Research done by University of North Texas associate professor Jesús Rosales-Ruiz , Ph.D. with researcher Kellie Snider, M.S. demonstrates that classical treatments for aggression have us barking up the wrong tree. C.A.T. is a humane improvement over desensitization, counter conditioning and distraction procedures. C.A.T. is an operant approach to treating aggression, not in a laboratory, but in the real world where aggression occurs. C.A.T. typically produces long-lasting results in far less time than any positive treatment available until now, and without the undesirable side-effects that are common with punishment procedures.
C.A.T. is a functional approach to changing aggressive behavior. It acknowledges that the dog is already receiving reinforcement for aggression and sets up a procedure in which the same reinforcer that currently supports the aggression is arranged to follow only desirable, safe behaviors. As the procedure progresses, the ultimate outcome is a once-aggressive dog that is now friendly.
Presentation by: Jesús Rosales-Ruiz Ph.D and Kellie Snider, M.S.
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Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, PhD is a behavior analyst who earned his doctorate at the University of Kansas. He is an associate professor of behavior analysis at the University of North Texas, and the advisor for the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA), which conducts behavior and training research with animals in natural settings outside the laboratory. He mentors students who conduct research in animal behavior and training. He is a popular instructor at Karen Pryor’s ClickerEXPO.
Kellie Snider, MS is the Manager of Animal Behavior Programs at the SPCA of Texas, which is home to as many as 450 animals of various species. She oversees canine aggression assessments, enrichment, training, handling and environmental enhancements for all animals housed at the organization's two major Dallas area shelters and two clinics, and designs and organizes behavior education classes and events. The Constructional Aggression Treatment was the subject of her graduate thesis, conducted under the direction of Jesus Rosales-Ruiz. She has been involved in animal training since 1998 and has been a freelance writer since 1988. Kellie has organized, hosted and spoken at seminars, retreats and conferences on women’s issues since 1992, and on animal training since 2002.
This video qualifies for 8 trainer CEUs and 3 behavior consultant CEUs