Safe and Sound at Home: A Practical Approach for Improving Aggression to Family Members 

Saturday, November 4, 2023
11am to 12:30pm EDT (USA and Canada)

Do you work with or love a dog who growls, snarls, snaps, or bites at family members? Do you feel frustrated, scared, or hopeless about these behaviors? Do you want to learn how to help your family or others improve this problem and restore peace and harmony in the home?
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The webinar is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior and training.

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to join us for this insightful webinar with Dr. E’Lise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist, and Ursa Acree, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. As experts in treating dogs with owner-directed aggression, they love to share their approach with people just like you.

Owner-directed aggression is a challenging and complex behavior issue. It can cause physical injury, emotional stress, and legal liability for the owners. It can also damage the bond between dogs and their families, leading to resentment, guilt, and even euthanasia.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Dogs with owner-directed aggression can improve with the right treatment and support. In fact, some dogs can show significant improvement in just a few weeks.

Learning Objectives:
  • Different motivations for owner-directed aggression and how to identify them
  • Common triggers that can provoke or worsen aggression episodes and how to avoid or manage them
  • Best practices for creating a safe and predictable environment for your dog and your family
  • Effective training techniques and behavior modification protocols for reducing aggression
  • Medical interventions and diagnostics and when to seek them
  • Realistic outcomes and prognoses for dogs with owner-directed aggression and how to measure progress
  • The importance of communication, collaboration, and expectation management with your family, your veterinarian, and your behavior consultant

We’ll use a case-based approach to demonstrate how Dr C and Ursa work together with families to improve these signs. Learn from their experiences and get inspired by their results.

This webinar is a must-attend for anyone who has a dog with owner-directed aggression or who works with dogs who have this problem. Whether you are a pet owner, a veterinarian, a dog trainer, a behavior consultant, a shelter worker, or a rescuer, you will benefit from this webinar.

Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best in the field and transform aggression to family members. Register now and get ready to make your home safe and sound again.

1.5 CEUs pending:
  • KPA
  • PPAB
  • CPDT
  • RACE

  • General Admission Tickets – after October 21, 2023: $59
  • Early Bird Tickets – before October 21: $45
  • Shelter/Rescue/Vet Student/Vet Tech Tickets - no expiration date: 30% off general admission ticket (discount code is SDFWBV)

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more - please contact [email protected] for more information.

Cancellation policy: No refunds

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Meet the instructor

Dr. E’Lise Christensen DVM, DACVB

 Dr. E’Lise Christensen is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and an international lecturer and author. Dr. C received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2002. She first became interested in veterinary behavior as a high school student when she worked at a veterinary practice and began training animals for pet therapy at a local substance abuse facility. While in veterinary school she researched separation anxiety in shelter dogs, was an assistant trainer at an animal shelter, and studied with numerous board-certified veterinary behaviorists.

After veterinary school Dr. C began a rotating small animal internship at SouthPaws Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia. While working there she continued her studies in veterinary behavior. She practiced feline-only medicine in Arlington, Virginia and general medicine in Bloomingdale, New Jersey before entering the Behavior Residency Program at Cornell University in 2004. During her residency she researched the behavior of dogs, cats, and horses and treated behavioral problems in a number of different species. Her most cited research involved evaluating the efficacy of canine temperament tests in the shelter system.

Dr. Christensen has contributed to articles in Dog Watch, Cat Watch, Cat Fancy, Dog Training Solutions, Real Simple, Newsday, and various other print media. She has been a contributor and guest on’s “Pet Health” and “Studio B with Shepard Smith”, ABC News’ “Nightline,” and many other radio programs, television programs, and newscasts. She enjoys lecturing nationally and internationally on an array of behavior topics including, but not limited to, small animal behavior, public health and animal sheltering topics.

Dr. C is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Speaker’s Bureau and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr C is always working on new ideas to support animals, families, trainers, and veterinary colleagues as they learn more about behavior and manage animals with behavioral disorders. Work-life balance is her last unicorn. She is also on a crusade to rescue the Oxford comma.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Ursa Acree

Ursa Acree is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Fear Free Certified Trainer. She founded Canis Major Training in 2016 which operated as the premier training, board and train, and daycare facility of Denver, CO through 2021.

In addition to her experience working with private clients, Ursa has extensive experience working with animals in need. She was the Behavior Manager for the Kentucky Humane Society from 2007 to 2010 and the Behavior Manager at the Dumb Friends League from 2010 to 2013. While in those roles Ursa worked with clients to prevent relinquishments due to behavior issues, implemented changes to reduce stress and improve animal adoptability, and trained shelter staff and volunteers in enrichment, body language, humane handling, husbandry, and training. From 2013 to 2015 she did behavior and nutrition research with Hill’s Pet Nutrition as a Behavior Technician. She was responsible for animal husbandry and handling in addition to training animals to participate in preference assessments of new foods.

Ursa co-hosted the Canine Conversations podcast from 2018-2021 and has been featured in the Mile High Dog Magazine, Dumb Friend’s League “Pet Tales” and Kentucky Humane Society’s “Paw Street Journal”.

When not doing dog stuff, she spends every possible moment hiking, kayaking, biking, storm chasing, and camping with her husband Andy, son Fox, flock of chickens, and two dogs, Lenore and Zip.
Patrick Jones - Course author