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Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Volume 1, Adaptation and Learning

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Volume 1, Adaptation and Learning

Steven R. Lindsay, Victoria Lea Voith (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-37687-4 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 428 Pages



Twenty-five years of study and experience went into the making of this one-of-a-kind reference. Veterinarians, animal scientists, dog owners, trainers, consultants, and counsellors will find this book a benchmark reference and handbook concerning positive, humane management and control of dogs.

Reflecting the author's extensive work with dogs, this book promises thorough explanations of topics, and proven behavioural strategies that have been designed, tested, and used by the author. More than 50 figures and tables illustrate this unique and significant contribution to dog behaviour, training, and learning.


1. Origins and Domestication.

2. Development of Behaviour.

3. Neurobiology of Behaviour and Learning.

4. Sensory Abilities.

5. Biological and Dispositional Constraints on Learning.

6. Classical Conditioning.

7. Instrumental Learning.

8. Aversive Control of Behavior.

9. Learning and Behavioral Disturbances.

10. Human-Dog Companionship: Cultural and Psychological Significance.


"The most valuable publication about dogs since Scott and Fuller's classic text, Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog, published in 1965."

Victoria Lea Voith, President, American Vetirinary Society of Animal Behavior

"The objective of giving a scientific account of all aspects of learning in dogs has been accomplished to a very high degree. ... No other comparable scientific texts are available."

Andrew Luescher, Director, Animal Behavior Clinic, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University