Dog Behavior: Problems and Solutions | ASUx on edX | Course About Video
CLIVE WYNNE: Much as we love
dogs, their lives with us
are not without occasional difficulties.
In this class, I will talk
about approaches to dog
behavioral problems that are based
on scientific behavioral principles.
For decades, behavior analysts have
been using principles of reinforcement
to develop effective treatments for
severely intellectually handicapped
These techniques are ideally
suited for deployment
to help dogs with behavioral problems–
problems like excessive barking,
tail chasing, pulling on
leash, and many others.
Dog trainers rely on behavioral
principles when they are training dogs.
But these basic precepts
confused as they are promulgated more
widely on television and in books
for a wide audience.
I will specifically
address the controversies
that have developed around the
use of the term “dominance.”
Everyone who knows dogs knows that they
differ in personality or temperament.
I will review the
diverse approaches that
have been taken to measuring
dog temperament, a process that
may hold promise in helping families
identify the ideal dog for them.