Aggression in Dogs: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Training- Michael Shikashio & Trish Loehr

Aggression Workshop St. Petersburg, FL

Aggression in Dogs Workshop Flyer – St. Petersburg

Registration: Joann Rechtine or 585-905-8281

March 3-4, 2018

Are you currently working with aggressive dogs or have an interest in learning more about how to safely work with aggressive dogs?

  • Would you like to learn hands-on defensive handling skills?
  • Do you want to add more to your toolbox in modifying behavior in aggressive dogs?

Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, ACCBC, CDBC will be presenting a two day workshop on safety, defensive handling, and the behavior modification techniques used with aggressive dogs sponsored by The Loose Leash Academy at Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg- St. Petersburg, FL on March 3-4, 2018. 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.

Special guest, forensic dog bite expert Jim Crosby M.S., CBCC-KA will be speaking on dog to human aggression!

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.

Day One – 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

Day Two – 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

Registration: Joann Rechtine or 585-905-8281

Speaker Bios


Trish McMillan Loehr is a certified professional dog trainer (through CCPDT),  certified dog behavior consultant and associate certified cat behavior consultant (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. Trish also co-chairs the Shelter Behavior division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and runs an online shelter behavior mentorship through IAABC twice a year.

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.  Trish has also spoken and consulted nationally and internationally on canine, feline and equine behavior as well as sheltering topics. 


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


James Crosby M.S., CBCC-KA, is recognized as an expert in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK on Dangerous Dogs and related issues. He has personally investigated over 25 fatal dog attacks on humans internationally and, has post-attack, evaluated nearly 50 dogs that have attacked and killed humans. Jim has also assisted on the investigation of numerous dogfighting cases, and has evaluated over a hundred former fighting dogs for aggression and potential rehabilitation.

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

Jim earned a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Forensic Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His thesis, “The Specific Use of Evidence in the Investigation of Dog Bite Related Human Fatalities” is a detailed examination of the investigative needs of these unique cases from an evidentiary perspective. Jim is currently accepted as a Doctoral candidate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

Jim is a retired Police Lieutenant (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, FL) and has professionally trained dogs and addressed canine behavior problems since 1999.  He has led two municipal Animal Control Agencies in Florida

Jim is Director, Canine Encounter Training, for the National Law Enforcement Commission on Animal Abuse, and is Working Group Chair on Use of Force by Police for the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, working towards developing a national curriculum addressing police/dog encounters.

Jim contributed two chapters to the text “Dog Bites – A Multidisciplinary Approach” published in 2017 by the University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England and writes the popular dog aggression blog “Canine Aggression Issues with Jim Crosby”.

Course Details:

Dates: March 3-4, 2018

Location: Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg -St. Petersburg, FL

Cost: $225

15% discount for 4 or more registering at the same time

CEUS: 8.5 CEUs  for dog trainers and 8.5 CEU’s for behavior consultants approved from CCPDT and 17.5 CEUs from IAABC and KPA approved

Registration: Joann Rechtine or 585-905-8281

Cancellation Policy: 60 or more days out- full refund less a 10- dollar handling fee, 30-60 days- 50% refund less a 10-dollar handling fee and <30 days out-no refund.

Hotel Information

Venue: Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg                                                                             4400-B 34th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33714

As St Petersburg is a vacation destination there are hotels and vacation rentals to meet all needs and budgets. The hotels shown below are those that are within proximity of the venue.  or can be good resources to look for other hotels or rental homes to suite every budget.

If you have questions about locations, call or send an email – Joann Rechtine, or 585-905-8281

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