Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Panel #142
Competency, Complacency and Convolution in Pet Dog Behavior Consultation
Sunday, May 25, 2008
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Area: TPC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Margaret H. Gibbs (Leash & Collar Dog Training)
ELIZABETH ANNE MCBRIDE (University of Southampton)
PAMELA J. REID (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
DEE STANTON (Leash & Collar Dog Training)
Abstract: In the Spring 2006 issue of the Behavior Analyst, Johnston, Foxx, Jacobson, Green, and Mulick made the statement, "…the competencies required for practicing behavior analysis cannot be acquired through nonacademic training experiences because those experiences tend to lack many important features, such as prerequisites for admission, intensive supervised involvement with course material and recipients of behavior-analytic services over a period of months, and systematic measurement of performance." They were referencing the increasing popularity of the positive behavior support movement and the relative lack of education accompanying its practice, but the sentiment rings equally true in the field of applied animal behavior (AAB). Particularly impacted is the segment of AAB dedicated to training and behavior consultation of pet dogs. In the absence of any regulating bodies and a paucity of accredited education programs, countless self-acclaimed “behavior experts” borrow vocabulary and little else and wade into the living rooms of unsuspecting families while espousing nonvalidated and potentially harmful treatments. This panel discussion presents three panelists and a chair familiar with both behavior analysis and the world of pet dog behavior consultation and encourages discussion of the extent and effect of the problem as well as suggestions toward resolution.



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