Ebook: The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook: Featuring the Hierarchy of Dog Needs

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Get the dog training results you’ve always wanted—combining love with the science of dog psychology

Find the roadmap to success in the easy-to-follow Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook. Foreword by Marc Bekoff, PhD, co-founder with Jane Goodall of the Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and author of 31 books

Are you tired of spending countless hours poring over articles, books, and other training resources searching for the key to the relationship you dream of with your dog? The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook provides force-free, practical solutions to common and complex behavior problems for both dog trainers and pet parents. This comprehensive guide is a transformational problem solving gift to pet parents for the heartbeats at our feet. It is also designed for professional presentations, teaching basic manners classes, and includes private behavioral consultation Treatment Plans with citations and a detailed index to make finding topics easy. Learn how to prevent behavior problems before they escalate.

Renowned dog psychologist and trailblazer in positive dog training, Linda Michaels, a Top Ten Magazine best dog trainer illustrates the most effective, ethical methods endorsed by the greatest minds in dog training and behavior. This meticulously researched handbook tackles the simplest and the most challenging issues including

• Nutrition — Unravel the mysteries of dog nutrition
• Veterinary and grooming visits — Help your puppy or rescue dog feel safe from the very first visit
• Aggression — Learn to identify red flags, including formulas for human and dog-dog aggression, sibling rivalry, and resource guarding treatments
• Separation anxiety — Create a Doggy Enrichment Land and follow the step-by-step treatment plan for desensitization and counter-conditioning
• Trainer secrets, good manners, and basic skills — Discover effective solutions for calm greetings, puppy “no bite”, “no jump”, lightening recall, and leash-walking

The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook is a definitive “must have” for dog lovers and seasoned trainers alike—a classic treasure belonging on the top shelf of every library.

What the experts are saying about The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Manual

“This is how our dogs would choose to interact with us, and what most dog lovers would choose to practice ... if they only knew how.”
— Marc Bekoff, PhD, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, former Guggenheim Fellow

“... the single most important modern guide to ensuring that every aspect of our dogs' lives is the best it can be.”
— Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, founder of The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Ltd.

Linda Michaels, MA, Psychology, creator of the bold, internationally acclaimed Hierarchy of Dog Needs holds a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology, conducted laboratory research in behavioral neurobiology, and has many years of shelter experience working with the most difficult behavioral cases. Her unique combination of academic excellence and hands-on skills with dogs, wolfdogs, and the famed Belyaev foxes, creates a bridge between the worlds of research, dog trainers and pet parents. Linda focuses on the psychological aspects of dog behavior that often mirror human conditions—without using dominance methods or shock collars that often worsen behavior problems—closing the door on the perceived need and advisability of using punitive methods. Find her in international trade magazines and as a featured expert in Psychology Today online, Newsweek online, Huffington Post Live, and Wolf Dog Radio.


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  • 5
    Do No Harm Dog Training Ebook

    Posted by Alexis on 7th Dec 2023

    In a sea of information, this book rises above it all as a clearly laid out, comprehensive manual to caring for a dog from puppyhood to golden years. It should go home with every puppy or newly adopted dog and be in the resources of every rescue, shelter and dog trainer. As a Trainer & Behaviour Consultant I recommend it to all my clients. A great gift for the dog lover in your life. In full disclosure, I was gifted the ebook but I ended up purchasing a hard copy because I wanted the option of lending it out and having it to bookmark myself. It is a resource I will return to again and again.

  • 5
    Do No Harm Dog training

    Posted by Sofia on 27th Oct 2022

    As a pet parent this was the book I would have loved to read before I got my dachshunds. Not because I have had it all wrong all this time but because of the thorough and simple explanations w the lovely Hierarchy of dog needs guide. Step by step how to avoid and prevent many common dog owner headaches. To us their behavior sometimes is unwanted but for our dogs they are completely natural, and they don’t live in their own world but ours, humans. We need to take responsibility for that. My own dogs led me to the point where I’m now starting my own business in educating dog owners on positive reinforcement and clicker training. This book gives me so much for free! How to build a good and complete guide för pet parents to help them become best friends to their dogs. Although, in Sweden, some of the training gears mentioned in the book is illegal here, I know their not elsewhere and need to be addressed for what they are – not training tools but harmful equipment meant to use pain to change behavior. That’s not how we want to do it! We humans are better than that. We know better in our hearts. Love as a need for dog is so undisputable but still we don’t talk about how you love your dog. Linda does. So a well written, easy to understand even for one who has not English as a primary language. I love how all the references to research and science also often is true for us humans, as I work in human psychological care. Much Love for this book and its guidance! Well done Linda. /Sofia Sundvall, CTDI

  • 5
    This book should become a prerequisite to adopting and bringing a dog to anyone’s life

    Posted by Skill up my Pup on 3rd Sep 2022

    This handbook brings you everything a dog parent should know about having a dog, in a concise, to the point way. There are so many topics that she’s exploring with finesse that are so crucial to parenting a dog that I feel that this handbook should become the prerequisite to adopting and training a dog internationally. Truly. It could save us so much time and heartache trying to undo the damage sometimes well meaning professionals or pet parents cause to their dogs. It would prevent many issues and it would first ‘do no harm’ :) It is an excellent manual, written so eloquently. I bought the ebook version so I can whip it up whenever I feel the need to back up my arguments - I love the fact that she cites related studies and other great experts and opens up your world to even more resources and arms her readers with so many tools. From health and nutrition to common behaviour struggles and how to go about them, from how to choose your trainer to games you can build skills with… She also lists her FB group as well as other websites she trusts and I think this again is very important as now everything is in one place from well trusted sources. It is so clear how much work she put into putting all this together, and I feel so grateful to her. She is so generous about sharing information and I also want to add that her FB group is saving so many dogs and their humans and I feel so privileged to be able to learn directly from her and her trusted moderators. Guess what people around me will get as Christmas gifts