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In Film on 02/06/2011 at 5:43 pm



2011 Burbank International Film Festival




2011 DIY Film Festival


What they said:

Wonderful film about a dog whisperer – a young man who knows how to get into the heads of difficult dogs, and the lives of their owners that are changed by his talents.




Canine Instinct Wins


Award of Excellence



“Canine Instinct” gets Dogster’s highest rating – 4 paws

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“’I’m recommending it to anyone who loves dogs”

— Marshall Karp, author “Cut, Paste, Kill”

“truly an amazing thing to experience!”

— Jared Mobarak Film Reviews





In Film on 12/18/2010 at 12:09 pm

View: Canine Instinct Trailer


He’s not afraid to jump into the middle of a dog fight to bring order from chaos.  He runs through brambles, streams, and over rock-faces training his dogs in Search & Rescue techniques, because as Kyle Warren himself will tell you:  “If I can teach my dogs something that can save lives, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.” 
Join Kyle as he takes you into his world of dogs and discover why some people call him the Dog Man of Ulster County, NY, in this home-spun portrait of an American original.

Written, filmed, edited & directed by Nicholas Goodman

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Kyle in Field & Stream


The Survival Issue, Feb. 2009

This is Kyle in full Search & Rescue (SAR) gear, posing with his two working-line German Shepherds Maya and Quax.  Maya is a certified trailing dog by the NY State Federation of Search & Rescue and Quax is certified for live find and cadaver area search by NYSAR.  (click on the image for a detailed look)


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Founded: 1984. Members: 8500. Membership Dues: single, in U.S., $25 annual; single, outside U.S., $30 annual; family, in U.S., $30 annual; family, outside U.S., $35 annual. Staff: 38. National Groups: 110. Description: Duck and bird hunters and upland game hunters interested in retrievers. Works to train and test hunting retrievers; to maintain the inherent working qualities of hunting dogs in their natural environment; and to use humane, thoughtful, and proven dog training techniques. Offers children’s services and educational programs. Affiliated With: United Kennel Club.

Awards: Grand Hunting Retriever Champion. Type: recognition. • Hunting Retriever Champion. Type: recognition. Recipient: for dogs that have passed the testing program, training sessions, clinics, hunting tests, and national hunts.

Publications: Hunting Retriever Magazine, bimonthly. Price: included in membership dues; $25.00 for nonmembers in U.S.; $30.00 for nonmembers outside U.S. ISSN: 8750-6629. Circulation: 5,500. Advertising: accepted.

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Cool Dog Site of the Day

In Film on 07/28/2010 at 12:30 pm

Canine Instinct has been selected as the Cool Dog Site of the Day by Dogmark.net, a Japanese website for dog lovers with visitors from more than 68 countries around the world.  Check out their website, it’s cool, too!




Film Review – Dogster.com

“Canine Instinct” gets Dogster’s highest rating – 4 paws

By Maria Goodavage

Move over, Dog Whisperer. Kyle Warren is here. Known as “the dog man of Ulster County (NY)” Warren has been training dogs since he was 16 (but really started at 10 years old). He doesn’t use treats or clickers or heavy-handed techniques. His training methods have their roots in his keen instinct about dogs.

The results are nothing short of miraculous.

In his new-on-DVD documentary, Canine Instinct, director Nicholas Goodman brings us a fascinating look at Warren. If there’s such a thing as past lives, Warren was definitely once a dog. The way he communicates with them, relates to them, and handles them isn’t based on standard techniques. It’s his own unique style, stemming from a deep love of and respect for dogs, and an uncanny ability to know what to do and when and how to do it.

The film is highly entertaining and utterly engrossing – even for non-dog people. You’ll be at the edge of your seat, for instance, watching Warren take a highly aggressive dog and make him into a dog who gets along beautifully in society. Without Warren, the dog would likely have been euthanized.

