Kevin Behan, founder of Natural Dog Training, will be conducting a seminar and workshop for dogs and handlers at Camp Atterbury in Ninevah, Indiana May 10-13, 2012. Attendees will be introduced to the basic tenants of the Natural Dog Training (NDT) method and learn hands-on training techniques, with a special focus on how to apply the training to canine assisted crisis response and other canine assisted therapies.
Natural Dog Training is a completely different paradigm for living and working with dogs, and is not based upon operant and classical conditioning or dominance theory. The method will be discussed in detail, attendees will learn how to apply the techniques, and Kevin will elaborate on issues particularly of interest to therapeutic work with dogs; for example, problems and solutions related to “owner addiction”, blocked energy “dis-stress”, and strengthening the dog’s core to build confidence and reliability.
This is a hands-on workshop where participants may (but are not required) to bring a dog. Participants will be assigned to a Team with whom they will work in close proximity during the workshop.
Camp Atterbury is centrally located about 80 miles south of Indianapolis; 90 miles north of Louisville, KY; and 90 miles northwest of Cincinnati, OH. It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Chicago.
Their Team, the State of Indiana K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team, is a part of the State’s emergency disaster response, Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS); therefore, they have access to Search & Rescue Facilities located at the Camp. Camp Atterbury’s Search and Rescue training facility opens for the workshop on Wednesday. The workshop will formally begin on Thursday evening and will end on Sunday at noon.
Limited training spaces are available. The cost is $375 including tuition, dormitory-style lodging, some meals, and course materials. (Fees are non-refundable.)
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Please email Natural Dog Training directly for questions and instructions for payment, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email Dr. Thompson, email@example.com, or call (574) 607-5743 for more registration information.
• Rain or shine.
• We will work 2 1/2 long days. Participants, humans and dogs, need to reasonably physically fit (able to walk 2 miles) and be dressed for work and traversing rough terrain. Spring weather in Indiana can be challenging (rain, cold, warm, muggy in any combination and rapidly changing) and you and, if applicable, your dog want to be prepared.
• Lodging is available as part of tuition starting on Wednesday May 9th, so that people coming from a distance have the opportunity to settle in prior to the start of the workshop on Thursday evening, May 10th. The workshop ends at noon on Sunday. If you need lodging at the Camp on Sunday evening, special arrangements may be made. Please contact Dr. Thompson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Lodging consists of heated/air conditioned Civil Air Patrol trailers that are only 300 feet from the training area. Rooms are dormitory style, 2 or more persons in a room and a full bathroom and living room for each trailer. You must bring your own pillow, bed roll, towels, and other personal items. The trailers do not have kitchens.
• Some simple meals are included in your tuition, including continental breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday and bag lunches Friday & Saturday. There will also be an optional pizza party on Thursday evening at the All-Ranks Club at Camp. No special diets can be accommodated. Food is available at Camp center (about a 1 1/2 mile walk). There is a Subway, a PX store, Chick-a-Fil, and Fallsmall restaurant. The towns of Ninevah and Edinburgh are several miles away (approx. 6 miles in opposite directions) and have restaurants and groceries.
• Written materials on NDT will be provided to each participant.
• This is a hands-on workshop where participants may (but are not required) to bring a dog. However, dogs will need to be crated or placed in one of the facility’s kennels during some instruction/demonstration time. We have space in indoor and outdoor facilities for only 30 dog/handler teams total and only a portion of those spaces are allocated to the general public.
• As part of the disaster response community, the organizers utilize the Incident Command System (ICS) for event management. This means that all participants, including general public participants, are accountable to their Teammates and Incident Management while at the workshop.
• The IDHS facility is located on an active secure military base. Participants must show a state-issued identification card (driver’s license) to enter Camp and follow Camp rules, for example, 5 mile per hour speed limit in areas where troops are moving.
Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin BehanIn 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.|