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Choice and Control – It’s All Good Unless a Dog is Trying to Bite Your Face Off

February 12

4:00 pm PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: CCPDT - Behavior, CCPDT - Training, IAABC, KPA


In many ways, dog training has moved in a wonderful direction that allows dogs to make more choices, and be empowered to “behave” in their training environments. The “strict heel” position during walks has been shifting towards a focus on enrichment. There is less concentration on the “place” behavior in favor of allowing a dog “flight options.” The “sit when another dog approaches” option is being replaced more frequently with giving the dog autonomy.

Though, what about dogs with a history of aggression? After all, we can’t give them full autonomy to bite someone!

In this presentation, aggression expert Michael Shikashio, CDBC will highlight how to choose the most effective and appropriate behavior change strategies in a variety of aggression cases. Operant or classical? Cueing or capturing? Empowerment or prevention? Foundational or free-shaping? Those questions and more will be answered!

Presented By:

Michael Shikashio CDBC

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, (he/him) is the founder of and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (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, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.

He is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference.