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Foundation Concepts - Module 04

Discussion M17L4

1. List 3 behaviors your dog does that are likely genetic. 2. Does your dog do any behaviors related to health? If so which ones?  3. How smart is your dog? Does she have a good memory overall? Is generalizing learning easy or hard for her? 4. What types of social stress is your dog

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Emotional Environment

Emotional Environment Dogs have a rich emotional life. They experience many of the same emotions humans do. Jaak Panksepp, Psychologist and rat researcher, identified at least 7 base emotions that animals feel. They may experience them differently than we do, but they still feel them.  Seeking – The “seeking system” is the first system to

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Social Environment

From interacting with other dogs in a feral state to spooning with their owners, dogs as a social species are very affected by social environments with their own and other species.   Approximately 80% of the global dog population is unowned and unrestrained. These vary from village dogs in Africa, dogs in garbage dumps in

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Physical Environment

Physical Environment  The physical environment is made up of anything that the dog can physically interact with. It’s easiest to think of it in terms of the 5 senses. It is often the combination of enviromental factors that can overwhelm a dog.  Just changing the layout of objects, level of lighting and sound etc can

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Discussion M17L2

1). Here’s a behavior to try functional analysis on. What is the A.   How can you tell? What is the B? What is the C?   How can you tell? 2). Here’s another. What is the A?   How can you tell? B? C?   How can you tell? 3). Here’s a more complexe

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Cognitive Ability/Memory

Cognitive Ability/Memory Just like in humans, dogs vary in how smart they are, how observant they are, how mentally adaptable (flexible) they are, how well they generalize and how good their memory is. These factors are going to affect how fast a dog learns a new behavior and how fast he will be able to

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The health of the individual dog both in the womb and during independent life affects the behavior. When a pup is still in the womb, the level of stress his mother experiences is passed on to the pups in the form of high cortisol levels. Research tells us that chronically high cortisol in the womb

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Environment There are three main aspects to the environment a dog lives and behaves in: 1. Social environment 2. Emotional environment 3. Physical environment All three of these operate separately, yet can add together to add or subtract stress for a dog, depending if they have positive or negative effects on the dog’s behavior. Because

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Genetics is the foundation of all life. It allows the passage of characteristics to be passed from one generation to another. Genetics are complicated and combine in different pairings to produce variation. Variation is what allows a species to adapt and survive in different environments. This combination is also what makes it difficult for researchers

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14. Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter Choices The old belief used to be that many dog’s mis-behaviors could be helped by spaying or neutering a dog. From research we know that very few behaviors are actually changed by hormonal manipulation. The key one is reduced roaming by male dogs. Another was reduced urine marking. Negative behavior affects also

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13. Be Patient with Your Dog

Be Patient with Your Dog If your dog is having a tough time with adolescence, be patient with him. Give him the benefit of the doubt. It’s tough time for him with his changing body, shifting cognitive processes and hormonal shifts. This is a time to provide structure without punishment. Choose locations where the distraction

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