A modified counterconditioning procedure prevents the renewal of conditioned fear in rats

Short Synopsis: Operant behaviors are more effective at extinguishing fear responses than counterconditioning alone. Authors: Brian L. Thomas, Marlo Cutler, Cheryl Novak Publication: Learning and Motivation, Volume 43, Issues 1–2, May 2012, Pages 24-34 Publication Date: May 2012 Applies To: Reducing fear. Limitations/Drawbacks: Study was done on rats. Unclear if it would also work to reduce arousal or frustration (for reactive dogs). Link: …

Owner-reported aggressive behavior towards familiar people may be a more prominent occurrence in pet shop-traded dogs

Short Synopsis: Owner-directed aggression, house soiling, body licking, and separation-related behavior were all more common in pet store puppies than breeder puppies. Authors: Federica Pirronea, Ludovica Pierantoni, Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Mariangela Albertini Publication: Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Volume 11, January–February 2016, Pages 13-17 Publication Date: February 2016 Applies To: Behavior problems in pet store puppies. Limitations/Drawbacks: Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787815001975

Can Aggression in Dogs Be Elicited Through the Use of Electronic Pet Containment Systems?

Short Synopsis: Invisible fences *might* have contributed to unexpected aggressive response in five cases, given that all attacks occured at the boundary of the fence and most of the dogs were shocked during the attack. Authors: Richard Polsky Publication: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 3, 2000 – Issue 4. Pages 345-357. Publication Date: June 04, 2010 Applies To: Aggression, electric fences. …