The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs

The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs

Language: English

Pages: 259


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Culture Clash is special. Written in Jean's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their lovable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Jean'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. Without a doubt, Jean's book is the hottest doggy item on the market.
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 to be taught how to modify their normal and natural behaviors to adjust to human culture. Sadly, all to 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.

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owner (or, depending on which State one is in, whoever is holding the leash at the time) is liable but I, the breeder, am not. This is like being allowed to build a bomb in my basement, deliberately making it as dangerous a bomb as possible, and then selling it, with no legal ramifications. I think it is partly because we live in a nurture-biased society, where we seem determined to deny any genetic influence on behavior. This is lucidly discussed in Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate. Gene Team

all is more evidence of what we already knew and should be exploiting with a tad more sophistication: dogs learn by the immediate results of their actions, and by tip-offs to important events in their lives. And yet the use of food in training meets moralistic resistance among a staggering number of owners. I once spoke to a traditional trainer who poured scorn on the use of food as a motivator. The line he trotted out, and which still makes me retch even to this day, was: “If you use food to

do with right and wrong. He’s learning about contingencies, i.e., the immediate results to him of doing this, that or the other thing. Repeat to yourself, as a mantra: dogs don’t learn right vs. wrong, they learn safe vs. dangerous. This doesn’t make dogs less sophisticated or valuable than if they moralized about it. It’s simply how they are. Non-static nature of Behavior People get very shirty about training regressions. Once the dog has demonstrated understanding of a rule or gotten into

fight it. Stop trying to invent some mythical system, however appealing to human brains, that kind of/sort of exploits learning laws. Learn the actual laws. Each and every time the dog approaches, systematically reinforce him with affection, play and food treats from your pocket. Reserve the dog’s name and the word “come” as sacred utterances. Never follow them with something the dog will not like or with the cessation of something the dog is enjoying. Have regular recall conditioning sessions,

– for speed and intensity behaviors, it’s a great choice 3) the interactive game provides good bonding in the form of cooperative killing 4) it’s a great energy burner for the dog 5) it provides an opportunity to improve control of your dog, especially his jaws, when he is in an excited state The mechanics of dispensing a tug toy reinforcer during heeling take practice. Try stashing it in your shirt, in your (dog side) armpit and in your other hand. Select a moment of excellence, click and

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