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Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management Prevention and Behavior Modification

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This encyclopedic book is an excellent reference guide for anyone who wants to know more about aggression - or dog behaviour! As the book says, "Aggression has a wide range of manifestations." And, it shows how to address reactive or aggressive behaviour, with over 400 pages of text, drawings, and photographs. This book does not just "discuss" aggression. It describes in great detail, protocols to use for behaviour modification. Starting with prevention, the reader learns about common mistakes owners make to ...
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Overview

This encyclopedic book is an excellent reference guide for anyone who wants to know more about aggression - or dog behaviour! As the book says, "Aggression has a wide range of manifestations." And, it shows how to address reactive or aggressive behaviour, with over 400 pages of text, drawings, and photographs. This book does not just "discuss" aggression. It describes in great detail, protocols to use for behaviour modification. Starting with prevention, the reader learns about common mistakes owners make to promote aggression in their dog, and how to avoid these mistakes. Then, in the behaviour modification section, you learn about how to build trust with the dog, using positive reinforcement. "Trust will push out or replace fear," says Aloff. And, the text shows how to achieve this level of trust with hundreds of exercises to promote appropriate behaviour and modify inappropriate behaviour. In the practical management section, the reader is prepared for a lifelong regimen of keeping his dog safe. The exercises in this book will be a salvation for problem dogs and a guide for prevention for others. Anyone involved with dogs will find a wealth of information about dog behaviour in these pages and practical "do-able" solutions for problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591960737
  • Publisher: Fundcraft, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I Understanding & Managing Aggression in Dogs
Understanding and Managing Aggression in Dogs 21
Aggression--The Most Misunderstood Survival Trait 25
Is Dog Aggression Ever OK? 26
Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Behaviour 26
Canine Social Systems 30
Factors That Influence Aggressive Behaviour 34
Learned Behaviour 34
Genetics 35
Hormones 36
Social Development Periods 37
Stress and Fear 39
Physiological Factors 40
Resiliency and Trauma 41
How Dogs Learn to Avoid Aggression 43
Section II Dog Communication Systems
Learning to Interpret the Signals--Dog Communication Systems 47
Why is This Important? 48
Dog Signals Provide Information 49
Dog Signals & Stress 51
How Do I Recognize Stress in My Dog? 52
Displacement Behaviours & Calming Signals 53
Displacement Activities 54
Calming Signals 54
How do I Tell if My Dog is Signaling 55
Distance Increasing Signals 60
Distance Decreasing Signals 66
Tails--The Other End 70
Interpreting Intent through Observation--Signal Clusters 72
The Role of Play Behaviour 80
Indications that Dogs are in Play Mode 82
Signs of Trouble Ahead 83
Choosing Playmates 83
Puppy Play-Groups 84
Play and the "Older" Dog 85
Dog Parks 89
Section III Pathways of Aggression
Classifications 93
Vacuum Activity 94
Normal vs. Abnormal 94
Specific Types of Aggression 96
Lack of Socialization--Intraspecies 96
Lack of Socialization--Interspecies 97
Excessive Breed Tendencies or the Lack of These 97
Human Selection for Aggression in Dogs 98
Control Conflict Aggression 99
Fear Aggression 101
Idiopathic Aggression 102
Dog-to-Dog Aggression 102
Learned Aggression 103
Maternal Aggression 103
Neophobia 104
Pain-Related Aggression 104
Play Aggression 105
Possessive Aggression 106
Possessive Aggression--Food Related 107
Predatory Aggression 107
Protective Aggression 109
Redirected Aggression 111
Territorial Aggression 112
Using Classification as an Accurate Descriptor 113
Summary For Classification of Problem Aggression 113
Stuff that drives your dog crazy 116
Entrapment 116
Frustration 116
Arousal Levels 117
Conflict 119
The Classic Scenario: Fight vs. Flight 120
Section IV Laws of Learning
The Laws of Learning--Education for Everyone! 125
Classical Conditioning 125
Operant Conditioning 127
Overview for Teaching a Behaviour 129
Carved in Stone--Laws Of Learning 129
Primary Reinforcement 130
Reward Mark 130
For Optimum Communication You Must Also Install a No Reward Mark 131
Canines as Scientists, or: How Does the Dog Pick Out a Pattern? 132
Steps To Success 137
Tools 140
