Table of Contents
- Articles and Websites
- FaceBook Groups
- Literature on Counterconditioning Humans
- Posts on Eileenanddogs
Articles and Websites
ASPCA Article on DS/CC–A very thorough explanation of desensitization and counterconditioning.
CARE for Reactive Dogs Website–The techniques of desensitization and counterconditioning codified into an easy-to-follow protocol
FaceBook Groups With Extensive DS/CC Resources
Fearful Dogs–A group for people living or working with fearful, shy, timid or anxious dogs. Adheres to the following guidelines: Keep the dog feeling safe. Use desensitization/counterconditioning to address the dog’s fears. Teach behaviors using positive reinforcement.
Reactive Dogs–This group is for trainers, owners, or those who rescue, shelter, or foster reactive dogs. The group offers suggestions with treatments that fall in the category of desensitization, counter conditioning, and positive reinforcement. The group is archived but you can still join and there is a wealth of material.
Nail Maintenance for Dogs—Discussion in this group focuses on proper nail care techniques (including a specific protocol promoted by Susan Garrett) as well as positive training methods to teach dogs to enjoy having their feet and nails handled. This group is also archived but the materials are accesible.
Literature on Diverse Methods of Counterconditioning Humans (Not Dogs)
The counterconditioning part of DS/CC involves evoking an emotional state that is incompatible with the undesirable state (usually fear). With animals, we generally use food or play.
There are many more options when working with humans. All of the following have been used successfully as means of evoking a different emotional state (counterconditioning) during desensitization with humans.
- Relaxation techniques (Wolpe and Lazurus, 1966, and many others)
- Laughter/humor (Ventus, 2001; Kass, Roger, Feldman 1973; Smith 1973; Nevo and Shapira, 1989; Ventis et al, 1973)
- Anger (Goldstein et al, 1970, Butler, 1975)
- Response to music (Lowe, 1973)
- Food (Jones, 1924)
- Superhero fantasies (Lazarus and Abramovitz, 1962; Rubin, 2006)
- Emotive imagery (plus a flashlight) (Jackson and King, 1991)
- Games (Croghan and Musante, 1975; Warlick, 1979; Mikulas et al, 1986)
- Humor/games (Crenshaw, 2001)
- Replay/reenactment (Levine & Chedd, 2007)
Videos Showing DS/CC and/or Results of DS/CC
This is a Google spreadsheet I maintain that links to videos that demonstrate the use of DS/CC (or the successful results of such use) in varied applications and at different skill levels.
Click on the graphic to view the spreadsheet.
I also have the same links on a Pinterest board:
Videos on Desensitization and Counterconditioning–Pinterest
Posts on Eileenanddogs about Classical Conditioning and Desensitization/Counterconditioning
- Are You Really Performing Classical Conditioning?
- How I helped My Dog Love the Sound of Velcro
- Socializing a Formerly Feral Dog
- Classical Conditioning: Creating a Positive Response to Barking
- The Barking Recall
- Loving the Vacuum Cleaner
- Coping with In-Home Construction with Dogs
- Successful Desensitization/Counterconditioning (elliptical exercise machine)
- Stinky Stuff on My Back!
- CARE for Reactive Dogs
- Introducing a Puppy and a Sound Sensitive Dog: Preparation Pays Off
- Yelling at My Dogs
- When Is it OK to Pull On Leash?
- What Happened to Summer’s Thunderstorm Phobia?
- Double Your Money (in BARKS magazine, p. 19)
- You Can’t Cure MY Phobia by Shoving Cookies at Me!
Print Books and E-Books
Jean Donaldson: Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs
Debbie Jacobs: Guide to Living with and Training a Fearful Dog
Debbie Jacobs: Does My Dog Need Prozac? Musings and Sound Advice on Living with a Shy, Anxious, Fearful, or Reactive Dog
Kathy Sdao: Does the Name Pavlov Ring a Bell?
Kathy Sdao: Cujo Meets Pavlov! Classical Conditioning for On-leash Aggression
Kathy Sdao: What Not to Err: Training Mistakes that Create Headaches for Dogs
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