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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970562969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970562968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once you pick up this book, you won t be able to put it down. Jean Donaldson has put together a long overdue book brimming with pertinent information about a cluster of complex behavioral problems that have perplexed dog trainers for years. --Pia Silvani, CPDT, Director of training and Behavior at St. Hubert s Animal Welfare Center, author of RAISING PUPPIES AND KIDS TOGETHER - A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

About the Author

Author Jean Donaldson has over 30 years experience in dog behavior and training. As the Founder and Director of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, Jean leads a new generation of dog trainers to better understanding of the research and science of canine behavior. Jean s award winning book, The Culture Clash, is a pivotal book in the dog trainer s library because it called into question many sacred assumptions about the origins of behavior and behavior problems. Jean lives in the San Francisco area with her Chow Chow, Buffy.

Customer Reviews

This is very helpful and I find it easy to read.
David Wirtz
Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression This is a very helpful book.
Christina Lonnie Risk
This book is definitely for dog behavior professionals and experienced dog owners.
G. Ramsay

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Murphy on July 2, 2008
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This book has the right approach about positive reinforcement, desensitization, and counterconditioning. However, it really is geared towards a trainer who access to several dogs than for the every day dog owner with dog-on-dog aggression. I was *so* disappointed to read that most lessons involved having access to many dogs (3-6) who are well-behaved so that you can socialize your dog to be friendly with them. I simply do not know that many people with dogs. Plus, how are you supposed to ask someone to help you with your aggressive dog? Surely, most folks would be reluctant and not want to risk a fight.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Megan Cutler on November 14, 2008
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I was stuck with a fear aggressive dog, which is hard as is. Then let's add in the fact he's 80lbs of solid muscle and deaf! I needed help, and thankfully, was working at the SF SPCA, where Jean Donaldson was working, and so I purchased her book.
It was a huge help, because up until that point I was lost on what to do, I'd never had a fear aggressive/aggressive dog before, and my deaf boy had been the perfect dog park dog, until he was beat up by two related dogs (and no, they were not pitbulls)- my dog is the pit. He was terrified, and would not fight back, it took several minutes before I broke it up (other owner was totally oblivious). After a trip to the pet er, he was sutured up, and returned to the park a week later. At that point I noticed cautious/fearful behavior, and when a small dog mounted him, he freaked out. Not knowing how to respond, I made his fear worse, by tightening the leash when we approached dogs.
The book gave us HUGE progress! He went from being so scared of any dog he saw, and wanting to kill them a block away, to actually being able to walk past dogs, and/or say a quick hi without a problem. It's taken us a long time, but this book was tremendous help (in fact, more help than our $500 trainer!)
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By V. Partalo on March 17, 2008
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This book is amazing if your dog is within a reasonable aggression range. It has good tips on how to deal with unwanted behavior and is quite smart in it's honest approach.
If you have a very dog aggressive animal, however, this book will do little to help except provide a quick comment of a single success story involving a pitbull and a trainer who devoted herself for six months to the dogs' rehabilitation. How that trainer approached the situation is not explained. What caused the success is a mystery.
Given that people at their wit's end may purchase this book and hope for an answer, understand that it may not contain what you are hoping.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Angelica Steinker on April 18, 2007
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Jean explains in easy to understand language what to do and how to handle a dog that responses aggressively to other dogs. If you are a professional trainer this book is a must. Dog owners struggling with a dog that barks or lunges at other dogs: this book will help you and your dog.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nea on September 11, 2013
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I bought this to help manage two cranky dogs in my home, and there are several management techniques outlined here I hadn't considered. Simple, easy to follow steps to manage reactivity, and so far, they seem to be working quite well. Definitely recommend this book if you're having even mild (or occasional) issues with aggression/reactivity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roseann R. on January 5, 2013
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Turns out my dog wasn't mean, just afraid! Once I "got it" , thanks to this book, I tried the behavior modifications the book talked about. My dog is so much better, but still has a long way to go! Just seeing her less tense when walking near other dogs makes this book well worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christy K on July 3, 2013
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The authors of this book know what they're talking about. No sensationalism, just sound advice as to how to handle situations that arise with every dog one time or another, be it a Chihuahua, Poodle, German Shepherd, Collie, or mutt. Dogs are just like us; they have bad days, they get irritable in the heat, whiny younger dogs or annoying dogs get on their nerves, they get scared when attacked by off leash dogs, any number of reasons to mix it up. This book explains how dogs look like they're fighting when they play and how to recognize when someone gets too wound up and the game gets a little out of hand. It also has great advice for the humans; handle a minor skirmish the wrong way (panicking, screaming) and you could turn it into a genuine fight; they also tell you how to keep from getting nipped yourself when breaking up a fight. For anyone who has more than one dog of any type, or whose dog ever comes in contact with another (and they do) this book is very valuable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Ramsay on February 9, 2013
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This guide has everything about dog-dog aggression you can think of. Some people rate this low because they say "How am I supposed to find 'bombproof' dogs to participate in the rehab of aggressive dogs?" Well, unfortunately, that's what you have to do. You can't teach a dog to socialize normally with other dogs if you don't provide them the opportunity. So, don't rate this book poorly because you don't like what it takes to solve dog-dog aggression. Jean Donaldson presents the best known methods in an easy to understand format. It's the best source I've found that addresses dog-dog aggression. This book is definitely for dog behavior professionals and experienced dog owners. It's not for first-time dog owners. I highly recommend it.
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