Jean Donaldson is a native of Montreal,
Canada. She graduated from Vanier
College in 1982 with a DEC in Music and
Psychology and then went on to study at
McGill University where she graduated in
1987 with degrees in both Music and
Comparative Psychology (differences
among species in cognitive and learning
ability). She began in 1975 to compete in
dog sports such as Obedience, Tracking
and Flyball, winning numerous titles such
as OTCh, TDX and HIT.
While a student at McGill, she worked as
an Adoption Counselor for the Montreal
SPCA and later served on its Board of
Directors. In 1989 she founded the
Montreal Flyball Association, whose A
team, the Montreal Dogmatics competed
at the Toronto Skydome tournament in
1990, taking a fifth place among a field of
over one hundred teams from across
Canada and the United States. In 1990
Jean founded Renaissance Dog Training,
the first positive reinforcement dog
training school and counseling service in
the province of Quebec.

In 1996 James & Kenneth Publishers
published Jean’s first book,
The Culture
Clash, which has won numerous awards,
including The Dog Writer’s Association of
America’s coveted Maxwell Award for the
best training and behavior book of the
year. Since its publication, The Culture
Clash has been the number one
recommendation for dog trainers of The
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
each year it has had a recommended
reading list. The second edition was
released in 2005.

In 1999 she founded Academy for Dog
Trainers at The San Francisco SPCA,
which has gained a reputation as the
Harvard for dog trainers and behavior
counselors. The Academy offers a six-
week full-time accelerated program for
aspiring dog trainers, as well as
occasional seminars and advanced
continuing education sessions for
trainers and behavior counselors. The
Academy has over three hundred
graduates practicing dog training and
behavior counseling world-wide. Jean’s
other books are
MINE! A Practical Guide
to Resource Guarding in Dogs, also a
Maxwell Award Winner,
FIGHT! A Practical Guide to the
Treatment of Dog-Dog Aggression and
the soon to be released Oh
Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker
In 2006 her behavior column for Dogs in
Canada Magazine won her a third Maxwell
Award for best column in a periodical.

Jean has lectured to dog trainers in the
United States, Canada, the UK, Australia
and Japan and her books have been
translated into six languages. A keen
student of evolutionary biology, she lives
in the San Francisco Bay area with her
dog Buffy, a chow chow adopted from
SF/SPCA in 2002 is, according to Jean, “a
rude shock after twenty years of border

Written by PerfectPaws Sunday
Jean Donaldson
Copyright 2016 © Barry M. Baker