New Showcase of Experts Features Dog Bite Prevention Specialist

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Melissa Berryman Says Dog Owner Training Focuses on Respecting Canine Instincts and Behaviors

Melissa Berryman, a dog owner training advocate and author of “People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don’t Tell You and Trainers Don’t Teach,” is featured on Expert Beacon, a new online showcase offering advice from prominent professionals.

In an article for the site, Berryman lists do’s & don’ts for pet owners that help prevent bites – which can be tragic for both dogs and owners – by respecting canines’ instincts and natural behaviors. The “do’s” include insisting that people ask your dog before petting it.

“This is what I write extensively about in my book of dog owner training – that people need to be trained. Dogs only react naturally to how people treat them,” says Berryman, a former animal officer who has worked with and rehabilitated more than 6,000 dogs.

During her animal patrol years, 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 her dog owner training program to help people incorporate the canine point of view into their dog handling practices.

Berryman draws important contrasts between how we train horses and how we train dogs, and notes the often dire consequences – euthanasia for the dog and insurance and liability issues for the owner -- of expecting dogs to act and react as people do. By offering dog owner training insights into acknowledging and working with core canine social and behavioral drives, Berryman provides owners with sound handling techniques.

Staying true to dogs' instincts, she offers a training method of positive and negative feedback that can dramatically improve any owner's level of control. By speaking frankly about aggression and the potential for injury when dealing with a dog you can't communicate with, she shares an accessible approach that anyone can use to defuse a potentially disastrous situation.

“This book is a breakthrough,” writes Amazon reviewer, Matt, who gave it five stars. “I am 60 years old and have always had a dog. I have read many other books and I have attended training classes. The difference with this book is its focus on training the owner rather than blaming the dog for bad behavior or making excuses. The book not only sets forth solid training procedures but explains the principles behind the procedures.”

“Most dog training books are difficult to read because they outline complicated and what appear to be overwhelming techniques. This book recommends simple, understandable and useful training methods and tips. You will want to finish this book and you will want to immediately practice with your dog….”

About Melissa Berryman

A Massachusetts animal control officer from 1993 to 1999, Melissa Berryman is a national dog bite consultant who founded the Dog Owner Education and Community Safety Council ( and works with communities, rescue groups, dog owners and bite victims. She also designed and teaches a safety and liability class for dog owners, from which “People Training for Good Dogs” is derived. She has worked with more than 10,000 dogs. Berryman holds an undergraduate degree in Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and a master’s in Public Administration.

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