The Culture Clash
Winner of the Maxwell Award for BEST DOG TRAINING BOOK (1997) from the Dog Writers? Association of America. Voted #1 BEST BOOK (2000 & 2001) by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers?the largest and most influential worldwide association of professional pet dog trainers. The Culture Clash is utterly unique, fascinating to the extreme, and literally overflowing with information so new that it virtually redefines the state of the art in dog behavior and training. 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. The author'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.
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Fifteen years ago this book changed my life, and the lives of every dog I have come in contact with since reading it. Although I was a dog professional with over 20 years of experience in handling all kinds of dogs, this book taught me more about how to modify the behavior of dogs than the myriad of other books, classes and seminars I had taken previously. It is not unreasonable to say that this book has saved the lives of many dogs and undoubtedly also saved many people from being bitten.
Written in easy to understand language, it clearly spells out that what people do, how they handle aggression and other behaviors in their dogs makes a difference and that it is not necessary to be "bigger and badder" in order to have a well behaved dog. Even "tough guys" can learn to be calm, without giving up the spark that attracted us to them in the first place, but that might well prove their undoing and lead to their demise if unchecked.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Can I give it 10 stars?
Review: The Culture ClashUser Review - Tim Steele - Goodreads
My favorite all-time book on dog training. It's more theory than practical advice about how to teach your dog a trick. But, if you're willing to put in the effort of reading this you'll understand your dog better and be far more successful training him/her. Read full review