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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 […]

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!

Kevin Explains How to Feed a Dog by Hand without Getting Bit Mar 31, 2010

Here is a short video with Kevin explaining how he holds food in his hand while training. This clip includes advice for how to avoid getting bit when feeding by hand.

Speaking, Pushing and Tug of War with Bootsy Mar 29, 2010

This post is extracted from a comment left by AZDogermanStu on March 29, 2010 “How I Developed the Pushing Technique” Here is the comment followed by the videos Here are the videos I was feeling a little pressured by the camera and tried to keep them short. Thanks for taking a look! I tried to […]

Kevin Behan Playing Tug with Big Black Dog Feb 18, 2010

Kevin Playing Tug with Big Black Dog at Rowe

Kevin Pushing and Pulling with Hessian Feb 17, 2010

Kevin Pushing and Pulling with Hessian

Dog Predicts Earthquake Caught on Camera Jan 12, 2010

I can say that the ability of a dog to feel an earthquake before it happens, often hours, is the same capacity of a dog to feel an impending epileptic seizure or diabetic attack in an owner, hours before it happens. Its sense of continuum is picked up through its balance circuitry and when there […]

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

Quantum Canine 'Eye Contact' Episode Part III Aug 09, 2009

Kevin Behan and Trisha Selbach continue to discuss “Eye Contact” and the “Negative as access to the Positive”. Also learn more about how dogs “feel what we feel” and why Kevin advises his clients to “Be the Moose”.

Quantum Canine 'Eye Contact' Episode Part II Aug 06, 2009

Kevin Behan and Trisha Selbach continue to discuss “Eye Contact” and the “Negative as access to the Positive”. Also learn more about how dogs “feel what we feel” and why Kevin advises his clients to “Be the Moose”. The discussion continues: click here to access Part III of this episode.

Quantum Canine 'Eye Contact' Episode Part 1 Aug 05, 2009

Kevin Behan and Trisha Selbach discuss “Eye Contact” and the “Negative as access to the Positive”. The discussion continues: click here to access Part 2 of this episode.

Quantum Canine Episode 2 'No Such Thing as Dominance' Part III Aug 03, 2009

Kevin Behan and Trisha Selbach discuss dominance in dog training and Kevin Behan’s Immediate Moment theory of social organization in wolf packs.

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.