Introduction Into Aggression Cases

Length: 3 hours

This two-part telecourse is designed for new trainers and trainers wishing to begin taking aggression cases (or those who have recently begun taking aggression cases).  The course will address several key challenges to working with aggression:  different perspectives in approach and learning background; body language and identifying subtle changes in body language; safety and liability issues.  This course will give you a new way to look at aggression, a new appreciation for familiarity with canine body language, an understanding of the importance of neurobiology in behavior, as well as resources and references to help you in your work. You’ll learn what aggression is and when it’s time to modify the behavior — some forms of aggression are normal and totally appropriate in a given situation or context; however, the majority of behavior cases dealing with aggression lean toward maladaptive expressions leading to potentially dangerous or serious outcomes.  You will also learn how various fields of science impact changing behavior and help you assess whether or not to take a case!

As a bonus, you’ll also get the audio from a course Daphne did in 2005 on aggression!


Daphne Robert-Hamilton

Daphne Robert-Hamilton is a San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers graduate and she followed that with an internship to focus on dog aggression. She is also a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers.

Daphne’s past includes graphic design, publishing and a 12 year career in the field of Dressage horse training. She apprenticed with a couple of Grand Prix level riders and horses (German and French). She obtained her Level 1 – Coaching Certificate from the Canadian Equestrian Federation. She left the horse industry due to back problems.

Daphne also became very involved in competition obedience with both of her Doberman Pinschers. Both dogs were finalists in the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s Top 20 Obedience in the United States – her female in 2000 and her male in 2002. They’ve also participated in agility, flyball and conformation showing. However, her extensive use of compulsion, intimidation, force, pain, and coercion had a very negative effect on the performance of behaviors in the ring as well as her relationship with her dogs. Daphne is now a cross-over trainer.

Daphne has formed a continuing educational group called South Bay Trainers. The group is open to any animal professional wanting to learn more about animal learning theory, behavior, training, and more. She has a passion for information and searching for answers looking towards the scientific community for information.



Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.