Day 11: A Matter of Terminology

Here’s an analogy for the day: sensual is to (electro)magnetic as pressure is to (electro)static. Simply put, when our dogs become magnetic, especially with us and other dogs who are also magnetic, they become sensual, or supple. Their shoulders are soft and they become loosy-goosy. This is what flow looks like. On the flip side, when dogs become static they…

Day 10: Trust Your Gut

Part 1 It has been amazing having discussions with Kevin about different topics ranging from martial arts, to family, to birds and fish, to society and social structures, philosophy and religion, to cars, and everything else under the sun. It never ceases to amaze me how it all relates back to dog training. We were…

Day 9: Fine Tuning

Part 1 I felt pretty good about my first attempt at writing out the model. However, I think there are some things to clean up on my part. For instance, prey drive only comes from the battery, therefore, if you go back to my beginning statements about the puppy in the last post you will…

Day 8: Opening Up the Pipe (Long, but My Most Important Post Yet)

Part 1 Here’s my first crack at the whole she-bang after almost a week here: When I first asked Kevin, “where do you start and how to you progress when you begin to explain your model to people,” he said, “the pipe, the battery, and the dynamo.” Well, I’m going to attempt that here from…

Day 7: Coming Alive

I’m starting to get some flow out of these dogs today. I’ll begin with Trace. He’s jumping up making contact and taking food. Then we repeat that to get a flow pattern going and he’s focusing on me. By leaving the ground and overcoming the resistance I bring by taking the food he is in…

Day 6: A New Understanding

I’ve just got a short, simple response for this day. It is really starting to come together for me in my mind about how all of this works. Of course, I’ve learned how things happen through animal magnetism but all of that is encompassed by a universal system of flow. Even, if there isn’t flow,…

Day 5: Giving Credit Where it is Due

Part 1 I must say, the weather here so far has been wonderful: 70s/80s, mostly sunny, a little cloudiness here and there, and today we had some overcast and a little rain but that wasn’t too bad. Today there was a couple that came in with their dog and Kevin worked some sit-down-stay on the…

Day 4: Going Just a Little Farther

Part 1 We started the day with Bella on the trail. We pushed the limits a bit with hide-and-seek by hiding off the trail down-wind. I’d wait and wait and soon enough here’s the girl tracking my steps into the woods. We did another round of that where I was pretty deep into the trees….

Day 3: The Trail Ahead

Part 1 We started the day off with a nice breakfast and some table-talk about this idea of returning to a default, while at the same time being able to be flexible with the flow of a pathway. An animal’s default, both human and dog included, might be another way of saying comfort zone. We’ve…