Extinction 140
Systematic Desensitization 142
Flooding 143
Differential Reinforcement Schedules 145
Counter-Conditioning 146
Section V A Chat About Equipment
The Basics--Collars & Head Collars 153
Martingale Collar 154
Head Collars 154
Acclimating Your Dog to a Head Collar 160
Leads 171
Maintenance 171
Section VI Management & Damage Control
Implementing a Scheduled Feed 175
Relationships--Teaching Dogs That Humans Are Relevant! 177
Provide Structure--Help for Pushy or Anxious Dogs! 178
Games People & Dogs Play 180
Games Dogs Play with other Dogs 181
Games that people should play with Dogs 182
!!Quiet!! 186
The Way Owners Promote Aggression 188
Lack of Supervision 188
Lack of Structure 189
Lack of Knowledge 189
Lack of Management 189
Lack of Exercise 190
Inadvertent Reinforcement of Fearful Behaviour 190
On A Walk And Approached By Loose Dogs 191
Section VII Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's Planning Before Off to Work We Go
Dogs Make Lots Of Mistakes--So Do You! 197
Timing 198
Approximations 198
Rules 199
Already Got A Problem vs. Prevention 201
The Relevance Of Observation 203
Getting Started 203
Sudden Environmental Contrast (SEC) 205
The Master Plan 207
Mental Gymnastics 207
Human Behaviour Changes 209
The Plan 210
Jeez, That Was A Lot Of Work--Now What? 211
Problem Solving--Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To Work We Go 212
Section VIII The Fix - Protocols
The RM/NRM and Release Cue 217
Determine Positive Reinforcers for Training 217
Before You Install the RM 218
To Install the RM 219
The NRM 220
The Final Polish--The End-Working Cue or Release Cue 221
Name Recognition 224
Eye-contact & Involvement 225
Using Eye Contact as an Anchor 225
Challenge List 242
Maintenance of Behaviour 244
When Do I Correct? 244
Secrets Of Success 247
The Zen Sit & Down Stay 248
What To Have Ready 249
Acquisition: Manufacture a Sitting Behaviour 249
Placing a Behaviour on a Verbal Cue 250
Acquisition - Manufacture a Down Behaviour 250
Cease & Desist! 263
Acquisition 265
Keep In Mind 266
Adding The Cue 266
Over-correction: doggy push-ups 270
The "Twos" Game 275
Game Rules 276
To End this Game 277
Common Sense is Just Not That Common...Taking Advantage of Calming Signals 278
Fear and a Controlled Retreat 279
As a regular agenda 280
Central Theme 281
Training a Polite Greeting 284
Opportunity Training 285
The Cold Shoulder 286
Raise Criteria 286
DRI - Teach Sit to Greet 286
Raise Criteria 287
Challenges 287
Targeting 289
Extrapolating the Exercise 291
Prior History of Aggression or Dogs with Extreme Fear 292
Wait at the Door 294
Territory Entry and Appropriate Greeting Behaviours 296
Handling & Restraint - Desensitization to Being Touched 301
Using TTouch to Enhance Trust 302
Restraint 304
Desensitization to Having the Collar, Head and Neck Touched 305
Collar Touches 308
Sitting and Standing Restraint Exercises 310
Muzzle Grabs 311
Settle 313
Yielding & Husbandry Behaviours 318
The Following Challenges Can be Added to this Basic Behaviour 320
Advanced Husbandry Behaviour - Nail Clipping 321
Being Brave Is Better 324
Help for the "Cautious" Dog and Human Approaches 324
Secrets for Success 325
Body Postures 325
Basic Protocol 326
Acclimating the Dog to Bizarre Human Behaviour 328
Resource Guarding (Garden Variety Possessive Aggression) 332
Food Bowl Exercises: The Food Be With You 334
Object Guarding: One Species' Trash is Another Species' Treasure 337
Location Guarding: Green Eggs and Ham 340
Dog to Dog Approaches 342
Approaches 343
Raising Criteria: Person-to-Person Approaches 346
Dog to Dog Approaches 349
Dog approaches from behind 349
The Fine Art of Butt-Sniffing 349
In Closing... 350
Leash Aggression 353
Advanced work with Dog-to-Dog Approaches 359
Preparations 362
Aggression Directed Toward A Canine Housemate 369
Why Are They Fighting? 369
Anatomy of a Dog Fight 370
Management 373
Protocols for Housemate Aggression 374
How Trainers Thwart Their Own Progress 376
Summary 379
There Are NO "Recipes" To Modify Aggression 381
Appendices
Case History Examples 385
Learned Aggression, Territorial Aggression 386
Play Aggression 388
Learned Aggression, Territorial Aggression, Breed Tendencies 390
Possessive Aggression, Protective Aggression, Learned Aggression 391
Predatory Aggression 394
Territorial Aggression, Learned Aggression, Fear-based Aggression 396
Fear Based Aggression, Learned Aggression, Generalized Anxiety 397
Abnormal Behaviour 400
Control Conflict Aggression, Possessive Aggression, Abnormal Behaviour 402
Glossary 407
Resources 415
Suggested Reading and Viewing Material 416
Seminars--and Thanks 416
References 417
Index 419
About The Author 425
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