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Dogs Are from Neptune Paperback – July 9, 2009
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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.
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
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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"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 ...Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun little "dear Abby" format. Nice because you can search out questions that you may have encountered with your own dog.Published on July 3, 2014 by Angela
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 morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Christine Hurst
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
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
This book is written in question/answer form. Sort of like a Dear Jean column. There's definitely valuable information in there. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by movingwordsandimages
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 morePublished on June 18, 2012 by BGZap
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, dogs are from Neptune. Now in a newly revised and expanded second edition, "Dogs Are From Neptune" plays on the concept of that other famed... Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Midwest Book Review