Hosted by North Coast Dogs & Animals for Adoption

From Pet Dogs to Working Dogs

In this seminar, Sue will cover a broad array of dog aggression issues including aggression thresholds, observing & assessing sociability as well as defensive handling strategies.

DAY 1: Dog-Human Sociability & Aggression Thresholds

  • Role of Pet Dogs

  • Assessing for Sociability & Why it is Critical

  • Distinguishing High from Low Aggression Thresholds

  • Observing Dog Aggression

DAY 2: Mouthing & Resource Guarding / Aggression & Safe Handling

  • Puppy & Adult Mouthing Behaviors

  • Resource Guarding & Aggression Thresholds

  • Keeping Safe: Defensive Handling Strategies

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



9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Understanding Pet Dogs in their Relationship with Humans

  • The Role of Today's Pet Dog

  • High Aggression Thresholds

  • Sociability: What it is, what does it mean, why it's critical, testing for it & observing it

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Understanding Highly Problematic Dogs & Dangerous Dogs

  • Low Aggression Thresholds

  • Categories of Aggression & observing Aggression:

    • towards family, with handling, unwanted demands, resource guarding

    • towards strangers, territoriality 


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



9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Puppy & Adult Mouthing Behaviors

  • Normal Puppy Mouthing: What Role does it Play?

  • How Temperament Influences Mouthing Behaviors

  • Resource Guarding: An Ethorgram of Resource Guarding Behavior

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Resource Guarding Continued

  • Assessing for Resource Guarding Aggression Thresholds

  • Meaning of Low Resource Guarding Thresholds for: the dog, the shelter, the owner & other care takers

  • Resource Guarding Towards Humans

  • Resource Guarding Towards other Dogs

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Defensive Handling Strategies: Safety Around Aggressive Dogs

True aggression is fast, much faster than a human can process. By the time you become aware that a dog has decided to bite, you will likely have been bitten or attacked. 

  • Plan​ A: What to do When You Are Being Bitten or Attacked:
    • Learn How to Minimize the Damage

    • Learn How to Diffuse the Dog as soon as Possible

    • What Should Your First Response Be?

  • Plan B: Leash Handling Skills:

    • Quick Muzzling Techniques

    • Protecting Yourself When It's Too Late to Talk the Dog Off The Ledge 

    • Your Bite Map: Once Bitten or Seriously Threatened you Develop a "Bite Map", a Permanent Awareness in the presence of Dogs (When and Where You Could be Bitten).

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Sociability vs. Aggression Thresholds in Dogs



August 26 - 27, 2017

Cleveland/Akron, OH



Sue Sternberg



North Coast Dogs &

Animals for Adoption





13/both days



Early Bird:


$165/both days

After August 7th:


$185/both days

Group Rate:

3-4: $139/person

5 or more: $125/person



 Sue Sternberg 


Sue founded the shelter featured in an  HBO documentary: Shelter Dogs (  She has developed national programs, such as Training Wheels® for community shelter outreach and dedicated herself to ensuring the quality of life of animals in their communities, at animal shelters and in safe adoptions. Her 30 years of canine behavior experience, includes as an animal control officer, behavior consultant  at the ASPCA, shelter owner,  successful competitor in dog sports, and a teacher of dog trainers world-wide. She is the author of Great Dog Adoptions: A Guide for Shelters (Latham Foundation publication) and Successful Dog Adoption published by Wiley.


Her latest book from Dogwise, is Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs - Using the Assess-A-Pet Protocol to Better Understand Aggression. Sue has been developing and refining assessment techniques for decades to help shelter workers and trainers determine the likelihood that a dog will engage in aggressive behaviors. This book includes Sue’s newest protocols based on the theory that sociability is the key predictor of a dog’s potential for aggression. Click here for Sue's website.

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 Akron, OH (Cleveland Area) 

Holiday Inn Akron West - Fairlawn
4073 Medina Road

Akron, OH 44333 
(click here for map



35 Frontage Rd. Just North of U. S. Highway 290 and about

3 1/2 miles North of the University of Texas campus.

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Early Bird Rates (Until August 7th):  $85 per person per day and $165 per person for both days.

Regular Rates (After August 7th): $95 per person per day and $185 per person for both days


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



The Seminar is Sold Out.

Please call 917-699-6440

to get on the 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. 


 Akron, OH (Cleveland Area) 

Holiday Inn Akron West - Fairlawn

4073 Medina Road

Akron, OH 44333


Rates: For attendees only, there is a special rate of $99 guaranteed until August 15th then based on availability. To secure the special rate use the rate code "PUP" if booking online, or tell the front desk you are with Puppyworks if booking by phone.


Courtyard by Marriott

100 Springside Drive

Akron, OH 44333


Rates: $118+


Residence Inn by Marriott

4080 Embassy Parkway

Fairlawn, OH 44333


rates: $154+


Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham

120 Montrose West Ave

Akron, OH 44321


Rates: $60+

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