In the Press

Kevin Behan Guest Blogs on Psychology Today Aug 18, 2012

“Empathy & Evolution: How Dogs Convert Stress Into Flow” Guest Blogger Kevin Behan Explains the Evolution of “Empathy” in Dogs Published on August 6, 2012 by Lee Charles Kelley in My Puppy, My Self “I’m proud to present this guest post by my mentor and colleague, Kevin Behan, originator of Natural Dog Training, which views […]

Push Away Stress Nov 30, 2011

Natural training technique releases canines’ pent-up energy By Susan Chaney, Dog Fancy; November 2011 “Natural dog training.” What could that possibly mean? Skeptical? So was I. Then I talked to Kevin Behan, who pioneered a new way of working with dogs in the 1980s after learning the trade from his dad, a police-dog trainer. At […]

Kevin Behan Radio Interview Wed, 10/19 Oct 18, 2011

Listen in on a new radio interview this Wednesday, 10/19 8:00 – 9:00pm MST/ 11:00pm – 12:00am EST Call 866-536-1100 with questions! Every week, Fred Haney interviews an author of a book about dogs, or an expert in dog training or animal behavior, or some other important aspect of building a special bond […]

Kevin Behan on NPR’s On Point Tomorrow, June 2nd Jun 01, 2011

Kevin will be talking to Tom Ashbrook tomorrow, June 2nd, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST on NPR’s On Point program. Call in to ask your questions, live, and hear more about the theory behind his new book, Your Dog Is Your Mirror. How can you listen in? Click here! Call 800-423-8255 to ask […]

Walks with Dogs Feb 26, 2011

Renowned Local Trainer Publishes New Book by Becky Karush of the Brattleboro Reformer; February 2011 What if Sir Isaac Newton had owned a dog? What if this brilliant mathematician, who secluded himself in his small dark rooms for days on end, discerning the very principles that govern nature, had to leave his equations to take […]

Kevin Behan Radio Interview on Word of Mouth, NHPR Feb 24, 2011

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 […]

Listen to Kevin Behan on Vermont Public Radio Feb 19, 2011

Missed the interview on VPR on Thursday? Head to Vermont Public Radio’s website for an archived episode. Listen to stories about Kevin’s training experiences that led him to the theory, Hear him address callers’ questions about their dog’s behavior, And learn more about his new book, Your Dog Is Your Mirror. Thanks to all who […]

Words to Save Your Dog’s Life Apr 15, 2010

By Dixie Laite of Body+Soul Magazine; April 2010 My dogs are such good listeners, letting me prattle on about my weight, the deficit, Hugh Laurie. But as important as those topics are, the words I really want them to pay attention to are two life-saving commands. “DOWN!” Returning from a romp in New York City’s […]

Pet Training 101: Good Dog Jun 09, 2009

Don’t be guilted by puppy dog eyes! Get the tips for taming bad pet behavior By Melinda Dodd from Woman’s Day; March 3, 2009 Your puppy has broken into the pantry for a fifth time, and now he’s staring at you with those I love you eyes, trying to pretend that nothing has happened. As […]

Dog Man Helps Humans Tune Into Wild Side Of Pets Jun 01, 2009

By Anton Ferreira Newfane, Vt. (Reuters)- In an earlier age, when Indians still roamed Vermont, Kevin Behan’s antics might have earned him the name “Dances with Dogs.” His lanky frame covered in torn overalls, Behan frolics on his farm outside Newfane with dogs of all shapes and sizes, making faces and gesturing as he seeks […]

Canine Expert Takes Hard Cases

By K.C. Baker Daily News Staff Writer Celest Guda’s husky mix, Chelsea, doesn’t much like people, often baring her teeth and charging at strangers. But when the 7-year-old dog met trainer Kevin Behan, she sidled up to him, wagging her tail as she let him slip a leash around her neck. “There’s just something about […]

7 Steps to a Stress-Free Vet Visit

Good Housekeeping If your dog starts growling as you walk into the veterinarian’s office, or if your cat hides under the bed at the sight of his carrier, try these anxiety-reducing steps: Before You Go 1. Let your vet know you want to be involved in the visit by feeding your pet snacks and petting […]

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.