What is thinking?
When we think we tend to think in a language, usually our first learnt language.
Dogs of course do not have a language as we do, in term of words and sentences.
So we know they can not be ‘thinking’ in that same way.
Neither do dogs judge themselves for how they look in a certain jacket, sleeping position or in photos.
They do not tell themselves off or reflect with hindsight, mentally, for something they did or didn’t do, should or shouldn’t have done.
What do dogs think? and do they really think at all?
The question also arises, do they even need to think to be part of our world?
…and if they don’t think does that really make them ‘lesser’ in some way?
I don’t believe it would make them lesser, rather it would actually be something to celebrate!

I hope this article goes some way to explaining why this matters. Why we must open our hearts and minds to the world our dogs live in – in order to fully understand them, their behaviours and learn more about ourself too.

Lets take the 3 types or topics of thought. Those are thoughts about the Past, thoughts appearing in the Present and thoughts about the Future.
Now lets consider those topics in terms of our dogs.

The Present
OK so we don’t have thoughts in the present moment – that is point of being in the Present!
All empowerment, self-development coaching ultimately gets you to be in the present moment. To find your inner self, to encourage an allowance of your thoughts, letting them simply wash over you. For them to come by, but to then go again –never focusing specifically on them. For them to Flow.
In this thought-free present moment, all possibilities become available. Our other senses are heightened and we start to open up to our hearts (electromagnetic) frequencies becoming more intuitive, and able to ‘know’ things, without the need for thought.
(Just like the Eckhart Tolle teachings for instance.)

So, our thoughts (and potentially our dogs) are always either about the Past or the Future.

The Past.
Example of thoughts about the Past include:
Should I have done that?
Maybe I should have said this or that then?
Why did I do that?
How did that occur?
When did we go and see that place/film?
Where did put that book/item?

None of these are thoughts dog need to have in their life, because they live in the moment. They don’t have regret, they do not concern themselves with what could have been, should have been or how something they encountered works and functions.

Memories don’t require thought. We know this as a smell can suddenly bring on a memory we were not trying to ‘think of’ at the time. Memories are simply there for us and just appear from a trigger. They are not the same as a thought. They are an imprint of information that is within our field of knowledge.  A dog does not reflect on a person he met earlier, he doesn’t consider if they liked him or if he will see them again. But the memory of how that person made him feel is stored as a memory – and if the emotion is a strong one it will be a stronger memory! If the emotion is weaker its likely to be forgotten more easily, or simply not stored as such. When a dog re-meets the same person, something about the person will trigger their memory – usually primarily smell.
No thought occurs for this to happen. A memory immediately appears. It can seem like a thought to us humans, as we have overdeveloped the use of our minds and will add a language to that memory in an instance.
(Although its not been proven where memories actually are stored, memories have been shown to absolutely not be in the brain! Many theories are being put forward as to our memories locations) – check out Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s lectures for more info)

OK so we know Present and Past ‘thinking’ is not applicable to dogs, what about Future thoughts?

The Future.
Examples include:
What will happen to me when …. time comes along ?
I am worried about that forthcoming event.
How can I get to the place that’s my destination?
When my friend gets here I will make her a cake!
When I am on my walk I will go left at the junction this time, I want to see whats down there.
I’m so fed up, next time I see that person who did me a wrong I will tell them/show them.

Again none of these are thoughts dogs need to have, they really do just live in the moment, and get on with life.
If we are to believe a dog is capable of plotting, planning or even knowing it has ‘got the better of you’ in some way it would mean that the dog is pre-organising and capable of knowing what ‘ being higher or better’ will mean for them.
Better is a Destination. If a dog needs to cross a room it doesn’t think about it, it just does it. Responding  to anything that comes up in front of it in each moment it occurs.
Without thought, but with Feeling. Sensing the world and the options in front of it by Feeling.
Feeling is sensing frequencies around them. Sensing electromagnetic frequencies for instance, sensing smell sensing how the person or other animal in the way feels, or which way round the object Feels the safest.

