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September 10th and 11th, 2022
This workshop will NOT be recorded.
Fear, anxiety, stress, frustration, anger…emotional responses are often mentioned as underlying causes of behavior problems, but what’s the connection between them? This session will unpack a few of the more commonly mentioned emotions that our canines may experience and take a closer look at how those emotions influence the behavior patterns that we can see on the surface.
Mike will continue to build on the emotions that influence dog aggression, what they look like, and why they matter. This session will include videos of dogs displaying body language and behavior that is indicative of certain underlying emotions, and what we can do as practitioners to help our clients and their dogs in aggression cases.
This session will take an “under the hood” look at multiple scenarios in which medical factors had a significant impact on the behavior patterns of the dog. This session will also demonstrate how addressing those medical factors through veterinary collaboration affected the outcome of these specific cases and allowed for more successful implementation of behavior modification strategies.
Intra-household dog to dog aggression – why emotions impact these cases and what to do for successful outcomes. Mike will highlight cases he has worked with where underlying emotions played a significant role in the behavior change strategies, for both the dogs and their people!
Recognizing patterns in behavior and collaborating effectively with veterinarians in aggression cases can be crucial for happy outcomes for all involved. Mike will detail the techniques and strategies he incorporates to help clients track progress, create efficient lines of communication with veterinary professionals, and build a lasting and impactful team approach.
Do we use medication as a treatment for aggression? Yes. Well … sort of. Wait, what? As it turns out, the answer isn’t quite that straightforward, but there are a few guiding principles to inform that decision and the process for prescribing. This presentation will look at case factors that suggest an opportunity for incorporating medication into the plan, and how each individual (owner, trainer/consultant, veterinarian) can work together to achieve a positive outcome for the benefit of the animal.
Trainers and behavior consultants have tons of opportunities for hands-on work with dogs and are uniquely qualified to make behavioral observations within training sessions. That information is worth its weight in gold to the veterinarian making adjustments to the behavioral medication plan! This session will highlight which observations are most helpful and how to structure them in a way that is meaningful to the veterinary team.
Complex aggression cases with complex emotions. Mike will showcase some of his most difficult cases and will unpack useful strategies to sift through even the most complicated scenarios!