Hyperactiveness is not part of a dog's character, or because of his breed. Dogs are hyperactive when their adrenalin levels are running too high. The more we try to use a quick fix by disciplining them, trying to “get rid of their energy”, telling them "No!", commanding them to go outside, the higher their adrenalin levels become, and the less control we ultimately hae over our dogs.
Dogs are not automatically our best friend - they are only potentially our best friends - and the secret of Natural Dog Training's exceptionally high success rate is to develop this potential.
Dogs were, in fact, made to live with dogs, and people were made to live with people. So when we approach dogs from the false premise that we have bred their original instincts out of them, we end up treating superficial symptoms instead of removing the underlying cause of behaviour problems.
Our reactions are simply causing adrenalin surges, which in turn cause hyperactiveness, disobedience etc.
So what is the answer? The solution to this dilemma is to develop our dog's best friend potential! This unique shift in perspective is the key to unlocking our dog's desire to please the way this extract from an environmental journal describes, in place of punishing, dominating and imposing our will on them:
Domestic pets before having their adrenalin levels brought down:
All dogs want to be good -
they only need to be understood!
Social Behaviour. [Carnivora Species Information.] states:
"The reason wild dogs do not act aggressively to assert rank may be due to the fact that the entire social system is so cooperative-dependent that if one should be injured, the pack would be less effective in hunting for food. An African wild dog pack is dependent upon abundant food, and only one pair breeds, and those puppies are dependent on their parents for such a long period of time, that cooperation is a necessity. So, instead of an active hierarchy, they have a passive hierarchy, with cooperation being emphasized rather than dominance."
Pam's Natural dog training teaches dog owners how to tap into this potential for cooperation which all dogs are genetically equipped for, in place of using commands and domination which come from the army and are therefore artificial.
This quote comes from an (objective) environmental study of wild dogs, not a (subjective) academic study seeking to prove it's own theories.
By identifying the source of our dog's adrenalin, (which is what Pam's Natural Dog Training does for you) and removing it, (which Pam shows you how to do) our dogs become our best friends – because we know now how to becometheirs by winning their trust and "speaking their language", instead of punishing them and raising our voices at them when they don't understand us.
Then our dog no longer sees life through a cloud of adrenalin, and therefore does not make misjudgments, the way you see the “hyperactive” Staffie on the video clip on the No-pull Dog Leads page when he crashes into the gate which he didn't see in his intoxicated state.
Understanding dogs on a deeper and less superficial level gives us so much more control over them. Hyperactive dogs (dogs whose adrenalin levels are running too high) bump into people, knock people over, bully smaller dogs, chase children that are playing… which is all adrenalin-induced behaviour. So once the source of adrenalin is removed (commands being one of them, because commands send barking signals) – bingo, you have a calm, well behaved, trustworthy dog that does not “have to” be commanded, disciplined, taken to training… He now understands what we are saying to him, and his natural urge to cooperate with, and to please his leader then is able to find expression.
Simply child's play!