Canine aggression is a commonly misunderstood behaviour in the dog world. Join Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, and the Cochrane & Area Humane Society for a two day seminar learning about dog aggression. Dogs who bite are a risk to families, visitors, and the community at large. They are also a risk to themselves, as dogs with aggressive behaviours all too often end up in the euthanasia room. This two-day seminar will explore the causes of aggression, examine the different types of aggression, and debunk some of the common myths. There is plenty of opportunity built into the schedule for questions and discussion, and Day 2 includes analysis of actual case histories and outcomes. The seminar will also address a variety of behavior modification techniques, and provide attendees with tools and information to help them understand and work with dogs who have aggression challenges.
Day 1 Topics Include:
How Dogs Think and Learn: operant conditioning, classical conditioning, cognition
Canine Body Language: using canine communication to enhance training and relationship, reading dogs
The Dominance Myth: dominance is a thing (just not what a lot of people think), body language (fact & fiction)
Aggression – What It Is, What It Isn’t: understanding aggression, the roles of stress in aggression
Are You Ready to Work with Aggression?: behaviour modification protocols, conducting client consults
Day 2 Topics Include:
Fear-Related Aggression: most common, most misunderstood
Other Types of Aggression
Case Histories: fear-related aggression, pain-related aggression, possession aggression (resource guarding), touch/handling sensitivity, reactivity, predatory aggression, play aggression, aggression in a multi-dog household, your cases, outcomes, and shelter dog behaviour assessments
bout Pat Miller
Pat Miller, author of The Power of Positive Dog Training (2001), Positive Perspectives (2003), Positive Perspectives 2 (2008), Play With Your Dog (2008), Do Over Dogs (2010), How to Foster Dogs (2013), and Beware of the Dog (2016), has been training dogs for more than 30 years. She has trained a variety of breeds and mixed breeds (her own dogs) including Rough Collies, a Bloodhound, Australian Kelpies, Bull Terrier, Irish Setter, St. Bernard, Scottish Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Pomeranians, and a Springer Spaniel, and competed successfully with many of them in the obedience and Rally rings. She also trained her first Australian Kelpie to herd sheep and ducks (or more correctly, Keli taught Pat to herd). Keli was Miller’s Canine Field Agent, riding with her on patrol during the years she was a Humane Officer in California. For more information about Pat Miller, please visit our website.
This seminar runs May 2 & 3 from 9:00am-5:00pm with a one hour lunch. Light snacks and water will be provided and there are several restaurants and fast food outlets nearby.
**Please note that this is a lecture, not an animal training session, so please leave your animals at home.