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Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training
Volume One
Adaptation and Learning
by Steven R. Lindsay

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training Volume One covers thorough explanations of topics, and proven behavioral strategies that have been designed and tested.

More than 50 figures and tables illustrate this unique and significant contribution to dog behavior, training, and learning.


Origins and Domestication

  • Archeological Record
  • Domestication: Processes and Definitions
  • Biological and Behavioral Evidence
  • Effects of Domestication
  • The Silver Fox: A Possible Model of Domestication
  • Selective Breeding, the Dog Fancy, and the Future

Development of Behavior

  • The Critical or Sensitive Period Hypothesis
  • Early Development and Reflexive Behavior
  • Socialization: Learning to Relate and Communicate
  • Learning to Compete and Cope
  • Learning to Adjust and Control
  • Preventing Behavior Problems

Neurobiology of Behavior an Learning

  • Cellular Composition of the Brain
  • Hindbrain and Midbrain Structures
  • Diencephalon
  • Limbic System
  • Learning and the Septohippocampal System
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Neurotransmitters and Behavior
  • Neural Substrates of Motivation (Hypothalamus)
  • Neurobiology of Aggression (Hypothalamus)
  • Neurobiology of Fear
  • Autonomic Nervous System-mediated Concomitants of Fear
  • Neurobiology of Compulsive Behavior and Stereotypies
  • Neurobiology of Attachment and Separation Distress
  • Psychomotor Epilepsy, Catalepsy, and Narcolepsy

Sensory Abilities

  • Vision
  • Audition
  • Olfaction
  • Vomeronasal Organ
  • Gustation
  • Somatosenory System
  • Reflexive Organization
  • Extrasensory Perception

Biological and Dispositional Constraints of Learning

  • Nature Versus Nurture
  • Instincts, "Fixed" Action Patterns, and Functional Systems
  • Instinctual Learning
  • Preparedness and Selective Association
  • Instinctive Drift and Appetitive leaning
  • Contrafreeloading
  • Genetic Predisposition and Temperament
  • Breed Variations
  • Inheritance of Fear
  • Heredity and Intelligence

Classical Conditioning

  • Pavlov's Discovery
  • Basic Conditioning Arrangements Between Conditional Stimulus and Unconditional Stimulus
  • Common Examples of Classical Conditioning
  • Konorski's Conceptualization of Reflexive Behavior
  • Rescorla's Contingency Model of Classical Conditioning
  • Stimulus Factors Affecting Conditioned-Stimulus Acquisition and Maintenance
  • Conditioned Compound Stimuli
  • Higher-Order Conditioning
  • Generalization and Discrimination
  • Extinction of Classical Conditioning
  • Spontaneous Recovery and Other Sources of Relapse
  • Habituation and Sensitization
  • Special Phenomena of Classical Conditioning
  • Classically Generated Opponent Processes and Emotions
  • Counterconditioning
  • Classical Conditioning and Fear

Instrumental Learning

  • Differences Between Classical and Instrumental Conditioning
  • Theoretical Perspectives
  • Thorndike's Connectionism
  • Guthrie's Learning Theory and Behavior Modification
  • Tolman's Expectancy Theory
  • B. F. Skinner and the Analysis of Behavior
  • Basic Concepts and Principles of Instrumental Learning
  • Motivation, Learning, and Performance
  • Antecedent Control: Establishing Operations and Discriminative Stimuli
  • Premack Principle: The Relativity of Reinforcement
  • Learning and the Control of the Environment
  • Schedules of Positive Reinforcement
  • Everyday Examples of Reinforcement Schedules
  • Hope, Disappointment, and Other Emotions Associated with Learning
  • Matching Law
  • Extinction of Instrumental Learning
  • Differential Reinforcement
  • Attention Control
  • Training and Stimulus Control
  • Shaping: Training Through Successive Approximations
  • Adduction
  • Chaining:Ordering Complex Performances
  • Prompting, Fading, and Shadowing
  • Rehearsal and Staging
  • Transfer of Learning
  • Behavioral Contrast and Momentum
  • Social Learning
  • Higher-Order Classes of Behavioral
  • Attention and Learning
  • A Brief Critique of Traditional Learning Theory
  • Prediction-Control Expectancies and Adaptation

Aversive Control of Behavrior

  • Fear and Pain
  • Negative Reinforcement and Avoidance Learning
  • Mowrer's Two-Process Theory of Avoidance Learning
  • A Cognitive Theory of Avoidance Learning
  • Safety Signal Hypothesis
  • Species-Specific Defensive Reactions and Avoidance Training
  • Punishment
  • P+ and P-: A Shared Emotional and Cognitive Substrate?
  • Punishers, Rewards, and Verifiers
  • Direct and Remote Punishment
  • Using Time-out to Modify Behavior
  • How to Use Time-out
  • Types of Time-out
  • Time-out and Social Excesses
  • Negative Practice, Negative Training, and Overcorrection
  • Remote-Activated Electronic Collars
  • Misuse and Abuse of Punishment
  • Abusive Punishment: The Need for Universal Condemnation
  • General Guidelines for the Use of Punishment

Learning and Behavioral Distrubances

  • Experimental Neurosis
  • Gantt: Schizokinesis, Autokinesis, and Effect of Person
  • Liddell: The Cornell Experiments
  • Masserman: Motivational Conflick Theory of Neurosis
  • Frustration and Neurosis: The Theories of Maier and Amsel
  • Learned Helplessness
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Conflict and Neurosis
  • Neurosis and the Family Dog

Human-Dog Companionship: Cultural and Psychological Significance

  • Theories of Pet Keeping
  • Forming the Ancient Bond
  • Affection and Friendship
  • The Effect of Person
  • When the Bond Fails
  • Psychoanalysis and the Human-Dog Bond: Conflicts and Contradictions
  • Communicating, Relating, and Attachment
  • The Question of Animal Awareness
  • Mysticism
  • Dog Devotion: Legends
  • Cynopraxis: Training and the Human-Dog Relationship


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