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A positive reinforcement-based guide to understanding, assessing and changing aggressive behaviour in your dog.

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The Dog Aggression Workbook

by James O'Heare

The Dog Aggression Workbook is an interactive guide for guardians of dogs who behave aggressively. The workbook presents a systematic and highly efficient and effective, positive reinforcement-based approach to understanding, assessing and changing aggressive behaviors in dogs. Strategies and techniques are described clearly and completely in a conversational style that is easy to read and understand. Guardians will be armed with the tools they need to address all kinds of aggressive behavior problems, while avoiding harsh punitive techniques. The workbook utilizes a behavioral approach, focusing on identifying specific problem behaviors, what evokes them and what consequences are maintaining them. It explains how to implement desensitization and behavior replacement procedures to change emotional responses and the aggressive behaviors they motivate. Taking a global and comprehensive approach, it addresses the whole context in which aggressive behaviors are performed.

From the start of Chapter 1...

If you are reading this book, you are having a problem with your dog behaving aggressively. This book will:
help you develop a productive perspective on the problem

  • help you understand what aggressive behaviors are and are not
  • help you understand why dogs perform aggressive behaviors
  • show you how to assess the particular problem you are facing, ideally with the help of a professional dog behavior consultant
  • help you learn how to construct a behavior change program to address the problem, ideally with the help of a professional dog behavior consultant.

About the Author:

James O'Heare is the President of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Director of the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals and owner of Behave Tech Publishing.  He has studied the natural science and technology of behaviour extensively.  His books: Separation Distress and Dogs; The Dog Aggression Workbook; Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs; Dominance Theory and Dogs; Changing Problem Behaviour, Empowerment Training and Canine Neuropsychology; are translated into multiple languages and sold throughout the world.  James has been helping companion animal guardians resolve problem behaviour, writing and teaching since the early 1990s

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