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At Dog Wish we believe in a natural flow of cosmic energy that pervades the universe, connects us all, teaches, and heals us, as we use it.
The privilege and ability to reach out and connect with the energy in another living being, like a trained Psychiatric Service Dog, has become a phenomenal experience that many claim is literally transforming and saving their lives.
REAL VERSUS ARTIFICIAL
Our new understanding and usage of “energy” is changing our world because of the contrast it brings us between what is real and living and what is artificial and simulated. Learning to connect, to become sensitive to the feelings and energy of your body, to the energy in the bodies of others, in other animals, and then in the world, is something we all need.
Many Psychologists and Therapists are telling their clients to check out a Psychiatric Service Dog for their disability problems because of the natural, real, therapeutic benefits they will bring into their lives. There is a growing fascination with dogs in our society as many people are drawn to them because it seems that they are our closest link to our own natural past.
I myself grew up wanting to be like Tarzan, which I guess I did. I was fascinated by his ability to communicate, understand, and live with the great beasts of the Jungle. “Tarzan’s philosophy embraces an extreme form of “return to nature”. Although he is able to pass within society as a civilized individual, he prefers to “strip off the thin veneer of civilization”, as Burroughs often puts it. His preferred abode is a convenient tree branch which happens to be nearby when he desires to sleep, and his favored food is raw meat, killed by himself; …Jane Goodall, who describes the Tarzan series as having a major influence on her childhood…that when she first began to live among and study the chimpanzees she was fulfilling her childhood dream of living among the great apes just as Tarzan did.” I fulfilled my dream by becoming the National Gymnastics Champion, and training a dog for the producer of Tarzan movies, from Johnny Weissmuller, to the present day.
The most POWERFUL force in this world comes from connecting yourself with the pure energy in the universe around us!
We live next door to a Buddhist Temple, occupied by a world leader in that religion. Not only do they, and busloads of other Buddhists, come to meditate and pray; many come over to watch and meditate as we train and interact with our dogs. They believe we practice the essence of “Zen”. They feel the healing and therapeutic energies we use to train our dogs. I chose the location we use for our dog training on a random basis, by looking at pictures on Zillo web sites. I saw a picture of this house, and immediately had my wife call, tell the broker we were on the way with our application, the money they wanted, and a 50-page portfolio on our business. They were overwhelmed. By the time they got there we had already walked the property and were drafting plans to turn it into what it has become. Two days after we moved in the Buddhists came to us with a beautiful statue of a Buddha that looked just like me. They presented this $3,000.00-dollar statue to me, and told me I was a Buddha, incarnated from Buddha Darma, the first Shalne Priest to China. That began a five-year relationship we have shared, which has been a blessing. Through our training we have shared many truths with them, that have enhanced their understanding of Buddhism. The MASTER, comes for dog training with the dogs I have given him regularly, and continues to learn about the essence of what he so strongly believes.
Our dog training is amazingly set up much like the model that was used by Buddha Darma in 700 AD. A short biography of Darma was written by Robert David Mancini and is appropriate for inclusion herein:
Dharma Daishi, Great Teacher of Buddhism and the Martial Arts
By Robert David Mancini, 9th Dan Shotokan style
“Dharma Daishi (Bodhidharma in Sanskrit and Daruma Daishi in Japanese) was an enlightened Hindu from India who is credited with re-teaching and reviving Hindu philosophy in China, which was originally spread to China by another Indian Hindu, Siddhartha, or Buddha. This second teacher thus founded the martial arts. Buddhism is simply the worshipping of this enigmatic Hindu figure, called the Buddha, which means “great and focused mind” in Sanskrit.
Dharma Daishi began his life in southern India in the Sardilli family in 482 A.D. In the midst of his education and training to continue in his father’s footsteps as king, he encountered the Buddha’s original teachings. He immediately saw the truth in Lord Buddha’s words and decided to give up his inheritance and esteemed position as a prince to study with the famous Hindu teacher Prajnatara. Dharma Daishi rapidly progressed in his Hindu studies, and in time Prajnatara sent Dharma Daishi to China in order to better teach the indigenous Chinese peoples the lessons and rigorous discipline required to achieve the perfect Hindu meditative states. Unfortunately, the Chinese people could not grasp the abstract concepts relating to this meditation and so Dharma Daishi taught them incredibly rigorous physical lessons in order to teach them the necessary discipline required for the true Hindu meditative journey to Moksha, or release from earthly bondage, otherwise known as Nirvana. The physical exertions were used to train the body, and then hopefully, the mind would also become harder and more disciplined after these regimented actions. Dharma Daishi arrived in China after a brutal trek over Tibet’s Himalayan mountains, surviving both the extreme elements and treacherous bandits.