A non-dog-owning friend who watched the movie with us exclaimed, “This guy is phenomenal! If he had a TV show I’d watch it in a heartbeat.” She’s right: Warren should have his own show. And Goodman should produce and direct it. I’d watch, and I’ll bet a lot of people who are burned out on certain other famous trainers would flock to it.

The film focuses Warren’s passions: Dog training, working with his search-and-rescue team, and racing homing pigeons. Warren fully invests himself in these, and in life. He is clearly a happy, fulfilled man. He’s greatly gifted, but also humble and realistic about his talents.

“When somebody calls me the doggy psychologist, I stop them short and say, ‘I’m just a guy who knows dogs really well and has been doing it since he was 10 years old.’ “

Goodman’s film is exquisitely put together, from the cinematography to the fun use of music to the editing that stitches the story together so seamlessly that its running of 62 minutes flies by in a flash. His documentary has won a some respectable awards and has been shown in several film festivals. Until recently, unless you were in a festival city, you couldn’t see the film. But fortunately now that it’s out on DVD, we can all enjoy it.

Canine Instinct is a film that inspires. When it was over, I looked at good old Jake with fresh eyes, realizing the untapped potential he has. I just need to know how to bring it out in him. I’ll be ordering a copy of Warren’s book, Stay. Come. Heel. Every Time. If anyone can help me teach an old dog some new tricks, it’s Kyle Warren.

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Radio Show interview

In Film on 06/29/2010 at 8:21 am

***UPDATE! Kyle and Nicholas appeared on the DOG DOCTOR RADIO SHOW 11:30 AM Eastern on Saturday, July 10.

We had a lively discussion about the film with hosts Robert & Michele Forto.  Looking ahead, Kyle will return to the program for a show about canine Search & Rescue.

From Forto’s latest blog post:

“In the film, Goodman captured the essence of Warren and portrayed him as the man whose life principles, lessons, goals and values are intertwined in his work with dogs in up-state New York.

The just released film has won several awards already and is primed to make a huge impact in the very specialized world of canine training. It is a must see for any one interested in canine behavior or dog training or just an inspirational story of a man and his dogs.” read the whole post HERE

Read the Dog Doctor “Canine Instinct” Film Review HERE

Listen to the radio show HERE



New Canine Instinct Trailer




In Film on 05/31/2010 at 8:55 am




Jared Mobarak Film Review


BNFF10: A dog is only as good as his stay … Canine Instinct

May 30, 2010 in buffalo niagara film festival, documentary, film festival, film review

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There is a reason I’ve never been a huge fan of documentaries. Besides feeling as though I’m in school being force-fed information I could really care less about, with stats and figures that bore me to sleep as they attempt to shock me with human travesty, I truthfully just have more of an emotional connection with fictional narratives that allow me to escape from real life. Every once in a while, though, a documentary will arrive to show subject I wouldn’t normally seek out, giving me information in a biographical way rather than a cold, calculating, statistical format. Nicholas Goodman’s Canine Instinct is just such a film, not looking to tell me how many deaths are attributed to dog bites, or the ratio between professional training and violent incidents in America concerning different breeds of dog, but instead show an inside look at the life of Kyle L. Warren, a self-made lover of canines—don’t call him an animal psychologist or behaviorist—and the importance of earning your dog’s respect. He shows us how to diffuse aggressive tendencies and make animals listen and hold a ‘stay’ command above any other impulse they might have, without treats or abuse.

Anyone who knows me is aware that the idea of pet ownership has never been thought of as an appealing endeavor. I just don’t see the benefit of, what I feel is, the one-sided relationship with a pet. For all the things you must do to take care of and clean up after your dog, cat, whatever, the prospect of seeing it after a hard days work does nothing for me. That said, however, Canine Instinct does its best job to make me appreciate the kind of intelligence and capabilities these beasts contain within them. People love their dogs—I have tons of family members in that camp—and you can see the emotional attachment in the owners’ eyes as Kyle comes to help teach them how to control their pet. So many times he’ll come in and say ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ in a forceful yet quiet manner, watching the dog obey to the dismay of his clients wondering what they are doing different. Kyle isn’t afraid to say that training the dog is the easy part; it’s giving the owner the canine instinct that’s so tough to get across. When he gets a dog to understand that staying is more important than getting the Frisbee flying across the sky—a stand-in for any distraction, such as a gopher or deer—he proves the pet isn’t confused, but finally aware that what it wants isn’t what it’s supposed to do.

