What inspired you to write your book?
You may have spent months or even years deciding what
breed or size of pet that’s right for you and your family. Yet
your ability to choose does not guarantee that your dog will
act in a predetermined manner or that you won’t be sued or
lose your homeowner’s insurance. The truth is that in the eyes
of the law, dogs are considered property. Property that can
cause damage and serious injury. Regardless of how much you
love and care for your dog, most communities hold dog owners
strictly liable for their pets’ actions. Simply teaching your dog
to sit, stay, down, come, and heel is not enough to protect
your liability. When today’s society reinforces misconceptions
about dogs then is unapologetic when there is an accident,
you can be left on your own and your dog can be punished.
How can you be prepared when most dog obedience classes
do not emphasize, or even include, information on community
safety and breeders are marketers for the breeds they love?
People Training for Good Dogs addresses just these issues then
teaches you how to easily protect your family and to navigate
safely through your life with your beloved dog.
As a former animal officer, I
witnessed every failure imaginable
among dogs, their owners, and her
community. Drawing from these experiences
and my knowledge of both human
and canine behaviors, I
created the People Training for Good
Dogs program to help owners incorporate
the canine point of view into dog
owners’ handling skills.
Genre and Targeted Age Group
About your Book:
Imagine your reaction if your child’s friend grabs the remote control
of the TV you are watching and changes the channel—and then later,
does it again. We instantly recognize this behavior as wrong and correct
it. When humans break dog rules and they correct us, we ignore our
insubordinate actions and default to “blaming the dog.”
Former animal officer Melissa Berryman has witnessed how
devastating the effects society’s entrenched beliefs regarding dog
behavior and temperament can be—that good behavior can be
purchased, that an owner’s handling ability doesn’t matter, that
human behavior and the situations in which the dog is placed are
insignificant. Berryman shows how analyzing situations and contexts
can stop the cycle of preventable incidents.
Written with humor and compassion, People Training for Good Dogs
offers insight into the impact that human behavior and understanding
have on our relationships with dogs. By working with core canine
social and behavioral drives, Berryman provides owners with sound
techniques that focus on safety and can help protect their liability in