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People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don't Tell You and Trainers Don't Teach Paperback – December 2, 2011

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Clarion Review
Five Stars 

Clearly written, and repetitive where it needs to be, People Training for Good Dogs is
not the average manual for training dogs. Berryman teaches owners how to gain confidence and control, how to solve problems, and how to avoid serious safety and liability issues.
 Her ideas challenge what most owners have heard and learned before, but her arguments make sense. Anyone who now has a dog or is contemplating getting one will benefit from reading this book. Anyone who owns a "problem" dog needs to read it right away.
Cheryl Hibbard --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

MELISSA BERRYMAN is a former animal officer who has worked with and rehabilitated more than six thousand dogs. She is the creator of People Training for Good Dogs, a program that offers dog-handling classes and an extensive dog care program on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595461565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595461561
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a breakthrough. I am 60 years old and have always had a dog. I have read many other books and I have attended training classes. The difference with this book is its focus on training the owner rather than blaming the dog for bad behavior or making excuses. The book not only sets forth solid training procedures but explains the principles behind the procedures. Most dog training books are difficult to read because they outline complicated and what appear to be overwhelming techniques. This book recommends simple, understandable and useful training methods and tips. You will want to finish this book and you will want to immediately practice with your dog. To get a better sense of this author, check out her website: [...]. I am ready to sign up for lessons after reading this book which should be a must read for everyone in a home with a dog.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia White on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a first-time dog owner owner for a high-energy 7-month old border collie mix and I highly recommend this book. My goal is to be the best owner I can be for this wonderful animal and with this book and Melissa's guidance, I feel like I have the right information and tools to have a positive experience. In fact, its hard for me to imagine how I would have fared had I only pursued the local pet shop lessons or other 'dog training' sessions nearby. I tried those too, but no amount of treats or sit-stay commands would have brought me to the understanding this book has helped me gain. "People Training for Good Dogs" is where its at...its about us as owners and care takers more than whether we have a good or bad dog. The book provides the essentials compared to what could otherwise be considered a past time or hobby. If you're a dog owner, thinking of becoming one, ever come in contact with dogs, or have young children who might, this book is worth reading.

I'm fortunate to have found Melissa and the book just two months after my dog came to me. He's a great dog and we loved him immediately, but even with a great dog, I realized quickly that I knew very little about dogs. This book lays out the basics of what you really need to know to be responsible and competent dog owner. Other approaches, which I have some limited experience with, pale in comparison. This book is not about getting your dog to sit or stay for a treat, but is about the nature and fundamentals of dogs and their relationships to others. Most importantly the book helps you understand these fundamentals and gives practical guidance on how to establish a strong relationship with your dog. I imagine most people whose dog has bitten or damaged property could have avoided unfortunate events had they read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lynne sproles on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Just when I had given up and accepted that my dogs world would have to be very small I read this book. We have gone to aggressive dog training and failed and was pretty much told to put her down. The first behaviorist said she couldn't help without medication so off we went to see Dr Nicholas Dodman world renown dog psychologist from Tuft Medical School and she was put on prozac and the "miracle drug clonidine" we also went for B.A.T. training. All of this was to no avail and a well over a fifteen hundred dollars.
Then my sister found Melissa Berryman's People Training for Good Dogs and I am fortunate enough to live close enough to take her training course while reading her book. While reading the book I found that chapter 4 was my dog and found new hope for my dog!
Let me tell you of our progress my dog now lets Melissa pat her that is a miracle none of the "trainers" we have seen have ever gotten close enough to touch her she walks every Sunday am with 10 to 25 dogs. Oh yeah my dog is no longer on any medication and going to live a long health life.

Please if you have given up find hope, read the book and be patient with yourself.
Your dog will get it quicker than you mine learned heel in less than an hour.
So put down the clicker and the treats and get started reading and practicing your leadership training your dog needs you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hurt on December 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished a cruise to Mexico where I found this book in the library (autographed by the author who apparently had sailed on the same boat). I read every word, told 67 people about it in my group and ordered a copy as soon as I got home. My family will soon start applying the principles therein to the ten dogs we presently have.

So, why don't I give it five stars for its wonderful insights on how to deal with dogs, insights that seem to me to be much better than any I have found in other books on dogs? Because it badly needs to come out in a second edtion that has been heavily edited by a professional (I have written three books and edited a dictionary so I know a few things about this topic).

Berryman's book could lose 30% of its words and not miss a beat. Some statements are repeated over and over, as if the reader has no memory. Then, any empty space could be filled with diagrams that explain much better what she is saying about movements. The pictures in the book are low-quality and not very helpful.

Finally, she really needs to be more forthcoming as to how she is dealing with dogs day-to-day. She will hint at actions but not come out and say them candidly. Does she ever strike a dog? I swear that after reading all 200 plus pages, I don't know. Parts of the instruction are simply too murky. I envy those who live near her so that they have the opportunity to see what she is doing in person, but that is not an option for us so I am hopeful she will take this to heart, from someone who truly admires her as a dog trainer, not as a writer, and next time out hire an editor, or a better editor, and write what could be the best book ever written on training our beloved canines.
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