Your Dog Is Your Mirror Arrives in Paperback!

Your Dog Is Your Mirror is now available in paperback! Purchase your copies via these booksellers below.   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Indie Bound





“Just finished reading Your Dog is Your Mirror, which I had picked up to find out why my pit bull barked at and was occasionally biting certain people. What a powerful experience! Within the first few chapters, I suspected that the problem was in my lack of social skills, not his. And as if by magic, just by my knowing this, River was noticeably more friendly. I was in tears by the end of the book. Now I’m relieved to understand my dog and a little nervous about what River will teach me next. Thank you for this work; Now I’m going to read Natural Dog Training. I’m a not just a fan, but a benefactor.”

-Recent note from a reader on our Facebook Page


“Your Dog Is Your Mirror is a very thought-provoking book that will force you to reconsider who we are and who dogs are and why we are so attracted to one another. Kevin Behan calls upon his extensive experience with our best friends and makes the important point that in the emotional interactions between dogs and humans, it’s not the human reading the human in the animal but the animal reading the animal in the human. Whether you agree with Kevin’s provocative theories or not, the age-old adage that no one knows you like your dog clearly rings true. I learned a lot from this wide-ranging and unique book.”

— Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and The Animal Manifesto


“Part autobiography of a remarkable and singular career, part ode to the wild heart of the dog and its power to reconnect us with nature, this beautifully written book proposes an entirely new way of looking at our relationship with our dogs. While the author has spent a lifetime in the dog training business, this is not a training manual. Behan has set out with this work to detail the nature of animal consciousness as an emotional network, of which humans and canines form a unique interspecies partnership. Behan relates with humor and deep self-reflection how his upbringing observing and training thousands of dogs led him to questions not adequately answered by prevailing wisdom, and eventually inspired him to part ways with his father, early celebrity dog trainer John Behan, in order to dig deeper toward developing a totally unique model of understanding the canine mind. Today Kevin Behan is one of the most revolutionary minds in the business, and a pioneer in dog-owner rehabilitation.”

– Amazon Review


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Published March 24, 2012 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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