Anatomy of an Aggressive-Dog Training Plan

If you have decided to see clients whose dogs have aggression issues, what should you include in your Training Plan? Are you going to focus directly on the original behavior problem or are you going to offer additional information in order to help dogs live a much more peaceful life? Detailed training plans such as these take time to write up and need to be done in a cost-effective way.

When I treat dogs that have aggression and reactivity issues, I email the client a thorough Training Plan two to three days after the initial visit. The plan includes sections such as: Home Management, Specific Notations (specific behavior information that is unique to that client/dog model), Clicker Training Foundation Behaviors, and a detailed description of how to implement the Click to Calm methodology. This detailed document helps owners shape the emotion of their dogs from one of fear and/or extreme excitability to one of contentment in previously challenging situations. New to my training plan are videos of myself demonstrating the specific exercises correctly. (Links are included in the Training Plan.) This information covers both types of learners: people who need to read the instructions as well as people who need to see it done.

In this presentation, we will create one or two training plans that will be based on actual case histories. Please note: Although it will be mentioned, this Session will not be a discussion about how or when to use the Click to Calm methodology. (Please see the video Keep Calm and Click On: Evidence & Improvement in the Click to Calm Method.)

Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), as well as a ClickerExpo faculty member. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Emma holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs: three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque; and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.