What have I come up with? A Native American influence. I'm calling it The Natural Way Philosophy. Some may say I'm going to sound sort of nutty... but that's OK. I finally found like I've found something that is unique, useful, and makes sense. I've finally found myself as a dog trainer.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
"A fight is going on inside me." he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil -- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good -- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you --
and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then
asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
~Native American Proverb
Every time I read an American Indian proverb [or quote] like that, it shoots right through me, straight to my heart. I am left pondering all the different metaphors the story or quote contains, coming up with so much wisdom, I get this rush of exhilaration. Usually, these inspirational words of wisdom are very short, sweet, and to the point. I want to incorporate such brilliance into my training method.
Dolce feels it. I can tell. For example: We went for a 5.6 mile walk this afternoon. At every single stop light where we had to wait for the crosswalk signal, I asked him to sit. He sat as soon as he heard me over the traffic noise, and I pet him. I verbally praised him. I gave him his favorite neck scritches. You know what he did? He gave me a big smile as if to say, "Yeah, Mom. This is how it's supposed to work." Did he ever have an auto-sit at the crosswalk today? Nope. Did I mind? Nope. He did what I asked, and I was pleased. He was pleased that I was pleased. This is how training should work.
I've completely revamped my Granted Wishes K9 website to reflect this