Natural Training Methods

Rowe NDT Training Session: Nov 11-13 Sep 05, 2016

In Touch with Your Dog: How Getting Physical Helps Dogs Get Calm Rowe Camp and Conference Center November 11 – 13th, 2016 22 Kings Highway Rowe, MA 01367 Learn the “physics” of being physical with your dog, from a master trainer who knows what your dog needs in order to be a calm companion. Register […]

Nov 6-8 Rowe NDT Training Seminar Oct 19, 2015

In Touch with Your Dog: How Getting Physical Helps Dogs Get Calm Rowe Camp and Conference Center November 6 – 8th, 2016 22 Kings Highway Rowe, MA 01367 Learn the “physics” of being physical with your dog, from a master trainer who knows what your dog really needs in order to be a calm companion. […]

NDT Conference Portland Maine Sep 05, 2015

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 […]

Compulsion as a Releaser Feb 25, 2015

We normally think of compulsion as something aversive to a dog, but there are situations wherein it can release a dog’s energy. We think this way because we humans have an outside-in perspective on change, we think the outside causes what we experience inside. But an animal has an inside-out perspective, feeling that what is […]

Marrow Bone and Softness Feb 10, 2014

When I deal with dogs afflicted with what other trainers term “resource guarding” (which in actuality is an instinctive “excuse” to vent held back energy, i.e. unresolved emotion) my method is to turn the object of friction, into an object of flow. I do this through Push-of-War. Whereas I’ve seen on the web some trainers […]

Natural Dog Training Workshop Nov. 4th Oct 06, 2012

Kevin Behan of Natural Dog Training and author of Your Dog Is Your Mirror is pleased to be conducting a seminar at the New York Open Center! Sunday, November 4th 10:00am – 5:30pm New York Open Center 22 E. 30th Street New York, NY 10016 Ph: 212.219.2527 Open Heart Members: $120 / Non-members $130   […]

A Snark Is An Explosive Yawn Jul 02, 2012

Calming signals or emotion as a group mind? Calming?      Yes Signal?         No The most significant thing in this video is that the brown dog at all times acts as a mirror, as the equal and opposite to the Malamute and, it also has a drive to approach the Malamute, […]

Mental Ether Jun 29, 2012

Action at a Distance, Change Over Time, the Mental Ether and Why my horses stomped the ground and bobbed their heads as I brought them their evening buckets of sweet-molasses grain.   I’m re-reading Gleick’s biography of Newton in the hopes of getting a better handle on Calculus without having to confront the math directly. […]

The Reactive Dog and the Power of Will Jun 12, 2012

Impulse Control There’s a lot being said these days about impulse control given the increasing number of dogs being defined as  “reactive.” A dog that over reacts to innocuous events, does so because it feels compressed and it feels this way because it perceives itself to be the object-of-attention. After repeated sensitizations, the threshold of […]

Ian Dunbar On Bite Inhibition Jan 06, 2012

I’ve noticed that reforming problem dogs is getting harder. Why? Because dog owners are now well-trained, and one of the most influential trainers in the education of the modern dog owner is Ian Dunbar, in particular, his concept of “bite inhibition.” Ian Dunbar: “I shall repeat over and over: teaching bite inhibition is the most important […]

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 […]

More On Growling Oct 30, 2011

Dogs bark, growl and whine and these are typically interpreted as a form of communication with the specific intent and meaning depending on context. In this view  growling in play is seen as fundamentally different from other instances of growling that clearly indicate danger, such as growling over a bone, food bowl or a resting […]

Water As Midpoint Sep 12, 2011

An emotional midpoint is a place or object that dogs can deflect their emotion onto as a substitute means of making contact with another dog. This is what’s going on when dogs are lifting their legs on things, these then can serve as midpoints around which they can orbit and thus they are emotionally aligning […]

A Bark Comes In Handy

The point of training a dog to bark on command, is that it becomes a way to stress the dog, and then he resolves the stress by a clean, clear, deep bark. Why is this important? Because it gives the dog a way to express fear without having to act on fear. In this sequence […]

