Rescuing Bixie


Bixie Post Moved

Hi all,   We are moving the Bixie Blog over to the NDT website. Here is a link for the latest post: Bixie At the Ready   Thanks for your interest!

Step One: Stop the Bleeding

The picture that developed over the first few weeks we were getting to know Bixie proved far worse than I first expected. Aggression doesn’t trouble me because it’s a problem that at least is at the surface, and I’ve learned that the dog who has the heart to fight, as misdirected as the fight they […]

A Bit More on Hugs and Kisses

Sorry that this post has been so long in coming, busy times here on the farm. But we have been training and documenting Bixie’s progress so you will get the details! Kevin has a few words to say about the subject of hugs and kisses, we hope this will help you to understand why we […]

Bixie Week 3

We are going on our third week with Bixie now. Her routine has been a simple one: We let her out of the crate first thing in the morning and walk her about 15 minutes feeding her from our hand while we do some of the core exercises, like pushing.     Then she goes […]

Our First Week

At  first glance, our new dog Bixie is outgoing, has good nerves, is self-confident, excited by new things rather than frightened, great with dogs, and loves, loves, loves to play. But there is another side to this coin because this endearing suite of traits didn’t land her in the doggie clink. Here’s the other side, […]

A Little Introduction to Bixie

So we want to fill you in on Bixie. She’s a 2 1/2 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. We don’t know anything about who raised her from a puppy, but we do know that she was given up for her aggression problem. Little by little we should be able to piece her history together from […]

Welcoming Bixie to Vermont

We weren’t looking for a new dog. Our German Shepherd Hexxie that we raised for almost 13 years died suddenly. We didn’t want to replace her with a new dog, but a few days after she died Kevin got a call from a rescue organization in Alabama. Could he rehabilitate a black Lab who was […]

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.