The Culture Clash Paperback – Oct 1 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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This one was a tough read at first. When I first picked it up to excitedly devour "The Culture Clash", I was hugely disappointed. She does use college-level words and her advice is mixed in everywhere, so you have to read her wisdom while getting bits of training tips here and there. I was hoping for clear organization of the book, which this doesn't have, but I soon came to realize, the wisdom is on every single page of the book so I needed to read this first as a novel: front to back (no skipping ahead!). And then tape-flag the training bits and go back to them when I needed to apply the training advice.
If you have a dog, or planning on it, please read this one. It's the intelligent way to train, without physical punishment or aversive force.
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 ›
Donaldson's strong aversion against punishment is entirely acceptable, yet the way she condemns everyone who uses corrections in her moralistic tone is not. Donaldson admits that corrections, if and only if adminstered correctly, can increase the reliability of a command, and she also admits that one can reasonable argue that a command that could save the dog's live might be "installed by all means necessary." She could have added that the increased reliability can lead to increased freedom for the dog, and thus enhance his quality of life. What is more, at the end of the book, when she finally gives practical training advice, Donaldson falls into using "active corrections" all the time.Read more ›
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The all time greatest book to explain dog behaviour and points out all the misconceptions and errors we make with our dogs. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
The only thing amazing about Ms Donaldson's book is that anyone would put up with her caustic and defensive writing style. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by lise donaldson
I was so excited to get this book and after calling all of the local book stores and finding out they were all out, I had to order it and wait 2 long weeks to recieve it!! Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Alene
This is the best first book for any new dog owner. It helps one understand the mind of a dog. Once the basics of "dogology" are down, the owner can move on to training... Read morePublished on March 14 2004
There's vitually no book I have not read when it comes to training your dog or getting into your dog's head. And this is the best, it has no rivals. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Carole Freemole
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting to know where we've come in the field of dog training. Jean Donaldson, who is currently the Director of Behavior and Training at the... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by zpgmom
Looking past the horrific editing and unprofessional packaging, I found this an interesting read, even though the author manages to undermine many of her more interesting insights... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003
Jean Donaldson's The Culture Clash is by far and away the very best of the best of Dog Training and Behavior books. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003
Jean Donaldson has some interesting things to say, no doubt. But her publisher has hobbled this book by including NO INDEX and a pathetic table of contents. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003