The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs
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.
the seemingly innocuous events and contexts that elicit spooking in domestic dogs. To accept aggression as normal behavior would require a fundamental shift in our view of domestic dogs. The potential payoff is that we could, starting today, reduce the number and severity of dog bites by facing up to the problem: dogs are animals and animals bite. It would simply take a large scale initiation of routine preventive intervention to minimize risk. There are things whose safety we take for granted:
desensitization and counterconditioning (D&C) to other dogs, to build up their confidence and remove the motivation for aggression. My favorite modus operandus is to start with a classical approach (straight D&C) and then develop a competing response. It goes like this. First, teach the dog that other dogs predict a gooey, jolly, treat-raining handler – regardless of response. Then, once the lunge rate falls (my rule of thumb is down to 50%), switch to training a behavior that is mutually
inhibition while they are puppies. Here is a standard, basic hierarchy for a food-guarding dog. For exhaustively splitty training plans, see MINE! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs. 1) approach empty bowl and dog, put a small handful of food in, retreat, wait until dog finishes and then approach with next handful – feed meals this way until dog clearly happy to have you approaching 2) approach empty bowl and dog, remove bowl, put handful of food in, put bowl back down, retreat, wait until
dog is not working this out logically in his head: “hey, maybe he’ll give me some sandwich if I look hungry enough” any more than he thinks “hey, maybe the sofa will give me some warm and comfy if I jump on it and lie down.” The dog will do whatever works. If putting one paw over the other and sighing while lying in the bathtub got him bits of sandwich, he’d do that instead of staring. Dog behavior is like a never-ending experiment. Zillions of hypotheses are thrown out every day, such as rushing
must let the dog know when it’s over (“you can stop staying now”). You may also wish to reinforce a stay in progress but not release it just yet. Most clicker trainers click to signal reinforcement, end the trial, and also end the obligation to continue the behavior (which is moot for behaviors where the dog can’t collect reinforcers and continue the behavior at the same time anyway). In the case of stays and other behaviors where duration building is so critical (watching and heeling are two