The “Do No Harm” Dog Training and Behavior Manual by Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, for Pet Parents and Dog Trainers.
“Do No Harm”/Force-free methods are finally becoming the gold standard in dog training.
The Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual was initially designed as my own personal guide for teaching basic manners classes, and it has evolved into a reference manual for my private behavior consultations. It was created to be a practical guide for either training format. It is also an e-book for pet parents who want to get an inside look at dog training and behavior, and for those who seek force-free techniques and solutions for specific problems.
“Do No Harm” Dog Training is exactly what it says it is! Stating objectives clearly, without reservation, is my new mantra. That is: “Do No Harm” physically OR psychologically. Psychological harm can be devastating, as many of us know, and it can last a lifetime.
Professional organizations that care for and treat sentient beings all have ethical codes, directing members to “Do No Harm”. The dog training “industry” and moreover, the dogs, deserve an ethical code as well. These organizations all outline acceptable “standards of care” for their members. They include: The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
This ebook is a PDF so it can be viewed on a computer, printed, or viewed on a smartphone.
It’s written for everybody and anybody who loves a dog. More specifically it was written for trainers of all stripes, and pet parents too. However, it can be used by anyone who works with or lives with a dog, including: Progressive veterinarians, shelter/rescue staff, volunteers and foster parents, groomers, animal welfare organizations, and other pet-related professionals.
The manual was created to be a practical guide for either teaching classes, teaching private consultations, or both training formats. It was written for those who seek force-free techniques and solutions for specific problems. It is also an e-book for pet parents who want to get an inside look at dog training and behavior.
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Reviews from Readers
“Such wonderfully put together information. You gave me a fresh outlook to revamp my lesson and behavior plans for Housetraining and Aggression. I will be using the vet portion of the manual with a fearful dog at the vet this week. I want to get the Hierarchy of Dog Needs into the veterinary clinic in a presentation and at some local clinics and shelters. The Hierarchy shows how important it is for the pet parent and their animals to feel comfortable and happy. I also want to try to apply this to a dog I’m trying to work with at the shelter. I love this training tool! Thanks Linda!”
~Tanya P., dog training business owner and shelter volunteer
Linda Michaels, creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs®, was recently rated one of the top ten dog trainers in the United States, by Top Ten Magazine. Linda holds a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology (With Honors) and conducted laboratory research in behavioral neurobiology, earning the University Scholar Award from the Psychology Department of San Diego State University. Linda’s unique combination of scientific training and hands-on experience with dogs and wolfdogs creates a bridge between the worlds of research, dog trainers and pet parents as demonstrated in her presentation at the 2015 Pet Professional Guild (PPG) inaugural summit: Understanding Research: Making the case for force-free training. Linda worked with some of the most difficult behavior cases at the progressive San Diego Humane Society and SPCA for five years while teaching classes there. She was the head trainer and behavior consultant at a private pet store before becoming a private behavior consultant. She was the first professional Behavior Advisor for the WolfEducationProject.org in Julian, CA. Training aggressive dogs and wolfdogs convinced Linda that using harsh methods and collar devices is counter-productive to treating aggressive and potentially dangerous animals and because these devises and harsh methods are often a cause, not a cure of aggression. Linda became an outspoken animal welfare advocate opposing dominance-based dog training methods and aversive collar devices that are too often ineffective, unsafe, and inhumane.
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Excerpts from the Do No Harm Manual
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Before You Get a Dog and Begin Training
How to Find a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle
How to Find a Good Dog Trainer
Chapter 2 Do No Harm™ Standards and Practices
Laying the Groundwork for Do No Harm™ Force-free Training
Hierarchy of Dog Needs™ Guide and How to Use It
Vaccinations and Socialization
Dog Park and Dog Beach
Dog Body Language
Separation Anxiety Prevention
Resource Guarding Prevention
Clicker Training Foundations
Chapter 3 Good Manners and Impulse Control
Greeting You and Visitors
At the Veterinarian and Groomer
Chew This, Not That
Puppy No Bite! Mouthing
Chapter 4 Basic Training
Name Response: Come Basics
“Come” Long Distance
Treat Dependence Prevention: Five Techniques
Chapter 5 When Things Go Wrong
Barking, Barking, Barking
Fear and Socialization
Separation Anxiety Therapy
Recognizing the Need for Help
Dog/Dog and Human Aggression Basics
Dog-Dog Aggression Therapy
Desensitization and Counter-conditioning Techniques
Human Aggression Therapy
References, Resources and Supplies