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Influence Positively Interview - Jean Donaldson

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Jean Donaldson is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. Her latest book, Train Like a Pro, is her first written for the lay audience, and is about basic training for family dogs. A professional trainer since 1986, she holds degrees in Comparative Psychology and Music, and competed in numerous dog sports before transitioning to pet dog training.

In 1999 she founded The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has over five hundred graduates practicing dog training and behavior counseling in most states in the US and 25 countries world-wide.

Jean lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her dog, Buffy, adopted from The San Francisco SPCA in 2002. When she is not working, she is an ardent baseball fan and student of evolutionary biology.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sunday afternoon with a good book and a sleeping Chow.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why?

Cat - they know how to live. Dogs, too busy.

What is your pets most treasured possession?

Her car and chauffeur (that would be me).

Your proudest achievement so far?

The work of my students. Changing the world for dogs.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Richard Dawkins, dog trainers on the front lines, and the New York Yankees.

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