Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training: Etiology and Assessment of Behavior Problems: 2 Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 August 2001
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The vast majority of dogs exhibit at least one undesirable habit. Most of these problems are responsive to remedial training and brief counseling. However, some behavior problems are the result of a more complex etiology involving adverse emotional influences, cognitive disturbances, or pervasive behavioral disorganization. If not properly identified and treated, such problems may lead to the dog being removed from the home or euthanized.
Volume 2 of Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training explores the collective causes underlying the development of serous adjustment problems in dogs. Coupled with Volume 1: Adaptation and Learning, Volume 2 provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical framework for understanding the development and treatment of behavior problems.
The focus of Volume 2 is to present and evaluate the relevant applied and scientific literature, with the goals of clarifying what is known about the etiology of dog behavior problems and highlighting what yet remains to be learned. In addition, the author introduces several alternative ways for analyzing and understanding the etiology of behavior problems. Topics covered in depth include:
- History of applied dog behavior
- Behavioral etiology and assessment
- Fear, anxiety, and phobias
- Separation-related problems
- Compulsive behavior problems
- Dominance, territorial and fear-related aggression
- Appetitive and elimination problems
This volume is an authoritive and thoroughly referenced text that is written in a highly readable and enjoyable style. There are no other applied dog behavior texts of comparable quality and thoroughness available.
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The contents are excellent. At least that which I have read skipping through the chapters.
It is dense reading geared to animal behaviorists and dog trainers. If you have the time and the doggedness to read this book, your dog will be glad you did. Oh, it is volume 2, which presupposes you have read volume 1. Do your self a favor and start with V1. There you will learn the terms and language of the behaviorist and everything else you need to understand when you read V2.