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Relationship-Based Training

Operant Conditioning

Clicker Training

Energy Entrainment

Relationship-Based Training

A method that places importance on building a relationship of trust between your dog and you. 

Relationship based dog training leverages your emotional connection with your dog. You gain an in-depth understanding of your dog’s personality and psyche. Meanwhile, your dog’s perception of you helps them to conform to your definition of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Your dog learns good behavior, but in a meaningful way. In the process, your pet becomes an integral part of your life and household – because relationship based training is all about treating your dog as part of your immediate family.

Ample socialization and interaction with your dog aids in bridging the emotional gap between your pet and you. The connection you share becomes a positive reinforcement. In the best instances, training your dog becomes a lifestyle.

Raise Your Dog like a Child

Dr. Stanley Coren, a renowned canine researcher, discovered that canines have the same intelligence as 2 year old babies. According to him, dogs are on par with 2 to 2.5 year old human babies in terms of mental abilities and intelligence.

Fun Fact: The average dog is linguistically inclined and can learn the meanings of words, signals, and even human emotions.

Training in this method is more like a parent slowly teaching their child manners and proper etiquette. As a dog parent, you prioritize the welfare of your pet first. Then teach them good manners and proper conduct through boundaries, limitations, and constant reminders and communication.

Operant Conditioning

Also known as trial-and-error learning. This is when dogs learn to associate their behavior with its consequences.

Dogs increase the frequency of behaviors with pleasant consequences and decrease the frequency of those with unpleasant consequences.

Positive Reinforcement

This method involves rewarding your dog for the things they do right. The reward could be a toy, a game, a treat, your attention – whatever your dog wants to work for. 

Positive means to add something and reinforcement means the behavior increases.

By giving your dog something they love (the positive) when they sit, they will sit more often in the future (the reinforcement). This is also referred to as rewarding your dog.

We deal with things your dog wants and mostly deliver them, or sometimes take them away. We don’t typically use unpleasant things that dogs find aversive because they'll often instinctually associate those unpleasant feelings and experiences with the trainer and the training process. They then don’t look forward to learning and don’t want to try new things and their bond with their owner becomes eroded.

A focus on rewards not only influences dog behavior but teaches dogs to love training. Positive reinforcement is all about earning the good stuff. Without fear of doing the wrong thing, your dog becomes an active participant in the training process. They will start trying new things, get plenty of mental exercise, and actively look for ways to earn rewards. Your dog will also associate you with the wonderful rewards you provide – strengthening your bond.

Clicker Training

Utilizing positive reinforcement, clicker training is one of the simplest ways to teach your dog commandments and tricks. It provides a consistent, audible response to your dog’s positive behaviour.

With clicker training, you click the tool after your dog successfully follows a given commandment or behaves appropriately. After clicking, you then give your dog a treat or reward. Over time, your dog learns to associate the click with following direction and rewards.

Negative Reinforcement

In this case, you take something unpleasant away to make a behavior more frequent and reinforced.

That seems counterintuitive, but you probably do actions to avoid bad things all the time – like cleaning the kitchen to stop your partner nagging.

With dogs, think about pulling on a choke chain when the dog isn’t doing what you want. If you release the pressure (the negative) as soon as your dog complies, they will be more likely to do what you want next time (the reinforcement).

Energy Entrainment

Have you ever walked into a clockmaker shop and noticed that there is only one “tic, toc” even though there may be numerous clocks ticking on the wall? Well, that is entrainment. 

How does that happen? In 1665, a Dutch scientist named Christian Huygens observed that if two pendulum clocks are located next to each other on a wall, they will eventually synchronize or entrain – that is, they will beat at the same rhythm. Since then, we have observed that phenomenon in scientific branches such as chemistry, biology, and psychology. A simple definition of entrainment is the tendency for two vibrating bodies to lock into phase and vibrate in harmony.

In Humans

Since this is a natural occurrence, we humans are not immune to it. We have all heard that young women sharing a dorm room tend to ovulate at the same time. Also, have you noticed, when walking down the street with others that your steps tend to synchronize with the other person or persons?

Entrainment also happens on an emotional level. No matter how grumpy we are, the sight of a baby laughing will shift our mood, even briefly, to a less somber one.

We will also experience this shift in a social gathering. We tend to entrain to the strongest vibration. Think of the sense of invincibility after a self-help seminar or feeling all pumped up after a pep rally.

In the Bible

Let's take a very simplistic look at how healing happens on the metaphysical level. Quite often, a healer will lay hands on the subject. The healer will somehow connect to the pure universal energy force (the Holy Spirit). They then direct that energy to the subject's different etheric bodies and the physical body.

Depending on the subject's receptivity (faith), the channeled energy will release the blocks that cause the symptoms, which allows spontaneous or gradual healing. As the body at the cellular level entrains to the pure, high, energy frequency of the Holy Spirit, it releases blocks and low frequencies that cause imbalance.

In actuality, the whole process is more complex and not even explainable at the human level, but this is an basic understanding of energy/Bibical healing.

As we can see from the various examples, nearly everything and anyone will entrain to a frequency of some sort. As a general rule, we always entrain to the highest frequency. 

Becoming more CHRISTlike

Can you now see how becoming more CHRISTlike yourself – embodying the energy and qualities of Christ – will have a dramatic influence on your pet? If you are around your pet long enough they will naturally entrain to your energy or you will entrain to theirs.

Our goal with this method of training is to always be aware of our own emotions, our energy that we're embodying, to then discern if that's a frequency we'd want our dog's to entrain to.

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