Take a step into the holistic dog movement if you haven’t already when it comes
to dog training. There’s a philosophy
that has taken over the old dog-training model in the natural dog world in the past
decade or so. It is all about positive reinforcement.
Just like it did in horse training as well
called ‘Natural horsemanship’ which is a collective term for a variety of horse
training techniques which have seen rapid growth in popularity since the 1980s. It is the holistic approach.
Training your dog, holistically can
help you to create a wonderful warm connection with your canine companion so
you can have a healthy relationship with your loved one for years to come.
Learning and following a holistic approach
to your training techniques will effect everything in the health of your
pet. From behavior to disease control. It is not a step my step training program
necessarily, but more a way of being with your pet.
You will have a in a happier,
balanced dog with less issues and, if any, behavioral problems if you just
change a few things about the way you are interacting with your pooch. A happy, healthy holistic dog is High-Vibe and
their frequency radiates vitality.
Our dogs don’t actually respond to
what we are asking them to do with your words or actions. Our dogs are
connecting more deeply to what we are feeling.
Of course in the holistic approach
we do not practice the use of any methods or tools that would either force to
either frighten, or cause anxiety or even pain to train your canine friend,
which is the old school approach. It can
take more time and patience for sure, but it won’t mess with your dog’s head
and emotional well being this way.
(I did use an ecollar for a while to
stop a barking situation with one of my dogs.
I realized it was creating a bit of a rift with my dogs emotional
connection to me. This is actually an
example of the old school approach that I was guilty of too. Even though it was
just a sound or vibration it was still not helping her to feel totally
safe. Which is what we want in holistic dog
training. So I found another method of dealing with the barking at the neighbor’s
fence. I am always learning too.)
So it really makes sense that our
fur buddy to be safe in their environment.
It is all about redirecting when something is happening we are not ok
Dogs have an innate ability to help
us to get back in touch with our own feelings, vibration and frequency that we
put out to them and to our world in general.
Our dogs are our vibration monitors and they pick up on every little
emotion so watch what you are putting out to them.
Keep in mind that holistic just
means to see the bigger whole- the entire being
- as in connecting to or tapping into the complete energy system rather
than breaking it up into parts and the analyzing it separately. Or treating it as disjointed- as in naming a disease,
as if it is a separate entity on it’s own.
The conventional medical model is good at dissecting our pet’s illness
or health into independent pieces or parts, but unfortunately is not addressing
the ‘whole animal’.
It is crucial to your dog’s well
being to understand your canine’s physical, emotional, mental and social
requirements as a holistic being in your family.
Understand and learn their unique
methods of communicating and interacting with each other and with their human
pack as well. This requires a commitment to understanding your furry friend
on every level, which is key because all those aspects influence and hinge on
Holistically raising your dog includes embodying a deep
understanding and kindness, as well as grasping
the science of canine behavior and learning. We truly need to be aware of our dog’s
feelings and emotions.
Dogs are extremely social animals
and have developed from living in a pack with other canines to living
predominantly in a pack with human beings.
Yet, your pet dog’s basic nature has not changed through the ages. However, we expect our dogs to make modifications
of their own instinctual nature to fit with our routines and human way of
living, which is unnatural for them to adapt to. Because of this it is vital to the overall
well being of our dog that we respect them enough to make a few change
ourselves to meet our dog’s needs.
When you get started and head down
the road on a holistic dog training program, you must be working together as a
team. You and your dog are deepening together on a physical, mental,
emotional and social level. Seeing from
your dog’s point of view and inner nature is the biggest piece to having a
Most of the canine behavioral issues
have a direct connection to your dog’s physical, emotional and mental health in
To be effective, any tactic used to work
with a behavioral problem must take into account the dog’s diet, exercise level,
general overall well-being and vibration. As well as relationship with you, the
pet parent. As their pets parent we have
the ability to continue to support our dogs as a whole being on all levels
including nutritionally and other holistic health care (physical aspect) as
well as all other facets of the whole necessary to meet the emotional and
mental needs of your beloved friend.
It is the use of this understanding and working
together with all aspects that now creates
a trusting relationship with your pooch. It is so important that you meeting
your dogs needs and thus guaranteeing their vitalism and total well being.
Making sure you are adding these
important health practices of building natural immunity through species
appropriate feeding and removing chemical toxins as well.
Building their immunity naturally is
an important part of holistic dog raising in general.
Our pups need structure and good
healthy boundaries as part of their training to help them develop their
self-control, culpability, bond and dependability.
You want to make sure that your dog’s training foundation
is rock solid, so that you can go on to do anything you want to with your
canine companion. This allows you enjoy a long and happy life together.
Training your dog requires commitment, consistency
and it takes the passion and patience for ‘dog speak’. You have to be willing to tune into their
language and help them make the connection to what they think and what you want.
But most importantly it requires some skill and
understanding. You need to develop YOUR talents and abilities as your dog’s
handler, trainer, partner support system all rolled into one.
A big piece of the equation of being
a good holistic dog trainer is that you make the development of learning and
training fun for your pet and for you too.
Chunking it down into easy do-able
steps increases the likelihood of a successful outcome and enhances the
relationship between you and your dog. Also, it is important
to manage your dog’s entire environment so that it is high-vibe and in
harmony. This can help to prevent unsafe
situations and unwanted behaviors, especially if you start at a young age and
never let them down from the beginning.
