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The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs Paperback – January 19, 1996
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It's difficult to get beyond the "Disney" approach to dogs as she calls it, the way society and Hollywood have taught us dogs should behave, but the book opened my eyes to what sort of relationship dogs really have with people.
The book takes dog training from a dog's point of view - and that is the best way to get results. The empathy for the dog's position that the author encourages was a completely new experience for me. I adopted an adult dog from a shelter four months ago who had never been indoors before. She had been abused and you could hardly say "no" to her without her cringing and running away. I needed a training method that was completely positive and non-abusive in every sense of the word. More importantly, I needed a training method that worked.
My dog can sit, down, stay, come, wait, drop, and fetch; she doesn't jump up, she doesn't chase the cats, and she's housebroken - all thanks to this book.
The author thoroughly takes you through the way dogs learn with specific examples and exercises. It's hard not to get excited about teaching your dog after learning so completely how to teach!
I highly recommend this book to new dog owners and to people looking to improve their relationship with their pets. Getting rid of unrealistic expectations makes all the difference in understanding and relating to your dog.
This book gets an incredible number of word-of-mouth recommendations from within the dog world, and for good reason. It's also somewhat exasperating, also for good reason. An updated edition might turn into a sort of Dr. Spock guide for dogs; as it is, even for its few blemishes, if you're interested in training at all -- you have a dog, you should be interested -- you need to read this one.
The book is basically an engagingly-written set of essays on positive-reinforcement, operant-conditioning dog training. (In a nutshell, that means concentrating on setting a dog up to succeed, and then on rewarding it when it does succeed, rather than on punishing the dog for mistakes.) Culture Clash does two things: it gives you a broad sense of why positive reinforcement techniques work, and it really, REALLY lays into old-style, aversive, leash-jerking training methods. The reason it gets recommended so much is that it's GREAT for people who have only a vague idea of how to train a dog based on what they see others doing, and who might end up with a miserable dog and a sore arm from tugging at a choke collar. Donaldson does a truly excellent job of showing you how and why positive reinforcement will help you communicate with your dog. She does a great job showing you how happy that can feel, and showing you the broad outline of how it works.
What she DOESN'T do especially well in this book is give you a specific, basic training regimen for your dog. That's where my editing objection comes in.
As I said, the chapters in this book are almost more like stand-alone essays. They don't really flow into one another as well as you might expect.Read more ›
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first found this book decades ago. She is funny if slightly ascerbic toward humans. Clearly she loves dogs. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Donatosmama
I'm really enjoying this book. It has a lot of great info about how your dog sees the world vs how you see the world. Will help you understand your pet better.Published 21 days ago by Stephenie K Wetherbe
Great information and training guide. Provides great insight into the mind of our wonderful canine friends and how we often do them an injustice by assigning human emotions and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deborah Means
The best book on dogs that I have found. Understanding how a dog thinks makes so much more sense than projecting our emotions onto them.Published 4 months ago by C. L. Stewart
Every dog owner should read this book. So eye opening and inspiring. Trainers and those working to understand dogs better or have a better relationship with their dog will benefit... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alyssa Chertude
I needed to read this for a veterinary medicine class and thought it was extremely helpful. This book helped me better understand dogs and also the people who own them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Melissa B
Possibly the best book written on canine-human interaction. Kind of preachy in chapter one, but get past that and it's a treasure.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer