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Introducing my** book on evidence based canine fear treatments, their history, research, implementation. This is a book for canine behavior consultants who are looking past what is often given in webinars and seminars. I trace the history of Counter-conditioning from it’s inception in 1924 to it’s present forms, (Systematic) Desensitization from it’s inception in 1958 to it’s present forms and the underlying processes. I also discuss “other” conditioning paradigms used today in fear treatments as well as “other” Learning Theories and how they can be applied to dogs with fear and fear aggression problems.

The book is available for free in PDF format.


The theoretical part, Part 1:
(if you don’t feel you need the “science”, skip these 70+ pages of annotated references, cites and quotes and go right on to Part 2: the practical application)

  1. 1)How did Systematic Desensitization (SD) get started and what’s happened to it in terms of research since those beginnings? How effective is it compared to “other” techniques? How is it done today in human fear, anxiety and phobia treatments?

  2. 2)How did Counterconditioning (CC) get started and what’s happened to it in terms of research since those beginnings? How effective is it compared to “other” techniques? How is it done today in human fear, anxiety and phobia treatments?

  3. 3)What is SD&CC, how did it get started and what’s happened to it in terms of research since those beginnings? How effective is it compared to “other” techniques? How is it done today in human fear, anxiety and phobia treatments?

  4. 4)What OTHER evidence based behavior change techniques are there that we could tap into and how effective are they compared to SD or CC?

  5. 5)What other aspects of behavior change have been investigated by science with what evidence, and how could they effect/help what we’re doing?

The practical application part, Part 2:

  1. Showing how the product of all of the above can be transferred for use in so-called canine fear reduction/coping strategies. Lots of “new” (for many of us) ideas, steps-by-steps and demo-videos

If you are only interested in the practical applications, please understand, the justified mantra

Show me the data

is fulfilled, but in the first theoretical part. And you may be surprised, what it does and doesn’t show. Feel free to skip the theoretical part, but be advised: That data for everything that is claimed in the second practical part is in the heavier first theory part. So “This seems to me to be ...” is a rather empty reaction, because it’s explained exactly what it is, where it came from as well as it’s relative effectiveness and efficacy with other techniques - in that longer, more involved first theoretical part.


What’s new in version 4.5?

Expanded the theoretical part to include annotated tie-ins to the following theories and effects, which are at work in many of the procedures, both old and “new”. These are theories which for the most part were conceived with/by direct observations of them in animals and/or hypothesised and tested with animals in lab situations before being entered into clinical trials:

  1. Evaluative Conditioning

  2. Secure Base Effect/Attachment Theory

  3. Social Referencing

  4. Self-Efficacy

  5. Internal vs External Locus of Control

  6. What the concept of Empowerment consists of, and how it can be implemented

  7. Orienting Response

  8. What is resilience, where did it come from and what does that have to do with fear?

  9. Adding a bit of neuroscience to Social (Cognitive) Learning

  10. Aversive Non-Reward and Frustration Theory and why these can be important to consider

  11. How one can combine Social Learning techniques and various other techniques in “the field”


I also completely reworked the practical exercises having to do with Reinforced Practice

A discussion of the important difference between Reward/Reinforcement and Treats (with a shout-out to Jennifer Arnold’s book  “All You Need is Love”)

Reworked the practical applications of upgrading Relationship with many games which are well known, but do not depend upon the dichotomy of right vs wrong , i.e. reinforcement vs punishment oriented performance.

Included a section on Resource Guarding and why Participant Modeling is NOT recommended for dogs exhibiting this towards their caretaker(s).


Happy reading and training!  


click to download: 
   Graduated_Exposure_Techniques_v_4.5.pdf


For other papers, which I will still keep available, go here: Papers


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