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

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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: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub. 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, check the details on the Animal Book Club page. 

 
Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, writes The Pawsitive Post premium newsletter, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. 

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