Karma Dog Training: Philosophy
THE 6 AGREEMENTS OF THE KARMA DOG TRAINING METHOD
1) THERE ARE 2 MASTERS
My dog is not below me on the totem pole, he is my equal, just a different species. And for those who have to choose a hierarchy, my dog is above me in terms of his soul growth. We come from the perspective that our dog, albeit an animal, has probably more to teach us than we can teach him. Sure we can teach our dog the signals for “sit”, “stay”, "down" and “come” which are all important behaviors for our dogs to know in order to keep them safe in our world... but how can that begin to compare to what they’re teaching us?
The power of unconditional love, how to truly live in the present moment, how to accept ourselves as is...(just to name a few). Keep in mind, this agreement does NOT preclude us from becoming our dog's guardian or guide, a position we must be willing to hold at all times. What it simply allows us to do is to remember that all interaction with our dog should be based on trust, cooperation and mutual respect rather than by force and intimidation.
2) I WILL WALK IN HIS PAWS
I treat my dog exactly the way I would like to be treated if I had to return in some future lifetime as the dog I now take care of.
What if you literally had to come back in some future lifetime and walk in your dog’s paws? When you participate in a cause, you will participate in it’s effect. The Universal law of cause and effect is called Karma in the East, and the Golden Rule in the West.
Because I believe in the law of Karma: what you sew, so shall you reap (what comes around, goes around) it’s not farfetched for me to believe that on some level, we may have to some day incarnate and experience the very life we are now providing for our dog. Keep in mind, this agreement does NOT mean that we are permissive with our dogs. Rather, as part of raising them correctly, we understand that setting rules and what we refer to as "Benevolent Boundaries" is what's in their best interest. The key distinction here is that we hold our dogs accountable so that we can take our dogs everywhere with us and they can have a full social life, not because we desire power over them.
3) ANGELS IN DISGUISE
I choose to believe that my dog is actually an angel in disguise. We come from the perspective that your dog’s true reason for being here on Earth with you is to assist you in your spiritual growth. Your dog loves you so much that he has agreed to do this for you. Your dog has also brought with him the very lessons your soul needs most to evolve. In return, we believe in becoming our dog's "Alpha Angel" and embodying our "Higher Self" rather than simply being his "Alpha Dog" or "Pack Leader". This principle states that True Leadership is one where the individual in charge is truly looking out for your highest good and because of that, it's very easy to follow that energy.
We understand on a deep soul level that one of the primary reasons our dog has come into our life is to reflect back to us both the positive and negative aspects of self. We understand that by learning to love and heal the frightened parts of our dog's personality, we're also learning a pathway to love and heal the frightened parts of our own personality. As we do this, we replace judgement with compassion as we're able to communicate with our dog from the highest vibrational frequency.
5) SOULS FIRST
We agree to see our dogs as souls first. What this means specifically is that we acknowledge and have reverence for the fact that our dogs are souls, just like you and I, who are simply wearing a dog's costume for this incarnation. Yes, they have their unique way of interpreting their world; namely through their nose, eyes and ears; and in that order. They also have their own distinct canine rituals and paradigms. However, this does not inhibit us from seeing them as divine beings first, dogs second.
6) OWNING A DOG IS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
The lessons I’m learning by being a great dog owner are as valuable as any soul lessons I will ever learn in my lifetime.
It's my belief that the Universe uses the relationship between you and your dog as a metaphor and a road map to provide you with the most profound lessons you need to evolve. Such lessons as learning to foster harmony, creating balance, setting boundaries, practicing benevolent leadership, remaining calm in any given situation, being fully alive in the present moment, learning how to become a better parent, as well as the often overlooked power of our own thoughts to create a world of Love or Fear can all be learned by taking excellent care of your dog and becoming a conscious dog owner.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE KARMA DOG TRAINING METHOD
1) I never ask my dog to do, what I myself would not do
2) I never ask my dog to eat, what I myself would not eat
3) I never ask my dog to wear, what I myself would not wear
4) I never ask my dog to journey, where I myself would not journey
5) I never ask my dog to sleep, where I myself would not sleep
6) I never ask my dog to spend time with someone, I myself would not spend time with
7) I never ask my dog to learn, what I myself would not learn
8) I never ask my dog to drink, what I myself would not drink
9) I never ask my dog to endure, what I myself would not endure
10) I never ask my dog to inhale, what I myself would not inhale
HOW DO I ACTIVATE THE LAW OF KARMA?
The way to activate that law of Karma or what is also called spontaneous correct choice making, is to ask your heart, ask your body, what’s the right thing to do at this moment?
(My distinctions after recently being sick)
I have returned to health today much more compassionate and aware of my non-verbal soul mates needs and with an understanding that any one of them at any time might be physically sick. I have returned to health today with an understanding that my non-verbal soul mates need so much more love, so much more nurturing and so much more compassion from me in recognizing that any of one of them may be feeling as physically ill as I just was and need to be loved accordingly. I have returned to health today with an understanding that I need to be ten times more disciplined in my observation of them every morning and every night so that before I ever ask anything of them, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt they are indeed feeling well enough and up to the task of following through with what I ask of them. Only when I am absolutely certain my non-verbal soul mates are feeling well and vibrant, will I treat them as such and ask them to do things as if they are feeling totally healthy and pain-free. I can tell you that Scottie is in physical pain is his knee area. This needs to be addressed before you ever ask him to do the things that you have been asking him to do such as walk like Cesar Millan taught you to do. I will always remember how my only thought and my biggest regret while I was sick is the fact that out of lack of empathy I have asked Louis or any of my other dogs to walk in the Cesar Millan Military style even while they might be feeling as sick as I was just feeling. If I have done this, which I am almost certain I have, then this is the most regrettable thing I could ever think of in my life. It sickens me so much. If that’s really the case, which I am sure that it has been, it’s my biggest regret ever! I woke up today with an understanding that that can never happen again and as long as I am NEVER attached to outcomes, and I always assume Louis or any of my other dogs have their reasons for slowing down and not being able to walk fast (including Scottie when he is limping!) and I never think ego, “rules”, future training goals or expectations over process, joy and the highest compassion in this moment, the only thing that counts! Then, and only then am I respecting the information I have just been given by having to go though this physical breakdown and feeling so ill the last 4 days. I have returned to health today with an understanding that not being able to empathize with my dog's physical pain is my greatest fear and so from this day forward, I am going to be ten times more sensitive than I have ever been to what they are telepathically communicating to me with their eyes, their body language, their physiology and their actions and I will RESPECT that non-verbal communication as much as if they were shouting it in my ear. I will also go out of my way to make feeding them the HEALTHIEST FOOD AND HEALTHIEST VITAMINS my #1 priority. Vitamin C and other immunity enhancing vitamins has to be just as necessary and a priority as paying the rent. Scottie’s mental fear, his anxiety NEEDS JUST AS MUCH COMPASSION AND EMPATHY AS THEIR PHYSICAL NEEDS. HE NEEDS REASSURING, HE NEEDS POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT, HE NEEDS YOUR 100% SUPPORT AND ASSURANCE. TRUST ME!