The Relational Approach Technical Overview



This system of training uses specific interactions which change the perception of the dog to the owner.  These interactions follow the path of the social influence aspect of the relationship and are reconciled based on their consistency and how they align at this level.  Dogs come into agreement with (motivator) these interactions based on how influence intersects at various set points of the script (How the interactions align).   The role of influence is reconciled based on Intercepting the dog’s state of mind at the point of investment (control manifesting).  Influence within this process is proactive in nature vs reactive (ie corrective – over investment).

Learning theory is based on an inherently flawed assumption (core tenant) that response, via its application at a motivational / response level, represents a like minded state (Physical interpretation) This fails to consider how control can offer the perception of an agreeable dog and thus lead to a wrong interpretation. That a dog having already objectified the owner and having gained a level of control within the relationship will respond for a motivator (control becomes by default a motivating agent) and move into physical positions.  The learning narrative fails to qualify the context of response and assumes a like minded state (response and state of mind alignment) at this level.  Once a dog has gained control the process must align at an interaction based level to ensure that control is release to the owner which directly aligns with the resolution of unwanted behavior.