New ‘Vacation-Training’ Package for You and Your Pet!

For those of you who have trained with Kevin Behan in Vermont, you know that heading up for training is not only a trip for your dog, but it can also be a special time for our owners as well. In historic Newfane, the town may be quaint, with only the Newfane Market, bank and Country Store as its main ‘downtown’ establishments, but many of our clients have come to call this town their home-away-from-home.

Tucked behind the Newfane common is the Four Columns Inn. With a four-star restaurant, the inn has made a name for itself beyond the borders of Vermont. As described on their website, “the Four Columns Inn restaurant draws people from near and far and is considered to be one the finest dining establishments in New England. Dignitaries and celebrities including Henry Kissinger, Paul Newman, Nicole Kidman, and John Irving have journeyed to the Inn to experience its inviting atmosphere and exceptional cuisine. Awards and accolades have included the James Beard Award, AAA Four-Diamond award, and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.”

Simply put, the Four Columns Inn is a special spot. And we’re happy to be working with them to bring together a very unique training package.

The Four Columns Inn: Doggie Package


1) Three-hour session with Kevin Behan: The Power of Play. How to translate your dog’s energy into playtime and focus on you. Learning the two things every dog needs to know to solve any given problem.

2)  A discounted room rate in one of the Four Columns’ pet friendly rooms. 

3)  Welcome kit with assorted doggie goodies and a copy of Kevin’s book, Your Dog Is Your Mirror.

4)  Second Training Day (Optional): Living and Playing Together: The basics of doggie thought and interaction with you (additional charge). 

5)  Breakfast for two each morning.

Please visit the Four Columns Inn website for pricing and further details, plus pictures of Kevin and the owner’s dog, Toby. The Natural Dog Training compound is a quick drive up the hill from the Inn. And don’t forget, your first phone consultation to Kevin (1hr) is free of charge, so give us a call at 802.365.7913. We look forward to hearing from you!

Want to see more pictures? Check out the album from Sang and Amanda Koh during their stay in Vermont by following this link.


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Published April 15, 2011 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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