Aggression in Dogs: Defensive Handling and Training

Online Event
09:00 AM
05:00 PM
Price: $
Aggression in Dogs – Defensive Handling and Training With Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan – US EASTERN TIME


The workshop will be presented virtually in a live stream format and IT WILL BE RECORDED! 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.

  • 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
  • How to 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 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


Individual- $195 USD


CCPDT – Approved for 14 CEU’s – CBCC-KA:14 (CPDT-KA’s can count the 14 CBCC-KA toward their renewal) IAABC and KPA – 14 CEU’s, RACE – 15 CE

RACE Attendees have 2 weeks to complete the material and submit for CE, all others have 1 year to do so.

Cancellation Policy:

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

* Eventbrite Fees are NON Refundable

Other Details

What to Have on Hand:

  • Paper/pen to take notes
  • 6 ft regular leash, a slip lead, and a break stick.
  • 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.
  • You will be practicing hands-on techniques, and Mike and Trish will coach you through them in real-time.

Email with any questions

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.

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