NDT Conference Portland Maine

I began my career in dogs asking what makes one breed of dog different from another, what makes one individual dog different from another, what makes one situation different from another? Others in dogdom were asking the same questions and the answers that came back were framed in such terms as territoriality, possessiveness, this or that intention, instincts, this drive or that drive, fitness, survival, etc., etc.. But it turns out that these are the wrong questions. They’re not bad questions, but they’re jumping too far ahead. It’s like trying to understand electromagnetism before coming to grips with the universal laws of gravitation and motion. In this misdirected vein we constantly hear that every dog is different. Yes, but uniqueness is itself a function, paradoxically, of a common universality. Thus, I believe I arrived at more meaningful answers when I started asking, what do all breeds have in common, how are all dogs alike, how are all situations the same? The answers to these questions are the basis of my presentations and which I will be exploring in both theory and practice at the NDT Conference this October. There is but one motive that drives each and every dog, one motive that informs each and every action. Become your dog’s “Motive.” Please see link below and join us in a meaningful conversation and exposition on the nature of dogs.


Want to Learn More about Natural Dog Training?

Join the exclusive and interactive group that will allow you to ask questions and take part in discussions with the founder of the Natural Dog Training method, Kevin Behan.

Join over 65 Natural Dog trainers and owners, discussing hundreds of dog training topics with photos and videos!

We will cover such topics as natural puppy rearing, and how to properly develop your dog's drive and use it to create an emotional bond and achieve obedience as a result.

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Published September 5, 2015 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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