Neil Sattin


Neil Sattin

I found Kevin Behan in my quest to help my dog, Nola, overcome her aggression towards other dogs, since no ‘traditional’ method of dealing with the problem had worked.  Kevin’s Natural Dog Training methods transformed not only Nola’s behavior, but also my entire way of understanding the canine world.  And the human world, for that matter.  The methods are practical, and the results are tangible.  The first time I saw Nola flip from being aggressive to play bows, I knew that I had stumbled onto something amazing with Natural Dog Training.  Now, years (and an apprenticeship with Kevin) later, and having witnessed many other dogs similarly affected, I can say without hesitation that Kevin’s work is truly important in the canine community.  Thanks for all your help, Kevin!

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Published June 9, 2009 by Kevin Behan

2 responses to “Neil Sattin”

  1. tiofreemkay says:

    “So when the “wave action” of the car over a hilly road accelera…”
    Are you sure that this is true?

  2. kbehan says:

    I am deducing a model from observing animal behavior without reading thoughts into their minds, and thus, parsing apart my own subjective emotional experience to wherein I find universal correlates. Since human beings have an animal nature, this is a logical extension to the proposition that emotion is universal to all living things, so as a matter of fact our emotion and feelings are our most objective instrument of inquiry. If however my interpretations don’t then hold up to observations of behavior, I discard them. But in general they tend to lead to finer and finer distinctions so that the model becomes more developed. So when we are fully connected to an energy system, be it our own body jogging, a seesaw, riding in a car or in an emotional relationship, these all subscribe to the same emotional dynamic, we enter a state of emotional suspension and we are encapsulated within a “bubble” that makes us feel connected to what we are attracted to, this is a frame of reference. Within such a frame of reference, a feeling can continue to elaborate into more and more complex expressions. If there were no such frame, we wouldn’t be able to divine a focus and the internal sense of a psychic pressure would be so diffuse we wouldn’t be able to “do work.” So when the car accelerates to the upper or lower reaches of this bubble that is inseparable from the feeling of flow, we are made aware of the gross physical sensations that otherwise escape our attention because in the daily workings of our mind they are far more subtle. Also because we are capable of thinking, we will weight the linear, rational precepts by which we think things are connected by cause and effect, rather than the deeper workings of our animal mind which work according to this dynamic.

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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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