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Part I. Preface: 1. Instincts and their modification; 2. Learning theory and positive reinforcement; 3. Fear, punishment and avoidance training; 4. Animal intelligence; Part II. Case Studies: 5. Companion; 6. Exotic; 7. Working; Part III. Conclusion: Glossary; Further reading; References.

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Everything you need to know about training animals from sheep dogs to octopods!

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Paul McGreevy is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious international Prince Laurent Prize for his work on animal welfare. Bob Boakes is the McCaughey Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney.


'A new book by Paul McGreevy and Robert Boakes aims to prise open the black box and explain in scientific terms the whys and hows of animal training. If you've ever wondered how police attack dogs are trained or how to teach an octopus to take the lid off a jar, it will tell you that too. ... The approach of this book is straightforward and the ideas are well-presented ... The tips and insights from animal trainers area useful resource. Most importantly, it provides the reader with the opportunity to draw their own conclusions about the ethics of animal training and its impact on the welfare of the animals involved.' RSPCA Animal Welfare Science Update

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