Saturday/Sunday: December 2 & 3

Novato-San Francisco Area

Hosted By:

Marin Humane Society & Animals for Adoption


Positive Solutions for

Dog Aggression



December 2 & 3, 2017

Novato, CA

San Francisco Area



Pat Miller



Marine Humane Society &

Animals for Adoption





13/both days



Early Bird:


$165/both days

After November 14th:


$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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 Novato, CA (San Francisco Area) 

Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd

Novato, CA 94949

About 30 miles north of San Francisco
(click here for map

Directions & Drive times:

FROM H101 SOUTH: Exit Bel Marin Keys Blvd., turn left at first light toward Bel Marin Keys Blvd., turn right at Bel Marin Keys Blvd. Humane Society is on your left. 

FROM H101 NORTH: Exit Bel Marin Keys Blvd., go east over the freeway. Humane Society is on your left at the first light. 

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Early Bird Rates (Until November 14th):  $85 per person per day and $165 per person for both days.

Regular Rates (After November 14th): $95 per person per day and $185 per person for both days

No Cancellation Fees: You may cancel at any time for a full refund. 


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


This seminar has sold out. If you want to be added to the waiting list we can contact you in case of cancellations. To be added to the waiting list send us an email to with the subject line "Pat Miller Waiting List"







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. A number of reasonably priced hotels can also be found in San Rafael, about 11 minutes (8 miles) south of Novato along Rte. 101.


 Novato, CA (San Francisco Area) 

San Francisco Days Inn

8141 Redwood Blvd

Novato, CA 94945


Rates: $100+


Marinwood Inn & Suites

275 Alameda del Prado

Novato, CA 94949


Rates: $110+


Inn Marin

250 Entrada Drive

Novato, CA 94949


Rates: $169+. Dogs Allowed.


Best Western Novato Oaks

215 Alameda del Prado

Novato, CA 94949


Rates: $159+. Dogs Allowed. All rooms have refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and boards. Complimentary continental breakfast buffet each morning. Novato's popular restaurant, The Wild Fox, on property with room service available. ***Complimentary van shuttle service to Marin Humane Society and return, may be operating (ask).

Couryard by Marriott

1400 N. Hamilton Pkwy

Novato, CA 94949


Rates: $159+. No Dogs Allowed.

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