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Power, Peace, and Puppies: Common Sense and Nonviolence

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Jean Donaldson founded the Academy for Dog Trainers at The San Francisco SPCA in 1999. The Academy has gained a reputation as the Harvard for dog trainers and behavior counselors. She is the author of 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 in 1996, 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. She is also the author of Dogs Are From Neptune, MINE! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs and FIGHT! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression. Jean’s DVD, Perfect Paws in 5 Days was released in 2007.  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.  ( )

The American Humane Association was founded in 1877, and is the oldest national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. In a September 6, 2006 press release entitled, “Dog Whisperer' Training Approach More Harmful Than Helpful,” Bill Torgerson, DVM, MBA vice president of Animal Protection Services said, “As a forerunner in the movement towards humane dog training, we find the excessively rough handling of animals on [Millan’s Dog Whisperer] show and inhumane training methods to be potentially harmful for the animals and the people on the show. It also does a disservice to all the show’s viewers by espousing an inaccurate message about what constitutes effective training and appropriate treatment of animals’ … Several instances of cruel and dangerous treatment -- promoted by Millan as acceptable training methods -- were documented by American Humane, including one in which a dog was partially asphyxiated in an episode.”

Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link® between animal abuse and other forms of violence, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. American Humane’s regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the “No Animals Were Harmed”® End Credit Disclaimer on film and TV productions, and American Humane’s office in Washington is an advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and has been awarded the Independent Charities of America "Best In America" Seal of Approval. Visit to learn more.

The Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Core Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Professional Consultation

[2] The Puppy Report by Larry Shook was first published in 1992.

[3] Pets vulnerable to post-traumatic stress, too: Symptoms include hiding, excessive barking or meowing, weight loss, by Kim Campbell Thornton. Sept. 15, 2005 URL:

[4] Do Pets Show Post-Traumatic Stress? by Jeannine Moga. June 19, 2008.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune,

[5] As seen on ABC’s “20/20” (7/25/08), even elephants have been diagnosed with PTSD—and successfully treated, too. 'They're Like Us,' Elephant Researchers Say:  From Kenya to Tennessee, Elephants With PTSD Symptoms Are Finding Some Peace by Kimberly Launier. July 24, 2008. Elephants are nurtured back to health with therapeutic loving kindness at a semi-wild elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.

[6] Chesco farmer charged with animal cruelty by Nancy Petersen Fri, Jul. 18, 2008 Inquirer.

[7]  This article, entitled, "The Gentle People"  received Honorable Mention for a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in 2006.

[9] Glendale Humane Society is a non-profit, donor-supported, humane, rescue organization. It is a no-kill” facility, and has provided shelter for unwanted dogs and cats since 1924. They care for their animals until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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