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VIA Live Stream - Aggression in Dogs: Defensive Handling and Training | Saturday, 04. December 2021

Aggression in Dogs – Defensive Handling and Training

With Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan - US EASTERN TIME

About this Event


Given the current and unfortunate situation with the COVID-19 virus, the “Aggression in Dogs: Defensive Handling and Training” workshops are now VIRTUAL. This means you get to learn all of the same information from the comfort of your home, next to your dog(s)!

Trish and Mike will be presenting all of the same material they would as an in-person workshop, including the leash and defensive handling skills. Attendance will remain limited to ensure all participants have ample opportunities to ask Mike and Trish questions.

As a bonus, all eligible LIVE-STREAM registered attendees will receive a Defensive Handling Kit in the mail before the live-stream so you can practice the skills you learned in real-time! In addition, you will have access to two on-demand webinars after the event, so you can continue to hone your skills! ($125 retail value)

“How to Break Up a Dog Fight”

“Defensive Handling Skills”

Are you currently working with aggressive dogs or have an interest in learning more about how to safely work with aggressive dogs?

Would you like to learn hands-on defensive handling skills?

Do you want to add more to your toolbox for modifying aggressive behavior in dogs?

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, and Trish McMillan MSc, CPDT-KA, ACCBC, CDBC will be presenting a two-day workshop on safety, defensive handling, and the behavior change techniques used with aggressive dogs.

Attendees will learn what is needed before working with aggressive dogs, gain hands-on experience in defensive handling and leash skills, and see videos of behavior change in aggression cases.

This workshop is open to all trainers, behavior consultants, veterinarians, shelter staff, animal control officers, and anyone interested in learning more about dog aggression and how to stay safe.

Day One

* Presentation includes hands-on practice of defensive handling and leash skills

Understand the ramifications for dog bites

What to know before taking aggression cases

Canine body language with an emphasis on precursors to aggression

What to do BEFORE meeting with clients

Additional safety measures to have in place

Safety and management equipment

Handling dogs in a kennel environment

Initial greetings in aggression cases with video examples

Defensive handling and leash skills including leash holds, muzzle wraps, back ties, and more

How to stay safe and protect others if attacked by a dog

Presentation of case studies with video of dog to human aggression and how to choose appropriate tools and techniques

Day Two

* Presentation includes hands-on practice of defensive handling and leash skills

Reading dog-dog interactions and play

Canine body language in dog-dog interactions with an emphasis on precursors to aggression

How to introduce dogs to each other in the shelter and home environments

Leash handling skills when working dog-dog cases

Assessing for aggression in a shelter environment

Ho wto keep your dog safe from off-leash dogs approaching

Presentation of case studies with video of dog to dog aggression and how to choose appropriate tools and techniques

How to safely break up a dog fight

Speaker Bios

Trish McMillan holds a master of science degree in animal behavior and is a certified professional dog trainer, certified dog behavior consultant, and associate certified cat behavior consultant. She worked for the ASPCA for nearly eight years at their NYC and then as part of their field team, helping assess and rehabilitate dogs from cruelty cases, dogfighting, and hoarding situations.

Trish does animal behavior consulting in Asheville, North Carolina, working with dogs, cats, and horses. She is also VP of Behavior and Training at Instinct Dog Behavior & Training. Her farm, Pibble Hill, is currently home to mostly rescued animals of five species. Trish speaks and consults nationally and internationally on animal sheltering issues, dog, cat, and horse behavior, dog aggression, and defensive handling.

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and provides private consultations working with dog aggression cases through his business AggressiveDog.com. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.

He is a featured speaker on the topic of canine aggression at conferences and seminars around the world, and he offers a variety of online courses, webinars, and mentorships.

Dates: Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, 2021

Times: 9 am to 5 pm, both days - US EASTERN TIME

Location: Via Live Stream only - WILL NOT BE RECORDED


Individual- Continental US Residents - $275

(Live WITHIN the 48 contiguous United States)

Individual- NON-Continental US Residents - $195 USD

(Live OUTSIDE of the 48 contiguous United States)

***The Defensive Handling kits will only be mailed to addresses in the 48 Contiguous United States and to those who paid the Continental US Residents tuition fee.

$125 will be deducted from the cost of your ticket if you cancel after a kit has been mailed to you. For orders placed after November 18, 2021, the fight kit will arrive after the workshop***

* And another note - the tools in the Defensive Handling kit are for EMERGENCY situations only, and NOT to be used in the context of training.



Cancellation Policy:

Refunds up to 30 days before the event, after that, NO refunds will be given.

Other Details

What to Have on Hand:

  • Paper/pen to take notes
  • 6 ft regular leash, a slip lead, and a break stick. If you are eligible to receive a defensive handling kit, all of these will be mailed to you before the workshop.
  • A large stuffed dog in the STANDING position with a flat buckle collar on it (Melissa and Doug Black Lab, Husky, Yellow Lab, etc.….). It is not necessary to buy one for this seminar.
  • All you need is a computer or device with a camera and enough internet speed/bandwidth to allow for your video feed to be seen. (Click here to determine if your internet and computer specifications meet Zoom requirements.)
  • You will be practicing hands-on techniques, and Mike and Trish will coach you through them in real-time.

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This workshop is designed for educational purposes only. The workshop instructor(s), designer(s), and owner(s) shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this workshop.

For that reason, this workshop is sold without any guarantees or warranties of any kind.