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In our world today, one in ten people suffer from acute anxiety and trauma that has altered their life. One in four people are on medications for anxiety. One in six people are disabled to the point that they can no longer function normally.
In our world today we have exchanged human interaction for the cold impersonal technological interaction. The growing population of people with Neurological Disabilities have found a tremendous attraction to this new technological advanced world. They are creating a new lifestyle using the technologies of their computers, phones, tables, and other devises. Some of these people have literally retreated from the real world and into an artificial one. More and more families are using technological devises to entertain their children instead of human interaction. Our children have become addicted to their electric toys, which exposes them to electro-magnetic energies daily. It has become easier and/or safer to live in an imaginary world rather than in the real one.
The point is our world is being bombarded by massive amounts of electro-magnetic energies. Could this be one of the reasons why Neurological disabilities are on the rise?
In the past couple of years, research teams from the top Universities in the county have been studying the effects of electro-magnetic energies on the brain. Researchers are finding the electro-magnetic energies are disrupting the connections between the Purkinje Axiom and brain cells. (This simply means the brain cell can’t transfer information to the Purkinje Axiom cells correctly.) When the Purkinje Axiom become more and more compromised, the brain loses its left side functionality.
People affected with Neurological disorders from Autism to Seizures, have switched from using left side of their brain to the right side, thus causing an imbalance in their brain. For these people the right side of the brain takes over and simulates the functions that the left side of the brain would normally control. People with one of these disorders have an extremely difficult time communicating socially, and having relationships with other people. They have found comfort and solace in the world of technology. People with a Neurological disorder need to find a way to balance the brain again. Somehow refocus the brain. That’s what a Dog Wish dog does.
At Dog Wish we believe in the natural flow of energy that connects us and heals us, as we use it.
Unfortunately, too many people freak out when you discuss the natural flow of energy around them. They believe you are talking about something unnatural, weird, or supernatural but we’re not.
The 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 people claim is literally transforming and saving their lives.
We train our dogs to connect, to become sensitive to the energy in the handler/trainer’s body. For instance, many of our clients come here and think we have simply trained the dog to be more attentive to them and in a way we have.
As a young dog trainer, I became interested in the relationships between dogs and humans. A phenomenon that has fascinated me now for over forty years. As I continued to research and study this phenomenon, I realize it is possible to transfer energy from dogs to humans and humans to dogs. I began to strategized, designed, and created methods for teaching dogs to expand their sensory abilities from 2 to 5 times what they normally would be. Dogs normally switch from one thing to another every couple of seconds. I teach the dogs to stay focused on a single subject for several minutes at a time. Over the next twenty-one days this behavior becomes solidified part of the dog’s thought process, which expands their sensory process. This makes them use all of their sensory abilities to understand what they have experienced.
This method actually causes the dog to ‘get out’ of themselves, and transfer their attention to their handler/trainer. The dogs learned to use their senses to focus on our energies using verbal and non-verbal commands and then with hand signals.
How does this work?
LEARNING TO HARNESS AND USE ENERGY
All living beings are comprised of energy, becoming sensitive to the energy around us can be very healing and therapeutic. Basically, I have learned how to focus, expand, and use the sensory processes in dogs. By doing this I can greatly increase their sensitivity and ability to respond to the energies their handler put out. Dogs naturally use their right brain processes. This does not mean I’m raising the intelligence of the dogs, only teaching them how to use their intelligence in ways that we as human can connect with. By using what we call, ‘the intention process’, we can predict and focus a dog’s thoughts and behaviors as we need or desire. In doing so, we can actually attack mental/emotional problems that the dog’s handler has endured throughout their lives. We have for years witnessed, ‘break-through’, experiences with our dogs and their new handlers because of this.
At Dog Wish, we do not assign one trainer to any specific dog. Every dog is trained by all our trainers making the dog focus on performance. Why? The object of our training is for the dog to bond with its handler not with the trainer and every dog is different. Each dog responds to our training and conditioning in different ways. Instead of trying to force a dog to conform to our desires, we help each dog to use our training to its own best advantage. 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 based on a ‘team training’ philosophy. 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 to make correct decisions on its’ own. Concepts like a ‘self-image’, mental ‘strategies’, and complex ‘decision-making’ are only capable in our training because of the way we have conditioned these abilities in our dogs.
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. Creating a unified working team. Every team experiences the results of this training according to their own personal ability to incorporate our training into their lives.
