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  • Main Title An 8-Step Program: Shaping and Fixed-Time Food Delivery Effects on Several Approximations and Undesired Responses in Goats.


  • Author: Fernandez, Eduardo J.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Rosales-Ruiz, Jesus
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Vaidya, Manish
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Smith, Richard
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2003-05
  • Digitized: 2003-05-14


  • English


  • Content Description: This study investigated the effects of a shaping program for halter training across 8 steps in the program and 4 trial-terminating, or "undesirable," responses. Three La Mancha goats (Capra hircus) located at the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, Texas were used for the study. A fixed-time 15 s (FT-15 s) was used during the baseline conditions, to examine the effects of response contingent and response-independent food deliveries, as well as to examine what preliminary steps might not necessarily have to be shaped. All 3 goats successfully learned to allow the halter to be placed on them and to lead on the halter, although 2 of the 3 goats required an additional task analysis for the fifth step to further break down that approximation. Several of the early steps selected by the researchers were not necessary to complete the program, as determined by the baseline condition.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Goats -- Training.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Clicker training (Animal training)
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Operant conditioning.
  • Keyword: Goats
  • Keyword: shaping
  • Keyword: clicker training
  • Keyword: animal training
  • Keyword: operant conditioning


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Fernandez, Eduardo J.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 53112720
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc4219


  • Degree Name: Master of Science
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Behavior Analysis
  • Academic Department: Department of Behavior Analysis
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas