Training Your Dog the Humane Way
With Training Your Dog the Humane Way, animal behaviorist and dog trainer Alana Stevenson provides dog owners with a simple, accessible guide to the most effective positive dog training techniques available. Alana presents easy-to-follow methods and advice for teaching dogs polite manners and resolving ongoing behavior issues. She provides solutions for such problems as housesoiling, play-biting, separation anxiety, fear of strangers, aggression, lunging while on leash, car sickness, and more. Readers will learn the most effective way to teach their dogs — through kindness and benevolent leadership.
Reviews & Praise:
"Training Your Dog the Humane Way is a landmark book. Alana Stevenson blends the latest scientific research on who dogs are and what they want, need, and feel with clear instructions for positive, reward-based training. This easy-to-read book is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to have a close and enduring relationship with their best friend. I hope it enjoys global acceptance."
— Marc Bekoff, PhD, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice, and The Animal Manifesto
"Alana Stevenson has done a fabulous service to dogs and their guardians. She knows how a dog's mind works, and her clear advice and positive approach make training rewarding for both canine and human."
— Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, author of Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
"Training Your Dog the Humane Way is beautifully written and has great content for discerning and naive dog owners."
— William E. Campbell, author of Behavior Problems in Dogs, The New Better Behavior in Dogs, and Dog Behavior Problems: The Counselor's Handbook
"For too many years, dogs have been unnecessarily trained with harsh and combative methods. Training Your Dog the Humane Way is straightforward, easily read, and will assist caring dog owners in developing appropriate behavior in a compassionate way and in a fashion that will strengthen the bond between dog and owner."
— Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, CPDT, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
"Wags and woofs for Training Your Dog the Humane Way, which educates humans to first be aware of their own behavior, as well as canine behavior and communication, before seeking to shape dogs’ behavior. This approach to training enhances the relationship between human and pet and brings out the best in both species."
— Dr. Michael W. Fox, veterinarian, syndicated columnist, and author of The Healing Touch for Dogs
"One of the few books that delivers great positive training methods for basic behaviors — but does it in a clear and well-written fashion that the casual or novice dog owner will understand and hopefully accept. If you are a trainer or dog enthusiast and are having trouble recommending a solid training book to your less experienced clients or friends that they can actually understand and follow, this is a really good choice."
"Alana Stevenson's Training Your Dog the Humane Way (The Right Way the First Time) does an excellent job of meeting client needs and trainer goals. The book is both savvy and accessible. It's a great choice to help beginners have a more thorough understanding of the techniques they're learning, and it's a handy reference for the trainer who wants a few tips in helping clients master basic behaviors."
— Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Chronicle of the Dog, Book Review Jan/Feb 2009
"Alana Stevenson's Training Your Dog the Humane Way is a welcome addition to the chorus of positive dog training. Its beauty lies in Alana's direct approach. The book is easy to understand and is fueled by Alana's genuine and obvious love of animals. She emphasizes the importance of educating dogs "Training Your Dog the Humane Way," which is an invaluable refrain. If more and more people implement her suggestions, more and more dogs...and people...will benefit."
— Paul Owens, author of The Dog Whisperer, A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training
"I highly recommend this book as a replacement to traditional training methods. It is easy reading and clearly states what creates the best results for both you and your dog."
— Chris DeRose, Actor, President and Founder of Last Chance for Animals, Los Angeles, CA
"Finally! A 100 percent humane dog-training book! We have been waiting a long time for this. No more harsh methods. Just a gentle, caring approach with rewards for good behavior. How refreshing! I would love to see every dog guardian read this book."
— Karen Porreca, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals