Animal Behaviour and Welfare Course Completed

Joyce Deborah Kesling has successfully completed Animal Behaviour and Welfare, a non-credit course offered by The University of Edinburgh. This student met or exceeded minimum passing requirements set by the course instructor, and in recognition of their accomplishment, was issued a Verified Certificate on September 4th 2014. About this Course Course Title: Animal Behaviour and …

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Understanding Animal Welfare, Important For Domestic Animals

  "Studies such as Harlow's infamous experiments with infant rhesus macaques, and more modern preference tests, have clearly shown us that our assumptions of what an animal would prioritise or choose in any given situation can often be wrong. Legislation often ensure that the basic needs of animals, such as food, shelter and medical care …

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The Problem with Cesar Millan, Dog Training and Dog Behavior

The problem with Cesar Millan’s methods are two fold, he ignores what dog’s are communicating (body language) and uses flooding as a preferred choice for behavior modification as opposed to “overcoming fears gradually…ensuring that the dog (or person) is comfortable at each level of the fear hierarchy before proceeding to the next” according to Burch and Bailey (1999). If anyone doesn’t understand the term flooding, used in respondent conditioning, I will explain using Burch and Bailey’s book How Dogs Learn. Flooding is a “sink or swim” method as opposed to what is commonly used systematic desensitization. When using flooding procedures, one (trainer or handler) presents the animal or human with the scary stimuli all at once. The theory behind the method holds that “high levels of anxiety and fear will be elicited quickly, and respondent extinction of fear will also occur quickly (Burch & Bailey, 1999).