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Dogs Are from Neptune (2nd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Donaldson
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Book Description

But people are on another planet! Dogdom s most influential dog trainer and behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, is back with a newly revised and expanded edition of her popular Dogs are from Neptune. In 41 essays, Jean highlights the common and frequently wrong-headed notions people have about why dogs behave the way they do, and explains what really motivates your pooch and how to change behavior. Jean s innovative ideas are delivered via quirky and witty but always scientifically based essays will help create Aha! moments for every dog lover on earth. If you loved Jean s best selling The Culture Clash, you will enjoy learning more about the dogs who inhabit planet Neptune and the people who don't!

Editorial Reviews


"Must-reading for the serious trainer or behaviorist." -- Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers

"Neptune has it all: intelligence, brilliance and passion..." -- Daniel Tambourine, owner, Training With Tambourine

"Neptune is a damn good read. Dog owners, dog trainers, animal shelter personnel - all will find these pages invaluable. Jean's advice is orderly, effective, motivating and humorous." -- Sue Sternberg, owner, Rondout Valley Kennels and Shelter

"This book, which is highly readable because of Jean's wit and her flair for analogy is destined to totally revolutionize how trainers, veterinarians and owners view dog behavior." -- Pamela J. Reid, Ph.D. author of Excel-erated Learning

"Written with the engaging, humorous language that is Donaldson's trademark, and contains a wealth of information based on positive training methods." -- Whole Dog Journal

From the Publisher

Jean Donaldson heads the Academy for Dog Trainers out of the San Francisco SPCA. The Academy offers a full-time, six-week program in pet dog training and behavior counseling as well as one-week intensives and weekend seminars for existing trainers. She is also the author of The Culture Clash (winner, Best Behavior Book of 1997, Dog Writers Association of America, Direct Book Service best selling book of 1997).

Before relocating to San Francisco, Jean lived in Montreal, where she studied at McGill, founded the Montreal Flyball Association, started up Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement school and counseling service in the province, and toiled her way to a black belt in Hung Gar Kung Fu. She has lectured extensively in the US and Canada on animal learning, dog training, people training and dog aggression and is a charter member of APDT. Her dogs and dogs she has trained have numerous titles and wins in obedience, tracking and Flyball.

A health nut, animal nut and tired of Canadian winters, she is happy to be in California, "where I belong."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1831 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing; 2nd edition (July 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RS5Y4U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book on how to teach/train difficult dogs November 16, 2004
If you liked Ms Jean Donaldson's first book "Culture Clash" - you will like "Dogs are From Neptune" ... In fact, I would suggest that this book is a necessary follow-up.

"Dogs are From Neptune" is written in Ms Donaldson's distinct and forthright style ... The author is clear in her views and sure of her methods ... The reader can either agree or disagree but there is little grey where the author is concerned ...

That said - Ms Donaldson writes in an incisive way, expressing her thoughts in a manner that makes for easy reading ...

"Dogs are From Neptune" is a collection of case studies ... dealing with "difficult" and "problem" dogs - dogs with whom the more traditional training methods may not work so well ...

Together with Patricia B. McConnell's books, "Dogs are From Neptune" make essential reading for any owner/trainer interested in or needing to learning how to use positive training methods to "re-condition" a dog with difficult temperament or bad habits, ranging from counter surfing, food & object possession to the more serious issue of dogs that bully, dogs who are difficult to handle and dogs exhibiting nervous or defensive aggression ... The Editorial Review above provides a good summary of the areas covered in the book.

I found the use of case studies particularly the details provided - most useful ... by providing background to the "difficulty" faced by the respective dog and its owner/trainer ... the book allowed me to appreciate & understand with greater clarity the intention & purpose behind the methods used and suggested by Ms Jean Donaldson ...