Upon arrival in China, the Emperor Wu Ti, a devout Buddhist himself, requested an audience with Dharma. During their initial meeting, Wu Ti asked Dharma what merit he had achieved for all of his good deeds. Dharma informed him that he had accrued none whatsoever. Dharma was subsequently unable to convince Wu Ti of the value of the teachings he had brought from India. Dharma then set out for Loyang, crossed the Tse River, and climbed Bear’s Ear Mountain in the Sung Mountain range where a Shaolin temple was located. He meditated there in a small cave for nine years.
Dharma, in true Maha or “great” spirit, was moved to pity when he saw the terrible physical condition of the monks of the Shaolin temple, who were failing in their attempts to find perfect meditation taught by Buddha thousands of years prior. It seemed to him that they were unable to fully grasp the enormous mental and abstract discipline necessary to achieve Nirvana, or the ultimate release destination derived from meditation. The monks had practiced long-term meditation retreats, which made them spiritually stronger but physically weak and unable to finish their meditative journeys. He also noted that this meditation method caused sleepiness among the monks. Therefore Dharma informed the monks that he would teach their bodies and subsequently their minds the Buddha’s dharma “duty” through a two-part program of meditation accompanied by excruciatingly difficult physical training.
Dharma created an exercise program for the monks which involved physical techniques that were efficient, strengthened the body, and eventually, could be used practically in self-defense. When Dharma instituted these practices, his primary concern was to make the monks physically strong enough to withstand both their isolated lifestyle and the deceptively demanding training that meditation requires. It turned out that the techniques served a dual purpose as a very efficient fighting system, which evolved into a martial arts style given the Chinese name, Kung Fu. Martial arts training helped the monks to defend themselves against invading warlords and bandits. Dharma taught that martial arts should be used for self-defense, and never to needlessly hurt or injure. In fact, it is one of the oldest Shaolin axioms that “one who engages in combat has already lost the battle.”
Dharma, a member of the Indian Kshatriya warrior class and a master of staff fighting, developed a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises. These movements found their way into print in 550 A.D. as the Yi Gin Ching, or Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic. We know this system today as the Lohan (Priest-Scholar) 18 Hand Movements, the basis of Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Arts.
Dharma settled in the Shaolin temple of Songshan in Hunan province in 526 A.D. The first Shaolin temple of Songshan was built in 377 A.D. for “The First Buddha,” by the order of Emperor Wei on the Shao Shik Peak of Sonn Mountain in Teng Fon Hsien in the Hunan province. The temple was for only religious training and meditation. Martial arts training did not begin until the arrival of Dharma in 526 A.D. Dharma died in 539 A.D. at the Shaolin temple at the age of 57.
Dharma was an extraordinary being who remains an example and an inspiration to practitioners today. He is the source of many miraculous stories of dedication to the Way. One such story was that he became frustrated once while meditating because he had fallen asleep. He was so upset that he cut off his eyelids to prevent this interruption in meditation from ever happening again. Yet another legend states that he meditated for so long that his arms and legs eventually fell off. This is a reminder of the true dedication and devotion necessary in meditation practice. The Bodhidharma doll was developed as a symbol of this dedication. In Japan and other parts of the world, when someone has a task they wish to complete, they purchase a red Bodhidharma doll that comes without pupils painted on the eyes. At the outset of the task one pupil is colored in, and upon completion, the other pupil is painted. The dolls and the evolution of martial arts and meditation, are a continuous reminder of Dharma’s impact on Buddhism and martial arts.”
OUR PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG TRAINIING
We also have found that it takes a combination of powerful physical and mental conditioning to produce an effective Psychiatric Service Dog. Therefore, our Academy is designed, somewhat like the Los Angeles Police Academy. A major thrust in our training is the development of energy awareness and focus in each dog we train. Because of the genetic imprint in our dogs from their primordial ancestors, as we imprint this training in the dogs their capabilities to expand on the training we present to them is phenomenal. Detection, alerting, and responding to the energies around them is not just natural, it is phenomenal. Whereas most dogs use their nose to detect and understand the world around them, our dogs use their brains to detect and respond to the energies they feel in each person, environment, and world/universe consciousness around them, and instantly detect changes and shifts in energy.
Unfortunately, too many people are becoming absorbed in the artificial world around them, and their abilities and natural functionality are becoming a thing of the “past”. They exist in a world packed with energies, live in that world, but are unaware of it, and end up being victim to it:
• They are insensitive to these energies and therefore don’t understand the affects these energies have on them.
