Instructor: Ms. Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA
Facilitated by Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Dan Estep, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists
Dog to dog aggression is a serious behavior problem.
Not only do these problems affect the quality of life for
dogs whose owners find it difficult to walk them in public
because of their behavior when they encounter other dogs,
but they present a significant danger to people attempting
to intervene in these aggressive episodes.
We experienced this first hand in the summer of 2009 when
our dogs were attacked by another dog, resulting in injuries
not only to both our dogs but to Suzanne as well, who sustained
a broken hand trying to fend the aggressor off.
While the dog in our attack had escaped her yard, it only
takes a second for an aroused dog to pull away from its
owner, or cause its owner to fall while attempting to maintain
control and an off-leash situation is created.
Most owners of these dog aggressive dogs are hard pressed
to find safe and helpful situations where they can work
to improve their dogs’ behaviors. Classes designed
specifically with these goals in mind have become more
in demand as dog to dog aggressive problems have become
But conducting these “feisty fido” classes
requires significant planning, substantial training experience,
and an appropriate physical environment. An effective class
can be a life-saver to dogs and their owners, while a poor
one exacerbates problems, creates damaging stress for both
dogs and their owners, and poses significant liability
risks for the trainer and hosting organization, business
Now you have the chance to learn from a trainer who is
one of the early pioneers of these classes and has an impressive
success record – Ms. Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA. Pia has
conducted hundreds of these classes, and taught other trainers
under her supervision at St Huberts Dog Training School
in Madison NJ.
Now, in this three session course she shares her knowledge
and experience with you. We start with an assessment – of
your skills, the facility, of other resources necessary
to conduct a safe and effective class, and a risk assessment
to determine which dogs can safely attend class.
- how the “whys” of these problems affect
your approach to these problems in class
- advanced observational skills and interpretation of
- implementation of a range of behavior modification
- how to develop an appropriate curriculum
- how to teach advanced handling skills to owner
- how to communicate to owners to keep them calm and
focused in the face of their dogs’ behaviors
- and MUCH more.
Do not be fooled – a “feisty fido” class
is much more than an advanced training class, and without
the proper preparation you can quickly find yourself in
over your head, and in a situation that is dangerous for
you, for dogs and their owners, and for your organization.
If you are considering offering a dog to dog aggression
class, or even working with dog aggressive dogs one-on-one
now or in the future, you can’t afford NOT to take
Pia has taught her “Unleashing Your Power as a Training
Instructor” (aka Becoming a Great Dog Training Instructor”)
to rave reviews for many years for us, and we have no doubt
she will out–do herself in this course! Video clips
from Pia will be available online on our website that will
be used to illustrate her presentation.
This course includes downloadable class notes. This
course has been approved for 5.0 CEUs from CCPDT. And
remember if you were a BEN member you would have continued
access to this course via replay as long as you remain
a BEN member. Click
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The LIVE class isn’t on our
current schedule. Please
sign up for our ezine “Pet Behavior One Piece at a Time” to
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Take this class ON DEMAND now! The ON DEMAND class is
a recorded tele-webcast with the full content of the live
class including class discussion and class notes. You have
one month’s online access to all class sessions and
an opportunity to ask questions of the instructors via
email. Their answers to your questions will be recorded
and emailed to you within a week.
You can earn CEUs by submitting emailed answers to questions
asked by the instructors during the recorded class. We’ll
provide the details once you register.
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