The culture clash

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James & Kenneth Publishers, Jan 1, 1997 - Pets - 222 pages
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Jean Donaldson Offers an Exciting New Perspective on the age-old relationship between mankind and dogs. Her work with her own dogs and those of her clients, combined with her research and her study with other canine behaviorists has led her to the realisation that, in all likelihood, dogs learn exclusively through operant and classical conditioning. Donaldson demonstrates that the all-too-common anthropomorphic misconceptions about dogs and dog behavior are not limited to exaggerations concerning canine intelligence. Many people feel a deep disappointment when they discover the need for heavy artillery -- i.e., food and other primary reinforcers -- to train their dogs. Donaldson counters this with her eloquent conviction that it's time for us to rid ourselves of the belief that dogs are capable of experiencing a desire to please. Generations of completely and utterly normal dogs have been branded as canine misfits simply because they require actual motivation.

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An excellent book on dog behavior and how dogs learn, written in layman's terms so the average dog owner can understand it. In this book, Donaldson is very forward with her feelings about traditional dog training methods. She also helps people to understand what behaviors in dogs, that we see as problems or abnormal, are actually completely normal - and then proceeds to help you find ways to modify these behaviors if you choose to. Recommended for any dog owner/trainer/lover or anyone skeptical of positive training methods. 

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This book is BRILLIANT! I have read my share of dog training books and have gone to several dog training classes with different training styles, and my personal opinion is that Jean Donaldson is a ... Read full review



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Donaldson is the owner of Renaissance Training in Montreal.

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