March 16, 2024 - March 17, 2024    
8:30 am - 5:15 pm

Canine Con is a two day conference focused on elevating the animal advocate community through education. As animal advocates, we are faced with adversity and challenges. The goal of Canine Con is to arm ourselves with knowledge to implement effective change for families. Canine con is a place to connect, to offer guidance, and to support each other as we impact the families and pets in our community.

Featuring Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, Dr. Amy Cook, Trish McMillan, and Michael Shikashio!

Mike’s presentations will include:

“Ready, Set, Emotion”
Mike will highlight the emotions that influence dog aggression, what they look like, and why they matter. This session will include videos of dogs displaying body language, behavior, and physiological signs that are indicative of certain underlying emotions, and what we can do as practitioners to help our clients and their dogs in aggression cases.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Growly”
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!

“Prognosis and Realistic Goal Setting”
One of the most crucial aspects of working an aggression case is to help clients and adopters understand the potential outcome for their situation. Mike explains why the prognosis is an essential tool for providing a framework for realistic expectations, and for avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue in our industry.