Essentially, the book format adopted by the author, brings meat to the bones of training ...
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Donaldson understands dogs! November 30, 2001
I love Dogs are from Neptune and Culture Clash, both by Jean Donaldson. This expert trainer is also a thoughtful and engaging writer. By really moving into and explaining the mind of the dog, Donaldson goes beyond a training how-to. Instead, she gives me, as the trainer of my own dogs, the tools I need to figure out how to solve my own training problems. It has caused me to think about my dogs and how I train in a whole new way. If I wasn't training my dogs, I'd still read these books because they make me laugh (a lot)!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try Jean's methods, they work! March 20, 1999
By A Customer
Some of the techniques Jean Donaldson recommends are counterintuitive. They go against everything we have been taught about dogs and dog training for the last 20 years. But, what do you know? When you try them, by golly, they work. Jean is down to earth and she knows dogs.
If you have a problem dog, a dog you are ready to give up on, try Jean's training methods first. You owe it to yourself and your dog. They aren't quick, easy fixes. They take time and effort. This book is worth every penny if you use the methods she describes.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money July 20, 1999
By A Customer
Jean's other book, The Culture Clash is much better than this one. This book is simply a reprint of questions submitted to Jean via the Internet and her answers. There are many grammatical, spelling and typographical errors which make it seem as though the book was thrown together in Microsoft Word in an afternoon. The information presented is useful, but most will be better off with The Culture Clash.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I loved it. There is a TON of clear, organized and specific information on aggression, both to people and to dogs, as well as great information on solving other kinds of behavior problems. No other book that I've read has provided such nitty gritty detail and such frankness. It's clearly aimed at hard-core dog people but written in a way that a high-end owner could get it. Zero filler. I'd recommend it without hesitation. No one writes about dogs like this woman.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly practical advice, entertainingly written November 9, 2006
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Jean Donaldson is one of the world's foremost experts on how dogs learn and how to teach them. Her methods are humane, based on the well-studied science of behaviorism, not stressful or harmful to dogs, and very, very effective.

The gems in this book are practical solutions to the everyday problems dog owners face, with just enough information thrown in so that dog owners can understand why their old methods didn't work, why these methods do work, and how to apply the principles to other situations.

Ms. Donaldson's most famous book, Culture Clash, goes into much more detail about the learning theory, how dogs think, and why we so often use the worst possible methods to train them. It is less a "how to" book than a "why" book. For people whose dogs are giving them fits, Dogs are from Neptune is the book to start with. Then, follow up with Culture Clash for a deeper understanding.

As a dog trainer specializing in behavior problems, I often recommend Neptune to my clients and they love it!
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOGS ARE FROM NEPTUNE May 29, 2000
The best thing you can do for your dog is to read this book: and read Culture Clash: also by Jean Donaldson. I know dogs, and I know training; and I love dogs, and I love training. Yet I've never come across a more fantatsic; dog-knoweledgeble trainer! And talk about laymen's terms! These ARE the dog books for ALL levels of dog lovers!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Advice Column for Dog Issues January 15, 2006
And, like all advice columns, sometimes you get an answer to your question, and sometimes you don't. There is a lot of good information on behaviorism buried in the recommendations...but sometimes you have to read about a completely unrelated training issue to find out about things like desensitization and counter-conditioning. If you have the time, definitely read entries on more than just the issue that interests you.

There is also a bit more jargon in here than I thought was strictly necessary - if you don't have the concepts of behaviorism and learning theory down, you probably need to read another book before this one. Try such gems as Sophia Yin's "How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves," which introduces the concepts *first,* then shows you how to apply them. Also check out anything by Patricia McConnell, who not only knows her stuff, but knows how to teach it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great training manual
That's my girl on the cover! Great training manual.
Published 6 days ago by Lauren Richmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun "Dear Abby" question answer format
Fun little "dear Abby" format. Nice because you can search out questions that you may have encountered with your own dog.
Published 10 months ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Great suggestions~
This book was a little different from what I expected- It is basically situations that Jean encountered over a period of time in dog training, and the method she applied to correct... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christine Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars A great informative read!
Jean Donaldson explains everything in an easy to read informative way. This is a book everyone who loves dogs should read!
Published on March 9, 2013 by Karen S
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book about dogs
Dogs are From Neptune is a very good book to help you understand your dogs behavior; this enhances the dog/owner relationship.
Published on October 8, 2012 by Rodessa
3.0 out of 5 stars decent reference book
This book is written in question/answer form. Sort of like a Dear Jean column. There's definitely valuable information in there. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by movingwordsandimages
4.0 out of 5 stars Read It Before
Brushing up on basics before I add another to the pack. I have read this before and needed to remind myself of a number of things. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by BGZap
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for someone who wants to better understand man's best...
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Published on October 15, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs Are From Neptune
I was disappointed. The advertisement for the book said, "If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then dogs are from their own planet, Neptune, where the rules for social... Read more
Published on July 20, 2009 by D. E. W. Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
This is a poorly written book, and I liked it less than Culture Clash, which I didn't really like either. Read more
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More About the Author

Author Jean Donaldson has over 30 years experience in dog behavior and training and is the Founder and Director of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Jean's award winning books include The Culture Clash and Oh Behave! She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her Chow, Buffy. Visit to keep up to date with Jean and her work.


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