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The Beginning of Synergy of Allegiance

Esprit de Canis: Soul of the Dog

**I understand this is a lot of information for a website. Dog training needs an innovative upgrade. I believe it’s vital to understand the how and why as well as SA Canines role in the upgrade.**

How it all began:

Now that the study is in pre-review and waiting peer review  I am officially allowed to disclose some of the information of how I’ve developed the new and improved standard of dog training. 

I had the honor of being a part of a neuroscience study with a goal to understand how the human brain synthesizes information for multiple inputs to give rise to a unified conscious experience. The goal was to answer two questions, how human information processing architecture is functionally organized? How does the organization support human consciousness? Here’s the amazing pieces  that happened.  The Love of my life, the late, great Esprit was observed as a part of my consciousness. My bond with Esprit was so developed  that she improved my brain function as I have TBI that I suffered in the military. She improved my brain function in certain areas under stressful conditions. My brain function was nearly normally when her and I were the most engaged. During the study and after observing that, I advised the scientist to check her consciousness by a fMRI. I trained her to be able to handle a  fMRI while remaining calm. The next observational wonder is that they found Esprits conscious experience nearly mirrored the patterns of my conscious experience in the same various environments, most importantly in times of stress and in times of joy. The scientists observed that the more emotions I felt and the more engaged Esprit and I were the more our conscious experience was shared, mirrored and dependent on one another. Finally they observed that if Esprit was not present, it changed the way my brain processed information and the areas of the brain that were activated but also had less activatation such as cerebellum which processes higher functions.  when Esprit was not present, the part of the brain that controls fight or flight was a lot more active in the processing of information. This has actually sparked a lot of curiosity within the  field of neuroscience and has contributed a lot to the  Global Neuronal Workspace Theory and Integrated Information, Theory of consciousness. these findings bring us closer to a unified theoretical understanding of consciousness of the bond and the connection between human and canine. (Synergistic Allegiance, 2020)

Since the study I endured the hardest moment of my life. 06 May 2021, 7 days after my 34th birthday I lost Esprit to cancer. Esprit was not a pet, Esprit was not a family companion, Esprit was not an extension of me, Esprit was my conscious experience, she was my Esptit de Sapien the soul of a human.  You know a dog is special when they can help you train social behaviors in other dogs, protect and stop a woman from getting abused, find some of the largest narcotic finds and smell out money, alert others if I have a seizure while possessing the ability to cuddle up next me and she could express how much cared and liked to be care for. With her the entire world was our playground, without her I am able to find the inspiration to teach and pass along the gifts, beauty and achievement to other families and within dogs. The pain of her loss is a challenge but the beauty of Esprit I must share with the world given the times we are facing.

Esprit still lives on…..through my behavior development process each family can experience what it is like to have the ultimate companion, one that is a part of your conscious experience.   Using what I witnessed and what was observed in me as well as Esprit, we are the proof that the bond between human and canine is a synergy of allegiance between species. I now develop that synergy of allegiance for behavior and to form the bond in other dogs to give families there very own unique version of the Esprit which is a dog being able to perform off leash behaviors with no collars in any environment from the mountains to the city and back to the sandy beach. It is the two souls coming together as one experience, through teamwork and synergy to achieve all goals, desires and directives. Synergy of Allegiance is the bond with a dog that protects you from danger and rides with you to the grocery store.

"Give me five hours to chop a tree down, and I will spend The first four hours sharpening the Axe. "

-Abraham Lincoln

That quote is fitting in many ways but mainly That the current methods of dog training and view of behaviors in dogs are obsolete and that dogs need emancipation from the current methods that are used in training. This is why I pledged a synergy of allegiance. To improve dog training and change the view of a dogs behavior. 

Trainers Limited View

The manner that we as professionals have failed is that we have never questioned the science of dog training. We have never thought about the biomechanics of dog training or the neurobiology of training.

99.98% of dogs trainers use classical conditioning and operant conditioning as their only means of training a dog. What sets dog behavior and dog training back is that the two scientists that founded these methods of learning viewed learning from the relationship between the environment and the behavior.To them cognitive capability was a black box. Behaviorism today accepts that there are internal conditions but it is limited to what is observable and to them performance of behaviors is not a means of scientific observation and emotions only exist if they can be picked up in a lab. With this mindset most trainers view all behaviors as a stimulus-response process.

Learning is a multilevel process that doesn’t take place on one level, in one place and only at onetime. Learning is simultaneous. In each moment a new emotion is sparked, or changed or the intensity of the emotion is increased, or if the combination of emotions is new  then learning is occurring. Learning also occurs when in a new place, while performing a new movement and with dogs specifically, taking in new smells that causes a change of emotion or attention.

A dogs behavior is actually a product of goal directed actions of motor behavior. In Pavlovs experiment we did not get a conditioned response or reflex but a goal directed action or a motor program for adaptive behavior. A dog salivates in order to chew food better and in order for adaptive behavior to be adaptive it must better the chances of survival, if you were to change what is in the bowl after the bell rings to nails you would soon not get any salivating, thus the goal changes and the dog adapts.

Now on to the correct classification and science of dog behavior.

Dogs move in a vast array of ways, from the slightest twitch using just a few muscle fibers to an explosive action using nearly every muscle in the body. Movements are used to do

work, communicate messages, and display emotion. Muscles are also used internally to regulate physiological processes such as move food through the digestive tract and pump blood. All of these muscle actions and movements fall under the heading of what called motor behavior.

In its simplest form, motor behavior refers to the nature and cause of movement. The term implies both physiological (motor) and psychological (behavior) aspects to movement. Such movements include moving the body through space (locomotion), posture and balance, and manipulation (e.g.,  gestures, running). Movements may be slow, deliberate, and intense with concentration. Movements may also be automatic or reflexive, occurring with little or no voluntary thought. All movement a dog conducts is goal-directed movements, which by definition are intentional and voluntary acts with an outcome purpose in mind, meaning that the mind plays a fundamental role in how movements are produced and carried out. This separates goal-directed movements from non-volitional movements in the body, like peristalsis in the gastrointestinal tract or the beating of the heart.

 Motor behavior has physiological and psychological components.

In motor behavior it is helpful to examine the two basic components of  movement separately, and then as a whole. The physiological component, motor control, is concerned primarily with the systems that carry out movements, particularly the neurophysiological and musculoskeletal systems. The term neuromuscular control is used synonymously with motor control. The behavioral component, motor learning, emphasizes the mind‟s role in acquisition (i.e., learning), planning, and modification of movement and how information processing and behavioral states regulate movement quality. In reality these two components work simultaneously with one another. Motor control emphasizes what is happening in the “body” whereas motor learning emphasizes what is happening in the “mind”; and that together they form a major part of the mind-body connection.

This is what I have based my method of modeling behavior on. It is a lot more in depth than the limited view of a black box and a simple stimulus-response!


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