• All they understand is how they feel, without understanding why, or how they got there.
• Because of their own ignorance many people attract, use, and are victimized by forms of energy that exist in the psych-centric environment around them.
• Instead of realizing that a particular energy is bad for them, they continue to use that energy and experience one negative or abusive effect after another.
• They also don’t realize that this specific energy has a traumatic effect on the hypothalamus in their brain, and that it triggers repetitive negativity for them as they allow it to influence them.
REAL VS ARTIFICIAL
Many of our clients come here and expect that somehow we have implanted an artificial intelligence and ability within their dog that will multiply its’ capabilities to provide instant responsiveness to their numerous disabilities, and their decreasing abilities.
• When you talk to them about the natural flow of energy in each of us and in the world around us, they freak out, believing that you are speaking about something weird and supernatural.
• At the same time, many lack the understanding of how the brain naturally develops, transfers, and creates new understanding and abilities. When their dog starts to ‘pick-up’ on their routines and egocentric traits, they are amazed.
• When their dog uses and expands their behaviors, using the training it has received to understand and perform new, enhanced behaviors, using their own brains to connect, understand, and respond naturally, they don’t understand it
As a young dog trainer, competing on an international, “super” level, in dog sports, I became interested in the relationships between dogs and humans, a phenomenon that I have been fascinated by for forty years now. Man, who is being now treated, and who has begun to feel like a piece of technology, is desperately looking for an experience that will help connect them with reality.
As I continued to research and study I realized that this phenomenon was made possible by the transference of energies we both held in common through the universal environment around and within us. I have since read everything I could find on the subject from the sciences of biology, psychics, and psychology.
• I strategized, designed, and created methods for teaching dogs to expand their sensory abilities from 2 to 10 times what they normally would be.
• I then created methods that taught dogs to stay focused on a single subject for several minutes at a time, instead of changing thoughts from one thing to the next, every couple of seconds.
• I then expanded the ability for the dogs to invert their sensory process, and use all their sensory abilities to understand what they perceived.
• This enabled the dogs to lose consciousness of their own life experience as they became involved in the conscious life experience of the person they were studying. The dogs actually would get “out” of themselves, and into their handlers, transferring their attention from themselves to other beings.
• The dogs learned to use their senses to focus on our energies using hand, and then simultaneous brain (thought) communications), and began to see amazing results.
This phenomenon is so common that as we pre-bond our dogs to their future clients through our scent-energy school of training, it is normal for our dogs to begin acting like their future handlers, often before they have ever physically met them.
LEARNING TO HARNESS AND USE ENERGY
Basically, I have learned how to focus, introvert, expand, and use the sensory processes in dogs, to greatly increase their sensitivity and ability to respond to the energies in their human handler/trainers. In doing this the dogs naturally begin to use their left brain processes, expanding usage of their own neural synapse cranial transference abilities. This does not raise the intelligence of the dogs, but does teach them how to use their intelligence in ways that we as humans can relate to, and connect with. What is really cool is that they are naturally right brained, so it is natural for them:
• to communicate right-brained with my clients,
• on their level,
• in their world,
• as they can understand and accept.
BEINGS OF ENERGY
• We are ALL beings of energy, and as living beings our bodies are comprised with several energy portals.
• Through energy transference we can easily connect with each other. Becoming sensitive to the energy in and around us is a healing, wholesome, and therapeutic activity.
The smallest material particle in the Universe we have found, using 100,000 powered electron microscopes, is a tiny little microscopic, energy filled string; a string that we call a “Photon”. Photons transfer energy. We are made of photons
• Likewise, you are comprised of photons, configured according to your intentions. Your body was created by massing these little particles which were attracted to your energy and formed according to your will.
• Each photon is alive, living, responds intelligently to contact, receives, processes, and eliminates. Your physical body is basically masses and masses of photons, formed according to your genetic blueprints.
• Photons exist, live, and work through energy. So do you. By connecting with matrix bodies of positive energy in the cosmos around us, we train our dogs, using the positive energy that we are connected with, and projecting that energy into them.
We have found, examined, and harnessed the energy dogs use to create thought.
As contained in my book, DOG PSYCHOLOGY 101: The Thinking Dog, we have, through the advanced use of inductive logic processes been able to understand, separate, and examine the actual thought “process” used by dogs, and in so doing have been able to identify the process they use to “create” their own thoughts and behaviors. I have encapsulated this process into component parts, and have broken them down into individual experiences. Over a twenty-one day process these behaviors become a solidified physical part of the dog’s brain, and through process.
