Intuition in training on a street corner in Oakland with a blind Akita
If you have lived in California for a while, you might have forgotten about the California glow. The best place to see it is after a trip, at the airport, waiting by your gate. I know the SF bound gate immediately, everyone is a shade hipper from the babies to the grandparents. I usually balance a ball on my head, and when asked, I simply whisper “I worship the Orb” and everyone is quietly respectful. The people of California have a glow, it twinkles when they adjust their posture, do breathing exercises or peer out from hip eyewear. Even the cops in California are hipper. Recently, Hayward Police K9 Handler, Loring Cox had this to say about us:
“Francis is one of the most dog intuitive people we know. If you need dog training, are interested in protection sports, or just want to have more to do with your dog give him a call. Check out his blog and see what they have going down in Emeryville!”
Dutch Police Dog, Albert was the forefather of modern Police k9
Only in the Bay Area would your local Police k9 unit appreciate your intuition! Thanks Hayward! And I appreciate the personal dedication of the Bay Area Police K9 handlers that take it upon themselves to study dog training. Officers like Loring Cox of Hayward who has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things k9, or Colin Jones of Alameda PD who recently certified as a French Ring Decoy. These are just two of the many Bay Area Police K9 Handlers that go to great lengths to learn their craft.
Here is a video demonstration of my
Intuitive abilities & hard work! The Decoy is Andrew Ramsey, the dog is Balzac of the infamous Contes d’Hoffmann Kennel. He is 1 year and 7 months old.
Note to Balzac Fans: I will be continuing my series on his training shortly. I got bogged down in the details of describing some difficult to express concepts. Instead of writing a novel, I wanted to get back in the swing by posting Balzac’s latest training video, he is now a year and seven months. I will fill you in on his prior development and current training as we go.
Balzac Des Contes d'Hoffmann
Intuitive as hell
As for intuition, if it means competency gained by years of practice, then sure I’m intuitive. I would be very skeptical of anybody who claimed to have intuition not derived from years of practice, but rather by some outside force.
Many people in California are into “energy”. Like good energy and bad energy. Often I hear people talking about their dog reading peoples energy and responding by acting a certain way. It doesn’t work that way. If you blind yourself with superstition you will just use it as crutch to support your own bias. If you are talking about the energy created by perception, then we might agree.
Chomsky demonstrates energy generated from perception. Stare at the quarter. Do you feel the energy?
Dogs respond differently to different people based on how we move, where we look and how we respond to them. As a decoy, this becomes very clear. Decoy’s manipulate the dogs behavior by responding with actions that trigger drive states brought on by movement patterns. Tools in the decoys bag are: Eye Line, Menace, Flinch, Startle, Flee, and Charge, all stereotypical movements that can trigger the dog to respond in certain predictable ways. These same decoy techniques can be triggered by people who have no idea they are triggering them. These very people may be pure of heart and deed, or not, they just act in a way that triggers the dog. I have seen many dogs with a hypersensitivity in their temperament be labeled as “Intuitive” or able to “read energy” It’s not true they are responding to body language.
Fake magic banished/ true magic found
I hope this doesn’t take the magic out of it for anybody. For me, it adds magic. Knowing that I can make a dog feel more confident by how I respond to his actions. Knowing that with just the right movement I can tap into ancient predatory instincts. Watching how my eye-line informs of my intentions. With this in mind, I accept the title of Dog Intuitive, bestowed on me by the Hayward K9 Unit. I am honored and if nothing else it will stoke my California glow!
Nothing creates intuition like the school of hard knocks. This is a glimpse into a training session with the Hayward PD.