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Tracy Courtney


CANINE BALANCE SERIES

Solving The Equation

Many methods focus on the physical aspects of behavior & how to control the motions without consideration of the emotions. The physical aspects of behavior equate to only understanding & working with 1/3 of the problem, so naturally they can only provide 1/3 of the solution. 


When we begin to consider the relationship of cause & effect from a deeper understanding that includes the mental, emotional & physical attributes of behavior, we begin to open up whole new insights into the root cause of unwanted behavior & can affect lasting solutions


Our narrow perceptions of the possible causes of unwanted behaviour tend to focus on the external environment: sights, sounds, sensations, other people & past history. What if we widened our perceptions & began to look at behavior as not a problem, but a lack of communication & understanding with us, instead of external stimuli? What if the root cause of your dog dragging you down the road isn't because of the other dog they see, but because there is no connection with you so they've learned to focus on their environment instead of you & they're dragging you only because it's become a habit? We will answer this & many more questions during our time together, in real time, where you will see immediate results


NOTE: The majority of this site centers around horses but all of the information & videos, apply equally to dogs in all aspects


- 1 hour personal sessions are $75 per hour

- 2 or more hour sessions are $60 per hour

- travel fee for distances over 40 km are .55 per km

Rehabilitating Mischa for a Local Rescue

Parameters

Leash Etiquette

Through the application of Parameters, the average dog can be taught to heel, stop & sit within 20 minutes, without ever asking the dog to do anything, saying no, or correcting the dog's personal choice or expression of behaviour in any way. This is to prove to you that behavior doesn't have to be addressed individually or directly as many so dogmatically believe is necessary. So why do we spend months or years in cookie-cutter classes that don't provide lasting results? Because methods based on the physical aspects of behaviour have a very limited application. They don't teach us how to address the normal, every day activities we experience with our dogs outside of class time. Essentially, most dog & human mind's have been in 5th gear or overdrive for a very long time. 


Parameters teaches you how to begin to become quiet in yourself, mentally, emotionally, physically & verbally so that you can begin to shift your dog's mind into neutral while beginning to learn how to have connection & mutual communication through building a new mutual language. We must shift the mind(s) into neutral prior to beginning to shift into reverse & Parameters teaches you how to shift into neutral. Reverse is the equivalent of a dog that places full focus & attention on their owner without the owner having to feel responsible for how their dog will act in any given situation. Parameters begins to remove the unknown factors, which allows for the letting go of previous stress & anxiety in relation to life's daily interactions for both of you. After learning the basic how's & why's of your dog'd behaviour through neutrality, we begin to shift into reverse using typical environmental triggers that focus on addressing everything else you & your dog do in a day & how to build your new language template.


If I were to ask you to visualize in this moment, what a well trained dog looks like, what would you say? Many would habitually focus on the physical attributes only. We would say things like, the dog doesn't pull on the leash, sits when asked, comes when called, etc. This is the goal, the end result of what we all want to accomplish but what's missing is the understanding needed to reach those goals. Why our dog does what they do & what to do to change the thoughts in every given situation, is the other 2/3 of the puzzle that's missing in common physical methods.


When we begin to look past the physical aspects of behavior & begin to understand the mental & emotional processes, aka: the why's & how's, a whole new door of understanding opens up that we never knew was even available to us. When we begin to look at the mental & emotional processes during our visualization, there are 2 missing components that prevent our attaining these goals. One is a connection & the other is communication. How are we taught to communicate with our dogs? Through a strictly verbal process that is the equivalent to a narcissistic relationship. We don't know how to allow for mutual discussion, expression or understanding of personal feelings & emotions from our dogs. We give a command & the only discussion we allow in the matter is the ability for our dog to say yes or no to our dictations. Where is the discussion or compromise in these scenarios? Is this the foundation of a good relationship?


We can further visualize a "problem" dog as a one that is connected to & receiving greater stimulation from their environment, aka: the environment is more interesting & fun than we are. We can verify this by simply looking at our dog now. Is our dog looking at us? Does our dog care where we are? Does our dog care what we're doing or what we want, or are they more interested in everything except us? What we fail to understand is that typical physical training methods actually teach the opposite of what we're trying to achieve, by teaching our dog to disconnect from us rather than to connect. We are taught to put bandaids on the outcomes instead of addressing the root causes of input, that create the outcomes, such as anxiety medications, pinch & shock collars, halties, etc. Do these bandaids allow for mutual discussion or are they a stronger application of force to make our dogs conform to our will without question or compromise? The problem here isn't about how our dog responds to our commands, the root cause of these issues lies in not understanding how to shift our dog's attention from the environment to us effectively & without brute force.


NOTE: the video above shows this dog's reaction to her first introduction to a collar & leash. The footage shown of her walking on a leash outside, was taken the following day, not weeks later. "Dogs are simple, it's people who are complex. It's time to change the rules & return to simplicity."

Time varies for # of participants & comprehension

House Rules

House Etiquette


Yard Rules

Back Yard Etiquette


Travel Rules

Travel Etiquette


Examinations & Grooming

Handling All Body Parts


Variables

Creating The Perfect Learning Environment


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