sue Sternberg


February 29 & March 1, 2020

Temecula, CA (Escondido/San Diego/Temecula Area)

Hosted by 4Paws Training & Animals for Adoption

March 7 & 8, 2020

Sylmar, CA (Los Angeles Area)

Hosted by Guide Dogs of America & Animals for Adoption

August 1 &2, 2020

Petaluma, CA (Marin County)

Hosted by Unleashed Training & Animals for Adoption

August 8 &9, 2020

Olympia, WA 

Hosted by Lets Talk Dogs & Animals for Adoption


  • Assessing Dog-Dog Reactivity & Interactions

  • Avoiding Dog Play Dangers: What to watch for at dog parks, dog daycare, shelters & among dogs at home

  • Managing & Training Tips for Dog-Dog Reactivity

  • Socialization Techniques for Puppies & Adolescents: To prevent reactivity before it starts

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


A: Assessing  Dog Dog Reactivity & Interactions

  • How to use the Assess A Pet four-step, on-leash procedures to look for low risk, moderate risk, and high risk responses

B:  Avoiding Dog Play Dangers at Dog Parks, Daycare, Shelters & at Home 

  • How to assess dog-dog engagements to look for compatible playmates

  • Observing low risk behaviors, moderate risk, and high risk behaviors

  • When to interrupt

  • How to interrupt

  • How much play is healthy or necessary?

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


A: Understanding and Management for Reactivity (barking, lunging, growling or hyperactivity when encountering unfamiliar dogs and/or strangers)


  • Is there more reactivity today than ever?

  • Reactivity is contagious 

  • Possible contributing factors for reactivity 

  • What if EVERY dog owner managed his or her dog AS IF he were reactive?

  • How to manage a dog in public

  • Sensitive events for triggering reactivity

  • Managing & training tips for dog-dog reactivity


B) Socialization techniques for puppies & adolescents to prevent reactivity before it starts.

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Managing Dog-Dog Interactions



Feb 29 & March 1, 2020

San Diego, CA Area

March 7&8, 2020

Los Angeles, CA Area

August 1 & 2, 2020

Marin County, CA


August 8 & 9, 2020

Olympia, WA



Sue Sternberg





13/both days



Early Bird:


$175/both days

Regular Rates:


$195/both days

Group Rate:

3-4: $155/person

5 or more: $135/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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 Temecula, CA (San Diego/Escondido/Temecula Area) 

Temecula (San Diego / Escondido area) CA

City of Temecula Conference Center

41000 Main St. 

Temecula, CA 92590

(Old Town Temecula at the Civic Center)

(click here for map)

Local drive times:  1/2 hr. from Escondido & 45 minutes from Riverside / Corona; 1 hr. from San Diego or Ontario; 1 hr, 15 minutes from Irvine & Anaheim.


 Sylmar, CA (Los Angles Area) 

Guide Dogs of America

13445 Glenoaks Blvd

Sylmar, CA 91342

(click here for map)

Local drive times: 20 minutes from Burbank / Glendale / Sherman Oaks & Pasadena; 35 minutes from downtown L.A.; 45 minutes from Santa Monica; 1 hr. from Manhattan Beach,  Pomona or Ventura.

 Petaluma, CA (Marin County) 

Petaluma Community Center/Assembly Hall

320 N. McDowell Blvd 

Petaluma, CA 94954

(click here for map)

Local drive times: 45 minutes north of San Francisco

via Highway 101. (Take exit 474 for E. Washington St toward Central Petaluma, in 1/4 mi. go left onto McDowell);  25 minutes south of Santa Rosa via Highway 101; 55 minutes from Berkeley and Oakland; 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento & Palo Alto.

 Olympia, WA 

South Puget Community College

2011 Mottman Rd. Bldng 26

Olympia, WA 98512

(click here for map)

Local drive times: 1 hour South-West of Seattle; 1 1/2 hours

North of Portland; 3 1/2 hours South of Vancouver BC; 

1/2 hour West of Tacoma. 

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Early Bird Rates: $90 per person per day and $175 per person for both days. 

Regular Rates: $99 per person per day and $195 per person for both days

Please check the Early Bird Deadlines below the ticket icon!

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


Group of 3-4: $155 per person for both days. 

Group of 5+: $135 per person for both days. 


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Early Bird Deadline:

February 11, 2020

Early Bird Deadline:

February 11, 2020

Early Bird Deadline:

July 14, 2020

Early Bird Deadline:

July 14, 2020






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 as of October 2019, are seasonal and may increase the closer you get to the dates of your stay there. 


Temecula, CA - San Diego Area 

Best Western Plus Temecula Wine Country

41841 Moreno Road




Embassy Suites

29345 Rancho California Road





Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula

28190 Jefferson Ave.





Springhill Suites by Marriott

28220 Jefferson Ave





Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

27416 Jefferson Ave.





Ramada Temecula

28980 Old Town Front St.

Temecula 951-676-8770 ($192)


Holiday Inn Express

27660 Jefferson Ave. Temecula




La Quinta Temecula

27330 Jefferson Ave.




 Sylmar, CA - Los Angeles Area 

Hampton Inn Santa Clarita

25259 The Old Rd.

Santa Clarita





14955 Roxford St.





Comfort Suites

25380 The Old Rd.

Stevenson Ranch




La Quinta Santa Clarita

25201 The Old Rd.

Stevenson Ranch



 Petaluma, CA - Marin County 

Best Western Petaluma Inn

200 S McDowell Blvd

Petaluma, CA   ‎ 


(about $120)


Americas Best Value Hotel North Bay Inn & Suites

5135 Montero Way

Petaluma, CA   ‎ 

707-795-9000 (About $160)

Hotel Petaluma

205 Kentucky St.

Petaluma, CA ‎ 


(About $129)

Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma

745 Baywood Dr.

Petaluma, CA


(About $160)


Quality Inn Petaluma

5100 Montero Way

Petaluma, CA ‎


(About $116) 


 Olympia, WA 

Extended Stay America Olympia - 0.2 miles away

1675 Mottman Rd. SW

Tumwater, WA 98512

(360) 754-6063



La Quinta Inn & Suites

4600 Capitol Blvd. SE

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 352-5433



Hilton Garden Inn Olympia

2101 Henderson Park Lane SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 236-9934



Motel 6 Tumwater - 2.02 miles away

400 Lee St SW

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 754-7320



Best Western Tumwater Inn - 1.94 miles away

5188 Capitol Blvd SE

Tumwater, WA 98501



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