Kyle Warren and Rogue

Warren is the kind of man I can respect in his achievements and supposed unorthodox path, as far as current societal views dictate, to get there. Looked upon as a kid with fierce sensibilities and an unceasing drive to succeed—his father speaks about how Kyle would wake up at 6am to study before going to school—he decided to forego college and pursue his passion for dogs. A wrestler at school, his day job was at his aunt’s pet supply store. He began to make contacts with coaches, teachers, customers, and neighbors across town, helping them better understand how to achieve a symbiotic relationship with their pets. Watching him with his own dogs shows how effective his techniques are. To see Rogue sit and stay during a training exercise for an intensely aggressive animal is unbelievable. Kyle knows that the dog wants Rogue and would snap her by the neck and shake if given the opportunity. He also knows that if the dog realizes the other canine isn’t close enough, he could turn around and attack him with relative ease. But just as Rogue sits silently as the German Shepherd barks in her face, Kyle also shows no fear, working as long as it takes, yanking the collar and commanding to sit and calm down. It is truly an amazing thing to experience, especially since all the pet owners I know rely so heavily on treats, the object he maintains only works so long as the other option is less appealing.

But Canine Instinct isn’t solely about Kyle’s tactics in training dogs to co-exist peacefully within human society. If you want that, go purchase his book delving into the secrets he teaches his clients. Goodman’s film concerns the man himself and his extreme dedication to the animals in his life. It’s not all about dogs, he also trains and races homing pigeons as a way to have quiet time away from work. A hobby that stemmed from his grandfather’s passion, it’s just one more way to stay in constant motion outside and with nature’s creatures. And while helping others build better bonds with their dogs Kyle discovered he wanted more. So, along with girlfriend Jana Martin, he began to put his energy into training search and rescue dogs, bridging his love for the animals and enjoyment in helping people to its ultimate convergence point. His dream was now reaching a level where he could take two superb specimens and create a family of K-9 hunters with the ability to save lives in peril. We watch him from the beginning, through the trials and tribulations, and to the success of all the hard work with his rise through the ranks of the Eagle Valley Search Dogs organization.

Ripley on a search

The film is only around sixty minutes and as a result never loses your interest, especially with the change of pace from dog training to pigeon racing to search and rescue to breeding. More about the man behind the dogs than the animals themselves, I really was able to invest myself in Kyle’s tale and his outlook on life. Goodman does a wonderful job editing everything together, constructing a coherent look in his evolution as a trainer; throwing in events from his past and family history that helped shape the man he has become amongst the “Cops”-like testimonials on the way to a job. If anything stuck out as odd and unnecessary, it would be the weird night-vision type filter on some of the search and rescue footage. It becomes distracting and I’m not exactly sure why it was included in the first place since everything else is shown in full clarity, including other moments of the dogs in the woods. Besides that, however, I really can’t fault the film anywhere else. Kyle is a personable, intelligent man that captivates his audience with fascinating stories, that shy kid he says he was all but disappeared. And even I, the self-proclaimed guy with a complete indifference to pets, can’t help but look upon these creatures and want to take one home.

Canine Instinct 7/10

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New Website soon!

In Film on 05/21/2010 at 9:24 pm

Nick here letting you know that we will be launching a new website with a fresh new look and features. It should make coming to canineinstinct-movie.com a more enriching experience for our friends and fans.  If all goes well we should be up and running by the end of June…right around the time you can purchase DVDs as well!  Stay tuned.

Sneak Peek on Dogster.com

In Film on 05/14/2010 at 9:33 pm

June 7, 2010

Enjoy This Sneak Preview Clip of Promising New Film

BLOG POST by Maria Goodavage about ‘CANINE INSTINCT’ with a clip from the film.


