The Role of Integrated Compliance and Obedience Training In preventing and treating behavior problems

The Role of Integrated Compliance and Obedience Training In preventing and treating behavior problems The role of incorporating obedience training or “nonconfrontational compliance training” is commonly suggested in conjunction with treating dog aggression problems.  One of the benefits, according to Tortora (1983) is dogs learn cooperative behavior provides safety.  In addition, Clark and Boyer (1993), … Continue reading The Role of Integrated Compliance and Obedience Training In preventing and treating behavior problems

Good dog trainers: How to identify one and why this is important to your veterinary practice

The purpose of this brief article is to demonstrate the value of identifying “good dog trainers” and incorporating this knowledge into your veterinary practice. The following recommendations represent a consensus document compiled by the authors as one of the final projects in the Advanced Applied Clinical Behavioral Medicine course at the 2004 NAVC PGI. Many of the authors are now using these recommendations in their practices in ways that have increased their productivity and altered the way they now practice medicine.

Defining dog behavior problems

Typically, there are several ways to approach and define a problem dog behavior. First, a behavior consultant should have a clear understanding of what normal behavior patterns are for any particular species and that normal behavior may be expressed inappropriately depending on the environment. Second, the behavior consultant should consider a clients “…cultural and personal preferences and normative judgments” since they may impact the client’s “attitudes and expectations, scientific understanding, societal mores [customs] about animal behavior, and costs…associated with the dog’s behavior” (Lindsay, 2001).

Words! Good and Bad? Using No Reward Marker, It’s Your Choice!

Words! Good and Bad. Is Using a No Reward Marker Bad? If Good Is Understood Why Can't No Indicate A Mistake! Why does everything have to be one way or the other? Lindsay’s Alternative Theory of Reinforcement According to Lindsay (2000), “sharp lines of distinction between instrumental and classical phenomena do not exist except under the … Continue reading Words! Good and Bad? Using No Reward Marker, It’s Your Choice!