Home > IAABC Courses > Defensive Handling with Aggressive Dogs - Self-Study Course

Defensive Handling with Aggressive Dogs


IAABC Members: To view this for free, click here to access your member webinars.

Purchase Webinar

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.

Class schedule: This is a self-study class that will begin on the sign-on date. Students will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of purchase.

Member Cost FREE (watch in your member account)
Non-Member Cost $19

Online Course Cancellation Policy: Courses cannot be refunded once purchased.

Presenter Information

Michael Shikashio, CDBCMichael Shikashio, CDBC Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business Complete Canines LLC. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). He 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 around the world, and he currently teaches “Aggression Cases: A to Z” through The Dog Trainers Connection and the “Aggression in Dogs Mentorship” through the IAABC.


Trish McMillan, MS, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KATrish McMillan, MS, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Exeter in England. Her business, Loehr Animal Behavior, specializes in personalized training and behavior modification plans for dogs, cats, and horses. She also does consulting work for shelters worldwide, specializing in streamlining behavior programming in order to improve placements and quality of life.

Trish worked for the ASPCA in a variety of roles for more than 7 years, doing shelter work, writing and research. She also performed evaluations and did behavior work with animals from dog fighting and hoarding cases. Before working for the ASPCA, Trish trained and showed horses in a variety of disciplines, managed dog daycares, worked with shelter animals, taught obedience classes, and took in board-and-train dogs. She currently does some contract work with Dogs Playing for Life.

Trish shares her life on a tiny farm called Pibble Hill with three very cool dogs, two bossy cats, two clicker trained horses, two naughty goats and two smart chickens.


If you have questions, email us at courses@iaabc.org.

More Courses