Learning in dogs

Learning in dogs
Learning in dogs

    It is very interesting to be able to observe how an expert person who knows the techniques can easily train an animal, even those who already have old habits and are very rude.

    In the United States, a famous dog trainer is the protagonist of a television program that is broadcast by the “Animal Planet” channel, where he shows how to teach grieving owners good manners to their pets.


    There are basically two techniques: the first is conditioning, that is, teaching him appropriate behaviors associating them with pleasant stimuli, and the second consists of teaching his owners to change their attitude regarding their relationship with him.

    It is important to reflect on how dogs learn to obey orders when their owner adopts the role that corresponds to him: that he must be the leader of the pack; because for a pet, the family he lives with represents his pack and as a member of it, everyone has a role, including him.

    If no one imposes authority, the dog will take on the role of leader and rule by doing whatever he wants, disasters included.

    The role of authority is more an attitude than an overt behavior, because the dog responds much more to what its owners are thinking than to any threat or punishment they receive.

    A dog is not handled with a spoken language,like human beings, because they understand attitudes and intentions more, without their owner having to open their mouths.

    Rupert Shaldrake, studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and Philosophy at Harvard, and received his Ph. D. in Biochemistry at Cambridge.

    He was a Research Fellow of the Royal Society and Clare College, Cambridge, and is the author of four books, including "Nature's Rebirth," "Seven Experiments That Can Change the World," and "Of Dogs Who Know that their masters are on their way home- and other unexplained faculties of animals”; and more than fifty articles published in scientific journals.

    Shaldrake was interested in investigating how dogs know when their masters intend to return home.

    Know for example why there are cats that answer the phone when someone they know calls, how horses find their way back from an unknown place, or animals that perceive the proximity of an earthquake or other catastrophe, all these perceptions that transcend rational capacity.

    Rupert Shaldrake is a scientist who dares to be an innovator investigating the many ways in which pets can teach man to go beyond conventional scientific thinking.

    His book en titled "Of dogs that know that their masters are on their way home- and other unexplained faculties of animals", translated into Spanish and edited by Paidós Ibérica, S. A., Barcelona, Spain, in 2001, focuses in three forms of perception: thetelepathy, sense of direction and premonitions, showing how these parapsychological powers that human beings have, or sixth sense, as some call them, seem natural when considering them from animal behavior.

    It is amazing to see how dogs can drastically change their behavior only when their owner changes his attitude and becomes the leader, showing that he is the one in charge, without saying a single word or just with a joke.

    The dog has the ability to perceive the intention of its owner, a behavior that implies authority and that forces it to respect his orders

    Every day we see people running after their dogs holding the leash that holds them. This behavior reveals that the dog is the leader, not the owner, therefore he will do and go where he pleases.

    It is admirable to note that if the owner keeps the dog, giving him a little rope, to the left of him, slightly behind him and forcing him with slight touches of the leash to keep his head up; the animal will not try to entertain itself with things that it finds on the street because it will not see them and will continue to walk obediently without disturbing its owner.

    We can transfer these experiences to the control of children's behavior, mainly assuming the role of authority that corresponds to parents.

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