The currently overlooked solution to over 90% of all behaviour problems in the pet dog; which is the foundation of all harmonious co-existence –
New Research Findings by the International Institute of Canine Mental Health.
This information is extremely important. It is the foundation to everything else you are going to learn, to your relationship with your dog, and indeed, like with us - the foundation to his very life.
We are taught that our Best Friends are no more than mere specimens that must be kept a predetermined shape.
That does not apply to you, you may think. But read on and not only shed the shackles of guilt and misinformation that are creeping into the lives of caring dog owners .... but save yourself a lot of money, time and energy - and your dog a lot of suffering (that you will not be aware of until you have read this).
It is the dog experts who dictate our current mindsets that we have toward dogs, and therefore both the way they behave, and their quality of living.
The most prominent of these are the experts who teach dog owners to develop their pet dogs' full physical (and therefore predatory) potential - rather than their full character (and therefore relationship) - potential. This they do by subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) abusing their professional standing by making us believe that a dog that is contented is actually suffering. This is not difficult because:
There is a lot of money to be made from stressed dogs through treating the symptoms of stress-related behavioural disorders - as you will see as you read on;
Dogs cannot tell us when they are not coping; except by “being naughty”;
The entire Western world is caught up in the “health cult” so we genuinely think we are doing the best for our dog when we follow their advice;
We trust professional people to do what is best for us and for our pet. But they are also in the business of making money. And even the professional people themselves frequently believe they are doing the best for the dog - but they are trained by a profession that is looking after itself and has to keep it's professors and it's laboratories funded.
We all know that sections of the medical profession have been guilty of abusing their knowledge and their position by keeping self-empowerment out of the hands of the public for many decades. This has given rise to the need for the alternative medical movements which are empowering the public over their own health, and are producing cures for many illnesses that the conventional medical profession has failed to do, as well as medicines that do not have harmful and expensive to cure side-effects.
The veterinary profession comes from the same system but because dogs cannot communicate their distress to us, alternatives in the animal medical profession are 20 years behind the human alternative movements.
The current fashion - which started in the mid 80's - is to keep our dogs fit and agile.
The foundation to all healthy and harmonious relationships is: the availability of sufficient food. Feeding for temperament therefore lays the foundation to a healthy and harmonious relationship.
Which explains both why so many human/animal bonds relationships are failing and why dog attacks on innocent people are on the increase. Because this is not an ordinary relationship - it is one between prey and predator The central and essential issue of satisfying the domestic dog's hunger is not being attended to, and the dog is in a situation where he is unable to communicate this need in a way that he can be understood. He is in fact being kept under what amounts to concentration camp conditions where he can do nothing to attend to his primary needs.
If man and dog are to become truly compatible, (best friends) (Time Magazine says of dogs – “Man't best friend? Not any more.”) the army and laboratory influence need to be eradicated from dog owning, and replaced with sensitivity and natural principles. And common sense tells us that a dog going back to nibble is a dog out of trouble.
. If our dog feels peckish and goes back for a nosh and finds his bowl empty he may well go and dig or chew the hose up in frustration. Or go and bliksem the cat or disturb the neighbours with his barking. (And frequently does.)
The army keep it's concentration camp inmates on the edge of starvation in order to achieve full mind control. Those who teach us to withhold food from our dogs to “prove dominance” are influenced by this system. It is no way to treat a friend.
“But I've heard that dogs protect food that's left over to “prove dominance!” Not if he has never experienced extreme or prolonged hunger - because then food hasn't become an issue to him. Those who teach us that dogs “prove their dominance” by leaving food, then standing guard over it (rather like a child gloating over some ice cream they deliberately leave so that they can make other children jealous) also teach people to withhold food from their dog in order to “show him that you're boss”.
The new research findings into The Origins Of Behaviour Therapy Profession point out that this is a myth that comes from studying hungry dogs, and not dogs that have access to sufficient food. The dogs that these dog trainers and behaviour scientists study - and therefore that they draw their conclusions and theories from - are fed minimal army or laboratory rations and are therefore hungry and are protecting their food because they are insecure - not because being a bully around food makes a dog a leader. Those who teach this theory do not understand the principles of leadership. Leaders take the initiative, not stand guard over a locked fridge with a baton over their shoulder.
Measuring a dog's food for him is rather like being told by car manufacturers that we must put “10 litres of petrol into our car every week” - because that is how much their demo models use. It is very important for laymen and professional people alike to realise that a dog's calorie needs vary from day to day and from dog to dog. Weight charts and measuring cups that have been drawn up in laboratories do not allow for:
a dog's individual needs which are determined by the size property he lives on, the amount of exercise he gets and his individual metabolism;
- fat to protect a dog's internal organs;
- genetic muscle tissue;
- temperature variations;
- the age and agility of his owners.
- Because dogs are only viewed in laboratories where they do not run around, and are only fed just enough to keep them alive and breathing, only minimal nutritional needs are considered.
- The dog food manufacturers - many of whom have very aggressive marketing practices, even resorting to make dog owners feel guilty if they do not use their specific product - do not have the same priorities and goals as the family who own the dog and buy their product do. The manufacturers goals are:
How little can a dog scientifically survive on?
How sharp can we make his contours?
How can we develop his muscle tone to the maximum?
How agile can we make him? (Over the fence and far away... Or under a car.)
How can we get peak performance out of him (as if he's a BMW)
How much can we make him into a techno-dog? (The advertising firms they use probably market fax machines and photo-copiers as well and have lost sight of the fact that this product deals with flesh and blood and not electronics.)
Which gives us a souped up four-legged dynamo so that families have to go to the gym to keep up with their dog then buy a farm for them both!
Which is not what dog owners get pets for! When feeding their dog, they are more looking for: