Culture Clash / Edition 1

Culture Clash / Edition 1

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by Jean Donaldson

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ISBN-10: 1888047054

ISBN-13: 2901888047058

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: James & Kenneth, Publishers

Jean Donaldson Offers an Exciting New Perspective on the age-old relationship between mankind and dogs. Her work with her own dogs and those of her clients, combined with her research and her study with other canine behaviorists has led her to the realisation that, in all likelihood, dogs learn exclusively through operant and classical conditioning. Donaldson


Jean Donaldson Offers an Exciting New Perspective on the age-old relationship between mankind and dogs. Her work with her own dogs and those of her clients, combined with her research and her study with other canine behaviorists has led her to the realisation that, in all likelihood, dogs learn exclusively through operant and classical conditioning. Donaldson demonstrates that the all-too-common anthropomorphic misconceptions about dogs and dog behavior are not limited to exaggerations concerning canine intelligence. Many people feel a deep disappointment when they discover the need for heavy artillery -- i.e., food and other primary reinforcers -- to train their dogs. Donaldson counters this with her eloquent conviction that it's time for us to rid ourselves of the belief that dogs are capable of experiencing a desire to please. Generations of completely and utterly normal dogs have been branded as canine misfits simply because they require actual motivation.

Aggressive Behavior in Domestic Dogs is a vital issue that has long needed to be brought out into the open. Donaldson's work with the rehabilitation of aggressive domestic dogs has brought her to the understanding that there are not two kinds of dogs: nice dogs who would never bite and vicious dogs who do. Instead, she contends that biting is natural, normal dog behavior. Aggressive behavior within a community of dogs does not fracture relationships; it's all taken very much in stride, much as we humans accept the occasional exchange of heated words. Problems arise when dog rules and standards conflict with human values. The upshot is that biting dogs, instead of being rehabilitated to fit into human culture, are summarily put to death. That's quite the culture clash.

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Table of Contents

1.Getting The Dog's Perspective (Dog Intelligence & Morality)9
2.Hard-Wiring: What the Dog Comes With (Predatory & Social Behavior)21
3.Socialization, Conflict Resolution, Fear & Aggression (Biters & Fighters)57
4.It's All Chew Toys to Them (Behavior Problems & Solutions)97
5.Lemon Brains But We Still Love Them (How Dogs Learn)129
6.Nuts & Bolts of Obedience Training (Sequences for Training & Proofing Commands)173
7.Recommended Reading List223

