In this class we are going to be asking lots of questions such as: what do we really mean when we talk about impulse control? Are impulses things trainers really can control? Are animals, and in particular, dogs, even capable of the executive functioning required to understand delayed gratification the way humans can? Is this even a fair expectation to ask of them? When an animal succeeds in resisting a temptation, what is really going on behaviorally in terms of the science–not just commonly held views on how dogs should behave? What learning principles underlie the training protocols we often use to get impulse control? And, are there better ways to achieve the important goal of an animal that is safe and calm around potentially exciting stimuli like food reinforcers, squirrels, toys, etc?