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Culture Clash: A New Way Of Understanding The Relationship Between Humans And Domestic Dogs Paperback – January 19, 1996
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The Culture Clash is special. Jean Donaldson's first book is quite simply the very best dog book I have ever read. It is utterly unique, fascinating to the extreme, and literally overflowing with information that is so new it virtually redefines the state of the art in dog behavior and training. Written in Jean's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. In fact, I read the manuscript three times in a row before it was even published. The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Jean's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly, she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being. The Culture Clash joins a very distinctive group of books and it runs at the head o! f the pack. Like Karen Pryor's Don't Shoot the Dog, The Culture Clash has a refreshingly original perspective. Like Gwen Bohnenkamp's books, The Culture Clash cuts to the chase - no if's and no but's - here's the story - now educate your dog! Without a doubt, Jean's book is the hottest doggy item on the market - the quintessential book for dog owners and dog trainers alike - a very definite two paws up! Do yourself and your dogs a big favor: Give it a read! And let's look forward to many more books by Jean Donaldson.Dr. Ian Dunbar -- the publisher
About the Author
Jean Donaldson is the owner of Renaissance Dog Training in Montreal. She and her dogs have won numerous titles in obedience, tracking and Flyball. Jean one of the the most sought after speakers on the doggy circuit in both the U.S. and Canada.
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So, noting that the information is this book is important, the structure of the book is quite confusing. Beyond the fresh perspective in the first couple of chapters, I actually got the most value out of the the learning theory approach examples at the very end of the book "Nuts & Bolts of Obedience Training". The middle of the book often belaboured the point made in earlier chapters and addressed less commonplace behavioural issues than those found in the final chapters.
At the end of the day I would recommend purchasing this book, but would suggest to skip ahead past sections that are not applicable to your animal or situation and thus overcome the structural issues.
Jean's narrative is easy to read, but at the same time she explains the behavioural science behind the techniques - if you're not interested in the science then you can skip it without losing the very useful tips. It's definitely a book that requires reading more than once if you're intending to train a dog as it is detailed - if you're wanting a quick reference book to just dip in and out of, then this is not the format you're looking for. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who is remotely interested in dogs - in fact it should be compulsory reading for dog owners! :)