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Natural Dog Training
by Kevin Behan
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 tech ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 25th 2009 by NDT Press
(first published 1992)
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Oct 25, 2013 Justin Podur rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I was undecided between the "genetic obedience" and the "behaviourist" schools of thought in dog training, and I found Kevin Behan to be a nice bridge between them. Behan argues that the dog owner can give the dog what the dog wants by understanding the nature of the dog as a social predator who has an urge to bite. If the owner can become the best vehicle for the dog to fulfil that urge, the owner will be able to train the dog to do anything. That's the premise of this book on Natural Dog Train ...more
There is a lot of interesting evolution of dog to wolf information in this book but not a lot of good training tips. It is disappointing that a book that claims to support natural training encourages using shock, prong and choke collars. Disappointing that such a highly touted technique and trainer aren't as good as advertised.
Kevin Behan grew up on his parent’s farm in rural Connecticut immersed in a landscape of natural beauty and surrounded by dogs. Kevin’s father, John Behan, founded Canine College, trained dogs in the Canine Corps in WWII and was the first in America to train protection dogs for hospitals, police units, and even retail stores such as Macy’s. Kevin worked in his father’s kennel where he encountered ...moreMore about Kevin Behan...