Why would I use the holistic method to train my dog?
Holistic training uses reward-based
methods to teach the dog to offer actions that help them flourish within our
Your training sessions should be short, fun and rewarding for your
dog. This should not be difficult to do because, training can become a routine
part of daily activities and be part of your building a strong bond with your dog.
You want to make sure your dog is in
good physical condition to perform the tasks you are asking of them. Of course it is important to take a few things
- how old is your dog?
- What’s your dog’s size
and physical abilities?
- Has your pet had any earlier
injuries or health issues?
Start gradually, then slowly increase the amount of exercise. Whether it’s
walking, chasing, fetching or just running and jumping, feel free to switch up
the type of exercise they get each day.
A good example would be walking your
dog for 20 minutes on a leash would be perfect for a pug or a small breed dog,
however may not be enough exercise for an Aussie, lab or a husky. 10 -20 minutes walk might be just right for an
older dog, though.
Often pet parents think all a dog
needs is a walk or two a day, but that may not be enough. Just focusing on physical exercise only,
without considering your furry companions need for mental stimulation as well
can be a cause of behavior issues with your dog.
However, just adding some other
mental challenges can results in an improvement in all areas of the dogs
life. Especially having more happiness,
increased stamina and a ‘higher vibe’
frequency and energy. Mental exercise, using your pet’s natural predispositions, is
a significant piece to your dog’s emotional make-up and total well being. It often exhausts your fur kid much faster
than actual physical exercise does and has a greater impact upon the dog’s
general behavior and sense of belonging.
Without a good outlet for this boosted energy the innocent
pet parent may find the dog has even more exuberance than ever before and that
the “unwanted” behaviors have not significantly improved. This
is why you need the holistic approach- which includes a healthy lifestyle,
adequate exercise, mental stimulation and good overall vibration in the
environment of the family to produce a wonderful life long companion.
To encourage a healthy emotional
state in your dog, you need to provide an psychologically healthy home environment.
Dogs are natural sniffers and explorers and
love to use all of their innate 5 senses to understand the domain they are
living or exploring in.
If you keep constantly confining
your dog on a leash or keeping them crated too often, you aren’t providing your
dog with the room needed in both a literal and symbolic sense for them to grow
and have full well being. In other words you are stifling their inner nature.
Because of this it is imperative to
have some off-leash time for your dog on a daily basis. Either in your own backyard
where you can play together or take them a dog park where they can run and
socialize. Your dog needs to roam and sniff and feel emotionally comfortable,
free and happy in his situation to just be a dog.
Our pet dogs are naturally social
creatures. Even though most canines these days spend more time with their human pack they are descended from ancestors who lived in packs and that is their
natural, inherent need and nature. It is
super important not to overlook this very significant part of who they
are. Social pack animals. The
social needs of your dog are an important part of his overall well-being. There is however, always a pack leader. If you are not it- most likely your dog is.
Think about the natural pack relationship
that each one in the household has, and how everyone has its own place and
role. The pack leader is the one
responsible for keeping order and teaching the pups to follow the rules and to
maintain a wholesome social environment for the entire pack. Have you every noticed a household where the
dog is pack leader? Lol- I sure have.
As the pet parent, your job is always to be the pack leader. It’s your responsibility to recognize your
dog’s needs and provide for those needs in the highest and best way you can
with the knowledge and ability you have.
It is important to establish healthy boundaries to make sure there is a reciprocated
respect between you and your pack. Not with force or strong will necessarily,
but with loving direction and taking charge.
So.... are you ready to try out the
Taking the time out of your busy
lifestyle to really comprehend what makes your dog happy, holistic and high
vibe will help build a bond with you and your dog. It will build trust and will
strengthen the love and connection you share.
Having this bond and understanding makes it highly
likely your dog will listen to you, have a deep respect for you as pack leader
and will naturally behave for you. A set-up for a win-win for both of you.
You will discover that this is the
whole new way of training your dogs through a holistic partnership: You are teaching
your companion through trust, understanding and teamwork.
You learn to communicate through a natural awareness and with a mutual language
of inner connection. By doing this you automatically start to learn to lead
your dog in this wonderful dance of your shared life together because of a deep
respect and understanding.
Holistic dog training is based
on the viewpoint of using a dog's emotional interaction with his or her
environment, especially their natural prey drive, to provoke obedience and to
help resolve those problems like
aggression, barking and hyperactivity.
Holistic Dog Training is about making it’s pack leader human the most important
object in your dog’s emotional world. This connection has to avoid all negative
emphasis or intimidation methods that are often used in other training
techniques, but as I’ve said earlier based on feeling and emotional connection.
Whether you are just doing basic
obedience training or just need some partnership bonding skill or working to
solve some behavior issues…Even if you are beginning from stratch with a new
puppy or starting over with an adult dog…You can take the holistic method and
apply it to your situation starting today.
Holistic Dog Training is about
connecting deeply into our dogs’ natural instincts and helps you to see their
realm through their eyes, or, more precisely, to ‘feel’ the world through their
If you decide to work and play together with your
canine companion as a team, assisting them to be positive, healthy and happy…and
most importantly, becoming a support and an advocate for a healthier, more effective
and more loving method to raise and train dogs, you are on a path to a super
satisfying relationship beyond your what you could imagine possible with a dog.