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All dogs will display some level of aggression or reactivity at some point in their life, so learning how to address this type of behavior is critical for any dog owner or dog trainer.

With a little knowledge and preparation it is easy to prevent almost all aggression, and to quickly address any aggression issues as they begin to emerge, before they develop into problems that can quickly decrease the quality of life for dog and owner alike.

These days, I'm pleased to say that many owners understand the importance of early puppyhood socialization. Unfortunately, far fewer owners understand the important of maintaining that socialization through adolescence and adulthood, when dogs naturally become more shy and stand-offish.

All too often, a dog will get into a single dog fight that will scare their owners into avoiding other dogs, depriving their own dog of the social interaction they need for rehabilitation. Without ongoing positive social experiences, the dog's sociability only deteriorates further, resulting in self-reinforcing, downward spiral of de-socialization.

As soon as you recognize any developing reactivity or aggression you should treat it. The sooner you do, the easier it will be. And the methods used in the treatment of dog aggression are remarkably similar to those used for prevention, except that treatment usually takes dramatically longer.

Recently though, new techniques have been developed to accelerate and maximize classical conditioning, progressive desensitization and ultimately, re-socialization. These methods make it possible to rehabilitate dogs as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Course Goals:

  • Prevent dog aggression in the first place with early puppyhood socialization and handling.
  • Recognize early warning signs and address aggression problems before they become serious.
  • Teach a dog to develop bite inhibition.
  • Prevent dog reactivity with the concept of multiple subliminal bite stimuli.
  • Treat dogs with aggression problems using Differential Classical Conditioning (DCC) to prevent the unintentional reinforcement of reactivity during classical conditioning.
  • Set up training scenarios to accelerate classical conditioning (rather than trying to resolve problems in the course of every day life).
  • Empower low-level primary reinforcers as the highest-level, mega-secondary reinforcers to maximize classical conditioning.
  • Facilitate puppy play sessions so pups can develop bite inhibition towards other dogs.
  • Immediately resolve fearfulness and bullying in puppy play sessions.
  • Utilize Come-Sit-Watch commands to break stares and decrease tension and threatening behaviors between dogs.
  • Objectively assess the severity of fighting and biting (Fight/Bite Ratio and Bite Scale)
  • Assess treatment prognosis and the time required to retrain an aggressive dog.
  • Use the Jolly Routine for classical conditioning.
  • Organize a Growl Class for reactive (but not dangerous) dogs.

Course curriculum

    1. Thanks for registering for this course

    2. Seminar Notes

    1. Introduction

    2. Video 1: The Great Insanity

    3. Video 2: 3 Types of Problems

    4. Video 3: Weighing Risks

    5. Video 4: Normal Behavior

    6. Video 5: Using Food

    7. Video 6: Temperament Testing

    8. Video 7: Ziwi Peak

    9. Video 8: Amp Up the Kibble

    10. Video 9: Sensitive Breeds

    11. Video 10: Laying Tracks

    12. Video 11: Treat & Retreat

    13. Video 12: A Little Bit of Magic

    14. Video 13: Touching Triggers

    15. Video 14: Delinquent Waiter

    16. Video 15: Teaching Tug

    17. Video 16: Whip's Rules

    18. Video 17: Multi-Age Socialization Group

    19. Video 18: Loving Tug

    20. Video 19: Shaping Tug

    21. Video 20: Fight-Bite Ratio

    22. Video 21: Handler Anxiety

    23. Video 22: 3 Types of Feedback

    24. Video 23: Growl Class

    25. Video 24: Reactive Dogs & Crying Babies

    26. Video 25: Jolly Routine

    1. ​​A Note about the Dog Aggression Q+A Recording

    2. Q+A Webinar Video Recording

About this course

  • $100.00
  • 30 lessons
  • 7 hours of video content