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August 18 & 19, 2018: Harmon Meadow, NJ

(NYC/North Jersey-Secaucus Area)

August 25 & 26, 2018: Akron/Cleveland, OH


Positive Solutions for

Dog Aggression



August 18 & 19, 2018

Harmon Meadow, NJ

(NYC/North Jersey-Secaucus)


August 25 & 26, 2018

Akron/Cleveland, OH



Pat Miller



North Coast Dogs &

Animals for Adoption





13/both days



Early Bird:


$185/both days

Group Rate for both Days:

3-4: $145/person

5 or more: $125/person




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.

 Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (1 hour lunch break) 



9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Intro & Background

  • Introduction

  • How Dogs Think & Learn

10:50 AM - 12:30 PM

Definitions, Aggression Culture, Specialties

  • Aggression: What it is and isn't

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

1:30 PM - 3:00 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:

    • Socialization

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

    • Building a Behavior Modification Plan

    • Working Below Threshold

3:20 PM - 5:00 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


 Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (1 hour lunch break) 



9:00 AM - 10:30 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


10:50 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Touch/Handling Sensitivity:

    • Discussion

    • Case Histories: Classical Conditioning; Counter Conditioning.

  • Reactivity:

    • 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 - 3:00 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.

3:20 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Rehoming

  • Euthanasia

  • Advocacy

  • Open Q&A Discussion

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 Pat Miller 


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 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.

In addition to this seminar, you can find her books for sale at

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 Harmon Meadow (NY City/North Jersey-Secaucus Area - 20 Minutes from Times Square) 
La Quinta Inns & Suites

350 Lighting Way

Harmon Meadow (town of Secaucus), NJ 07094

North Jersey/NYC Area)

(click here for map) 

Directions & Travel Times:

Harmon Meadow is a newly built vibrant area of 8 Hotels, Movie Theaters and Offices with some 21 Restaurants, the Meadowlands Exposition Center and over a dozen retailers, just 20 minutes from Times Square/NYC by shuttle, bus or car.


20 Minute Regular Shuttle Bus Service from NYC: Shuttle Bus # 85 & #320 from Port Authority Bus Terminal (41st. & 8th Ave.) takes about 20 minutes during non-rush hours; stops in front of all hotels including seminar site La Quinta; service approximately every 1/2 hour.


By car from NYC: About 20 minutes via Lincoln Tunnel (495 W for 3 miles to NJ-3 W to Secaucus exit onto Island Blvd. & Lighting Way)

From Northern NJ, Rockland County NY and the Hudson Valley: About 30 minutes (NJ) to 45 minutes Rockland  & beyond, 1 hour. NJ 17 South to Garden State Pkwy South to I-80 Express E to I-95 S to Exit 17; stay right for NJ-3/Secaucus then left for Harmon Meadow Blvd. & Lighting Way


From Westchester County & SW Connecticut: About 45-50 minutes via Tappan Zee Bridge to I87 / 287 to NJ 17 South and the route as above.


From Newark (20 minutes) & Points South: I-95 to Exit 16E: Lincoln Tunnel/NJ3; follow signs for NJ 3/Secaucus; stay left toward Harmon Meadow Blvd. & Lighting Way


From Morristown (35 minutes) & Points West: I-287 N to I-80 

Express E to I-95 S Exit 17 as above from Northern NJ.

 Akron (Cleveland Area), OH 
Holiday Inn Akron West - Fairlawn

4073 Medina Rd.

Akron, OH 44333
(click here for map)

Directions & Drive times:

Hotel is located about 1/4 mile east of Exit 137 of I-77 and about 5 miles east of Exit 218 of I-71 connecting Columbus & Cleveland. It is 35 minutes due south of Cleveland and 1 hr. 45 minutes drive time from Columbus, Pittsburg & Erie; about the same from Toledo and about 3 hours drive time from Detroit & Cincinnati.

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Early Bird Rates: $85 per person per day and $165 per person for both days. 

Regular Rates: $95 per person per day and $185 per person for both days

Early Bird Deadlines:

Harmon Meadow/NYC: July 23, 2018

Akron/Cleveland: July 30, 2018


Group of 3-4: $145 per person for both days. 

Group of 5+: $125 per person for both days. 

Click the below button for Group Reservations.


All deposits fully refunded, at any time, in case a person needs to cancel a reservation for any reason. There is never a cancellation fee. 


Please make checks payable to:

Petworkshops, LLC / Puppyworks

P.O. Box 938

New Paltz, NY 12561


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Due to space limitations, we will not be permitterd to have dogs in the meeting room (other than service dogs, of course.)


CONDUCT: During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. Please take all private conversations outside while the speakers are presenting.

BABIES: The presence of a baby is likely to be distracting to other participants, so we ask that you refrain from bringing any babies or very young children into the lecture hall.

VIDEOTAPING: No videotaping or audiotaping is permitted. A selection of videotapes and books will be available for sale.


SHOPPING: A selection of books and videos will be available for sale.

PARKING: There should be ample parking at the seminar location.


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Hotel rates are seasonal and may increase the closer you get to the dates of your stay there. 

 Harmon Meadow/Secaucus, NJ (NYC Area) 

La Quinta Inns & Suites 350 Lighting Way

Harmon Meadow West /Secaucus NJ 07094


Rates start at $165


Holiday Inn 

300 Plaza Drive 

Harmon Meadow West /Secaucus NJ 07094


Rates start at $166


Meadowlands River Inn

250 Harmon Meadow Blvd.

Harmon Meadow West /Secaucus NJ 07094


Rates start at $179


Residence Inn

800 Plaza Drive

Harmon Meadow West /Secaucus NJ 07094


Rates start at $189


Courtyard by Marriott

455 Harmon Meadow Blvd.

Harmon Meadow West /Secaucus NJ 07094


Rates start at $144


Hyatt Place

575 Park Plaza Drive

Harmon Meadow West /Secaucus NJ 07094


Rates start at $171

 Akron, OH (Cleveland Area) 

Holiday Inn Akron West - Fairlawn

4073 Medina Rd. Akron OH 44333


Rates: For attendees only, there is a special rate of $99 which will definitely be available  until August 15, and after that date only if rooms are available. To secure that rate use the rate code “PUP” if booking on-line or tell the front desk you are with Puppyworks if booking by phone.

Courtyard by Marriott

100 Springside Dr.

Akron OH 44333

330-668-9090 (

Rates start at $149


Residence Inn by Marriott

4080 Embassy Pkwy.

Fairlawn OH 44333


Rates start at $194


Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

120 Montrose W. Ave.

Akron OH 44321


Rates start at $113

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