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I traveled across the country to work with Kevin because, having gotten a lot of help from a lot of talented trainers, he was the only one who seemed to be describing what I felt was *really* going on in the heart of my dog. I ended up learning more than I could have ever imagined. Kevin is the true “dog whisperer,” a rare soul whose intuitive understanding of the nature of canine emotion gives him unique clarity as a trainer and a human being.

Kevin’s philosophy isn’t about “fixing” the dog, it’s about fixing the dog-human relationship. It holds that only through cooperation with and nurture of the dog’s true nature that we can have a fulfilled dog-human relationship–an idea that I think lies at the heart of a human evolution towards truly understanding animals.

Working with Kevin was a privilege, and both me and my dog are grateful!

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Published October 4, 2009 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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