Functional Assessment of Dog Behavior

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Citation

Bright, Terri, “Functional Assessment of Dog Behavior,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed April 4, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/334.

Title

Functional Assessment of Dog Behavior

Creator

Bright, Terri

Date

2013

Description

As a species, dogs (canis lupus familiaris) are forced via evolution and domestication to walk the tenuous line between being animals and being non-human family members in western society, and most dogs are ill-suited for the latter occupation. Because of this, they are at risk of developing behavioral problems, and need training in order to live with humans. Many dog trainers, Shelter personnel and pet owners are not equipped to use behavior analytic methods to change dog behavior; in fact, archaic methods are often the default go-to strategies. With a simple behavioral analytic tool which focuses on the function of problem dog behaviors, more effective behavioral interventions could be designed that would allow for better-behaved dogs. The problem behavior of two subject dogs was assessed with the Functional Assessment of Dog Behavior (FADB) tool; the results were quantified and used to design and carry out a functional analysis. The results of the functional analysis were then used to design interventions for each dog, and these successful interventions are displayed and discussed.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (63 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Doctoral Dissertations