Pat Miller’s Positive Solutions for Dog Aggression



When: December 3rd and 4th, 2018 (from 12-6PM on Monday, and from 8-6PM on Tuesday) 

Where: 4423 SW 74th Avenue, Miami FL 33155 @ Applause Your Paws 

Finally, an aggression seminar that focuses on practical solutions to aggression problems, with specific positive steps for trainers & handlers  to take – -instead of merely describing symptoms and causation. Extensive video footage will be used to demonstrate all aspects, including the behavior modification techniques.

The seminar takes place Dec.3 from 12pm-6pm and Dec. 4 8am-6pm here at Applause Your Paws. 

Pat Miller, a past President of APDT, has been training dogs for more than 35 years. She was a humane officer at the Marin Humane Society in California for 20 years and most recently trains as a CPDT and behavior consultant at her Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in Maryland, home to her acclaimed Intern Academies. Pat is also APDT’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Pat writes for, and is Training Editor, of The Whole Dog Journal and contributes to Your Dog (published by Tufts University Veterinary School). Her first dog training book, The Power of Positive Dog Training (Howell Book House, 2001) has been on’s “Top 10 Dog Training Books” list since January of 2002. Her other books are: Positive Perspectives, Positive Perspectives 2,  Play With Your Dog, and “Do Over Dogs-Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life”.

Her most recent book: “Beware of the Dog: Positive Solutions for Aggressive Behavior in Dogs” (Dogwise Publishing, 2017) is a practical road map to evaluating, managing and modifying aggression in pet dogs. 




13/both days




$185/both days

 Monday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (short afternoon stretch break!)


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Intro & Background


How Dogs Think & Learn

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Definitions, Aggression Culture, Specialties

Aggression: What it is and isn’t

Alpha-Schmalpha​! Our Aggression-Sensitized Culture; Aggression-Specialty Behavior Consultants

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Recognition, Causation, Medication & Planning

The Gift of Growl; Translating Body Parts Language; Tail Carriage & Motion; Ears, Eyes, Mouth, Hair & Posture

Stress Dictionary: Two Dozens Behavioral & Bodily Stress Signs

Stressors: The Root Cause of Aggression

Working with Aggression:


Upper-Level Management: Handy Management Tools, Medication, Pharmaceutical Intervention-Veterinary, Consults-Psythcotropic Drugs.

Building a Behavior Modification Plan

Working Below Threshold

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Behavior Modification Overview

Behavior Modification Techniques-Overview; Pat’s Preferences:

​Counter Conditioning and Desensitization

Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT)

Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) – Simplified Version.

BAT 2.0 & Pat’s Variation of it

Open Discussion


 Tuesday : 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM



8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Classifications of Aggression

Fear Related Aggression:

​Fears, Anxieties & Phobias

Case Histories: Counter Conditioning & Desensitization

Helpful Operant Behaviors: Good Behavior, Targeting, Find It, Emergency Escape, Get Behind, Treat & Retreat

Possession Aggression (Resource Guarding):

Discussion & Management

Case Histories: Behavior Modification; Teaching “Trade”; Counter Conditioning; Walk Away Protocol


9:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Touch/Handling Sensitivity:


Case Histories: Classical Conditioning; Counter Conditioning.


Dog-Dog Aggression

Case Histories: Counter Conditioning; Staying Sub-Threshold while Varying Distance, Motion, Sizes & Numbers of Triggers

Evasive Action Techniques: Emergency Exit; Targeting, Watch Me, Tug of War

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Predatory Aggression (Primarily Dogs vs. Cats):

Case Histories: Classical Conditioning; Positive Association with New Species Plus Careful Management; Counter Conditioning

Aggression in Multi-Dog Households:

Stressors, Management, Identifying Triggers

Case Histories: Counter Conditioning & Desensitization to Change Dog’s View of Stressors; Operant Conditioning for New Behavior Response; Minimize Exposure or Eliminate Stressor.


3:45 PM – 6:00 PM





Open Q&A Discussion

Would you like to request a callback? Callbacks are made during office hours, Monday-Friday from 7AM-8PM. We look forward to speaking with you about your dog!
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