Kevin Behan’s Bio

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 every possible type of dog exhibiting every type of behavior. Consequently, Kevin grew up without judgment about dog behavior, even aggression, as everything dogs did was taken as a matter of course..

Kevin trained his first dog, a poodle named Onyx, at age ten. As Kevin matured, so did his ideas about his experiences and the behaviors he witnessed. By carefully watching the workings of nature, Kevin began to see that what made the modern dog adaptable and trainable was not the dominance hierarchy, as taught to him by his father, but the dog’s ability to work as a cooperative group member in the hunt. Influenced by European Schutzhund trainers such as Bernhard Mannel and German master herder Manfred Heyne, Kevin’s theories and techniques came together in the 1980’s as Natural Dog Training. Kevin then started his own kennel, Canine Arts, in Brookfield, Connecticut and published his first book, Natural Dog Training in 1992. Using the techniques he developed, Kevin has trained hundreds of police, protection, and border control dogs, as well as thousands of America’s pets. He has become the nation’s foremost expert on the rehabilitation of aggressive and problem dogs, which is now where he concentrates most of his work. A seasoned lecturer and seminar host, Kevin’s presentations go well beyond the training of dogs and into the very core of canine behavior. He has pioneered the Natural Dog Training movement with his articles and theories on energy, the linkage between dogs and emotionprey vs. predator model, as well as seminal training techniques like pushing.

 

Mission

Natural Dog Training is about identifying what dogs want, and how to align and synchronize both dog and owner as a Team. This is what heals trauma if you’re dealing with a rescue or a problem dog, and effects communication if you’re dealing with a disobedient dog.


“There is only one motive to move.”
— Kevin Behan, Your Dog Is Your Mirror

What We've Achieved

  • Building Rapport with dogs.

  • Rehabilitation of Aggressive Dogs.

  • Dog Obedience Training that does not break down.

  • Weekend Retreats for Owners.

  • Body Language Workshops.

  • Website Building Classes.

  • Branding Classes.

  • Apprenticeship program to become a trainer.