Behaviour Problems in Small Animals: Practical Advice for by John Bowen, Sarah Heath

By John Bowen, Sarah Heath

This compact, easy-access advisor to behavioral difficulties encountered in veterinary perform bargains instant and important suggestion for modern-day veterinary staff. teacher assets can be found; please touch your Elsevier revenues consultant for details.Coverage bargains rapid recommendation to the veterinary staff who're frequently awarded with behavioral difficulties of their practice.Easy-to-read layout contains introductions, clinical differentials, underlying motives, prognosis, motion containers, and summaries.Content refers the reader to different chapters in the course of the e-book, in order that info are available quick and easily.Helpful handouts, which might be photocopied, provide another option to extra your studying event.

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It is well-recognised that cats are very good at training their owners to respond to their vocal demands and the development of the individual noises is probably connected with the timing of the owner’s response. In general terms, cat sounds can be divided into three groups. The first includes those noises that are produced with the mouth open and gradually closing, in a similar way to our own speech, and examples include the miaow which is used in greeting and the female and male calling signals used during the mating process.

1. 1 POSITIVE Situations involving punishment and reinforcement Canine example Human example NEGATIVE Canine example Human example Reinforcement Punishment Giving food reward when dog sits Giving child a gift for good achievement at school Smacking a dog for jumping up Removal of adverse effects of rain by coming inside from the garden Child not having to go to bed at usual time because they are well-behaved Shouting at a child for misbehaving Withdrawing attention when a dog misbehaves Child being denied toy or pocket money as a consequence of bad behaviour The principles of instrumental conditioning form the basis of animal training and much of behaviour modification, but they are also involved in the unintentional learning of inappropriate responses.

Extinction needs to be applied on a continuous schedule and ensuring that a behaviour is never rewarded is the safest and most reliable method of removing that behaviour from the animal’s repertoire. It is important to remember that behaviours can be rewarded internally as well as externally and therefore application of extinction as a means of modifying a behaviour can have limitations. Behaviours which are inherently rewarding to the animal will continue even if the external rewards, that is those rewards which are under the influence of the owner, are removed.

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