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Fri, 31 Mar


Surry Hills

The Big Two! Aggression and Separation Anxiety in Dogs - March 30th, 1st-2nd April 2023

“I have been involved with dog training for almost 30 years and have attended a lot of seminars. This was one of my favorites. If you are involved with shelter work or want to feel more comfortable with aggressive dogs. the videos and handling techniques are excellent.” – Jane Finneran CPDT-KA

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The Big Two! Aggression and Separation Anxiety in Dogs - March 30th, 1st-2nd April 2023
The Big Two! Aggression and Separation Anxiety in Dogs - March 30th, 1st-2nd April 2023

Time & Location

31 Mar, 9:00 am AEDT – 02 Apr, 5:00 pm AEST

Surry Hills, 28 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

About the event

The Big Two!

Aggression and Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Three days with Michael Shikashio CDBC and Dr. Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT

Ridges Central, 28 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


(All sessions include time for Q&A)

Friday is targeting people in the workforce who meet dogs on a daily basis. Ideal for Shelter Workers, Foster Carers, Dog Daycare Staff, Veterinary Clinic Staff, Dog Walkers, Postal Workers, Meter readers and anyone who lives or works with dogs and wants to gain some skills in reading behaviour and how to handle defensively.

9:00am - 10:15am Understanding and Working with Dog Aggression

Keeping it simple is key to fostering an understanding of aggressive behavior by our clients or adopters. Mike will highlight the straightforward concepts and techniques he incorporates in aggression cases for successful outcomes.

10:15am – 10:30am Break

10:30am – 12:30pm Understanding Separation Related Behaviours Outside the Home

The well-known term “separation anxiety” became even more popular during the Covid pandemic. But is it always separation anxiety what everybody is talking about? And what does it look like when the dog is not in a home environment, but spending a day in daycare, or temporarily living in a shelter? Recognizing first what the challenge is, and what considerations to have depending on the environment will be a gamechanger when approaching this disorder.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm Avoiding the Bitey End of the Dog!

This session will be all about leash skills, strategies, and equipment to incorporate to ensure safety for yourself, other people, and other animals when working with dogs who have a history of aggression.

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break

2:45pm – 5:00pm Defensive Handling and Leash Skills

Mike will continue to build on the concepts from “Avoiding the Bitey End of the Dog!” and attendees will have the opportunity to practice defensive handling and leash skills. This is a fun and entertaining session that will teach you skills to stay safe!


(All sessions include time for Q&A)

For the Dog Pros

9:00am - 10:15am 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 and behavior that is indicative of certain underlying emotions, and what we can do as practitioners to help our clients and their dogs in aggression cases.

10:15am – 10:30am Break

10:30am – 12:30pm What Nobody Told You About Separation Anxiety

Do you feel secretly uncomfortable when someone asks you to help them with their separation anxiety dog? Do you find yourself creating a behavior plan following a script that deep down doesn’t make sense to you? Knowing what separation anxiety is, and how to find out when a dog is suffering from it can be crucial when deciding how to move forward when helping a dog who is displaying separation related behaviors, and it will be the highlight of this presentation.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm Dog to Human Aggression Cases: Behaviour Change in Action

Mike will be showcasing real case studies, with video, demonstrating successful resolutions from start to finish with dogs who have a history of aggression. From safety to management to prognosis to behavior change --- this presentation covers it all and highlights each step of the way through actual aggression cases!

3:00pm – 3:15pm Break

3:15pm – 5:00pm Dogs That Guard Their Owners

In this session, we will explore why dogs may display aggressive behavior when they are near their owner and another dog or human approaches. Mike will discuss how to determine if a dog is truly guarding their person or if there is another reason for their behavior. He will also dive into the behavior change techniques that can be used to modify this type of aggression!


9:00am - 10:15am Client Consulting – Navigating Difficult Conversations, Improving Client Commitment, and Fostering Success

Effective communication with clients is an essential skill in aggression cases. The most common “communication hurdles” we can encounter as behavior consultants, and sample scripts to encourage client participation will be highlighted.

10:15am – 10:30am Break

10:30am – 12:30pm Separation Anxiety: Behavior Change in Action

Are you tired of trying to help dogs overcome separation anxiety without seeing major changes? This presentation will take you through actual case studies with video from start to finish that include not only the importance of body language, but how following simple, and pragmatic training techniques can promote real progress, and take your behavior modification approach to the next level, helping you succeed when working with separation anxiety dogs.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm Intra-household Dog to Dog Aggression Cases: Behavior Change in Action

Dogs that live under the same roof and fight with one another can be one of the most difficult types of aggression cases to work with, let alone live with! Behavior change plans for working with intra-household dog to dog aggression, with real case examples, will be showcased in this session.

3:00pm – 3:15pm Break

3:15pm – 5:00pm Ruh Roh! Emergency Handling Techniques

Have you found yourself in the middle of a dog fight? Have off-leash dogs charged at or attacked your on-leash dog? Have you been attacked by a dog? In this presentation, Michael will highlight handling techniques as well as ancillary measures to set the stage for success when in contexts where emergency scenarios might occur.

Michael has also partnered with Canine Ed to bring his online learning to Oceana: 


Free Webinar!

Mike 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 Michael is fully certified through the IAABC and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

He 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, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Michael is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and online courses on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.

We feel Michael is a uniquely placed trainer in that he is using the Science of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Reward Based Training to work through even the most challenging aggression cases.

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.


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