Quantum Canine 'Trip to the Vet' Episode Intro

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 instructions on what you can really do to calm your dog, and ultimately make the experience as pain-free (for the both of you!) as possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fUMH4WSDYo

Click here to see the discussion about this clip with Kevin and Trisha on Quantum Canine.

Published July 31, 2009 by Kevin Behan
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3 responses to “Quantum Canine 'Trip to the Vet' Episode Intro”

  1. Chistine says:

    I’m sure I missed this point, but I’ll ask the question anyway: How do you get the dog to “want” to get up on the table in the first place?

  2. kbehan says:

    Good question. There are some preliminary steps such as inducing a dog to get on a small box or low wall for a food treat, and then increasing the level of difficulty until the dog is eager to jump up on a high platform. Nevertheless, I still want the dog to struggle to get onto the exam table for a while so that it gets to release a lot of emotional/physical tension. Fighting to get on table helps dog feel it is in control and experience success. This then changes its framework of perception relative to the vet and the procedures.

  3. AZStu says:

    Thanks for this great video. I took Bootsy to the vet yesterday for vaccinations and followed the advice. This visit went far better than any other experience she’s had to date. She ate treats as was able to speak for almost the whole visit and then played tug in the parking lot afterwards. It’s quite amazing that as soon as I challenged her balance by trying to pull her off the table her drive for food increased.

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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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