Another book I've decided to add to my list is probably going to be the most important one to assist my training progress and aid the bond between Woody and me. A friend posted an article on Facebook titled "5 Myths About Dog Behavior that Often Lead to Tragedy." Written by a dog behavior specialist, the contents of this article could not be more spot on with what I've learned in my behavioral modification classes. The author of this post, Melissa Berryman, wrote a book titled People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don't Tell You and Trainers Don't Teach. The book's description is as follows:
As a former animal officer, Melissa Berryman witnessed every failure imaginable among dogs, their owners, and her community. Drawing from these experiences and her knowledge of both human and canine behaviors, Berryman created the People Training for Good Dogs program to help owners incorporate the canine point of view into dog owners' handling skills.
Current understanding leads owners to believe that they must accept a passive role in the complex relationships they have with their dogs and their com-munities. Berryman draws important contrasts between how we train horses and how we train dogs, and she brings to light the consequences of expecting dogs to act and react as people do. By offering insight into the importance of acknowledging and working with core canine social and behavioral drives, Berryman provides owners with sound handling techniques.