell you that they are lonely and bored and that their needs as a dog are not being met. The excitement that you see is your dog’s way of burning off the excess energy that has been building throughout the day.
People shouldn’t be disappointed by this revelation. This just means that dogs don’t use emotions like people do. Remember, they’re dogs. To love a dog means you must treat him like an animal, which means fulfilling him as Nature intended him to be fulfilled.
Now, let’s get back to our barking dog. So-called nuisance barking, which is often ongoing and not in response to a particular stimulus like a jogger running by the house, is your dog’s way of sending you a distress signal.
Somewhere his needs as an animal are not being met. Is his world anchored by a pack leader who projects calm-assertive energy? Are you walking with him every day, which exercises his body and his mind? Is he living a balanced life?
If nuisance barking is a problem, consider these issues to find a solution. It’s the best way to show real love for your dog.

Who is the pack leader??????

If your dog jumps on you when you arrive home, she's the pack leader.
How can you tell if your dog is the pack leader? It’s simple: If she jumps on you when you arrive home, she is the pack leader. If she jumps on your guests, she is making sure that these new arrivals also know she is in charge.
What can you do to stop this unwanted behavior? Most importantly, you need to establish yourself as pack leader. When a dog doesn’t have a clear pack leader who projects calm- assertive energy, she tries to fill the vacant role, usually to disastrous results (for the owner and for the dog).
Set Some Rules-For You and Your Dog
Don’t shower your dog with affection when you walk through the door. This kind of attention is wonderful for a human child, but not for a dog. Remember dogs are animals, and the kindest thing you can do is to treat your dog like a dog by communicating in a way he’ll understand.
The dog’s mom, the ultimate pack leader, would never tolerate inappropriate activity. If she sees something she doesn’t like, she stops the activity by moving the puppy out of the way in her calm-assertive manner. The puppy learns an important boundary from the lesson, and her firm and unambiguous leadership balances the puppy’s submissive role in the pack.
When your guests arrive, ask your dog to sit patiently. Your dog will follow your commands when he respects you as his pack leader. Remember, the animal pack leader doesn’t negotiate to get what he or she wants. The pack leader leads by projecting a calm-assertive energy, the language dogs use to communicate.
The most important thing to remember is that you can’t be a leader only some of the time. Leadership is forever; inconsistency triggers confusion and anxiety in a dog. Animal pack leaders never waver from their leadership role, and neither should you.

In their natural habitat, dogs earn food and water by walking and they get to experience the world. If a dog does not walk, she does not eat. You can see how this activity exists deep within a dog’s DNA, but too few dog owners recognize its importance.

I also explain to the owners the importance of exercise. Physical activity burns the dog’s excess energy and maintains his healthy state of mind. This is important because, in order to talk to the mind, you need to remove the energy from the body.

remember: the golden rule is “once the dog is done, remove the plate.” Once the dog is finished eating, the meal is over. You will be the one that determines this. Eventually, the dog will settle into the new structure, and you will see an end to this problem behavior. The dog will eat what you give her, and there should be nothing left to horde.

Challenge Your Dog Psychologically
The canine pack leader requires his followers to work for food and water. This work is mostly psychological and comes in the form of waiting, for example, waiting to eat or waiting to travel.
A good way to refocus your dog’s behavior is to ask him to wait a moment before he eats. Only when he achieves a calm-submissive state, do you put down the bowl of food.
The same is true for daily walks. Put the leash on your dog and have him sit and wait a moment. Only when you say OK is it time to begin your journey out into the world.
These simple exercises provide excellent mental stimulation and help your dog ease into a calm-submissive state of being.

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