To some the truth is an insult, to others life from the dead. –Gary Amirault
The purpose of this page is to lift the curtain on the ideology which is being marketed to the public as the science of dog training. While there are many layers to this ideology the main issue is what it represents as a whole at the relational level for the majority of those needing help to overcome behavior issues with their dogs. What I show very clearly is that this ideology puts many dog owners at very high risk of failure especially those who need the most help with creating relational change. One of the deceptions is that many go through the motions of training without even realizing that physical response is not always representative of relational change. The underlying motives attached to response must be put into right relational context. It is no different than the narcissist who objectifies while going through the motions to obtain supply. The motivations are difficult to perceive for those who are emotionally invested.
The issue of physical response and relational disconnect is one of the big problems that is happening between dogs and owners. In my book, Mind and Body Kinetics, I discuss this issue at length. The reasons why so many are not willing to trade this ideology for truth is because it has morphed into a belief system. Considering that 4 millions dogs are being destroyed every year in North America and the shelters are filled to capacity the hard truth needs to be put out front and center. Those who are misrepresenting the dominance issue while exploiting learning need to be challenged and held accountable. It is clear that the group how are promoting this agenda are not willing to put the interests of dogs ahead of their ideology. It is the only way things are going to get better. I am probably the first trainer who can show the relational connection issue and what it represents at this level.As an self described expert on understanding the issues of relational connection with how it influences a dog's decision making process I can clearly show that many are not only misrepresenting the issue of dominance but also exploiting learning theory at the same time. The break down points of learning theory are consistently predictable based on using relational connection as a model. The ability to discern the type of influence taking hold within any given learning model only comes from understanding this connection issue. I show the various relational interplays which reveal the influence of this connection on the decision making process of the dog.
Further I would argue that it is impossible for those promoting the science of dog training to accept what I show based on already established tenants and positions regarding the core issues of dominance and learning. The campaign by this group to bully their way beyond the inconsistencies and problems while exploiting the feelings and emotions of dog owners only serves to support my position. While my goal continues to be to help individual dog owners overcome their behavior issues and problems my other focus is to shine the light on the reason why so many are still struggling with their relationships with their special pack members. My hope is that the information I provide will open the eyes to what has been happening and focus attention to this problem.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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When it comes to nature there are no accidents or coincidences. The goal of this page is to expose the mess of what has been happening in the dog training world for far too long. Dog owners are being sold down the tubes by trainers who have aligned themselves with the type of methodology and relational connection / bond that is causing high rates of failure for dogs and owners. I clearly show how learning theory is being exploited while the relational connection issue is being mocked, ignored and dismissed by those who are on their knees worshiping these ideas as the second coming to dog training. The issue of dominance is being misrepresented and exploited as a cheap marketing tool by this group to draw in the masses. It is like fishing with dynamite based on societies current attitudes towards dogs. It is clear that this branch of science is not walking hand in hand with truth. Those involved are demanding validation while attempting to use intimidation, exploitation and popularity, based on exploiting feelings and emotions of owners via the dominance issue, to bully their critics into silence. My hope is that as more begin to make the relational connection they will start to seriously question the motives of those pushing this corrupt agenda. I make it clear they are the biggest reason why dogs are being given up on and destroyed based on the type of connection this methodology aligns with. Those promoting this agenda are not only overselling this ideology but in many cases are outright misrepresenting the facts. A dog's decision making process is influenced at the relational level and I clearly show this point by point. This is in fact the primary motivating and influencing agent.
If you are interested in reading more regarding this issue I have two books which will help provide more in depth answers. The Mind and Body Connection and Mind and Body Kinetics. Both of these books are available via this website.