posted 8 years ago
We found Lee after trying other training methods. Our Australian Shepherd is uncannily smart, so many of the other methods left her feeling unchallenged, which translated into less focused. The Natural Dog Training method (pioneered by Kevin Behan in Vermont) uses the dogs natural prey drive and play instinct to refocus their energy into positive actions. Lee gets a lot of last resort type dogs and our puppy was definitely in that category. We were at the point of not wanting to leave the house with her because of her unexpected aggression towards people. No one could visit us either since she was overly protective of the house. He worked with us over the course of about 4-5 months to help affect a complete turn around in her. We focused on ways to release her energy in a positive way (through focused play) and to focus that energy on us. Its also a lot more fun than other types of training which require following orders. With Natural Dog Training we get to play tug of war, hide and seek, stare at each other, rough house on the floor and play chase. We have developed a stronger bond and a much closer understanding of our puppy.
Pros: Like the dog whisperer only better
Cons: He's on the Upper West Side
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