The Academy for Dog Trainers was founded in 1999 by Jean Donaldson. It ran for ten years as a residential program at The San Francisco SPCA before Jean spent a year and a half re-inventing the curriculum as a self-paced e-learning course. The goal of the new format is to allow students a much longer enrollment time so that they may study and train at a realistic pace, as well as fit their study into other life commitments.
Jean is one of the top dog trainers in the world and has lectured extensively in the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Before transitioning full-time to pet dog training, Jean successfully competed in numerous dog sports, and studied comparative psychology.
Jean is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her seminal book The Culture Clash was named number one training and behavior book by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her other books include 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 a lay audience, and is about basic training for family dogs.