From Head to Heart: Obedience Skills the Natural Dog Training Way

May 22 – 25, 2014

Ninevah, Indiana


Join us in Southern Indiana to learn some of the very basics of dog training, – all based from the Natural Dog Training methodology. Kevin Behan and team will be available  May 22 – 25th in a hands-on training environment to show you the ins and outs of reliably eliciting obedience from your K-9 partner. Skills taught include: supple to down; come despite distractions; stay in place; in sync with multiple dogs; crating, and more.

The first day is an optional no-cost day for participants wanting an introduction to the Natural Dog Training method and its five core exercises, which will include a lecture and basic training steps with you and/or your dog in preparation of the seminar. The following days’ lessons will be more in-depth teaching on these exercises. While not necessary, attending the first day’s lecture and training series is advisable, so you and your dog can jump right in and get the most experience from the seminar.

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Thank you once again to the Indiana K-9 Crisis Response Team, and to Pet Partners for sponsoring this event!

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Published February 24, 2014 by Kevin Behan
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4 responses to “From Head to Heart: Obedience Skills the Natural Dog Training Way”

  1. Victoria Figueroa says:

    I have a miniature poodle mix is a lovable little guy. His name is Buddy,but whenever I take him for walks or I’m in my car. Buddy growls or barks at just about everyone. Whether I am talking to him or. not. I start to freak out on him too. Is there something you could suggest.I have had him qsince July of 2014. He was 6 months old and now he is about14 months old. Can you tell what do and how to handle it. He is making me feel like I can trust him. P!ease help. Thank you.

  2. Kevin Behan says:

    Buddy has a good bark stuck inside which is why he growls or barks in a stream. So you have to teach him to bark at you, on command, in a clear coherent manner, rather than in the incoherent fashion with which he now does. There are other things as well (bite/push/collect/rub-a-dub) but this is a good place to start.

  3. Vickey says:

    Hi they, I am wondering is there a Natural Dog Training Program in southern Illinois. I am looking forward to hearing from. Thank you.

  4. Kevin Behan says:

    There’s going to be a very comprehensive immersion program in Indiana in May on Memorial Weekend. A spectrum of dogs and issues so this will give you a thorough understanding of NDT. Thanks for your interest.

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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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