Tawzer Dog | Analyzing & Modifying Canine Aggressive Behavior

Analyzing & Modifying Canine Aggressive Behavior

Video Description:

This workshop takes an ethological approach to the complexity of canine aggression, discussing agonistic behaviors and the various factors – both internal and external – that influence them. “Mythological” interpretations of social hierarchies and the meaning of social dominance are discussed, and how popular use of these ideas is divorced from the scientific literature. Using case examples and material from veterinary behaviorists, examples of medical problems mis-interpreted as behavior problems are presented.

Risk assessment of dogs including how an evaluation is conducted, the conclusions drawn from it, and the type of report or recommendations made, is discussed from the perspective of individual owners as well as animal shelters and breed rescue groups. Evaluations for legal purposes are touched on briefly.

Ms. Williams describes and demonstrates her work monitoring heart-rate in dogs during behavior modification and implications this may have for behavior assessments and welfare.

An overview of operant and classical conditioning as well as other behavior modification techniques are explained including operant and classical counter conditioning, response prevention, desensitization and when the selective use of positive punishment can be appropriate. The workshop closes with case examples using videos and interactive work with several dogs.

Presentation by: Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D, CAAB and Nancy Williams, M.A., ACAAB

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Presenter Bio:

Dr. Suzanne Hetts is a certified applied animal behaviorist with more than 25 years' experience working with people and behavior problems in dogs and cats. Since 1982, Suzanne has consulted with pet owners, veterinarians, animal care and control professionals, and lawyers regarding animal behavior problems. With her husband Dr. Dan Estep, she co-owns Animal Behavior Associates, Inc., an animal behavior consulting practice in Littleton, Colo. She has written and collaborated on more than 50 books and articles on animal behavior and owner-pet relationships, including feature articles and columns in Rocky Mountain News, Cat Fancy, Dog World and Animal Wellness Magazine. She's had guest appearances on the "Pets Unleashed" Marty Becker Radio Show, and her book, "Pet Behavior Protocols: What to Say, What to Do, When to Refer," is one of American Animal Hospital Association's best-selling titles. Dr. Hetts earned a bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Medical Technology, a master's degree in Wildlife Biology and a Ph.D. in Zoology/Animal Behavior, all from Colorado State University. She is certified by the Animal Behavior Society.

Nancy Williams is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. She earned a masters degree in psychology with an emphasis on the study of animal behavior. She has been involved with animal behavior modification as a veterinary technician, researcher, dog show judge and consultant. Ms Williams specializes in dog and cat behavior problems, and issues with other pets. Ms. Williams maintains a private practice in companion animal behavior modification with a primary focus on pet dog and cat problems. She regularly collaborates with veterinarians (including complementary medicine) and other certified applied behaviorists to develop a holistic approach to animal training. Nancy's cases involve aggression in dogs and cats directed toward people, other dogs or cats, separation and other anxiety issues, house training in dogs, fighting between cats and litter box problems. Ms. Williams promotes scientific, positive training methods to replace the sometimes harsh and often ineffective training procedures advised to the public. We have learned so much to help us work with our beloved pets instead of trying to force and in many cases frighten them. A number of the methods we use are novel, and very effective! Poor training methods contribute to the 4.7 million bites to humans from pet dogs annually. She educates the dog owning public on the importance of formal education in animal behavior and the pitfalls of many of the methods advised on the internet and popular television shows. She is especially concerned about the alarming increase in the use of electric shock in the training of pet dogs. Ms. Williams participated in the development of a national competency examination for animal technicians with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and she coordinated the development of the first ever national certification examination for dog trainers as president of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT). She previously served as chair of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) education committee. In addition to her work with problem behaviors, Nancy helps owners of young dogs and puppies get started on a path that will help avoid future problems for both owner and dog - often in a single session. She has several recent publications on aggression and anxiety in dogs, and has presented in seminars around the country for professional organizations, veterinary practices and as a consultant for laboratory facilities. Ms. Williams has qualified as an expert witness, and currently serves on an Animal Appeal Hearing Board. Ms. Williams has appeared on several radio and television shows and provides lectures and teleconferences around the country. 

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This video qualifies for 4 trainer CEUs and 6 behavior consultant CEUs