Anxiety and Aggressive Behavior from the Perspective of Applied Behavior Analysis


Sa, 04. August 2018
So, 05. August 2018
Prof. Dr. Jesús Rosalez-Ruiz
Mary Hunter (University of North Texas - Denton - Texas)

H+ Hotel Frankfurt Airport West

Casteller Str. 106
65719 Hofheim-Diedenbergen



Anxiety and aggressive behavior from the perspective of applied behavior analysis

We’ve all wondered “Why does my dog behave that way?” Sometimes we ask this question out of mere curiosity. Other times, we ask the question out of serious concern, because the dog is engaging in behaviors that may be harmful to himself or to other people or animals. In this seminar, we will examine canine aggression, fear, and anxiety from the perspective of applied behavior analysis. We will begin by considering some general ideas related to analyzing, understanding and solving canine behavior problems, including the basics of functional analysis and the benefits of a constructional approach. During the second part of the seminar, we will discuss practical techniques and procedures that can be used with dogs who are fearful, anxious, or aggressive. 

Die Referenten

Mary HunterMary Hunter earned a master of science in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2013. Mary believes that an understanding of the science of behavior can help us find smarter and more humane ways for training our animals. Mary provides dog training services in the north Texas area and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas in the department of behavior analysis. She also serves as the president of The Art and Science of Animal Training, a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for pet owners and animal training professionals. In her free time, Mary trains service dogs for a local organization and blogs about animal training on her blog,


Jesus Rosalez-RuizJesús Rosales-Ruiz is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. During his graduate training he also worked closely with Dr. Ogden R. Lindsley. Dr. Rosales-Ruiz serves on several editorial boards, including the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. His areas of interest include antecedent control of behavior, generalization, behavioral cusps, fluency-based teaching, treatment of autism, teaching of academic behavior, animal training, rule-governed behavior and contingency-shaped behavior.