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Get The Bite Out Mar 22, 2010

I find myself constantly saying to owners of aggressive and fearful dogs, “You’ve got to get the bite out;” but I guess my exhortation is a little too cryptic because a few years ago while I was giving a seminar Trisha, our lovely assistant, finally asked me: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN: ‘Get the bite out?’” […]

Growling Mar 17, 2010

What should I do if my dog growls at me? “I told my neighbor what happened and he said his dog growled at him, ONCE. Should I do what my neighbor did?” First, step away from the dog. Step back from the edge. Don’t do anything. Take a deep, deep breath and enjoy a long […]

Crate Duty Mar 09, 2010

“Hey kid, want to go to the Dentist? Here’s 50 bucks, get on the chair so I can lock you in.” Sooner or later, virtually every puppy, no matter how juicy the tidbit thrown into the back of its crate, is going to balk at going in once it’s now mature enough to form an […]

Kevin Pushing and Pulling with Hessian Feb 17, 2010

Kevin Pushing and Pulling with Hessian

Definitions Jan 15, 2010

Some of my definitions are scattered across this site and mostly in terms of why-dogs-do-what-they-do, but what follows is a more concise summary. ENERGY: An action potential, a differential of force between two poles. Energy in animals builds up by virtue of a bipolar, two-brain makeup each with its own divergent agenda just as if […]

What is natural in regards to training Oct 04, 2009

Kevin talks about how he uses the term “Natural” in regards to training. The objective is to elicit certain emotional states within a dog so as to work with energy.

Kevin asks the question, what is the nature of the dog? Sep 30, 2009

“What is the nature of the dog?” Is the dog and our understanding of nature all figured out? Natural Dog Training believes that something profound is missing from the current training models and explains its mission in the video below.

Kevin Heel Training with Laszlo Sep 29, 2009

You can read more about the dog in this clip at the owner’s blog http://baddoglaszlo.blogspot.com/ . Laszlo, the doberman in the video, was a rescue dog that “upon adoption [he] instantly manifested all the most disturbing rescue-dog behavior problems you could conceive: unhinged aggression towards dogs, unpredictable edginess with people, jumping up, pulling like a […]

Kevin Plays Tug with Laszlo

You can read more about the dog in this clip at the owner’s blog http://baddoglaszlo.blogspot.com/ . Laszlo, the doberman in the video, was a rescue dog that “upon adoption [he] instantly manifested all the most disturbing rescue-dog behavior problems you could conceive: unhinged aggression towards dogs, unpredictable edginess with people, jumping up, pulling like a […]

Kevin Training Hero Sep 05, 2009

Kevin working with Trisha Selbach’s puppy Hero. Kevin explaining his box training method

Theory Into Practice – Be the Ground

There are a few simple concepts that help put the theory (emotion as animal energy and as a force of attraction) of Natural Dog Training into practical application in regards to the raising and training of a dog. These will be articulated through the following three articles: (1) “Be the Ground” (2) “Objectify the Problem” […]

Pushing with a Pit Bull Aug 01, 2009

Short clip showing Kevin Behan working with a Pit Bull and conducting the Pushing Exercise.

Quantum Canine 'Trip to the Vet' Episode Intro Jul 31, 2009

Kevin Behan and Trisha Selbach bring Atikus to the Vets and explain how to vet any dog using the Natural Dog Training method. They discuss how the common conceptions of ‘taming’ your dog, i.e. giving it a lot of ‘love’ and attention, can actually put more stress on your pet. Watch the video for step-by-step […]

Quantum Canine 'Trip to the Vet' Part II Jul 30, 2009

Kevin and Trisha continue to discuss a vet visit from the perception of your pet, plus Kevin gives tips on what you should look for when you’re searching for a veterinarian.

Quantum Canine 'Trip to the Vet' Part I

Kevin describes in more detail his experience with Atikus, a dog afraid of the vets who was featured in the previous clip. He and Trisha also discuss exactly why dogs can be so afraid of such a visit, and even how we as humans can relate to this type of experience. Also learn what Kevin […]

Kevin Behan Explains Natural Dog Training Jul 29, 2009

Watch the video and hear Kevin Behan explain the theory of Natural Dog Training.

What is natural about Natural Dog Training? Jul 15, 2009

Currently dog owners are presented with two competing definitions for the nature of dogs. Proponents of the dominance theory believe that the canine mind is organized around a social hierarchy of rank and therefore being a pack leader is the natural way for an owner to raise and train a dog. Meanwhile, proponents of learning […]

The Debate Over Neutering Jun 25, 2009

This article, “The Debate over Neutering” is likely to be the most controversial aspect of Natural Dog Training, but it is the inescapable conclusion of the belief that dogs are social by nature. Because if this is true, that dogs are the most cooperative animal on earth, then by definition, even their sexual makeup is […]

How I Developed The "Pushing Technique" Jun 20, 2009

In the early eighties I found myself describing certain behaviors as “electric,” as for example when a dog is defensive, fearful or hyper, bristling, tense, taut and touchy, while other behaviors I intuitively would call “magnetic,” as for example when a dog is rolling on the ground, body contacting with others, supple to the touch, […]

Toward a New Way of Seeing Dogs Jun 12, 2009

The purpose of this section: why dogs do what they do is to demonstrate that dog behavior is a function of a “networked-intelligence”. The system logic of this intelligence is emotion. Dogs “know” what to do by virtue of how they feel. To date explorations of why-dogs-do-what-they-do; from the days of Descartes versus Voltaire to […]

What Your Dog is Trying to Tell You Jun 01, 2009

For most of my thirty years as a dog trainer, I thought dog training, and in particular working with problem dogs, meant first and foremost changing the dog’s behavior; a “fix-the- dog-to-make-things-better” approach. But the more I became aware of the inner emotional dynamic that was running a dog’s behavior, and how this was also […]

Why We Push

Evolution is the story of overcoming resistance. Things must be broken down in order to exploit their energy. Concentrating and storing energy in order to overcome resistance is the organizing principle of every species’ anatomy, physiology and behavior. Inside your dog is a battery, an emotional reservoir filled with “unresolved emotion”. Unresolved emotion is created […]

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.