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
    Great read

    Posted by Runar Ness on 8th Jul 2023

    I love this book. I've been working with wolves & dogs for 25 years and it has always been a problem recommending books to my klients. I finally found one. This is the perfect book for all dog-owners and all dog-trainers. Scientifically correct, easy to read & understand, covers all you need to know about dog-training. Brilliant.

  • 5
    Excellent Resource

    Posted by Lisa Lyle Waggoner on 17th Oct 2022

    Rarely do you find such sound advice on the myriad things that are vital to a dog's physical and emotional wellbeing. The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook is a go-to resource for pet parents and seasoned professional trainers. For anyone who is a first-time dog owner, it's a mandatory read. And if you're only beginning to consider adding a dog to your home—this is a must-have book. It will educate you about a dog's needs so that your dog will thrive physically and emotionally, and the bond between you and your new companion will grow exponentially. Michael's also shares sound behavior modification advice should your dog present with behavior challenges. As a professional dog trainer, I appreciate that Michael's included peer-reviewed research studies that support the information in her book. I feel confident that if I need a research study to add emphasis to the information I share with a client, I can find it in The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook. This book is a welcome addition to my library.

  • 5
    A must have for Professionals and Guardians alike

    Posted by Tasha Attwood on 15th Oct 2022

    Anyone who knows Linda knows how she has poured her heart and soul into this book, literally. If you don't know Linda then you will soon see the dedication and the heart poured into this book. Every page is detailed but beyond detailed, every single passage that could be questioned is referenced. Easy to read whether you are a complete dog behaviour geek or whether your are someone who prefers smaller amounts of text. You can use this book as an entire handbook that will be referred to again and again and become a much beloved book that becomes dog eared and annotated over time or a quick reference book for a specific issue by using the index. It can be really hard as a professional to explain to owners holistic and wellbeing training and behaviour modification and Linda has simply lifted this headache and described this perfectly throughout the text. Including behaviour consultation forms and history which has been made usable for owners for their own knowledge. An absolute breath of fresh air for the Force Free industry, with everything you will need to aid you in choosing a puppy or a rescue dog, to grooming, vet visits to setting your dog(s) up for success in every situation. As well as training protocols, how to use a Clicker and functionality in dog behaviour. No other book I have read has been so in depth without having to refer and cross reference multiple books. This book should be a part of all puppy packages and rescue packages as well as on every students reading list. No matter your role with dogs from dog guardian (owner), dog professional whether a kennel hand, groomer, behaviourist or Vet this book needs to be a part of your tool kit.

  • 5
    Breathing Life into Force-Free Training

    Posted by Neil Rubenstein on 15th Oct 2022

    “ As a force-free positive trainer, there are not enough positive adjectives to describe Linda Michaels MA new book. Whether you are a trainer, a pet parent or considering adding a pup to the family, this book is your "go to" guide. Not only does it provide you with the information and tools to train and understand the "why" behind your dogs behavior, but it also brings front and forward why positive force-free training is ALL you need to build that bond and trust between you and your loyal "best friend". As I mentioned to Linda when my copy arrived, it was like "Christmas in July".…what a gift.”

  • 5
    An Astonishingly Clear Voice Amidst a Lot of Confusion and Noise

    Posted by Steven Cogswell, VSA-CDT, CSAPT on 14th Oct 2022

    Five years ago when I was looking for a trainer to help me out with my new dog, I was totally overwhelmed by the volume of conflicting, impractical, and outright snake oily flimflam information out there. I wish this book had been written then. It was a winding road filled with missteps and dead ends, but I eventually found the world of positive, do no harm dog training. I wanted to help folks avoid the mistakes I made, so I studied to become a trainer myself. In my studies I have come to know the work of the industry leaders in modern, scientifically based dog training and behavior, and Linda Michaels's name pops up a lot. This book is almost magical in the way it is two books in one. It could absolutely be used as a text book for a serious, state-of-the-art, academically stringent academy for dog trainers. But at the same time it is highly accessible, written with such clarity it is an invaluable book for pet parents. You can read it from cover to cover for the most comprehensive in-depth discussion of modern dog behavior I know of, or you can use the extensive index to go directly to practical, effective advice for a particular issue. As a dog trainer, I get a lot of friends and family asking for advice, especially when they are bringing a new dog into their life. I used to send them a collection of book recommendations and YouTube video links. Now I just point them to this book ... or if I really like them ... it makes a great gift.

