Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Adaptation and Learning / Edition 1

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Twenty-five years of study and experience went into the making of this one-of-a-kind reference. Veterinarians, animal scientists, dog owners, trainers, consultants, and counsellors will find this book a benchmark reference and handbook concerning positive, humane management and control of dogs.

Reflecting the author's extensive work with dogs, this book promises thorough explanations of topics, and proven behavioural strategies that have been designed, tested, and used by the author. More than 50 figures and tables illustrate this unique and significant contribution to dog behaviour, training, and learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Kent Davis, DVM, B.S.(University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital)
Description: This is a very in-depth, informational text on dog behavior and training. The author gives good biological, historical, and current techniques in animal training and behavior.
Purpose: The purpose is to bridge the gap between the various professional groups and others working with dog training and behavior counseling. There is a need for these groups to learn more about issues outside their studied discipline. With this book the author helps bridge that gap.
Audience: The intended audience is professional animal behavior groups, trainers, and anyone desiring more knowledge on animal behavior and training.
Features: The author gives a concise, understandable form to a lot of the research and data in the field of dog behavior and training methods. He covers evolution, ontogeny, and conditioning, just to name a few areas.
Assessment: Hopefully, this condensed text of difficult-to-find information will help animal behaviorists. In it the dog trainer will find information that is not readily accessible. Finally, this book can be an adjunct to all those wanting to know more about dog behavior and training methods.
From the Publisher
"The most valuable publication about dogs since Scott and Fuller's classic text, Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog, published in 1965."

Victoria Lea Voith, President, American Vetirinary Society of Animal Behavior

"The objective of giving a scientific account of all aspects of learning in dogs has been accomplished to a very high degree. ... No other comparable scientific texts are available."

Andrew Luescher, Director, Animal Behavior Clinic, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813807546
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Sales rank: 795,768
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven R. Lindsay, MA, is a dog behavior consultant and trainer in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area, where he teaches handling, training, and behavior modification based on ethological principles. He also conducts seminars and is the author of numerous articles. Mr. Lindsay evaluated, handled, and trained highly skilled dogs for the U.S. military.

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Table of Contents


1. Origins and Domestication.

2. Development of Behaviour.

3. Neurobiology of Behaviour and Learning.

4. Sensory Abilities.

5. Biological and Dispositional Constraints on Learning.

6. Classical Conditioning.

7. Instrumental Learning.

8. Aversive Control of Behavior.

9. Learning and Behavioral Disturbances.

10. Human-Dog Companionship: Cultural and Psychological Significance.


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