If one were to believe the propaganda Kevin Behan has built around himself, you would come out with the impression that he is the kind of intellect that comes around once in a generation. He realized evolution was wrong with just by taking a couple of biology courses. He can defeat dogs using only his “dog warden energy” which he stores in a “battery”. And if the scientific community would only listen to him. he could revolutionize, not only dog training, but also biology, chemistry, psychology and physics.
Behan has managed to gather small, but dedicated following by marketing to an unsophisticated audience and dazzling them with gibberish. Like many snake-oil salesmen he uses scientific language to impress his reader. In reality he is saying nothing at all. The way he explains dog behavior comes down to a meaningless slogan :It’s all “energy” dude.
“If something your dog is doing isn’t in service to your group, your network, by definition it is because it is working from an ELECTRICAL static load/overload dynamic. Therefore, don’t desensitize, RE-MAGNETIZE, by definition this will inform the dog how to ALIGN with you along the flow of a completed ELECTRICAL circuit, i.e. the owner as a part of dogs-mind-as-energy-circuit because owner is bringing the dog’s “moose energy” (deepest layer in the battery) TO GROUND.” – Kevin Behan [ed. his emphasis]
Kevin is the greatest. Just ask him.
He Debunked Pack Theory
“Actually, I may be the first one to discredit the “old wolf pack theory.”
His Theory is All Encompassing.
“The NDT claim of being natural is supported on every level by a consistent argument that never contradicts itself as it carries through basic physics, evolution, domestication, temperament, emotion, personality, sexuality, aggression, learning and sociability. “
Cognition Researchers are Wasting Their Time – dogs don’t learn.
“Quite to the contrary, the energy model I’m proposing will prove to be the only one in the marketplace that doesn’t treat the dog as either an instinctual automaton or a learning machine. I’m saying that the source of their creative adaptability is not intellectual and neither is it genetic.”
Problem with Biology is TOO MUCH Thinking
“Evolutionary biology is “thought-centric” because it seeks reasons as to why some genes flourish while others go extinct, rather than seeing genes as an expression of natural laws, and as subordinate to these laws. “
Behan Invented the Use of Tug Toys for Training
“In 1998 I worked with a trainer who was having difficulty teaching her dog to stay in the start position at Agility training while the other dogs were running the course… Then 12 years later I’m working with another person from the agility world and they tell me that this is now common training practice in the Agility world. Now maybe someone else thought of it on their own, but I wonder if there is any instance of it happening before 1998.”
Behan has all the best answers. Just ask Behan
“The best explanation for everything canine, from the evolution of the wolf to the domestication of the dog—to the incredible emotional relationship that has emerged between the modern pet and its owner— is that dogs feel what we feel.”
Charles Darwin Stole from Kevin Behan
“My theory is that dogs and humans have the same primordial emotional makeup.”
Pavlov’s Discoveries are Trivial
“Okay, if we cannot say that the dog salivated because of an association, because that really isn’t saying anything, why, then, does the dog salivate when he hears the bell?”
In a future post I will address some of the more ridiculous claims made by Behan but I’ll leave you with one more quote that illustrates how little this man knows about dogs.
“Meanwhile, because dogs don’t and can’t think, they do not respond to what their owner thinks, says, or even does;”
5. Your Dog is Your Mirror – Kevin Behan