The Leader of the Pack: Sit, Stay, Rollover - Who's Training Whom?

Jun 11, 2018

Credit Photo by Bayla Metzger

Plenty of dogs are taught to do tricks, yet they still bark and bite. Dog trainer Melissa Berryman says that’s our fault. So, she doesn’t train dogs; she trains people. Her philosophy includes – among other things – teaching clients to speak “dog language,” a mix of high- and low-pitch tones. Melissa admits that training with her isn’t for everyone. Her clients have to work through their own issues in order to be effective leaders for their pets.

For more information on Melissa Berryman’s people training philosophy, visit PTFG com

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