What is the idea of shamanic dog training?
Shamanic dog training offers a way of living with your dog, more than a technique for training your dog. It creates a much stronger foundation of understanding, connection and teaching between you and your dog – making teaching and learning from each other so simple and fluid it doesn’t feel like much work at all.
By living with your dog in a way that acknowledges and addresses his or her own creative consciousness and unique awareness, you are inviting her or him to participate in your life, your family and your community as a whole in an entirely fresh way. That is what shamanic dog training provides: a way for you to acknowledge and interact with the unique and definite consciousness and awareness of your dog.Read More... Read Less
How is shamanic dog training different?
Most dog training does not infer that dogs are conscious and aware. Instead, it develops a myriad of ways to create permanent and temporary control with obedience commands, dominance theory, and conditioning with corrections, clickers, cookies. Even the most positive of positive reinforcement is still based on finding ways to manipulate dogs into doing what we want them to do.
While these theories and techniques are perfectly effective in creating command-based control over our dogs, they do little to address the incredible level of consciousness, awareness and mental and emotional intellect our dogs possess.Read More... Read Less
How does shamanic dog training work?
Shamanic dog training provides the tools to build a life with your dog that invites sacred partnership between companions, partnership based on love and right relationship and fluidity. Sacred partnership might seem a little dramatic or over indulgent for some. I mean, we are just talking about dog training, here, aren’t we?
Yes, we are talking about dog training, that is correct. However, we are also talking about an opportunity to build something much bolder, much deeper, much stronger and much sweeter. We are talking about building a bridge across the gulf of species-difference, and making a connection at a consciousness/awareness level with someone who can shake your life up and bring your heart out and make you laugh beyond anything you felt before…. we are talking about building a common ground for 2 beings from different species, where they can play and love and laugh and live together with fewer barriers to communication, love, acceptance, joy, play and growth than ever thought possible.Read More... Read Less
What does shamanic dog training make possible?
What’s possible with this awareness of the consciousness and awareness of our canine friends? With the investment in ayni (right relationship), munay (unconditional love) and killary (fluidity)? What does a life like this with your precious canine companion look like, anyway?
This is the point where we talk about the gifts available to us, when we acknowledge the innate consciousness, awareness, mental and emotional intellect of our canine counterparts. When we sink into the kindness of right relationship (ayni), the open-heartedness of unconditional love (munay) and the ease of situation of fluidity (killary).
What does it look like? It looks like laughter, love, excitement, adventure and interconnectedness beyond our current understanding. When we live with our dogs from a shamanic point of view, we provide them the support, tools, understanding and wisdom required to set themselves free.Read More... Read Less
What will my dog and I learn with shamanic dog training?
While it is still necessary to tell your dog how he or she might best handle or respond to certain situations and events, you can now simply speak to your dog as you would speak to any other person: you can assume that he will be able to interpret your words and your explanations into something that creates meaning for himself. He will be able to adjust himself in the very ways that you suggest.Read More... Read Less
Leaving behind perfection
When you approach your relationship with your dog with fluidity, you can accept the great things along with the not-so-great-things. It doesn’t mean that someone has failed, that someone is not clever, or that someone needs to work harder or pull up their socks. It might just mean that, between the two of you, you haven’t found a way to change the situation. That can be okay. That can be “just how it is”. You can try your best. You can try various ideas, various approaches and various states of mind. But, you can also know when enough is enough, and it is time to stop trying so hard to get it all right, to try to achieve perfection.Read More... Read Less
So, if we were to approach dog training from a shamanic perspective, it would take our view pointers and gently turn them a few degrees to a new direction, a new horizon, a new idea: lets invite our dogs to join our busy families, our funny lives, our crazy moments, and lets allow them the time and space and love it takes for them to figure out (with our support and guidance) how they are going to fit into this amazing world full of humans and buildings, rather than animals and trees.
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