Even though this popular interview series is completed, you can
listen to the interviews as many times as you want by purchasing
or downloadable MP3 files. Drs. Wright, Lockwood and Ms. Silvani
of the most popular and respected international speakers on the
canine aggression and social behavior.
John, Pia and Randy have all been friends and colleagues of ours
and we are very excited to be able to provide the opportunity
for them to
share their knowledge with you.
John Wright bio
Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Roles, Rules and Relationships: Re-Interpreting
Starting at 3 weeks, a puppy begins to form social relationships
within the family. These social relationships can be understood
in terms of the different roles that each dog plays. The role
that the dog takes on is often the best predictor of its’
The dominance relationship is one of the social relationships
dogs are prepared to learn for purposes of family stability. A
dominant behavior is different than a dominant role, which is
different than a dominant personality trait. Dr. Wright will discuss
the difference among behaviors, traits, and roles, based on 30
years of research, to help you better describe, understand, and
influence dog-dog and dog-person social relationships.
Pia Silvani, CPDT bio
Rehabilitating the Canine Contender –
Helping Dogs Get Along Better With Other Dogs
Dog aggressive dogs are disturbing and embarrassing for owners.
People find it difficult to take these dogs out in public for
fear of encountering another dog. Consequently, many of these
dogs are socially isolated from other dogs for the rest of their
lives, their quality of life decreases and some are surrendered
to shelters or euthanized.
What can be done to help these dogs and to control and mange
them in class? Can these dogs be re-introduced into the canine
community or even safely taken for walks without a fight occurring?
Are so-called growl or feisty fido classes the answer? What do
these classes involve, and what should trainers and owners know
before considering them?
Hear Pia’s answers to these questions and more, based on
her years of experience instructing Feisty Fido classes at St.
Hubert’s Dog Training School, in Madison NJ, where she is
also the Director.
Randy Lockwood bio
Vice President, Research and Educational Outreach, Humane Society
of the United States, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lockwood is the country’s leading expert witness in
dog bite cases, having testified and assisted prosecutors in a
number of high profile fatal cases. From his experiences you’ll
learn the risks and liabilities you face if your dog is aggressive
to people or other dogs.
Do we know what dogs are most likely to bite? For over 20 years
Dr. Lockwood has helped the Centers for Disease Control compile
statistics on fatal dog attacks, and he’ll share with you
what he’s learned from this research.
What happens if your dog bites someone and you are sued? What
if your shelter or rescue group adopts out a dog that bites someone?
Do “temperament” tests lower, or raise your risk or
make no difference? Dr. Lockwood has worked extensively with the
insurance industry and will give you the latest on breed specific
insurance refusals as well.