Aggression in Dogs Conference



Kim Brophey CDBC, CPDT-KA 

Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in downtown Asheville, NC. Kim’s 20-year commitment to Family Dog Mediation™ has been recognized both nationally and locally, awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC six years in a row. She has lectured and taught courses at colleges, universities, and conferences on canine behavior, ethology, and welfare. Kim is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and is a past board member the International Association and Animal Behavior Consultants and current board member of the Asheville Humane Society. 

Kim’s trademarked Dog L.E.G.S.® model is a groundbreaking new system for dog lovers to truly understand their dogs’ behavior- distilling multiple scientific disciplines and established principles into a simple and accessible framework for pet dogs and their people like never before. Kim is launching a coordinated grassroots movement to facilitate a paradigm shift and market disruption in the pet industry through: her new book MEET YOUR DOG- The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior, recent TEDx talk - The Problem with Treating a Dog Like a Pet, Canine Genetic Heritage Testing Software -The Dog Key ®, National Dog L.E.G.S.® Association for pet industry businesses and organizations, and establishment of Asheville as the official Dog City, USA ®. Kim's vision is to facilitate a critical paradigm shift in our relationships with dogs- building bridges and inspiring others with comprehensive, practical science to redefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society. 


James W. Crosby M.S., CBCC-KA

James W. Crosby M.S., CBCC-KA, is a retired Police Lieutenant (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, FL) and has professionally trained dogs, taught individual and group obedience classes, and addressed canine behavior problems since 1999. Jim first obtained his CPDT in 2008 and became a CBCC-KA in 2016.

Holding a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Forensic Medicine, Jim is recognized in and out of Court as an expert in the US and Canada on dangerous dogs, canine aggression, fatal dog attacks, and related issues. He has personally investigated over 30 fatal dog attacks on humans and has, post-attack, physically and behaviorally evaluated over 50 dogs that have killed humans. Cases have included attacks in the US, the UK and Australia. Jim served as Chair of the Review Committee addressing Dangerous Dog procedures and processes for the Government of the Australian Capital Territory in 2017/2018.

Jim is the Director-Canine Encounter Training for the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse, and is the designer of the Law Enforcement Dog Encounter Training course supported by the National Sheriff’s Association and others.

Jim is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Charter Member of the International Veterinary Forensic Science Association, a Supporting Member of IAABC, and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the CCPDT.

A certified Animal Control Officer in Florida, he served as Animal Control Division Manager of Bay County Animal Control from 2008 to 2010 and has been Division Management Consultant to Jacksonville (FL) Animal Care and Protective Services since 2016.

Jim teaches safe handling, evaluation and rehabilitation of Dangerous Dogs and the Investigation of Fatal and Serious Dog Attacks to police, animal control agencies, and others across the US, Canada, Italy, the UK, Poland and Australia.

Jim authored two chapters in the textbook “Dog Bites: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, published by 5M Publishing in 2017. He contributed to “Humane Animal Control: Effective Enforcement, Shelter Management, Local Government Support and Community Engagement” published by Best Friends Animal Society. Jim is currently finishing up his PhD through the College of Veterinary Medicine and Graduate School at the University of Florida.

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Laura Donaldson PhD, CDBC, KPA-CTP, 

Since 2006, Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA-CTP, has been the owner of Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She is Professor Emeritus from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and now has a full time dog behavior consulting practice. When she is not working with worried dogs and their human companions, she can be found herding her flock of Navajo Churro sheep with her working Border Collies, tending to Thelma and Louise, her much beloved Barred Plymouth Rock hens, clicker training Obi, her Timneh African Gray Parrot and following the instructions of the household cats, who are the real “bosses” in the family. Laura can be reached via email at

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Denise Fenzi 

Denise Fenzi has titled dogs to the highest levels in obedience (AKC and UKC), tracking (AKC and schutzhund), schutzhund (USA), Mondioring (MRSA), herding (AKC), conformation (AKC), and agility (AKC). She has two AKC obedience champions, perfect scores in both schutzhund and Mondio ringsport obedience, and is well known for her flashy and precise obedience work.

While a successful competitor, Denise's real passion lies in training dogs and solving the problems that her own dogs and her students' dogs present. She is a recognized expert in understanding, developing and channeling drive, motivation, and focus in competition dogs, and is known internationally as an engaging speaker and an expert in no-force training for sport dogs. She has consistently demonstrated the ability to train and compete with dogs using motivational methods in sports where compulsion is the norm.

