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

Aggression Workshop- Asheville, NC

Aggression in Dogs Workshop Flyer – Asheville, NC

Registration: Joann Rechtine or 585-905-8281

April 7 – 8, 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 Christmount Retreat, Camp and Conference Center, Black Mountain, NC on April 7-8, 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.

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.

Course Details:

Dates: April 7- 8, 2018

Location: Christmount Retreat, Camp and Conference Center, Black Mountain, NC

Cost: $225

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

CEUS: 12 CEUs for dog trainers and 4 CEU’s for behavior consultants approved from                     CCPDT, 17.5 CEUs approved from IAABC and KPA,  13.5 CE’s Approved North                         Carolina Veterinary Medical Board

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.

Places to stay in Black Mountain, North Carolina

The workshop will be held at Christmount Retreat, Camp and Conference Center. Please contact them directly for rates and further information.

222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC  28711  (828) 669-8977

Hotel close to the venue: Quality Inn

585 Hwy 9, Black Mountain, NC, 28711 Phone: (828) 669-9950

Other Hotels

There are lots of Bed and Breakfasts and cabins for rent in/near Black Mountain. Places to look for them:

GreyBeard Realty

204 East State Street Black Mountain, NC 28711 Phone: 855-688-9574