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Defensive Handling with Aggressive Dogs

Self-Study Course

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This course will be available to view as many times as you like for 60 days from your date of purchase.

IAABC Members: This webinar is available for FREE in your member accounts.

Presenters: Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish McMillan, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA

  • Maximize safety for trainers, behavior consultants, and shelter staff
  • Safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior
  • Maximize safety for you, your client and your client dog

Do you work with dogs who have a history of aggression or have an interest in maximizing safety in aggression cases? Presented by Trish McMillan, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio CDBC, "Safety and Defensive Handling with Aggressive Dogs" details the precautions that maximize safety for trainers, behavior consultants, and shelter staff. How to safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior using proactive planning, defensive handling techniques, and leash handling skills are highlights of this webinar. Essential to anyone working with aggressive dogs, the effective use of various tools, recognizing the precursors for aggressive behavior, as well as how to safely break up a dog fight are also featured.

Defensive Handling is a one-hour self-study course that you can complete at any time. The course consists of a one-hour video module and a short quiz.


Cost: $20

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  • Courses cannot be refunded once purchased.

Duration: Approximately one hour presentation plus additional quiz (for CEUs)

Technical Information: The Defensive Handling course is for use on desktop and laptop PCs and Macintosh computers. It will not work on tablets or smart phones.

Presenter Information:

Michael Shikashio, CDBCMichael Shikashio, CDBC
Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working with dog aggression cases through his business Complete Canines LLC. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC, is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College. Michael also offers mentoring and training to other professionals.

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 across the country, and he currently teaches courses through The Dog Trainers Connection and the IAABC.

Michael resides in Mystic, CT and enjoys coastal life with his wife, two boys, and three dogs.

Trish McMillan, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KATrish McMillan, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Trish McMillan is a certified professional dog trainer (through CCPDT) and certified dog behavior counselor (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 City shelter, 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, she helped create and present several very popular webinars on dog and cat behavior and handling for the ASPCA Pro website.

Prior to her work with the ASPCA, Trish managed dog daycares, volunteered in animal shelters, taught obedience classes, and worked with board-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. (Yes, cats can be trained!)

Trish has also spoken nationally and internationally on animal behavior and sheltering topics.

Trish and her husband Barry live in Weaverville, NC (near Asheville) and currently share their lives with three amazing dogs, two sweet cats, and a genius horse.

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This course will be available to view as many times as you like for 60 days from your date of purchase.

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