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Culture Clash 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book. It will give you the balanced, realistic perspective of dogs and training them that is missing in many books. Her assessments of dog aggression and dominance theories are right on the money. You will enjoy and understand your dog a lot more after reading this insightful book.
Cosmic-Lala More than 1 year ago
Every dog owner if they read nothing else should read this book. It is full of wonderful information about dogs and their behavior. Very informative I have suggested to my fellow dog lovers at work to read this and 3 of them are currently reading this book and enjoying it as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excelent read if you really want to train your dog and understand the differences between the two of you and the mis-communication that happens so often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book out on dog behavior! I am in school right now for dog training and hoping to get certified APDT in the upcoming year. This book is a must read for anyone who loves dogs and a referance for anyone who trains them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone with dogs. It describes why an anthropomorphic approach to dog training is usually unsuccessful in one way or another. It frees the dog from the owners notions that dogs act out of spite, stubborness or undying loyalty. (I'm convinced dogs don't really feel these things, but no one can prove it!) It describes what dog 'training' means to your dog, and also describes how to get him to crave it. I recommend it to all my clients for new puppies, family pets, problem dogs. Very valuable information for every dog owner, and is not at all specific to show dogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't get excited about many of the books I read, but this one blows away all the other dog training/dog psychology books I've come across. It's perfectly logical 'cause and effect' theory destroys the old 'leader of the pack' thinking which I never really bought and with which I was never really comfortable. If you're looking for a book to help you train your dog to be the best pet he can be, and if you want to take the common sense approach, 'The Culture Clash' is the one to get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I read this book, I could only imagine that it was a 'dogs are people too' type of book. How wrong I was. The author does a fine job of explaining what motivates dogs and how to use that to make them welcome additions to your family. The explainations and stratagies for training your dog are easy to follow and are all summarized in the last chapter. At first I resented that you have about 100 pages of theory before actually getting to the 'meat' of the training stragies, but in retrospect you can see why you need to read all of that to completely understand the training concepts. My dog is learning faster than any of my previous animals did with the Kohler method, and is much more eager to learn.
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RobinG More than 1 year ago
If you are a dog owner, or thinking about becoming one, read this informative and fascinating book!
K9CoachAtlanta More than 1 year ago
Author Jean Donaldson wrote this very interesting and insightful book a few years back that has become quite the bible for dog trainers like myself. It also holds much that would be beneficial to dog owners in addressing myths and misconceptions about the human-dog relationship. • Although we can develop deep bonds with our dogs, we still must remember that they are completely and innocently selfish. Dogs learn almost exclusively through operant and classical conditioning; they are really great learners but they do not think abstractly. They can’t move mentally forward and backwards through time. This means for example that they don’t automatically know that because they are not allowed on Mom’s sofa, they are also not allowed on the neighbors! • Dogs learn that if something is praised upon, a “negative” correction can be avoided. In other words the praise acquires meaning and relevance. Dogs also learn by the immediate results of their actions not later results. They also are not so much eager to please us, as they are motivated by food rewards. • There are numerous issues with the whole “dominance theory. Many people think their dog is being dominant through aggression/biting; pulling on leash, jumping up to greet, going through doorways first or sleeping on the furniture. Don’t get me wrong – it’s very nice to have a well-mannered dog sit and wait at doorways instead of hauling us through the door like little bulls in a china shop, but your dog is just excited to get out through the door simply to find out what’s on the other side!! The sofa is more comfortable than the floor!! • When puppies are born they have certain behaviors that are hard wired into them. For example, with some we can use certain training games (hide & seek, retrieve for example) that also meet and cater to the dogs natural needs and motivations. • When it comes to fear and aggression you must remember that socialization is the BEST THING YOU MUST GIVE YOUR DOG. I can’t stress this enough!! Dogs are social creatures, just like us. When people say things like “he/she takes a while to warm up to strangers” or “he/she is protective” this is just a result of a lack of socialization. It’s important to remember that dogs do whatever works for them. Dogs are super experts at reading their environment, so they know which consequences are likely for which behaviors in any situation. Understanding why our dogs do what they do is vitally important to the health and wellbeing of dogs in general and will serve to improve and deepen our relationship with them. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in a truer understanding of their dogs nature. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Donaldson is one of the most highly respected dog trainers in the world. This is an honor she most definately deserves. This book is passionate and clear about dogs, training and behavior. A must read for dog owners and professionals alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I started wrong with my first dog, and have gotten much of her confidence back using the methods described in this book, and I now have a pup that is doing AWESOME using these methods. Jean Donaldson really explains how dogs think and how we can use that to make our canine friends easier to live with, train, and all-around have fun with. Again, a must-read for any dog owner!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though she's not the most tactful writer, Jean Donaldson writes about what every dog owner, not just dog trainers, needs to know. This book should be one of the top three books on a dog-owner's required reading list. A must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the description of this book, I expected information on how to live in better harmony with our K-9 friends. The cover of the book states this book contains information regarding understanding the relationship between humans and domestic dogs. This is a book about TRAINING your dog primarily for showing. I didn't expect a lot of jargon for me to retrain my dog into what someone else thinks he ought to be. I have a very small dog who doesn't require the same training that a larger dog does, in my opinion. She's always had a loving, and happy attitude towards everything. According to this auther, it's a rarity for a dog to behave like this one it's own. I'm not so sure it is such a rarity. If you pick your breed carefully, you don't have alot of the types of problems the author describes. Contrary to what this author says, my dog DOES know the difference between her toys and what she's not to get into. If I tell her not to get into something, she doesn't. This book is full of the author's opinions and even states on page 139, 'Dogs are nowhere near the league of kids when it comes to making (these) links, largely because they have no language.' Anyone who knows much about dogs, KNOWS they have their own language and their brian is completely different than a humans. This book might benefit those wanting to train their dogs for 'lures', 'clickers' and for the show ring, and for those with larger unruly dogs. I prefer to enjoy more of my dogs natural spirit and not have her trained to be able to show. I got her for companionship, not to be a show toy or to be a remote control dog.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and wish I had read it before I started any training with my puppy. I hope I can correct the mistakes I have made with him thus far. Ms Donaldson's style is easy to read, to the point and she doesn't hold back on her opinions. The focus is on positive reinforcement training and what makes a dog respond. It just all makes such good sense and I had a hard time putting it down. It is the very best dog training/dog understanding book I have read.