Aggression in Dogs Conference 

Oct 2-4, 2020

Providence, RI
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Expanding Possibilities for Dogs with Aggression

We all have good days and bad days. And just like their human counterparts, dogs can have bad days and worse days and behavior issues and lingering aggression that turns into real problems. 

What to do about it?

  • Whether you’re a dog trainer, behavior consultant, veterinarian, vet tech, shelter or rescue staff, animal control officer, dog daycare owner or staff, dog walker, pet sitter, dog groomer, or simply want to help dogs with aggression - we’re here to give you the tools you need to address aggression in dogs.

  • Join us for a three-day conference dedicated to expanding possibilities for dogs with aggression. Learn from the world’s foremost experts on aggression from fields of veterinary behavior, forensic science, applied ethology, shelter behavior, neuroscience, dog bite sports, and applied animal behavior. 

  • Don’t miss this opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, all with a passion to help dogs and their people! 



Dr. Amy Pike DVM, DACVB

Denise Fenzi

Jim Crosby CBCC-KA


Dr. Kathy Murphy BVetMed, CLAS, CVA MRCVS

Kim Brophey CDBC, CPDT-KA

Laura Donaldson PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP, CCUI

Leslie McDevitt MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Michael Shikashio CDBC

Trish McMillan MSc, CDBC, CPDT-kA



Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • 3:00-6:00: - Registration 

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • 8:00-9:00: Registration/Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:30: Michael Shikashio, CDBC - TBD

  • 10:30-10:45 Break

  • 10:45-12:15: Medical Causes and Medication Interventions for Aggression in Dogs - Amy. L. Pike, DVM, DACVB. DVM, DACVB, IAABC-CABC 

  • 12:15-1:30: Lunch

  • 1:30-3:00: Fighting Like Cats & Dogs: Dealing with Interspecies Aggression - Katenna Jones, ScM, ACAAB, CCBC, CDBC, CPDT-KA 

  • 3:00-3:15: Break

  • 3:15-5:00: Understanding High Drive Dogs: When the Abnormal is Absolutely Normal - Denise Fenzi 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • 8:00-9:00: Registration/Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:30: Jim Crosby. M.S, CBCC-KA - Tools for Evaluating Aggression: What Works in the Real World?”

  • 10:30-1045: Break

  • 10:45-1215: Ethological Contributions to Aggression in Dogs - Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA

  • 12:15-1:30: Lunch

  • 1:30-3:00: Cooperative Counter Conditioning for Aggressive Dogs: Putting the Learner in Control - Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, TAGteach level 2

  • 3:00-3:15: Break

  • 3:15-5:00: Trish McMillan, M.S., CDBC, CPDT-KA, Associate CCBC - TBD

Sunday, October 4, 2020

  • 8:00-9:00: Registration/Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:30: Puppy or Piranha?  Interactive Strategies for Raising, Training, and Enjoying High Drive, Enthusiastically Biting Dogs - Denise Fenzi

  • 10:30-10:45: Break

  • 10:45-12:15: Growing Pro-Social and Brain Power(ed) Dogs: Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Canine Aggression - Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA-CTP

  • 12:15-1:30: Lunch

  • 1:30-3:00: Michael Shikashio, CDBC - TBD

  • 3:00-3:15: Break

  • 3:15-5:00: Dr. Kate Murphy BVETMED, CLAS, CVA MRCVS - TBD



Tickets go on sale January 1, 2020!


Early Bird Pricing!

Before July 1, 2020

Full Conference Ticket $475

Friday, October 2, One Day Ticket* $250

Saturday, October 3, One Day Ticket* $250

Sunday, October 4, One Day Ticket* $250

*Limited Number of One Day Tickets Available

Regular Pricing

After July 1, 2020

Full Conference Ticket $495

Friday, October 2, One Day Ticket* $275

Saturday, October 3, One Day Ticket* $275

Sunday, October 4, One Day Ticket* $275

*Limited Number of One Day Tickets Available


Conference Speakers

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Travel and Accommodations

Hotel Information

The host hotel for the Aggression in Dogs Conference is the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick located at 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, Rhode Island 02886. A group rate of $149 + taxes is available conference participants. 

  • You can make a room reservation beginning November 2, 2019 by emailing the reservations department directly to Or you may also reserve a room online at using the three letter group code of LEA. The hotel’s reservation department can be reached at (401) 732-6000. If you wish to use a a toll-free number, call (800) 227-6963; however, you will be serviced by a satellite office and not the hotel directly. 

  • Guests must identify their affiliation with The Loose Leash Academy/Complete Canines LLC when making reservations. Rates cannot be adjusted at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation when making reservations. Special room requests may be indicated, but cannot be guaranteed (i.e. non-smoking, king bed, etc.) 

  • Located 1.9 miles from the T.F. Green Airport (Airport code PVD), The Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport) offers an airport shuttle, indoor pool and meeting facilities. The Warwick Mall is 1.7 miles away.

  • Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a bath or a shower.

  • Free WiFi is provided throughout the property, and a 24-hour front desk is available. There is also a fitness center in the hotel. A local area shuttle, to local restaurants and mall within a 3 miles radius, is also available. Parking is free. 

  • Dining options include The Crossings Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Alfred's Lounge, which offers dinner and more than 100 wine selections.

  • Warwick Rhode Island is 1.1 miles from Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport), while Buttonwoods City Park is 2.6 miles away. The Crowne Plaza is 1 mile from Apponaug in Warwick.

Airport and Train Station Information

The airport is TF Green Airport (Airport Code PVD) and it is located 1.9 miles from the Crowne Plaza

MBTA Commuter Trains from TF Green Airport (Warwick, RI) to Boston 1.9 miles from the Crowne Plaza

  • 700 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, RI Phone: 617-222-3200

    • This recent (2011) extension of Boston’s “T” (the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) commuter trains offers train service from TF Green Airport in Providence / Warwick, Rhode Island, to Boston, with stops between. Stops are TF Green Airport and Providence, Rhode Island. In Massachusetts, stops are South Attleboro, Attleboro, Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton, Canton Center, Canton Junction, Route 128, Hyde Park, Ruggles, Back Bay in Boston, South Station in Boston.

Providence (PVD) Amtrak Station 11 miles from the Crowne Plaza

  • 100 Gaspee Street Providence, RI Phone: 1-800-872-7245

    • Regional Route offers downtown-to-downtown service along the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Newport News, VA, with many departures every day. Car service is available from Kingston, RI, to Newport, RI. Seasonal ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard is available from Kingston. Duration of full trip is 12 hours. 

    • Acela Express offers fast service from Boston to Washington. Hourly service downtown to downtown during peak morning and afternoon rush hours between New York and Washington, D.C., and intermediate cities. Length of full trip is 7 hours.