I was first taught by The Monty Roberts International Learning Centre, where I learnt the art of communicating with horses in a discernible and effective way, using predictable body language. This language Monty Roberts created after extensive observation on wild Mustangs in Nevada at the age of thirteen. He calls it ‘Equus’, and it is silent, encouraging true partnership between horse and human. This method rejects the traditional and violent methods of ‘breaking in’ a horse and replaces it with the nonverbal, silent and nonviolent ‘Join Up’.
My second teacher is, Jan Fennell ‘The Dog Listener’. She was initially inspired by Monty Roberts, after seeing one of his profound and moving ‘Join-Up’ demonstrations. Jan resolved to find a similar way to communicate with dogs by also rejecting the traditional methods of dominance and force. She did this by studying extensively wolves, wild dogs and coyotes. This study has resulted in the application of a training system she has called ‘Amichien® Bonding’. AB (as it is affectionately called) allows you to live in harmony with your trusted friend. This non-confrontational, stress-free, gadget-free method is achievable to anyone with an open mind and respect for the fantastic creature that is the Canine.
The concepts behind ‘Equus’ and ‘Amichien Bonding’ are similar to all species. Monty and Jan have studied both these animals extensively, they understand how each species uses its senses to perceive and interpret their environment. They have observed how the herd or the pack has brought up it’s young, encouraged and advised its teenagers and seen how they then settle into adult life with the tools best equipped for their personal and herd/pack survival.
I respect that each animal is different in species and personality, that they perceive through their senses very differently to us, as homo sapiens. They do not have the ability to communicate in a tongue, and thus it is very difficult for us to understand what they are trying to say unless we try to understand their way of thinking.
I try to read the world as they do, to live as they would and to assure each of them to the best of my knowledge, in a way that they would assure each other. I work with calmness, consistency and within their particular species, specific boundaries.
I try to work with deep love. A love that comes from the heart and not the human mind, as I believe that this type of love can cross any language and species barrier.
I hope you enjoy Pooch Corner as much as I will do in writing it. This has been a longer and more serious post than I expected, but I feel that it is very important. I hope to keep Pooch corner short and sweet, a tip sheet that you are welcome to refer to at anytime. I hope to achieve this next month by starting an A-Z of Pet Tips and Unusual Facts.