Learning to let go
Shamanic dog training teaches us to embody the principles of ayni (right relationship), munay (unconditional love) and killary (fluidity) as we engage in relationship with our dear and beloved friends, the dog.
These principles are not always highlighted in our society, so there is not an automatic recognition when they are mentioned. That is what shamanic dog training is here to teach: how to embrace these teachings, so they inform your daily life with the love of your life: your dog.
More than learning how to dominate, control or manipulate our canine counterparts into doing what we want them to – which, we have already proven, we are masters at. More than finding standards and structures to produce a dog that is meek and mild mannered and not too much trouble or challenge.
These are the things our modern day dog training has come to value as the picture of success: a dog who appears to be completely domesticated, completely subdued into not making any move or behaviour without our permission or request first.
However, shamanic dog training brings back the living and breathing and constantly moving aspect of deep and profound relationship and love: it helps us remember the beauty of not always knowing, step into the allowance of the other to be exactly who they are without demanding explanations or apologies. It invites us to dance with our dogs, as they are so willing to dance with us, in the sacred partnership that binds dog and human in a timeless love.
Our dogs are open and eager to help us, to learn from us, to serve us and to teach us. We have become so dogmatic (pardon the pun) in our search for perfection among dog training beliefs that we have all but wiped out the willingness to let our dogs be them, to let them take the lead whenever possible, and to show us the many dimensions of their awareness and consciousness.
We are so ingrained in the need to win with each exchange, the need to control the outcome, that as we read these tender and inviting words, our underlying thought is: but, if I am not in complete and utter control of everything my dog does, will he just run wild and be totally out of control? That is our only fear – what if I cannot control things? That is always our fear: losing control.
Shamanic dog training teaches us to weave gently the aspects of control that help govern daily interactions with our dogs together with the freedom to set ourselves free from the demands of perfection, ultimate control, domination of the other and punishment for disobedience.
We can have both, if we only open our hearts and eyes and minds far and long enough to let it in.
Tamryn Fudge is an animal communicator, dog trainer and shamanic practitioner and student. She offers shamanic dog training to help you and your dog get closer and love deeper - for aggression and behaviour problems, everyday learning and puppy teaching. Group and private sessions available.
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