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The RDL Model

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

Do what Nature insists must be done, and don’t do what Nature insists should never be done: do the dos, and don’t do the don’ts:

Too many owners unknowingly operate from inside their own misinformation bubble.

Calm, human patience directed toward 0-5 level, relaxed dogs triggers Nature’s triggers to be calm and submissive. The dogs have no control of it—it’s a reflex. It’s built into their DNA. They never know what hit them, and Nature intended it to be that way. When dogs are relaxed and voluntarily submissive over long periods of time—their natural state they were born into—that sustained, relaxed state results in their becoming 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, 0-10 scale, they’re at a 0-5 range, instead of 5-8 or 5-10 range)[1]
  2. the dog sleeps a lot,
  3. the dog doesn’t bark excessively,
  4. the dog listens more to its leader and it listens better to its leader; it ignores its leader less,
  5. the dog pays more attention to its leader than to its environment and the sounds in its environment,
  6. the dog isn’t threatened by being triggered to be calm[2]
  7. the dog will yawn a lot, with its jaw relaxed and slightly open, sporting light, relaxed, “heh, heh, heh” style, open-mouth breathing.

Patience is the rule. Patience—on the human’s part—is always the rule.

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 every model will create will tell us what works and what doesn’t work.

[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.”