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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...


How To Tell If Your Dog Is Socially Engaged

February 28, 2017 Leah Twitchell

Dogs are like humans in many ways, including their biology. An important biological element that we share is the 10th cranial nerve, also known as the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve connects the brain to the body and helps regulate the autonomic nervous system in both humans and dogs. When all is going well our ventral vagus is in charge, and we have feelings of safety and comfort. Our breathing and movements are easy and joyful. We are in a state of flow, showing playful behavior while interacting with others. When we start to sense fear or perceive danger, this system also helps...