Kevin Behan Radio Interview on Word of Mouth, NHPR

A big thank you to Virginia Prescott and the Word of Mouth program for a great show on Thursday, February 24th. During the interview, Kevin talks a bit more about the owner and her dog that was introduced in the preface of his new book, Your Dog Is Your Mirror. He also addresses some great questions about his method and training techniques, such as, how the model applies to a family dynamic, and what to expect when adopting a shelter dog. Please take a listen, and feel free to post your comments below.

Follow the link below to listen to Kevin Behan talk about his new book Your Dog Is Your Mirror!
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Length: (10:30)


“I like to use the example of gravity. There is no human gravity, or rabbit gravity, or dog gravity. There is only one gravity. Like there is only one emotion. Everything functions as a force of attraction.” – Kevin Behan

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Published February 24, 2011 by Kevin Behan
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Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin Behan

In Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
  Natural Dog Training is about how dogs see the world and what this means in regards to training. The first part of this book presents a new theory for the social behavior of canines, featuring the drive to hunt, not the pack instincts, as seminal to canine behavior. The second part reinterprets how dogs actually learn. The third section presents exercises and handling techniques to put this theory into practice with a puppy. The final section sets forth a training program with a special emphasis on coming when called.
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