May 25, 2010

Film Review

The first review for Canine Instinct is from Dr. Robert Forto, host of  the

Canine Instinct is a documentary film about dog trainer Kyle Warren. Set in the picturesque setting of northern New York the film takes the viewer on a journey of Warren’s life, not only as a dog trainer, but as a search and rescue handler, savvy business owner and dedicated family man told through the eyes of award winning director Nicolas Goodman.

The film’s beginning starts with Warren breaking up a dramatic fight over a ball of three dogs at an in-home session. “If you want to discourage the problem, you must encourage it” says Warren. You can see the shock and awe on the dog owner’s faces and by the end of the scene the lady proclaims, “I love you!”

This gives you the indication of what the film is about; a young man of tremendous drive and whose life is built around the dogs he works with and the people he helps. As a dog trainer myself, who has worked in the industry for the better part of 19 years, I can say that Mr. Warren knows his stuff. His no-nonsense approach is something that I recognize in myself and his uncanny and deliberate way of working with these dogs is second to none!

Canine Instinct is directed by Nicolas Goodman and he does a fantastic job in telling the story of Warren. The film flows nicely from scene to scene chronicling the message that Warren is trying to instill: Common sense and consistency and the ways that we can utilize it in every day life.

Canine Instinct is a must see film for anyone that has an interest in canine behavior or to gain insight of the survival instinct of a man that truly lives a life with dogs.


Dr. Robert Forto is the host of the Dog Doctor Radio Show and the owner of Denver Dog Works.  The Dog Doctor Radio Show is a weekly program originating in Denver, CO streaming live on the web and available for download at iTunes.

Music to your ears

In Film on 03/18/2010 at 1:17 am

Some very talented artists contributed to the soundtrack of Canine Instinct.

Special thanks to Robert Etoll, the master of movie trailer scoring and renowned film composer whose dynamic musical talents can be heard on projects as diverse as recordings by Reba McEntire and Jennifer Love Hewitt, as well as work for film directors Steven Spielberg and Garry Marshall. I’ve worked with Robert over my many years editing trailers.

Robert Etoll

Chris Brokaw has performed or recorded with groups like Thurston Moore Band, Codeine, Come, Steve Wynn, and Evan Dando, and now releases records under his own name.  We licensed an instrumental version of “My Idea” from the album “Incredible Love”.   Click HERE to sample some of his other tunes.

Chris Brokaw

Discovered while surfing I-Tunes, Haiku D’Etat are a self-proclaimed Hip-Hop Supergroup consisting of Aceyalone & Micha 9 of the Freestyle Fellowship, and Abstract Tribe Unique leader Abstract Rude.   I took an instant liking to the track “Dogs” (I wonder why?).  Thanks to Decon Records!

Will Tang plays some killer harp on the track  “Sundown” from his album, “Everything Changes”.

Will Tang

A heartfelt thanks also to autoharp maestro Bryan Bowers for performing the Tom Dundee crowd-pleaser “Dog”

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

In Film on 03/13/2010 at 12:20 am

CANINE INSTINCT had its World Premiere at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival on Thursday, April 22.  It was a thrill for us to see the film on the big screen and in front of an audience.

We’d like to thank all of those in Buffalo who attended, especially hair stylist Jon Simon, whose shop is in the Elmwood district and who brought several friends – thanks Jon!  Also a pat on the head for his sweet dog Lucy.  We met a lot of really great people in Buffalo and made some good new friends.  If you missed the screening, look for the DVD release (with ten minutes of extra footage) available in a few short weeks.

“Field & Stream” cover

In Film on 03/01/2010 at 12:06 pm

The Survival Issue, Feb. 2009

This is Kyle in full Search & Rescue (SAR) gear, posing with his two working-line German Shepherds Maya and Quax.

Honolulu International Film Festival

In Film on 02/13/2010 at 12:16 pm

Canine Instinct has been awarded the Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival.