Neal Espeseth was born and raised in Alberta. He has been working with dogs for over twenty five years and is a graduate of the Natural Dog School of Applied Behaviour where he received an honours certificate as an Applied Dog Behaviour Consultant.

Neal is the owner and president of Natural Dog Behaviour.

He is trained and qualified to deal with all types of behavioural problems, but has a specific interest in Fears and Phobias. He strives to bring a high level of expertise and dedication to his clients.

He is a member of the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), ABS (Animal Behavior Society), APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers), PPG (Pet Proffesional Guild), SFC (Shock Free Alliance), AFFA (Alberta Force Free Alliance) and certified ADBC (Applied Dog Behavior Consultant).

Mission Statement

Natural Dog Behaviour promotes harmony between humans and companion dogs through understanding and communication based on positive interactions only. We do not use or endorse any training technique or device that uses dominance, aversion, physical punishment or harsh correction.


Natural Dog Behaviour is dedicated to helping people reconnect with their dogs. We deal with all types of dog behavioural issues and are specialized in dealing with aggression, fears and phobias. We stress consistency and dedication to ensure success and our therapy programs are customized to every dog, every client and their unique needs.  Owners are given specific instructions to follow, constant support and insight into how behavior problems develop.

While we do offer some non-traditional obedience training, our primary concern is dog behaviour.  We caution against the belief that there are quick-fix solutions to serious behavior problems while striving to provide our clients with the latest procedures, therapies and information available.  Gone are the mindless traditional training sessions that can be very stressful for your dog, or simply not what your dog needs at all.

Our method is simple: First, conduct a thorough clinical behavior assessment to understand the history or the problem and establish a baseline of behavior. Then develop a treatment plan to restore balance in your dogs life. This is about giving you real skills to help you create a new reality, and establish a better relationship with your dog.  As we are fond of saying, “…it’s all about the dog!!”

Here’s What you will learn:

  • Clear, consistent communication based on controlled owner/dog exchanges
  • Provide Predictability – Focus – Trust
  • Provide owner with effective and practical dog management skills
  • Improve dogs attention and impulse controls
  • Counter-condition and systematically desensitize unwanted behaviours using the principles of operant conditioning
  • Promote affection and mutual appreciation, non-abusive methods
  • Promote relaxation and a sense of well-being
  • Harmonize the human-dog experience
  • Build confidence