  • 5
    Invaluable Resource, wonderfully written, impeccably researched!

    Posted by Jeanine Jones on 13th Oct 2022

    Do yourself and your dog(s) a favor and BUY this BOOK! For anyone looking for a fantastic, comprehensive resource on both dog training and more importantly enhancing the lives of their canine companion, this is a MUST have. This is so much more than a training book, it is a book on maximizing your dog’s world, making your life with your dog the best it can possibly be, and caring for your dog’s needs physically, mentally, and emotionally. In my years of teaching dog training and volunteering I have met many pet parents, all who want the best for their dogs. Yet, so many have been told to “dominate” their dogs or use painful tools to seek compliance by “so-called experts.” Wanting the best for their furry family member they go along, thinking it’s the right thing to do, only to find out how quickly this can destroy their precious bond and lead to a fearful dog, a dog who becomes unwilling to try new behaviors, and who simply shuts down. No one wants to cause their dog pain or fear, but sharing our lives with another species can be frustrating at times and many pet parents simply do not know what else to do or where to turn. We now KNOW better! The Do No Harm Handbook provides wonderfully detailed, understandable, and actionable dog training advice. It is written clearly so that even first time pet parents can understand why and how to train their dogs. Moreover, the Handbook provides a newer, ethical roadmap and approach to caring for our four-legged loved ones. It gives everyone and anyone the ability to apply force free training strategies to their daily lives. Force free training simply means not using fear or pain to gain compliance or teach behaviors. It does NOT mean permitting unwanted or dangerous behaviors. It DOES mean working WITH your dog versus AGAINST your dog to make everyone’s lives better. The Handbook features the Hierarchy of Dog Needs which will help anyone seeking to make their dogs’ lives better, meet their basic needs, improve their care, enhance bonding, and make the most of the time we have with our beloved pets. Whether your pup is 12 weeks, 12 months, or 12 years old you can benefit from the knowledge generously shared in the book. Our pets are our family and deserved to be treated as such, with love and respect. And for my fellow dog-nerds, yes this is a fantastic resource, painstakingly researched, and carefully crafted to satisfy the most stringent among us. Whether you are a new or experienced dog parent, a canine professional, or simply a dog lover, this book will quickly become a favorite resource and one you can return to time and time again. Buy this book. Your dog will thank you!

  • 5
    Paradigm shift in canine education

    Posted by Roman Gottfried on 13th Oct 2022

    As a Holistic Behavior Consultant, I can finally recommend to my clients a dog training workbook that aligns with my philosophy, with scientific evidence and best ethical practices in the 21 century. Most importantly, it is from nose to tail written to help dogs reach their potential trauma-free. You will find anything you need through the index. It’s written responsibly with no room for confusion or assumptions. The table of content was likely designed by a German Shepherd. It has an excellent overview. The book opens a new dimension to understanding the dog’s hierarchy of needs in a way that benefits you and your dog. Everything is in the correct order and in the right place. This part likely was designed by a border collie. It covers every aspect of dog parenting, dog care, and puppy training to address complex behavior issues, whether you have a Tea Cup, Spaniel, Nordish Breed, Mastiff, or Guardian. I did not find anything wrong a Beagle would bark about. It even shares dog training secrets that not even a Belgian Malinois couldd sniff and dig out. It discusses dog nutrition, allergies, and Introducing the dog to babies. I’m sure Pitbull terriers would be proud of this section. But it also addresses complex behaviors, aggression, anxieties, and gives people clear strategies within the do no harm philosophy. As a dog professional, I’m impressed by how helpful it is in my business. It has a plethora of examples and references to books and studies. I have this book in my favorites on Kindle and a hard copy on my desk next to my coffee mug for easy access during my online training consultations. There’s no way you can do wrong to your do if you and your family study this book and apply what you learned to your beloved dog. Whether you want to have a dog, about to adopt a dog, already have a dog with behavior problems, or struggling with severe aggression, this book is a great starting point. To sum up, this book will help you be proactive with training and caring for your dog. It also gives you force-free and fear-free solutions to address existing problems. English is my third language, as you likely have noticed from my review, but I had no problem understanding even the scientific terms.

  • 3
    Dog training

    Posted by Serrano Lisa on 15th Sep 2022

    Repetitive and actually no a practical book great theory