Cousy Getting Under The Charge Sep 11, 2011

If a dog doesn’t love to bite, then it needs to bite and a dog that guards something (food/resting place/body region/owner’s attention) is how that dog gets the opportunity to express that last .01%. It’s not that it wants the food/toy/resting place/attention etc., but that it needs these things in order to be granted instinctual […]

Soft Puppy Mouth

In this sequence of play we can see the sable GSD exhibit a soft mouth, which is evidence that his puppy mind is beginning to run the show. This means he is becoming equipped under a high rate of change to find new focal points for his Drive energy, so that he can shift what […]

Making Traits On Demand

Once a dog is able to become the object of attraction then it can make a trait on demand in order to complement the object of its attraction. This is the first instance of the sable GSD being able to handle the intense pressure of a male dog of high resistance value and allowing this […]

Object of Attention To Object of Attraction

In this video an important development occurs within the mind of the sable GSD. He can feel emotional leverage, in other words he feels grounded into the other dog and connected to his “self” and therefore because he’s in hunger circuitry, Newton’s second law of motion is enabled, i.e. every action has an equal and […]

The Heart as CPU of Consciousness Sep 09, 2011

The prey drive, manifested by a full, calm grip on a bite object and most importantly, by the body moving along with a smooth flowing gait, is like the Central Processing Unit in  a computer: as the CPU turns electrical inputs from the key board into information—the prey drive turns neurological inputs from the brain […]

The Bubble Problem Sep 07, 2011

I mentioned earlier that the sable GSD was overly stimulated in its prey instinct and so it can’t give its energy to its handler when stimulated. This is directly related to an aggressive issue because when a dog is in this state, there’s a bubble around him and the energy isn’t flowing smoothly with the […]

2nd Free Interaction Sep 06, 2011

In this video I let Huuney come in on GSD who is tethered and he has to get himself out of frenzied state in order to accommodate her arrival. What’s interesting in this video is that toward the end, the GSD begins to growl which indicates that deeper levels of physical memory are coming to […]

First Free Interaction With Strong-Natured Dog

This is their first time to run free together, but I kept a long line on sable GSD in order to be safe and I positioned an old dog crate for Huuney to run into if she felt overwhelmed as these can often serve as innate “time out” spots that lets a dog emotionally restore […]

First Structured Interaction With Strong-Natured Dog Sep 05, 2011

In this video I introduce the extremely high prey “instinct” sable GSD to Huuney. Note that both dogs are restrained on/lead and this is so I can control what happens. Why do I need to control what happens? Because I’m afraid they might fight. Does this fear travel down the lead? No, because it doesn’t […]

First Off Lead Play With Soft-Natured Dog

This is pretty self-explanatory. I took the sable GSD for a walk on a long lead, and then Cousy showed up and I tested them with my leash held tight knowing that if things didn’t go well, there was no possibility for a fight since Cousy would simply leave. But as I expected, the GSD […]

Converting Instinct to Drive-Part Two

So here we have two whole males, both with very strong nature, and my goal here is to convert incoherent screaming (energy ungrounded in the gut) in the ungrounded male into coherent, metered barking for food (energy grounded in the gut). We can see that the black and tan GSD has a deep metered bark […]

Turning Instinct Into Drive

Instinct is a load/overload manner of energy transfer. It’s how most animals most of the time make their living. Drive on the other hand is a steady-state energy transfer and it allows two beings to emotionally fuse so as their combined energies can overcome greater and greater objects of resistance. This is how complex hunting […]

To Play Or Not To Play? Jul 11, 2011

On Dog Star Daily there is a self-contradicting logic loop generated by two articles, one by an unidentified author, the other by Dr. Roz. (1) “When puppies reach adolescence, food lures temporarily lose effectiveness. The owner and their food lures now have to compete for the dog’s attention with all the more interesting stimuli in […]

Dogs Sleeping On The Bed Jan 27, 2011

What could be cozier, a dog snuggled deep into the comforter on a raw winter’s night, warming the bed, groaning and sighing with drowsy contentment while the cold winter wind bites and whips against the bedroom window? When my father and I floated the Cains River in New Brunswick, Canada during the last run of […]

Be The Moose Jul 23, 2010

What does it mean to BE THE MOOSE? Watch how Hessian, German Shepherd Dog, trained using Natural Dog Training, reacts when he sees a deer!

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.