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CONSTRUCTIONAL AGGRESSION TREATMENT (CAT) - SHAPING YOUR WAY OUT OF AGGRESSION DVD, 3RD EDITION
by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Kellie Snider (See other books by author)


Publisher: TAWZER DOG VIDEOS/TAWZ
Edition:
2007 DVD
Run Time: Appx. 10.5 HRS
ISBN: #200600
Item: DTB947
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Summary: The third edition of Constructional Aggression Treatment for Dogs by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Kellie Snider is presented here with new video, fine-tuned and expanded procedures, and a document CD. C.A.T. is a functional approach to changing aggressive dog behavior. It sets up a procedure in which the reinforcer that currently supports the aggression is arranged to follow only desirable, safe behaviors. As the procedure progresses, the ultimate outcome is a once-aggressive dog that is now friendly.

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NEW 3rd EDITION - The third edition DVD set is presented here with new video, fine-tuned and expanded procedures, and a document CD included. More camera angles, added trials, Q & A's and before/after sets. (DVD COVERS MAY VARY AND CHANGE)

As a result of the first DVD set, professional and novice trainers around the world (nine countries and counting) are using the C.A.T. procedure and changing dogs’ lives and the lives of the people who care about them.

Current consensus in behavioral science labels aggression as a classical conditioning problem, and the treatment, accordingly, is desensitization and counter conditioning. But that might all be changing. Research done at the University of North Texas suggests that classical treatments for aggression may have us all barking up the wrong tree. Kellie and Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz have devised a shaping-based, operant approach to treating aggression in clients' homes that is producing stronger and much faster results than classical treatments. This seminar introduces the UNT research and Kellie and Jesus' training procedure. (Demo video and live demonstration is used to see their training in action.) Other topics covered include cue poisoning, functional analyses of aggressive behaviors, and stimulus control. (Five DVDs.)

Research done by University of North Texas associate professor Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D. with researcher Kellie Snider, M.S. demonstrates that classical treatments for aggression have us barking up the wrong tree. C.A.T. is a humane improvement over desensitization, counter conditioning and distraction procedures. C.A.T. is an operant approach to treating aggression, not in a laboratory, but in the real world where aggression occurs. C.A.T. typically produces long-lasting results in far less time than any positive treatment available until now, and without the undesirable side-effects that are common with punishment procedures. This new presentation addresses issues of generalization and stimulus control in greater detail than in the original DVD set, giving viewers more information about how to maintain and expand the results of the treatment.

C.A.T. is a functional approach to changing aggressive behavior. It acknowledges that the dog is already receiving reinforcement for aggression and sets up a procedure in which the same reinforcer that currently supports the aggression is arranged to follow only desirable, safe behaviors. As the procedure progresses, the ultimate outcome is a once-aggressive dog that is now friendly.


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Outstanding, March 17, 2010
Reviewer: Kasey Laplace
For those reviewers who think this is flooding...think again! I think you have to fully understand what is going on here. The idea is for the only time the subject dog shows an actual full on aggressive reaction is to establish the threshold...or to mark the spot where the dog feels completely uncomfortable...then you start the work from farther back and work in such a systematic way that you avoid any other outbursts.

If done correctly, the helper dog only really gets aggressed at once, and, let's face it, that happens in every dog's everyday life if they are walked around other dogs at all.

During the procedure, it is wise to keep an eye on the helper dog for signs of stress, give frequent breaks, and let them play, etc....

Wonderful work Jesus and Kellie!
 
Definitely Not Flooding, August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Patricia Tiernan
I love CAT and credit the work I've done with my dog to his continued progress. It is the antithesis of flooding. When done correctly the dog should not have any outbreaks. Instead it should be performed subthreshold giving the dog an opportunity to offer affiliative behaviors. I urge anyone who does work with reactive/aggressive dogs to educate themselves with this method.

Pat Tiernan
 
Flooding..., June 19, 2009
Reviewer: Aush Wilder
Actually, CAT is based around the dog reacting. The dog HAS to be over threshold in order for it to work.
It works by presenting the dog's trigger, and waiting for the dog to STOP reacting, then the trigger is removed, thereby rewarding the dog and 'teaching' him or her that the 'scary thing' goes away when they stop reacting or aggressing. By definition, CAT IS flooding. It can - and does - work, but it isn't appropriate for most dogs, especially those who are reacting due to fear (which science tells us is a main cause of aggression). It isn't a 'new' or 'modern' concept, and it certainly does not qualify as positive or dog friendly.

Approach CAT with caution!
 
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