The RDL Model

Reflective Dog Leadership — What’s Your Training Model Called?

Calm patience on the part of the human triggers the dog to have Nature’s triggers triggered (they have no control of it, and they never know what it is that’s happened to them) to be calm and submissive. Long periods of a dog’s being calm and submissive—their natural state they were born into—results in their being balanced, that is, a balanced state is one in which

  1. the dog’s range of typical calm-energy or calm-excitement levels are consistently low (on an informal, zero-to-ten scale, they’re at a zero-to-three range, instead of five-to-eight or five-to-ten range)[1]
  2. the dog sleeps a lot,
  3. the dog doesn’t typically doesn’t bark excessively,
  4. the dog listens more and better to its leader, or perhaps more accurately, it ignores its leader less,
  5. the dog pays more attention to its leader than to its environment,
  6. as odd as it sounds to state, the dog isn’t threatened by being triggered to be calm[2]
  7. the dog will usually walk around with its jaw slightly opened and relaxed, sporting a light, relaxed, “heh, heh, heh” style breathing.

Patience is the rule. Patience—on the human’s part—is always the rule. The reasoning and justification, as well as patience’s long term implications are far too lengthy and complex to cover here.

The leadership model I use I call Reflective Dog Leadership. What’s the name of the model you’re using called? If your model for dog leadership doesn’t have a name, what does that say about the model you’re using?

Name your model, then start comparing them: the numbers will tell us what works and what doesn’t.

[1]The overall calm-energy continuum:

the high energy, stressed, unstable range:

and the calm, balanced range:

[2]Sometimes misidentified, incorrectly identified, and which has historically been mislabeled “territorial aggression,” an unstable and aggressive dog being triggered by me to be calm and submissive (to be on the receiving end of Nature’s triggers it can’t control) detects and gets threatened by Nature’s triggers I trigger in the unstable, unbalanced dog.

Since those triggers trigger internal sensations within the dog, since the dog isn’t mentally sophisticated enough to know that the trigger is coming from his internal space, it detects it, it puts those sensations onto its eye’s projector, projects that source of that perceived threat onto the only animal-thing around it—which happens to be its trainer, me—and mounts an aggressive attack to make the unwanted thing(ironically the better thing, which it hasn’t experienced for a long, long time, and which its absence has resulted in the dog’s ultimate unstability) to make the trigger’s sensations go away.

Actor Jim Carrey says “The eyes can be a screen as well as a projector.”