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Aggression in Dogs Seminar

May 26 @ 8:00 am - July 27 @ 5:00 pm

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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 in modifying behavior in aggressive dogs?

Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish Loehr, CPDT-KA, ACCBC, CDBC will be presenting a two day workshop on safety, defensive handling, and the behavior modification 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 modification in aggression cases. This workshop is open to all trainers, behavior consultants, veterinarians, humane and animal control officers, shelter staff, or anyone interested in learning more about dog aggression and how to stay safe.

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Day One – Dog to Human Aggression
* 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 including precursors to aggression
  • What to do BEFORE meeting with client
  • Additional safety measures to have in place
  • Safety and management equipment
  • How to set up an assessment room
  • How to take dogs in and out of kennels safely
  • Initial greetings in aggression cases with video examples
  • Defensive handling and leash skills including leash locks, muzzle wraps, back ties, accordion leash holds, and more
  • What to do if attacked by a dog
  • Presentation of “resource guarding” case in shelter environment
  • Presentation of case studies with video of dog to human aggression and how to choose appropriate tools and techniques

Day Two – Dog to Dog Aggression
* Presentation includes hands-on practice of defensive handling and leash skills

  • Dog-dog interactions with video examples
  • Canine body language in dog-dog interactions including precursors to aggression
  • How to introduce dogs to each other in shelter and home environments
  • How to break up a dog fight
  • “Slash and dash” fight
  • “Gripping” fight
  • Leash handling skills when working dog-dog cases
  • Shelter dog play groups
  • What to do with off leash dogs that approach the dog you are handling
  • Presentation of case studies with video of dog to dog aggression and how to choose appropriate tools and techniques
  • Presentation of dog-dog aggression case in shelter environment

Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Michael Shikashio is the president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). He is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and specializes in dog aggression. He is the epitome of a knowledgeable, qualified, and professional dog trainer.Michael is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who primarily offers private consultations through his business, Complete Canines LLC, based in Mystic, CT. He is also a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College. As a volunteer behavior consultant for several animal rescue organizations including American Lab Rescue Inc. and For the Love of Labs, Michael enjoys assisting adoptive and foster families with their canine companions. He has also been fortunate to open his home to over 100 foster dogs of various breeds and temperament, who have all helped him grow as a trainer and consultant.

Michael is a strong advocate for continuing education, professionalism, mentoring, and positive regard for his peers. He embraces these characteristics of the IAABC and plans to carry these attributes forward as a board member. He currently resides in Mystic, CT with his wife Jodi, two boys, two dogs, and a very understanding bunny.

Trish McMillan Loehr, CPDT-KA, ACCBC, CDBC
Trish McMillan Loehr is a certified professional dog trainer (through CCPDT), certified dog behavior consultant and associate certified cat behavior consultant (through IAABC) who holds a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Exeter in England.  She specializes in training and behavior modification work with dogs, cats, and horses.

During her seven years with the ASPCA, Trish gained a wide variety of experience in the field of animal behavior.  For three years she was the director of the animal behavior department at the ASPCA’s New York Cityshelter, helping staff, volunteers, and adopters work with animals and make great matches.  Trish has also helped assess and rehabilitate animals from cruelty, hoarding, and dogfighting cases, as well as pets rescued from natural disasters. In addition to writing for the ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist and other publications, shehelped create and present several very popular webinars on dog and cat behavior and handling for the ASPCA Pro website. Trish also co-chairs the Shelter Behavior division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and runs an online shelter behavior mentorship through IAABC twice a year. Prior to her work with the ASPCA, Trish managed dog daycares, volunteered in animal shelters, taught obedience classes, and worked withboard-and-train dogs in her home.  She has also trained and shown horses in various disciplines, and has begun incorporating clicker training in her equine work. Trish has also worked with cats with behavior problems, and enjoys helping our feline friends have more enriched lives through clicker training as well. Trish also regularly presents and consults nationally and internationally on canine, feline and equine behavior as well as sheltering topics.

Trish and her husband Barry live near Asheville, North Carolina and currently share their lives with three amazing dogs, two smart cats, two naughty goats, and two beautiful horses.


There are limited passes available and these will sell out quickly! Registration is first-come, first-serve.

May 26th & 27th 9am – 5pm at our Killarney location: 38, 2835-37 Street SW

Regular pricing after April 1: $300 +gst 

Refreshments, Snacks, and lunch included!

*Seminar is for people only.*CEU’s are as follows:

CPDT’s are eligible for 12.5 CEU’s for trainers & 4 CEUs for behavior consultants (CBCC-KAs).

IAABC certificants are eligible for 17 CEU’s. 


All Tickets are SOLD OUT!

*Contact training@dogmatraining.com if you have any questions!*
All sales are final and non-refundable





May 26 @ 8:00 am
July 27 @ 5:00 pm