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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: James & Kenneth Publishers; 2nd Edition edition (31 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888047054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888047059
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Describes ways to help rehabilitate aggressive behavior in dogs, using food and other reinforcers.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Nicki Penaluna on 28 Dec. 2005
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I bought this because I was beginning to despair of ever making any headway with the training of my young rescued Doberman. All my other books did not address the problems I was meeting. I cannot rate this book highly enough! It has changed completely my outlook and thinking and is simple the best book I have read on the training and treatment of dogs. My dogs are now responding to training in a way I never thought possible. The Doberman instead of becoming a real social problem is now almost a reformed character!! I wish I had read this book years ago! It is THE book I will recommend to all my friends. Although perhaps not everyones style, I loved it and couldn't put it down! Its a book I will keep beside me anytime a new dog comes into my home!
Dec 2006 Almost a year after I wrote this I can still positively identify with the effect this book has had on my training and treatment of my dogs, They continue to improve and develop. The Doberman is now very definitely 'mans best friend' and people comment on 'what a wonderful dog she is' All thanks to The Culture Clash. I have since bought other Jean Donaldson books and have not been disappointed
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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I just finished reading this book and have to say I loved it. Being a trainer and owner of three dogs it is very rewarding to read a book with so much factual content. As we embark on a mission to change the way dogs have been traditional treated and trained it is important to have references to back up your theory. This book does it and Jean Donaldson is a wealth of knowledge. Two thumbs up for this one. A must read for dog lovers everywhere.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 1998
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I have read many dog training books in the past 6 months, but this is the only one that really rang true for me. Jean Donaldson articulates what many dog owners have felt for some time: that yanking, yelling and regimentation do NOT constitute positive training methods. She rightly calls slip-collars and choke chains "strangulation collars," and makes it clear that the "leash correction" is simply a punishment -- and not a very effective one at that. Her whole training ethos is based on the premise that dogs are dogs, not people. That may sound pretty obvious, but it doesn't seem to be, at least not to traditional dog trainers. If you have a dog that likes to be a dog (interacts with both humans and dogs in the same manner, and doesn't like to be restrained in any way) Donaldson's training methods will save your sanity -- and perhaps your dog's life. This book is more than a manual, however, as it fully explains the theory before detailing the methods. Along the way, it provides a good read and some great laughs. This is also the first book I've read that describes some fun and effective training games to play with your dog, rather than just saying "play with your dog." It's not all fun and games though: I dare you to read the section called "Empathy 101" and remain unmoved toward the plight of the average family dog. My only (minor) complaint about "Culture Clash" is that it needs either a more detailed Table of Contents, an Index, or both. That said, however, I urge you to buy this book, and leave the traditional methods of dog training back in WWII, where they began, and where they belong!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1999
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Donaldson should be required reading for all trainers. Blanche Saunders, the Monks and Carol Lea Benjamin were fine in their day, but it's time to take advantage of the latest, best learning theory out there.
Donaldson puts that theory at our fingertips. We used to think, many decades ago, that the only way to train a dog was through force. Pack and dominance theory changed a lot of that for the better in the 60's and 70's; now it's time for the next stop in our evolution as trainers. This book is not about some pie-in-the-sky ideas -- it's as practical and essential as food and water.
The only thing I would take points off for is the same thing some other readers have mentioned: the writing style is a little disorganized. Overall, however, this is a wonderful book. As it circulates through the dog-owning population, I'm sure it will become a classic.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2003
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If you own a dog, you cannot afford not to read this book.
It is packed full of simple analogies of why dogs do what they do. Once you read this everything about dog behaviour falls into place and more importantly you will be better prepared and informed on how to live in harmony with your dog. This should make you both happy.
The Culture Clash is the 'fore-front' of modern Canine Psychology. If only all the training classes in this country used positive reinforcement methods of training rather than the old fashioned 'Pack Leadership' drivel.
I give this book 11 out of 10!
A dog lover from Berkshire
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 1999
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Someone said this book would change my life, and as one who is always up for a change, I bought it. It did. I was lucky enough to read it BEFORE I brought home a HUGE Newfoundland puppy. I have followed her methods to the letter and have found her behavior predictions to be 100% accurate and her methods to be nothing short of magical (science so often appears magical!). My puppy is now 10 months old, 90 pounds, and does everything she is asked to (including running to and sitting on a laser pointer dot) I don't own a choke collar, and she has NEVER been yanked, jerked, pulled, or yelled at. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, EVEN IF your dog is already older and ingrained in bad habits or sloppy obedience. Any dog can be "fixed" if you truly understand this book.
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