Many clients of problem dogs are afraid that their pet, once a happy-go-lucky pup, has gone bad. Or they fear that an evil gene is now beginning to express itself, or worse, that they have failed their dog in some irretrievable, unredeemable way. As I go on to assure them that there is nothing constitutionally wrong with their dog, that their dog’s output is simply recapitulating its input according to principles of thermodynamics, which to me is great news since it means that it’s a law of nature that their dog can be healed, some sigh and say “I hope you’re right.” Unfortunately however hope won’t do us any good and so I reply: “Hope is a four-letter word.” It’s the difference between saying; “I hope help is on the way.” versus; “I know help is on the way.” What we need is faith. “Okay, then I will have faith in you.” Nope, we’re not quite there yet. “Don’t put your faith in me, have faith in your dog.” A dog will always choose flow over fear once he can feel it. Our job is to help him feel it. Then help IS on the way.
Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin BehanIn 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.|