Basically, using what we call the “Intention” process, the core of the dog’s “thought process”, we can predict and focus a dog’s thoughts and behaviors as we need and desire. In doing so, we can actually attack mental/emotional problems that the dogs, and their handlers have endured throughout their lives, and provide resolutions for them not capable in other programs. We have for years witnessed “break-through” experiences with our dogs and their new handlers because of this.
Every dog is different, and responds to our training and conditioning in different ways. Instead of trying to force a dog to conform to our desires, we enter into their experience with them, and help each dog to use our training to its own best advantage, similar to the “Montessory” techniques now use in many schools. We have found that it is best to allow each dog to express their own personality, and to support them as they incorporate our training for their own personal development.
Our training and conditioning is encompasses a “team training“philosophy, used by many professional horse trainers. We do not employ dominance or force in our training. We also use a “pure” instruction philosophy that excludes punishment or negativity in our training. We believe in the dog’s ability and right to make, and to be responsible, for its’ own decisions. These training philosophies and procedures are only capable because of the “instruction” strategy we use, that creates, produces, and it based on working with the intelligence capabilities in each dog. Concepts like a “self-image”, mental “strategies”, and complex “decision-making” are only capable in our training because of the way we have “created” these abilities in our dogs through our conditioning.
As a result of the energy work we do with each dog, we have for years been able to actually pair dog/handler teams together, synchronize them mentally, emotionally, and physically, and team them to work as a unified team. Every team experiences the results of this training according to their own personal ability to incorporate our training.
Energy and Autism
A year ago, I had a young man diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome whose family brought him to see me about getting a Service Dog. As many, many families do, they came to speak to me about the experience of getting one of my Service dogs, and to see what the dogs would be like. They had no idea what was going to happen, and didn’t expect for Caleb to respond as he was about to.
Caleb was a large, awkward, 15 year old, high schooler, quiet and rather introverted who sat behind the family, and very carefully looked around our facility. When addressed, he withdrew to a comfortable distance emotionally, and responded with a minimum response. I explained the process we use to match and place our dogs with client/recipient/handlers, and the family acknowledged that they understood. It was very cut and dry, comfortable, and non-stressed. All the time I was watching Caleb as he vegetated while we spoke, lost in a world between the world we lived in, and the world of his right-brained life experience. Though he was silent, he was saying so many things to me that it was hard to speak with the family. His needs, desires, frustrations, and hopes were screaming at me through the forms of energies that Caleb had attached himself to.
I finally decided to “introduce” the family to a dog. I had a large yellow lab in the back of my dog kennel who shared his kennel space with a couple young female dogs. I had trained him for a woman with Huntington’s disease, who then decided she didn’t want a dog, and, after one week, had given him back. She was much further along than her family had thought, and even though in training sessions she could handle and use Duke, once she was left by herself she became decapasitated. Duke came back, went through more training, and spent his time playing in the kennel.
Duke was an unusual dog, given to me by a professional breeder who wanted a more masculine male for his breeding program. Duke didn’t fit in with him because he just wasn’t the “dog” he wanted. Duke went through our training “untouched”. He did what we wanted him to do; performed as trained, and gave us what was needed to keep us pacified, so he wouldn’t get into trouble and need more instruction. But that was it. He went just so far in training, and then, if pushed, shut down, not capable of handling the stress of the situation. Often it seemed like he didn’t care. I felt sorry for him, but I couldn’t get close enough to him, to motivate him.
All of a sudden while speaking with the family, in my mind I made a connection. The energy I was feeling from Caleb, and the energy I felt from Duke seemed in many ways to be close to the same. I had my daughter bring Duke out, and work him for us. Duke came out and did his normal, clean and correct obedience, simple performance, here’s what you get for each command. He was nice to watch, and showed the family what they wanted to see. I brought Duke over, and sat him next to Caleb. Caleb looked at him, not knowing what to do. I gave him the leash and sat down. “Take him out,” I stated. Caleb did, he got up, and took Duke for a walk around the house property. Fifteen minutes later Caleb came back, sat down, and began to pet his dog.
The father told me they would go home, discuss the dog, and get back with me. They got up, all except Caleb, who just sat there, and said “no”. Everyone stopped, especially his dad. “Caleb”, he started, and the boy interrupted him, looked him in the eye, and replied, “This is my dog. I don’t know why, but I do know I am not leaving without knowing, that this is my dog, and I WILL be able to take him home. I don’t want to live without him.” It was the most powerful declaration of his life. Caleb had never made a statement like this before, ever. His parents looked at me like I had “put a spell” on him, and said, “Bob, What’s happening.”
