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Paperback Dogs Are from Neptune Book

ISBN: 0968420710

ISBN13: 9781929242658

Dogs Are from Neptune

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In 41 essays the author of the classic work on dog behavior, Culture Clash, helps us understand what really motivates dogs, corrects our wrong-headed notions about canine behavior and explains how to solve problems. Taken from actual case files. Enlightening

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Highly practical advice, entertainingly written

Jean Donaldson is one of the world's foremost experts on how dogs learn and how to teach them. Her methods are humane, based on the well-studied science of behaviorism, not stressful or harmful to dogs, and very, very effective. The gems in this book are practical solutions to the everyday problems dog owners face, with just enough information thrown in so that dog owners can understand why their old methods didn't work, why these methods do work, and how to apply the principles to other situations. Ms. Donaldson's most famous book, Culture Clash, goes into much more detail about the learning theory, how dogs think, and why we so often use the worst possible methods to train them. It is less a "how to" book than a "why" book. For people whose dogs are giving them fits, Dogs are from Neptune is the book to start with. Then, follow up with Culture Clash for a deeper understanding. As a dog trainer specializing in behavior problems, I often recommend Neptune to my clients and they love it!

A very good book on how to teach/train difficult dogs

If you liked Ms Jean Donaldson's first book "Culture Clash" - you will like "Dogs are From Neptune" ... In fact, I would suggest that this book is a necessary follow-up. "Dogs are From Neptune" is written in Ms Donaldson's distinct and forthright style ... The author is clear in her views and sure of her methods ... The reader can either agree or disagree but there is little grey where the author is concerned ... That said - Ms Donaldson writes in an incisive way, expressing her thoughts in a manner that makes for easy reading ... "Dogs are From Neptune" is a collection of case studies ... dealing with "difficult" and "problem" dogs - dogs with whom the more traditional training methods may not work so well ... Together with Patricia B. McConnell's books, "Dogs are From Neptune" make essential reading for any owner/trainer interested in or needing to learning how to use positive training methods to "re-condition" a dog with difficult temperament or bad habits, ranging from counter surfing, food & object possession to the more serious issue of dogs that bully, dogs who are difficult to handle and dogs exhibiting nervous or defensive aggression ... The Editorial Review above provides a good summary of the areas covered in the book. I found the use of case studies particularly the details provided - most useful ... by providing background to the "difficulty" faced by the respective dog and its owner/trainer ... the book allowed me to appreciate & understand with greater clarity the intention & purpose behind the methods used and suggested by Ms Jean Donaldson ... Essentially, the book format adopted by the author, brings meat to the bones of training ... And it doesn't take long for the reader to realise, that while the case studies are by their very nature specific to each case ... Ms Donaldson's methodology, rational and style of training & teaching a dog - can easily be adapted/modified to meet the range of difficulties and issues an individual owner/trainer may face with his/her own dogs. The book emphasises and teaches why it is so important for every owner/trainer to first understand basic dog behaviour, instinct & psychology and how using such knowledge & understanding in the teaching/training of our dogs reduces frustration, stress & trauma to both owner/trainer & dog, and increases our chances of success. Most important, the author teaches us how to maintain through all difficult times, the essential bond of trust between our dogs & us. All in all ... the book is detailed and very sufficient ... A very good read and a worthwhile buy ...

Jean Donaldson understands dogs!

I love Dogs are from Neptune and Culture Clash, both by Jean Donaldson. This expert trainer is also a thoughtful and engaging writer. By really moving into and explaining the mind of the dog, Donaldson goes beyond a training how-to. Instead, she gives me, as the trainer of my own dogs, the tools I need to figure out how to solve my own training problems. It has caused me to think about my dogs and how I train in a whole new way. If I wasn't training my dogs, I'd still read these books because they make me laugh (a lot)!

Try Jean's methods, they work!

Some of the techniques Jean Donaldson recommends are counterintuitive. They go against everything we have been taught about dogs and dog training for the last 20 years. But, what do you know? When you try them, by golly, they work. Jean is down to earth and she knows dogs. If you have a problem dog, a dog you are ready to give up on, try Jean's training methods first. You owe it to yourself and your dog. They aren't quick, easy fixes. They take time and effort. This book is worth every penny if you use the methods she describes.

Clear, organized and specific information on dog behavior.

I loved it. There is a TON of clear, organized and specific information on aggression, both to people and to dogs, as well as great information on solving other kinds of behavior problems. No other book that I've read has provided such nitty gritty detail and such frankness. It's clearly aimed at hard-core dog people but written in a way that a high-end owner could get it. Zero filler. I'd recommend it without hesitation. No one writes about dogs like this woman.
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