Ask a Dog Trainer
Jean Donaldson is the founder and principal instructor of the Academy for Dog Trainers, which has trained and certified more than 700 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training, and private behavior counseling since 1999. Ms. Donaldson is a four-time winner of the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion. Her books include The Culture Clash; Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs; Fight! A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-Dog Aggression; Dogs Are from Neptune; Oh Behave! Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker; and Train Your Dog like a Pro. Born in Montreal, Canada, Ms. Donaldson founded 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 competitive dog sports. While a student, Ms. Donaldson worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and later served on its board of directors. Before founding the Academy for Dog Trainers, Jean dealt exclusively with aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.
01: How Do I Introduce My New Baby to My Dog?
Bringing a new baby home can be stressful for everyone, including your dog. Get tips on how to handle the transition.
02: How Do I Introduce a Second Dog?
Dogs can be territorial, especially when a new dog is brought into the house. Learn some helpful techniques to integrate a new dog into your household.
03: What Should I Look for When Choosing a Dog?
Here, address what factors to look for when choosing a dog.
04: What If I Can’t Find a Good Local Trainer?
Find out what to look for when choosing a trainer and how to implement good training techniques with your dog if a trainer is not available.
05: Should I Train My Dogs Together?
Discover the reasons you may want (or not want) to train multiple dogs at the same time.
06: How Do I Help My Anxious Dog during Holidays?
When the stress-level in the house increases, it can take a toll on your dog. Discover how to help your dog stay anxiety-free during the holidays.
07: Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
Proper dental care for your dog is as important as it is for you, as canine dental issues can lead to bigger health issues.
08: How Do I Manage Compulsive Behaviors?
Sometimes dogs can exhibit compulsive behavior. Learn how to recognize and address it.
09: What Is the Best Outdoor Containment Option?
Get some professional tips on optimal outdoor containment options for your dog.
10: Do You Have Dog Toy Recommendations?
Not all dog toys are created equal. Get suggestions for the best options for your dog.
11: Is My Dog Too Old to Train?
Despite the old cliché, you can teach old dogs new tricks. Get some thoughts on how to handle training for mature dogs.