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We’ve all worked with people who live with dogs that have bitten or have a high likelihood of doing so. But this webinar isn’t about how to change dog behavior – it’s about how to understand and support our clients. While many of us may have worked with hundreds of aggression problems, far fewer of us have lived with our own aggressive dogs. And even fewer of us have had to make the decision to euthanize a dog because we could no longer take the risk of injury to ourselves, other pets, or other people. What emotional toll does it take on people and families who live with fear that their dog – who they may dearly love – can hurt them or someone else at any time? And what’s it like to make the decision – either as an owner or as a shelter or rescue – to euthanize dogs because of the danger they pose? What do we know about events that become “the last straw” for these owners? Do they really need to “try everything” first? What behavior makes a dog a euthanasia candidate rather than a rescue or rehoming prospect or safe to stay in the home? All of us strive to best help clients through this difficult time. But we also all bring our own biases – both personal and professional – and those we are aware of as well as though we aren’t – to our client interactions. What’s most helpful for clients to hear and what’s hurtful? How can we guard against our own biases filtering into what we say? Can we take an objective look at the dog’s behavior while at the same time putting ourselves in our clients’ shoes? What we may think is manageable behavior may be anything but that for many of our clients. We invite you to join this discussion as we partner with Trish McMillan, MSc, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, from Instinct Dog Behavior and Training and formerly with the ASPCA to talk about this complex and difficult topic. You may know Trish from her Aggression in Dogs workshops with Michael Shikashio, CDBC.
Sponsor:Animal Behavior Associates
Speaker(s):Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB and Trish McMillan, MSc, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA