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Dog Training as a Process of Entrainment

July 31, 2017 Leah Twitchell

Natural Dog Training was created and developed by Kevin Behan. I've been studying his methods for some years now, and what I've learned from Kevin is that the goal of training your dog should really be entraining your dog. To explain this, let's look at the meaning of entrainment as given by Wikipedia: Brainwave entrainment, the practice of entraining one's brainwaves to a desired frequency Entrainment (biomusicology), the synchronization of organisms to an external rhythm Entrainment (chronobiology), the alignment of a circadian system's period and phase to the period and phase of an external rhythm Entrainment (engineering), the entrapment of...


The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part Two

June 29, 2017 Leah Twitchell

Freya came home in August of 2015 with huge dog aggression issues and very intense prey drive directed towards my cat. A big project, for sure. The focus of this article is to address the cat issues. At first, meaning for the first few months, I basically kept Freya in my office and only gave her housetime when she was on a leash. Here's a quick run-down of her first few encounters with my cat, Pasca:  1. We pass by kitty, who is sitting on a desk, on our way out to the backyard. Freya puts her whole mouth over...


Holistic Care for Your Canine Companion

May 30, 2017 Leah Twitchell

If you're leaning towards a more holistic approach to your dog's health and wellness routine, here are some things I suggest. To be clear: I am in no way an expert in this area, and always suggest seeking medical advice from a (holistic) veterinarian. This is simply a list of personal decisions I have made for my own dogs, the results of which have been positive for me and my fur-family. 1. Feed a raw diet. Yes, this is important. I'm vegan, and I don't like handling dead animal parts, but buying kibble is a total cop-out in this area. I...


The Attention Diet: 7 Reasons to Ignore Your Dog

April 03, 2017 Leah Twitchell

I currently have my dogs on an "attention diet." That means "no touch, no talk, no eye contact," as Cesar Millan would say (and I promise you, this is both the first and last time I will ever quote Cesar!). Why do my dogs need an attention diet? Well, they've received way too much attention indoors, been completely anthropomorphized, overstimulated, over-pet, overly coo-ed to, and in a fairly co-dependent relationship with me for most of their lives. It's only day two and so far, so good. I've been able to practically go "cold turkey" and my dogs are snoring soundly while...


Workshop with Kevin Behan: Secrets of Canine Body Language

March 20, 2017 Leah Twitchell

What a Dog Wants to Tell You: Secrets of Canine Body Language We are very excited to attend this workshop on canine body language given by Kevin Behan, creator of Natural Dog Training.  There are so many theories about the expression of canine body language that multiple arguments have formed over just one single canine posture: the play bow. So what are dogs trying to tell us when they bow to invite play? And how can you read your dog's body language in order to understand his emotional state?  Ethologists believe that all behavior is a function of genes, while behaviorists...