From Pet Dogs to Working Dogs

Orlando, FL April 7-8, 2018: 

Madison/Milwaukee Area: April 28-29, 2018: 

Chicago Area: May 5-6, 2018: 

Boston Area: June 9 & 10, 2018

New: 1/2 Day on Defensive Handling

Hosted By:

University of Doglando, Wetnose Training, Animals for Adoption, Boston K9 Conceirge & New England Dog Training Club



A new, expanded and vastly more nuanced look at temperament - in shelters and homes

DAY 1: 

  • The role of pet dogs

  • Assessing for Sociability & why it is critical

  • Distinguishing high from low aggression thresholds

  • Resource guarding & aggression thresholds

DAY 2: 

  • Puppy & adult mouthing behavior

  • Keeping Safe: Defensive handling strategies. 

  • What to do if you are bitten or attacked

  • Leash handling & quick muzzling

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



  1. Understanding Pet Dogs and their Relationship with Humans

  • The role of today's pet dogs

  • Sociability - what is it; what does it mean & why it is critical

  • Testing for sociability

  • Observing & assessing sociability

2. Understanding Highly Problematic & Dangerous Dogs

  • Low aggression thresholds

  • Categories of aggression & observing aggression:

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

    • towards strangers; territoriality

3.  Resource Guarding Behaviors

  • Ethogram of resource guarding

  • Assessing for resource guarding aggression thresholds

  • Effects of low aggression thresholds on the dog, the shelter, the owner, care takers & other dogs

  • Resource guarding towards humans

  • Resource guarding towards other dogs

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



1. Puppy & Adult Mouthing Behaviors

  • Normal puppy mouthing and what role it plays

  • How temperament influences mouthing behavior

2. 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

  • Plan A: What to do when you are being bitten or attacked:

    • What should your first response be

    • Learn how to minimize the damage

    • Lean how to diffuse the dog as soon as possible

  • Plan B: Leash Handling Skills:

    • Quick muzzling techniques

    • Protecting yourself when it's too late to talk the dog off the ledge


3. Your Bite Map

  • Once bitten or seriously threatened you develop a "Bite Map" - a permanent awareness in the presence of dogs and when & where you could be bitten

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Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs



April 7 - 8, 2018

Orlando, FL

April 28 - 29, 2018

Johnson Creek, WI


May 5 - 6, 2018

River Grove, IL

June 9 & 10, 2018

Natick/Boston, MA



Sue Sternberg



University of Doglando


Animals for Adoption





13/both days



Early Bird:


$165/both days



$185/both days

Group Rate:

3-4: $145/person

5 or more: $125/person



 Sue Sternberg 


SUE STERNBERG (, is the  winner of APDT’s  2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. 


She 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 most recent publications (all published by Dogwise) include Out and About With Your Dog, Dog-Dog Interactions,  Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs and  Understanding Sociability (DVD).

Click here for Sue's website.

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 Orlando, FL 

Avanti Hotel Resort

8738 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819
(click here for map) 

Hotel is in South West area of Orlando about 1 1/4 miles from Exit 74A of 

Highway I-4.

It is just 1 hr.15 min. from Tampa, Approx. 2 hrs. from Gainesville, Jacksonville, Jupiter & Sarasota.

From the West: Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater etc. Exit 74A of the I-4 is just before (and thus avoids) the so called I-4 “Disney Exits”


From the North and East  you can avoid the I-4 “Disney Exits” by using routes

FL 417 South and / or FL 528 West

 Johnson Creek, WI (Madison/Milwaukee Area 

Comfort Suites Conference Room

725 Paradise Lane

Johnson Creek, WI 53038
(click here for map)

Johnson Creek is exactly midway between Madison & Milwaukee

Local drive times: 45 minutes from both Madison & Milwaukee, directly on I-94, 2  miles from Exit 267 and the Johnson Creek Premium Outlet Mall;  also 45 minutes from Janesville & 1 hr. 20 min. from Oshkosh.

 River Grove, IL (Chicago Area) 

Guerin Prep

8001 W. Belmont Ave

River Grove, IL 60171
(click here for map)

West Belmont is right in between the Kennedy Expy. (I .90; Exit 79)

to the North, and the Eisenhower Expy. (I 290; Exit  20) to the South.


From Kennedy Expy., go south on N. Cumberland  (Rt. 171)

about 4 miles to a left on W. Belmont. for about 1/2 mile to Guerin.


