Frequently described as the most rational voice in dog training today, Jean Donaldson is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, MINE! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs and the newly released FIGHT! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression.In 1999 she relocated to San Francisco, where she directs the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers, regarded as the Harvard for dog trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 200 trainers in class training and private behavior counseling, and has a three to six month wait-list for its courses.
Jean has lectured to a wide variety of groups in North American, the UK, Japan and Australia.
Born in Montreal, Canada, where she studied at McGill, Jean founded both the Montreal Flyball Association and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained, have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Her background in science and keen interest in evolutionary biology, the subject in which she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree, uniquely suit her to view behavior as an evolutionary adaptation.