Energy and Autism, Duke and Caleb
CALEB & DUKE
Two years ago, a family brought their son to meet me. He had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and needed a service dog. As many families before them, they had no idea what was going to happen when they got here. They didn’t have a clue what Caleb’s response would be to meeting a service dog. Caleb was a large, awkward 15 year old, rather quiet and introverted who sat behind his family. He very carefully looked around our facility. When addressed, he withdrew to a comfortable distance emotionally, and responded with a minimum answer. I explained the process we use to match our dogs with handlers. It’s a very cut and dry, non-stress process.
Although Caleb was silent and appeared to be lost in his private world. He was saying so many things to me that it was hard to speak with his family. His needs, desires, frustrations, and hopes were screaming at me. Suddenly, while speaking with his family, in my mind I made a connection. The energy I was feeling from Caleb, and the energy I felt from Duke seemed to be the same. I decided to introduce the family to Duke.
Duke is a large yellow lab and is very unusual. Duke went through our training ‘untouched’. He did what we wanted him to do. He performed as trained, and gave us what was needed to make us happy. Often it seemed like he didn’t care. He went just so far in training, and if we pushed for more. He would shut down. He was not capable of handling the stress of the situation. I felt sorry for him, but I motivate him. He just wouldn’t let anyone couldn’t get close enough to him.
Duke came out and performed beautifully. 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 said to Caleb.
Caleb took Duke for a walk around the house and then around the property. Fifteen minutes later Caleb came back, and began petting Duke. After a while, Caleb’s father told me they would go home, discuss the dog, and call me later. As the family got ready to leave. Caleb just sat there petting Duke.
Finally, he said, “No.”
Everyone stopped and looked at him.
“Caleb,” his father started but the boy interrupted him.
“This is my dog and I’m not leaving without him. I don’t want to live without him,” Caleb stated looking at his father.
It was the most powerful declaration of Caleb’s life. His parents looked at me like I had ‘put a spell’ on him.
“Bob, what’s happening?” They asked me.
So I explained. Caleb and Duke had made a connection. They had connected with each other on a mental/emotional level. The connection between Caleb and Duke was so special, it changed both of their lives that day. This psychological phenomenon is known as ‘bonding’.
Caleb’s family follow through for him and bought Duke. The next week Caleb came back for training. I had set him up on a four week training program to learn how to handle Duke. Because of the bond they shared, their ability to communicate was so strong that it was like they could feel and understand what each other were thinking.
DOGS AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
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 a stronger potential, a more usable connection with dogs. 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 energy transference. We spend a lot of time teaching our clients how to produce this phenomenon, but Caleb and Duke were naturals. The more they were together, the more they became identical. It was like the two became linked as one.
Caleb’s father shared with me once, while he was watching TV one evening, Caleb walked into the living room and looked at him before stating, “Dad the dark days are over.”
What Caleb was saying was, all the pain he felt was over. He had lived ‘alone’, untouched, misunderstood, and hurting. Simply because he was different and no one could comprehended what he was going through. Now, because of Duke, he has someone who does understand him, and is able to communicate with him.
Today, Duke accompanies Caleb to school full-time, and is his constant companion. Caleb has experienced two traumatic life changes, and Duke was right beside him through each one.
Using Energy to Understand a Dementia Client
In this case, my client has dementia, and as we worked together, I realized she was much further along than I had been initially told. Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client’s needs, ‘on the spot’, which happens to us a lot.
The dog tuned into the client and instantly understood what the client needed, (because of the training we put into the dog), and the dog started working with her. Within a couple of hours, they were working without a leash and without much instruction from me or my staff. By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to the client’s panic attacks and helping the client settle down. The dog was working on a higher level and was telling us when the client was having problems. What the dog was doing was extremely critical for the client and the client in return, started responding to the dog. It became very obvious the dog and the client were a working team.
This sudden bonding doesn’t happen with every client. Sometimes we work with a client, (be it Autism, PTSD, Dementia, or one of the other neurological disorders), it can take several training sessions and in some cases, weeks, to achieve this level of bonding.
However, in order to achieve these results, it takes a mutual bonding between the handler, and the dog. Therefore, we insist that the family and handler take the time to learn how to work their dog. By working the dog regularly, the bond between the client, their family, and the dog, strengthens and a dynamic working team is achieved.
Expecting the dog to automatically perform without learning how to handle the dog, is completely unfair to the dog. If this is what you want, a standardly trained, (cookie cutter) dog, don’t be upset when your dog turns out to be just another pet. Our training is natural and completely benefits, the dog and the handler.
If my computer died tonight, I would replace it as soon as possible. However, if my dog died tonight, I would be absolutely devastated. My dogs are alive, full of energy, dynamic, and real. Through them, and the energy we share, they make my life meaningful, and worth living.
If you would like this in your life, give us a call and let us see what we can do for you and your family.