Spring Seminar

This seminar is full.  Please contact Khris Erickson at 262-542-8851 x118 to be placed on the wait list. 

Aggression Cases – Applied Behavior Modification, Safety, and Defensive Handling

  • Speakers: Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish Loehr, MSc, CDBC, CPDT
  • Dates: May 20 & 21, 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Seminar Topic:  What you need to know before working with aggressive dogs
  • To be held at: Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club W1314 Cedar Drive Ixonia, WI 53036
  • Registration Fees: One-day: $130.00, Two-days: $235.00 If registering 3 or more attendees you will receive a 15% discount.
  • More Information Contact:  Khris Erickson  262-542-8851 x118
  • CEUs:
    • IAABC:  14.5
    • CPDT-KA:  13
    • CPDT-KSA: 10 knowledge, 3 skills
    • KPA:  14.5
    • DATCP: 13

On-line registration

Due to the fact that there will be demo dogs with issues present at the seminar attendees are asked not to bring their own dogs.  We appreciate the consideration!


Do you want to add more to your toolbox in modifying behavior in aggressive dogs? There are many seminars that present on the topic of dog aggression and how to use behavior modification.  But a key component missing is education on the nuts and bolts of handling dogs with aggression issues and how to keep yourself and others safe.

Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC will be presenting a two-day workshop on safety, defensive handling, and the behavior modification techniques for aggressive dogs, at the Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club on May 20 and 21, 2017

Attendees will learn what is needed before working with aggressive dogs, gain hands-on experience in defensive handling and leash skills, and see videos of behavior modification in aggression cases.

This workshop is open to all trainers, behavior consultants, veterinarians, shelter staff, or anyone interested in learning more about dog aggression and how to stay safe. Newbies will learn a ton of skills that will allow them to remain safe.  Seasoned veterans will discover new tools to add to their toolbox.  Attendees will be practicing new skills during break-out sessions so they leave with skills already in place!

Saturday, May 20 – Dog to Human Aggression

* Presentation includes hands-on practice of defensive handling and leash skills


  • Understand the ramifications for dog bites
  • What to know before taking aggression cases
  • Canine body language including precursors to aggression
  • What to do BEFORE meeting with client
  • Additional safety measures to have in place
  • Safety and management equipment
  • How to set up an assessment room
  • How to take dogs in and out of kennels safely
  • Initial greetings in aggression cases with video examples
  • Defensive handling and leash skills including leash locks, muzzle wraps, back ties, accordion leash holds, and more
  • What to do if attacked by a dog
  • Presentation of “resource guarding” case in shelter environment
  • Presentation of case studies with video of dog to human aggression and how to choose appropriate tools and techniques

Sunday, May 21 – Dog to Dog Aggression

* Presentation includes hands-on practice of defensive handling and leash skills


  • Dog-dog interactions with video examples
  • Canine body language in dog-dog interactions including precursors to aggression
  • How to introduce dogs to each other in shelter and home environments
  • How to break up a dog fight
    • “Slash and dash” fight
    • “Gripping” fight
  • Leash handling skills when working dog-dog cases
  • Shelter dog playgroups
  • What to do with off leash dogs that approach the dog you’re handling
  • Presentation of case studies with video of dog to dog aggression and how to choose appropriate tools and techniques
  • Presentation of dog-dog aggression case in shelter environment


Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations workiedu-mike-shikashiong 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 around the world, 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 Loehr, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a certified professional dog trainer (through CCPDT) and certified dog behavior edu-trish-loehrcounselor (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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