It was an unusual moment in time for this young man, and his family. “Most of us walk around untouched, caught up in our own world, living in a consciousness we create, until all of a sudden we make a connection with another being. Somehow, the altered energy of this dog connected with Caleb’s, and the result can be spectacular! It is known as “bonding”, and is a psychological phenomenon where a dog and a person suddenly connect with each other on a mental/emotional level, and can feel each other. The connection of dynamic energy between Caleb and Duke was so special that it changed both their lives.
Caleb’s family DID follow through for him, and since that time Duke has affected the life of every person in the family in dynamic ways. The next week Caleb came back for training. I had set him up on a 4 week training program to learn how to handle Duke. Because of the energy they shared, their ability to communicate was so strong that it was like they could feel and understand what each other were thinking. This is a phenomenon that is experienced when the electromagnetic energy, which our brains produce, creating thoughts, is projected outwards into the electro/psycho/centric environment around us. I have found that many individuals affected with Developmental Disabilities, who use the right side of their brains more to function on a normal basis, have potential to make stronger and more usable connections with dogs, than those who don’t. In Caleb’s case, his ability to connect and communicate with Duke, using his right brain was very pronounced. Caleb and Duke actually used their brains at the same speed and electro-psychic rate of transference.
We spend a lot of time teaching our clients how to produce this phenomenon, and Caleb and Duke were naturals. The more they were together, the more they became identical. It was like the two became linked as one. The two worked so well together, I sent the dog home with him that day.
When he walked into the front door of his home his dad was watching television, stopped and looked up to see them coming into the house, and said, “Caleb, what’s going on?” Caleb looked him in the eyes and said, “Dad, the dark days are over.” Jeff says he’ll never forget it. All the pain from feeling like he had lived “alone”, untouched, not understood, lonely and hurting, in a mental/emotional space that no one else even comprehended, was now a past experience, because Duke DID know, feel, understand, and was able to respond, to whatever affected him.
Today Duke accompanies Caleb to school full time, and is his constant companion. Caleb has experienced two traumatic life changes this past year, and without Duke his life would have been greatly influenced.
This past fall Caleb was voted “Student Body President” of his High School. He’s the most popular kid in school. He is on the Honor Roll, and headed for success. The energy that Duke enabled Caleb to find, produce, and use, changed his life.
Using Energy to Understand a Dementia Client
Recently, we had a delightful family drive out to see the Service Dog that Dog Wish has been training for them. I say Dog Wish because no single person ever trains any specific dog for any client. Instead, it is the combined efforts of several people training, handling, and using the dog that produces a good dog. If you use one handler to train a Service dog, and that dog gets use to that one handler, it is bad for the dog, and for the recipient.
In this case the client was suffering with frontal lobe dementia, and was much further along than I had been told. The dementia was affecting her in many ways that became obvious to me as we worked together. Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client, “on the spot”, which happens more than not.
The particular set of processes she was experiencing was critical, extremely emotional, and produced critical anxiety for her. The dog tuned into the recipient because of the training we put it through, and instantly understood and started working with her. Within a couple of hours they were working without a leash, or any help or instruction. By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to her panic attacks, and her anxieties, on a level that was higher and faster than anyone else. The dog was actually telling us when she started having problems, and she in turn related to, listened to, and responded to the dog, better than she did to us.
Although this is unusual, it is also very correct. Therefore, it quickly became obvious that the dog and her had become a team, and should not be separated for any significant period of time. While this is an optimum situation, and one you hope for, which can take weeks to produce, it is what we select, train, and place dogs hoping to achieve as the result of our work with every recipient. It is the energy that we have become sensitive to that makes all the difference.
CO-CREATION USING ENERGY
However, in order to achieve these results it takes a mutual bonding between the handler, and the dog. Therefore, we insist that when coming to Dog Wish to pair with a Service Dog, the family and handler take time to learn, bond, and create the energy capable of producing a dynamic relationship that will become the catalyst, and produce these results.
• It is important that the client take time daily to work with, and use the energy they share with their dog. Expecting the dog to automatically and artificially perform and behave without the energy produced by that natural relationship is completely contrary to its’ intended use, and the very laws of nature.
The following is a true story
She recently had a brain hemorrhage, and was rushed to the hospital. She lay there comatose. After being admitted they monitored her heart and brain. When her dog came into the room they functioned normally. When her dog left the room her blood pressure soared, and her brain became hysterical.
If my computer died tonight, I would replace it as soon as possible. However, if my dog died I would be devastated. My dogs are alive, full of energy, and are dynamic and real. Through them, and the energy we share, they make my life meaningful, and worth living.
Bob Taylor, Master Dog Trainer