Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2020

"The most thought-provoking book ever written on dog behaviour and training."

Animal Book Club May 2020: Culture Clash

By Zazie Todd, PhD

This month, the Animal Book Club is reading a classic of the dog training literature: Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson.

From the back cover,
"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 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."

This book (plus all the previous choices, and more) are available in my Amazon store: For those in Canada, this map shows all the independent bookstores that are shipping books during this current time. Those in the US who prefer to support their local independent bookstore can do so via Indiebound.

You might also enjoy my interview with Jean Donaldson that was conducted to mark 20 years since the publication of The Culture Clash.

To join the book club, ask to join on Facebook and be sure to answer both of the questions; members are expected to read and comment on at least 7 of the 10 books each year. If you prefer more general chit chat about animal books without a commitment to read and comment each month, you may prefer the Animal Books Facebook group. You can find more information on the animal book club page.

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats.

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