Frenemies: Neurobiology and Treatment of Household Inter-Dog Aggression

Saturday, August 19, 2023
11am to 12:30pm EDT (USA and Canada)


This comprehensive event offers a deep dive into the latest research on the neurobiological factors that drive aggression between dogs living in the same household.
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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.

In this Webinar: 

Dr. Elise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist, and Ursa Acree, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, will share their insights, shedding light on the neurobiological aspects of inter-dog aggression. You'll gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes "normal" versus "abnormal" behavior, and learn practical strategies for managing this challenging issue.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore the latest research on the neurobiological basis for aggression between dogs
  • Learn how to differentiate between true IDA and other behavior issues
  • Create strategies for overcoming common roadblocks to treatment and onboarding clients effectively
  • Learn when medical interventions and additional diagnostics may be necessary
  • Identify common triggers for inter-dog aggression
  • Learn how to assess potential outcomes and prognoses for managing and treating this behavior
You'll also get an inside look at intriguing case studies, learn how to coach clients towards success, and discover the importance of effective communication, collaboration, and managing expectations.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity to deepen your understanding of household inter-dog aggression and gain practical skills for building harmonious households for your clients' canine companions.

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

Tuition:
  • General Admission Tickets – after August 5, 2023: $59
  • Early Bird Tickets – before August 5, 2023: $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 Foxnews.com’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