Don’t think of your dog as a completely known being, he is instead a barely charted frontier of nature. One needn’t travel to an exotic place to peer at gorillas through the mist to get closer to nature: it exists in magnified proportions in our very pets. There he lies, forgotten by our feet, one of the great wonders of nature – an important link between man and the wild kingdom. Don’t take him for granted, study him closely, and when he’s scratching at the back door, let him in, and let nature in with him.
~Kevin Behan, Natural Dog Training
Welcome to Indiana Natural Dog. This website is inspired by the Natural Dog Training model designed by Kevin Behan. It intends to offer a source of relevant information based on training experience and literature on dog behavior. My hope is that we become better human beings because of our dogs.
Natural Dog Training (NDT) was created by Kevin Behan (visit his website www.naturaldogtraining.com), who has been working with dogs essentially his entire life. His professional dog training evolved from the work and mentoring of his father who was a renowned trainer under the dominance model. It was from this relationship that Kevin began to see dogs from a revolutionary perspective; one that is based on emotional connection and tapping into what is natural for a dog. His approach is not just a theory but a model for canine behavior. It is important to realize that this model asks you to question everything you have ever learned before about dogs. It requires an open heart and a good deal of curiosity. The model consists of theory to be patient with, training techniques that are hands-on, and then there is the inner work of your heart that allows you see and feel things as they are. Natural Dog Training takes you beyond the surface of sit, stay, down and leads you to deeper layers of who YOU are through your dog. I strongly encourage you read his books and his website, as those are the best resources to learn about his model.
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