The Culture Clash – Jean Donaldson


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A revolutionary new way of understanding the relationship between humans and domestic dogs. The most thought-provoking book ever written.

Generations of dogs have been labeled training-lemons for requiring actual motivation when all along they were perfectly normal. Numerous other completely and utterly normal dogs have been branded as canine misfits simply because they grew up to act like dogs. Barking, chewing, sniffing, licking, jumping up, and occasionally, (just like people), having arguments, is as normal and natural for dogs as wagging tails and burying bones. However, all dogs need to be taught how to modify their normal and natural behaviours to adjust to human culture. Sadly, all too often, when the dog’s way of life conflicts with human rules and standards, many dogs are discarded and summarily put to death. That’s quite the Culture Clash.

Simply the best dog book I have ever read. The Culture Clash is utterly unique, fascinating to the extreme and literally overflowing with oodles of useful, how-to information. Jean Donaldson’s refreshing new perspective on the relationship between people and dogs has redefined the state of the art of dog-friendly dog training. – Dr. Ian Dunbar, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.