In addition to training and speaking, Denise is a prolific writer.  You can find her at where she maintains an active blog on all things related to dog training. Several of her books and articles have won Maxwell awards from the Dog Writers of America.

Denise thoughtfully and persistently works to break down the barriers that prevent people from obtaining a truly interactive and mutually enjoyable sport relationship with their dogs.  Fenzi Dog Sports Academy is the culmination of her efforts as a forward step in providing progressive information to any trainer who wishes to learn. Learn more at:

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Katenna Jones ScM, ACAAB, CCBC, CDBC, CPDT-KA 

Through Jones Animal Behavior, Katenna Jones, ScM, ACAAB, CCBC, CDBC, CPDT-KA provides behavior consulting services to cat and dog owners, advises local rescues, is an instructor and mentor for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and speaks internationally on a variety of topics. She is the author of Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer: Getting the Best for You and Your Dog and regularly contributes content to a variety of outlets including Chewy, Pet MD, Dogster, and more. Katenna earned her Master’s in Experimental Psychology from Brown University where she studied animal behavior, learning and cognition with thesis work on canine communication. She is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Certified Cat and Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Pet Dog Trainer and is Certified Fear Free. Katenna shares her Rhode Island home with her husband, an adopted cat and dog, chickens, and honeybees.


Leslie McDevitt MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, TAGteach level 2

Leslie McDevitt MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, TAGteach level 2, is a behavior consultant, author and speaker. She specializes in creating operant counter conditioning procedures that empower working, performance, and companion dogs to feel safe and comfortable so they can function confidently in high stress environments. Leslie's books have been translated into multiple languages and she has taught the material from her seminal book Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog to people and dogs all over the world. Leslie lives outside of Philadelphia with dogs, cats, children, a pony, and a husband.

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Trish McMillan MS

Trish McMillan holds a master of science degree in animal behavior, and is a certified professional dog trainer, certified dog behavior consultant and associate certified cat behavior consultant.  She worked for the ASPCA for nearly eight years at their NYC, and then as part of their field team, helping assess and rehabilitate dogs from cruelty cases, dogfighting and hoarding situations. 

Trish does animal behavior consulting in Asheville, North Carolina, working with dogs, cats and horses. She is also VP of Behavior and Training at Instinct Dog Behavior & Training. Her farm, Pibble Hill, is currently home to mostly rescued animals of five species. Trish speaks and consults nationally and internationally on animal sheltering issues, dog, cat, and horse behavior, dog aggression, and defensive handling.

Trish currently co-chairs the Shelter Behavior division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and runs their popular online shelter dog behavior mentorship. 

Dr Kathy Murphy BVetMed, CLAS, CVA MRCVS

Director of the Comparative Biology Centre and Named Veterinary Surgeon at Newcastle University, UK

Kathy is a laboratory animal anaesthetist and holds the positions of Director of the Comparative Biology Centre and Named Veterinary Surgeon at Newcastle University, UK. Having graduated in 1999 from the Royal Veterinary College and spent 5 years in mixed general practice, she moved to the University of Oxford in 2004 to work with laboratory animals; realising that one of the greatest contributions vets with an interest in anaesthesia can make to animal welfare is with laboratory animals. Since then she has completed RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, and Laboratory Animal Science whilst supporting scientists to refine their anaesthetic regimens and techniques. Her research interest is in anaesthetic neurotoxicity and investigating how anaesthesia acts as a confound for neuroscience experiments. She has worked in New York and Atlanta both as a Wellcome Research Training Fellow for her PhD and latterly as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience, before returning to the UK to pursue an alternative residency with the ECVAA


Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB. DVM, DACVB, IAABC-CABC graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.  After graduation, she was commissioned as a Captain into the United States Army Veterinary Corps. It was taking care of the Military Working Dogs returning from deployment that spurred her interests in behavior medicine. In 2011, Dr. Pike started a Residency program under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, DACVB. In October 2015, Dr. Pike passed the ACVB certifying examination.

Dr. Pike is owner of the Animal Behavior Wellness Center in Fairfax, VA (a suburb of Washington DC) where she sees referral behavior cases. Dr. Pike is a clinical instructor for the on-line education system "E-training for Dogs", a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee and a certified animal behavior consultant for IAABC. She was recently named one of the “Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia” by NoVa Magazine for the third year in a row.

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Michael Shikashio CDBC

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working 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).

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 offers a variety of online courses, webinars, and mentorships.