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Understanding and Preventing Canine Aggression

Get all the practical help you need to understand and prevent canine aggression both within and outside the practice in this comprehensive, fully-guaranteed Online Mini Series™ course from CPD Solutions

Let Canine Behaviour Counsellor Stephanie Hedges help you to understand aggressive behaviour in dogs. Register now and discover the essential information that every veterinary nurse should know...


12 months access to recordings and course materials is included. Please note that these are webinar recordings and not live events. Full details on how to access the Mini Series will be emailed to you.
  • Discover the latest research into canine aggression to explain the complex drives behind it
  • Get right up to date on the current thinking about dominance and dominance hierarchies in dogs
  • Find out how to prevent aggressive behaviour developing
  • Understand how to handle defensively aggressive dogs in practice and what advice to give to owners
  • Learn how to teach dogs to wear a muzzle without causing distress
  • Self-assessment quiz to ‘release’ your 8 hours CPD certification (don’t worry, you can take them more than once if you don’t quite hit the mark first time)
  • AND…you have a whole year’s access to recorded sessions for reviewing key points
  • Superb value for money – you learn without travelling or paying for accommodation, childcare or petcare
  • Watch the recordings on your iPad


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What will I learn on this course?

Session 1: Triggers and Influences for Canine Aggression


  • What the evolutionary purpose of aggression is and how this affects its use
  • What the physiological and behavioural differences between predatory and emotional aggression are
  • Which physiological and developmental factors influence an individual dog’s future use of aggression
  • How current environmental influences affect aggression and how these work individually and in combination
  • The current thinking about dominance and dominance hierarchies in dogs


Session 2: Preventing Aggression through Socialisation and Communication


  • The importance of good early socialisation and habituation, and ongoing social development for preventing fear and so defensive aggression
  • How training simple commands can prevent conflict and frustration in both dog and owner
  • The role of inappropriate punishment in the development of aggressive behaviour and techniques for dissuading owners from resorting to it
  • How to read signals that a dog is fearful or feeling defensive, to prevent this escalating to threat or aggression
  • Awareness of how human body language can inadvertently mimic dog threat behaviour to trigger defensive behaviour


Session 3: Handling, Managing and Referring the Aggressive Dog


  • Methods for preventing defensive aggression in practice
    • Modifications to the environment
    • Changes in approach and handling
    • Teaching dogs to feel more relaxed when visiting the surgery
  • How to teach dogs to accept interventions and to wear a muzzle without causing distress
  • The key legal implications of owning an aggressive dog including updates on the Dangerous Dogs Act and civil liabilities
  • How to assess the level of risk and identify key risks that need to be managed
  • First aid advice that can be given in practice to prevent deterioration and manage risk
  • How to identify an appropriately qualified and accredited canine behaviour specialist for ongoing advice on management or elimination of aggressive behaviour


About The Presenter

StephanieHedgesStephanie Hedges BSc (Hons) CCAB

Stephanie has a first class honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and worked as a vet nurse for over 20 years. She studied Applied Animal Behaviour at the University of Southampton and started her canine behaviour practice in 2005. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and now combines her full time role as a Behaviour Counsellor with lecturing undergraduates in companion animal behaviour, acting as the Veterinary Nursing Rep for Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and speaking engagements for dog clubs, veterinary practices, CPD providers and professional organisations.

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Take advantage of the easy format of the online Mini Series and learn how to prevent and manage canine aggression.


GREAT VALUE ! Your Course Rate is Just £227 + VAT* 

The price includes all 3 sessions, notes and quiz – 8 hours of CPD

No traffic jams, accommodation hassles, pet or child care, rota clashes, locum fees….just great CPD and a valuable ongoing resource

* overseas customers outside the EU will not be charged VAT. Overseas customers in the EU; provide your VAT number and we will refund the VAT.

All the sessions are now available as recordings and you have access to them for a full 12 months after purchase.

So buy now and take advantage of this really easy to attend online CPD format.


Buy with absolute confidence

Your purchase is protected by the CPD Solutions no quibble money back guarantee.

Need some help? Call us on +44 (0)151 328 0444

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