From Eisenhower Expy. go north on 1st Ave. (Rt. 171)--becomes 

N. Thatcher, for about 5 miles to a right on W. Belmont for about 

1/2 mile to Guerin Prep.


Local drive times: Chicago & Lombard: 35 - 40 minutes; Elgin, Evanston, Naperville & Oswego: 1 hr.; Champaign IL & Davenport IA: 2 1/2 hrs.

 Natick, MA (Boston Area) 

Courtyard by Marriott Boston/Natick

342 Speen Street

Natick, MA 01760

(click here for map)


About 25 miles- 1/2 hour -West of Boston & 1/2 hour to 45 minutes drive from most Boston suburbs. It’s right at Exit 13 of the Mass Pike (I-90).


From Boston:

The Hotel is about 25 miles (25 minutes) West of downtown Boston via Mass. Pike (I-90) to Exit 13 (1 mile from Hotel). Take Rte. 30 Commonwealth Rd. east to first turn on right (Speen St.). Hotel is about 1/4 mile down Speen St. on the right and directly across from the Home Depot.


From Most Boston Suburbs: Take Rte. 128 (I-93 / 95) to Mass Pike, or take Mass Pike (I-90) directly, and go to Exit 13 and follow directions above.


From Points West

Take Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 13 and follow directions above. 


From Points South or North: Take I-495 or Rte.128 (I-95 / 93) to Mass Pike (I- 90). Go to Exit 13 and follow directions above.


From Route 9 (Worcester St.) Natick: Enter Natick Mall area at Natick Mall Rd. Follow that road around the Mall to the right to intersection with Speen St. Turn left onto Speen St. Hotel is about 1/2 mile up the street on the left after EZ storage.

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To be added to the waiting list email us at: with the subject line “Sue Sternberg  Waiting List”. Please include your cell phone number.

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

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

Early Bird Deadlines:

Orlando: March 23, 2018

Johnson Creek: April 9, 2018

River Grove: April 16, 2018

Natick/Boston: May 18, 2018


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

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

Please note: The limit on Group Sales in Orlando has been reached. Please call 917-699-6440 for additional information on the Orlando seminar - all others click below for Group Reservations.


Orlando seminar is presently full, but cancellations may well occur. To be added to the Wait List please send e-mail to: Put Wait list in the subject line and provide Name & telephone number.

If it is a group, please indicate the number of people in the group






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. 


 Orlando, Florida 

Avanti Hotel Resort

8738 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates: Rates start at $82/night.


Ramada Orlando

8342 Jamaican Ct.

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates: Rates start at $89/night.


Best Western

7299 Universal Blvd

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates: Rates start at $75/night.


La Quinta Inn & Suites

8504 Universal Blvd

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates: Rates start at $119/night.

Hampton Inn

8900 Universal Blvd

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates: Rates start at $169/night.

 Johnson Creek (Madison/Milwaukee), WI 

Comfort Suites

725 Paradise Lane

Johnson Creek, WI 53038


Rates: Regular Rate from $159/night. Special rate for attendees $95/day for Friday April 27 & Saturday April 28 - check out Sunday. Not available online. Call for reservations and ask for "Animal Behavior Seminar Group Block Rate".

 River Grove (Chicago Area), IL 

Loews Chicago O’Hare 

5300 North River Road 

Rosemont, IL 


Rates: From $129


Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare

5440 North River Road

Rosemont, IL 


Rates: From $133


Crowne Plaza-Chicago-Northbrook from $112

2875 North Milwaukee Avenue

Northbrook, IL 60062 


Rates: From $112

Hampton Inn Chicago-O'Hare 

3939 North Mannheim Road

Schiller Park, IL 


Rates: From $100


Four Points by Sheraton O'Hare

10249 West Irving Park Road

Schiller Park, IL


Rates: From $129

 Natick (Boston Area), MA 

Courtyard by Marriott Boston/Natick

342 Speen Street

Natick, MA 01760 


Special Rates:  $129/night for seminar attendees. Call using code "Puppyworks" or click HERE. Must be booked by May 8th, 2018.

Hampton Inn Boston/Natick

319 Speen Street

Natick, MA 01760


Rates: From $153

Crown Plaza Boston/Natick

1360 Worcester Street

Natick, MA 01760


Rates: From $157

Red Roof Inn Boston Framingham

650 Cochituate Road

Feramingham, MA 01701


Rates: From $116

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