Thought is kind of a pointless attribute to an animal like a dog. (unless we want to give them the possibilities of becoming there own version of Animal Farm!)
Especially when you recognise that their ability to FEEL is so blimmin’ strong and to be honest probably way more toned than many humans ability to act by Feel instead of thought.
Not ‘thinking’ doesn’t make them less of a being, it actually makes them stronger. More receptive and better able to sense the world than a human. We are supposedly better able to survive because of our thought or ‘intellect’ and yet the dog is already at the place all of our self help, personal development journey guides us towards.

If only we could always make our choices in the way dogs do!
Given an option between 2 things, or several choices, a dog never ‘thinks’ about which to eat/take/follow it simply goes by what FEELS the safest or most vibrationally matched to how it ‘is’ in that exact moment.
They can also wait for us to telepathically indicate through our energy of intent which they are to take. (telepathy is not a mind based ability its an ability to connect with source and/or with the energetic field of an animal, person or item – they call it Psychometry when done with a solid object but its the same thing happening)

If we give our dogs mixed signals they tend to switch between 2 options a fair bit before opting for one of them when the emotional energy, our intent, settles down a bit.
If a human isn’t involved the choice is shown by that which they Feel the safest going towards and that which corresponds with the amount of confidence (safety) the dog feels at that moment in time.
To explain further, an Intent is our felt intention, an energy we give out from our hearts. Measurable several feet away from our bodies, and 100{4da997b282d5795c5afa16f0d1368cad8e81b680680781bf82c78f4866adc60f} felt by our dogs when we emit it! This phenomena is apparent in the fact most things you touch or look at will become your dogs focus also (even babies do this).
It also correlates with the group or pack life wherein prey is the most important thing to the group, they all become focused as a group on a prey, no matter who sees it first and work as a pack to obtain it.
(Dog Trainer Kevin Behan discusses it as Group Prey Drive)

Haven’t you ever glanced at a cushion or chair and felt or thought ’I’ll sit there in a moment’, turned round and your dogs already there?! Or have you gone to pick something off the floor and quick as flash your dogs there looking at it or trying to sniff the item?
They show us this group prey focus all the time! You’ll hopefully have fun now noticing it! It is all about the energy between you both.

Commands are vibrational, they carry energy in their sound and your intent as you give the command. Any memories of them wouldn’t need to be ‘thought about’, they would just appear when the command is given as a vibrational match to it. (remember memories don’t live in the brain)

Dogs have so many different ways of sensing energy information thoughts would really get in the way! They could possibly see energy – as colours, fuzziness who knows, they sense it or better still ‘read it’ via their VNO! (an organ with no exact purpose under thought based, mind based dog training techniques), they hear better than us too and they sense via their huge electromagnetic hearts.

All in all I am thrilled that there are so many wonderful dog training techniques that show compassion for the dog, respect, as we move away from the limiting belief that the mind holds the keys we open ourselves up to the wonderful lessons and teaching ours dogs have for us, and for our own growth and progression as a human species. They become the very thing that moves us towards not ‘thinking’ so much ourselves!

Simba’s videos.

A fun video example of Simba the Leonberger showing his ability to connect with the intent his owner puts out, and to choose without ‘thought’ which feel the best toy to take.
Having read this blog try to aim to note his actions in terms of unclear direction or clear direction (intent and visual focus) from his owner!
Note how he assesses which is the ‘right’ one to choose – using his VNO to gauge both toys for something he may resonate with frequency wise and his ability to Feel over thought!

An absolutely brilliant visual of emotional energy grounding happens once he has the toy too! (emotions being grounded, released and transformed by the mouth –see other blogs for more info!)

(Hope the link works everyone! I adore this dog, he is a star! With gratitude to Dan and Simba for their humour and Pawsomeness!)