Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #395
Int'l Paper Session - Animal Training II
Monday, May 30, 2005
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
Boulevard C (2nd floor)
Area: EAB
Chair: Jennifer L. Sobie (Western Michigan University)
Analysis of Canine Stereotypic Behavior and Treatment
Domain: Applied Research
ELIZABETH ANNE MCBRIDE (University of Southampton, UK), Ed Redhead (University of Southampton, UK), Lewis A. Bizo (University of Southampton, UK), Matthew Parker (University of Southampton, UK)
Abstract: Problem behaviour may have a physiological basis; it may be conditioned to inappropriate stimuli; or it may be abnormal in terms of frequency or duration of display, known as stereotypic behaviour (SB), that is considered functionless (Mason, 1991). However, repetitive, invariant behaviours that are resistant to change are also characteristic of normal behaviours, and may have phylogenetic influences (Timberlake and Lucas, 1989). So, when does normal behaviour become a stereotypy? Whilst SB is not uncommon in animals that have had to live in severely impoverished or restricted environment, they are likely to be less common in companion animals, particularly dogs and cats who tend not to be caged for long periods. Yet many repetitive behaviours in these species are labelled SB and treated initially with drugs, rather than undertaking a complete case history which may indicate other motivations for the behaviour and that behavioural management is a more appropriate treatment. The case history needs to identify both initiating and maintaining factors, as well as breed specific characteristics and the relevant elements of the human – animal relationship. The rationale for behaviour modification programme and the pre-treatment and post-treatment data will be presented for clinical cases of repetitive behaviour in dogs.
Applied Animal Behavior Consultation and Treatment: A Review of the Field
Domain: Applied Research
JENNIFER L. SOBIE (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Animal behavior consultation is an emerging field dedicated to the treatment of behavior problems in companion animals. The field has seen exponential growth in the past two decades, and this growth can be attributed to the bridging of knowledge gained in both basic and applied branches of behavior analysis with that veterinary science. However, the disciplines of applied behavior analysis in human psychology and that of veterinary science necessarily have very different assessment, diagnostic and treatment design protocols. It can be questioned whether the field of animal behavior consultation has been able to successfully combine the expertise of these two disciplines. To date, no systematic review has sought to evaluate the published outcome literature on animal behavior interventions. Accordingly, the purpose of this review is to provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of treatment in animal behavior consultation, an assessment of the utilization of behavioral principles in the treatment of behavior problems in pet animals, and to identify treatment and research strengths and inadequacies.



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