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Gary Wilkes

Instinctive drift–Keller Breland vs BF Skinner (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Not many people know the name of Keller Breland outside marine mammal and dog training. Keller Breland was B.F. Skinner's first graduate student at University of Minnesota – before Skinner became the icon of behavioral psychology, AKA behavior analysis.

Teaching inhibitions: stopping unacceptable behavior now (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

It is the claim of animal behaviorists that behavior is the most common cause of death in companion animals. This is true, but does not automatically explain how to solve the problem.

Practical methods of behavioral control (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

The first tool of practical behavior modification is objectivity. In contemporary behavioral control, objectivity is a rare commodity. Most perspectives on behavior are myopic.

Alternatives to psychotropic drugs: operant and respondent means (Proceedings
May 1, 2011

One aspect of veterinary behavioral therapy is the use of psychotropic drugs to control behavior. To set the context for my comments, I am not a veterinarian. I do not claim any direct working knowledge of these drugs – but I routinely work with animals who do.

Emperor Skinner's new clothes: comparing behavior perspectives (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

In the late 1930's, Burrhus Frederick (B.F.) Skinner wrote his magnum opus, The Behavior of Organisms. Today, his perspective on behavior is the foundation for almost all behavioral fields that deal with non-verbal animals. Skinner is the foundation for the term operant conditioning, or "learning by consequences."

Safe animal handling for veterinarians (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

One of the areas that is not covered in detail in most veterinary schools is safe handling practices. Likewise, once you get to a veterinary practice there are rarely opportunities to become highly skilled at this art.

Cat–Hard cases of behavior modification (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Cats pose a significant problem for behavior therapists. First, most cat owners are attracted to them because of the perception that they don't need to be trained. The number of cats with any kind of formal repertoire is minute.

Fixing generally phobic dogs (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Sophie is a four-year-old Labrador retriever. She was one of ten pups and lived exactly as they did. She wasn't roughly handled or neglected. She wasn't subjected to loud noises that weren't also heard by the whole litter.

Technological advances in behavior modification (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

One of the major problems with behavior modification for pet owners is that they are not professional trainers. They rarely possess the knowledge or skills necessary to control their animal's behavior under the best of circumstances.


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