The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog

Dog Training: The Essential Guide



The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog is available in hardback and on Kindle. The publishers, Rowman & Littlefield, have created a website for the book, where you can find out about the contents and read reviews.

Here's the information the publishers put on Amazon USA and UK:

The Heartbeat at Your Feet is the first book that reveals how you can fully understand and communicate with dogs, and how you can easily eliminate any behavior problems, based on new information about animal behavior. Each chapter explores the mind of the dog, its instincts, body language, how and why dogs respond to the people and animals around them, and the profound insights you can gain into what your dog is thinking and feeling through the simple process of observation.

Enlightening (and entertaining!), the book guides readers to look at life from your dog's point of view, to understand what your dog is trying to tell you and why, and to notice what makes your pooch listen to you. Including real-life examples throughout illustrate the points made within, The Heartbeat at Your Feet explains how positive methods of behavior modification work more effectively (and permanently) than old dominance methods, which have now been proven to be ineffective. As a canine psychologist and professional consultant to dog owners, Tenzin-Dolma explains compassionate ways of working with dogs and offers readers a guide to improving pet behavior and the relationship between you and your beloved pooch.

Some reviews and endorsements:

Authoritative, yet sensitive and personal, this wonderful book is indispensable for all who seek to know their dogs, and revelatory for those of us who think we already do.

Bel Mooney, columnist and author of A Small Dog Saved my Life


The Heartbeat at Your Feet is a heartwarming book. It interweaves sound practical advice with an insightful glimpse into Lisa Tenzin-Dolma's life through stories about her own dog, Skye. This book is a good read for the converted, and a must for anyone still clinging to old-fashioned and unjustified dominance methods, whether they be dog professionals or dog owners wanting a rewarding relationship with their beloved companions. Following her case studies and Sympatico approach, Tenzin-Dolma's gentle nature shines through in her writing, demonstrating the magic of being kind, patient but firm. Her approach will bring out the best in all who read this book.

Theo Stewart, chair of The Association of INTO Dogs

The Heartbeat at Your Feet combines Lisa Tenzin-Dolma's gentle, compassionate writing with science, stories and practical advice for anyone who strives to understand and improve the relationship with their dog.

Sue Bosworth, secretary of The Association of INTO Dogs

The Heartbeat at Your Feet offers a fascinating look at the interactions between dogs and humans, and how we might treat our canine companions with kindness and understanding. Through intriguing case histories of various dogs, Tenzin-Dolma shines a light into their world, revealing the complexity of their wants and needs, indicating how to tell which are 'introverts' and which are 'extroverts,' and showing ways of handling each type. Interesting not just for dog owners, but also for anyone who has wondered about the inner lives of our furry friends.

Paul Halpern, Ph.D., author of Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond

This book is a warm and very readable exploration of the relationship between people and dogs. It's packed with practical advice on using positive training methods and brought to life through the examples and case studies. I read it in one sitting - but will also be keeping it on my shelf to refer back to!

Fiona Chalk, trustee of Oldies Club dog rescue charity

As a Veterinarian, The Heartbeat at Your Feet is a fresh approach to understanding dogs' minds and addressing a multitude of behavioral issues encountered by dog owners and veterinarians. The insightful use of case studies, and Lisa's personal experiences with her own dogs, is a practical approach highlighting the success of Sympatico methods which verifies the use of positive training to overcome even serious behavioral problems. This is an invaluable guide for all those who have ever struggled to understand or alter their dog's behavior.

Amelia Welham, veterinary surgeon and Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 




This easy to follow guidebook explains how you can train your dog using kind, reward-based methods that help you to create mutually strong, enduring bonds of trust and affection. Dog Training: The Essential Guide explains why positive reinforcement works much better than the outdated, scientifically disproved harsh methods and takes you step by step through the important elements of training that ensure your dog will be a pleasure to live with. 

The chapters take you through how to make training sessions fun and interesting for you and your dog. You will discover how to help your dog to develop social skills and good manners, to greet people and other dogs politely and to learn instant recall. You will find out how to interpret your dog's complex system of body language, and learn how you can use your body language to communicate effectively with your dog. The book also explores the special talents of various dog breeds and gives information about how you can devise games that will keep your dog happy and mentally alert.


Chuck Sambuchino interviewed Lisa about The Heartbeat at Your Feet and Dog Training: The Essential Guide. You can read this on the Writers Digest website.