break the mould, lose the system and go with the flow
In our quest to do right by the animals we adore, we stuff up so regularly. One of the main things we do wrong - is try to be right... Confidence comes - not from always being right, but from not fearing being wrong.
We can google how to back a horse, or train a dog to heel. And the information will no doubt be helpful. The question then is – will we be able to carry out the recipe and ensure that we are respecting the angel before us. That is more important than the recipe...
Of course - understanding behaviour and motivation and definitions assists us to achieve amazing feats with the incredible animals in our lives. We can problem solve concerns, logically see things from the animal's point of view using all the behaviour theory. The fundamentals to relationship can however be summed up in one statement – “do what you do with respect, and own your actions”. In other words, don't blame the animal, the situation or anyone or anything – Rather - see what is right before you, and go with that.