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Telecourses: Conducting a Successful and Safe Feisty Fido Class - what you MUST know


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 more common.

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 or agency.

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.

You’ll learn

  • how the “whys” of these problems affect your approach to these problems in class
  • advanced observational skills and interpretation of body language
  • implementation of a range of behavior modification techniques
  • 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 this course.

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 Here to learn more about our Behavior Education Network. 

The LIVE class isn’t on our current schedule. Please sign up for our ezine “Pet Behavior One Piece at a Time” to be notified about when it will be offered next.

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.

Still have questions about the course? Email for more details info@animalbehaviorassociates.com

Your Registration Fee $97    If you were a BEN Pro Member you’d pay only $77 (a 20% discount) Current BEN members - you MUST log into BEN  and register from BEN to receive your discount.

Fee: $97
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