As a benchmark of the huge leaps in consciousness made in just one generation, abusive childrearing techniques that were laudable when baby boomers were growing up, are now punishable by law. Similarly, the compassion with which we are beginning to treat animals is a measure of the evolution of the collective soul of humanity.
When we discuss peaceful dog training versus traditional, punitive dog training, we are really having a conversation that reflects our understanding of dominance, peace, and power in the greater global community: Do we believe we must address every behavior problem in terms of dominance and submission? Or do we answer to the higher call of understanding, partnership and love?
The truth is, there is nothing noble in being superior to another being. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. ~Whitney Young, Civil Rights Leader
Violence, dominance and submission are signs of an old and worn out model of “win and lose” that no longer serves a compassionate parent, a canine’s kindhearted companion, or an interconnected global community. Humankind is being invited to move along in our evolution from the hierarchy of domination and “power over” others, toward guiding, assisting, and empowering others in the interspecies dance of life.
The Path to Partnership, Peace and Feeling Good
If peace is our goal, then our means must be peaceful. – MLK
Owens says, "I believe nonviolence fosters nonviolence. Because of the link between dog and human behavior, it's possible that a holistic program of nonviolent dog training, coupled with self-health stress management methods, may play a role in helping build a world of peace for humans and dogs. When people, especially children, are successful using nonviolent methods with animals, they feel good about themselves and they are encouraged to have a kinder, more positive attitude with their friends, family and the environment."
And Owens is quick to add his canine Golden Rule: “Don't treat your dog any differently than you'd treat your child, your grandmother, your best friend, or yourself.”