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Stranger Danger: Management and Modification Strategies for Dogs Who Are Anxious Around People

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Stranger Danger: Real Life Management and Modification for Dogs Who Are Anxious Around People

Dealing with a dog who exhibits aggression towards unfamiliar people can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced dog trainers and behavior professionals. Yet it is one of the most common issues that prompt clients to call a professional trainer for help.  In this video Nicole will explore the reasons that dogs exhibit aggression towards strangers and give exercises and explanations for how to safely and effectively coach your clients through a behavior modification plan. 

Topics include: 

  • The reasons behind what causes a pet dog to react aggressively towards unfamiliar individuals
  • Patterns that are exhibited among stranger danger dogs
  • Identifying what is reinforcing to a stranger danger dog. . . and what is not
  • Being an effective trainer without risking your own safety or the well-being of the client and their dog
  • Human and dog-friendly exercises to include in your counseling sessions 
  • Defining success: the difference between management and modification for behavior problems and how to help clients identify realistic expectations for their individual dog

This video is a must-have addition to the library of any dog trainer or behavior professional who is working with anxious or aggressive dogs.

Presentation by: Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA and Dr. Zack Glantz

Copyright © 2016, Tawzer Dog LLC


This video qualifies for 3 trainer CEUs and 0 behavior consultant CEUs

Nicole Skeehan

Nicole Skeehan’s professional animal training career began in college, when she taught teaching equestrian and horseback riding lessons at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. After graduating with a double major in marketing and advertising, she worked at a boarding kennel as head trainer and obedience instructor, where she earned her CPDT-KA certification.

In 2005, Nicole decided to start lending her skills to helping pets in need. Her first experience with animal shelter work was with Animal Friends, a no-kill animal shelter and companion animal resource center in Pittsburgh.

In 2008, The Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia recruited Nicole to be its Director of Animal Behavior and Training. At the SPCA, she built a program to enrich the lives of the animals during their stay in the shelter, and to educate the public in an effort to find permanent homes for shelter animals. In this role, Nicole gained extensive experience working with the most vulnerable populations of animals, including those affected by extreme cruelty and neglect. Nicole’s specialty in this role was retraining and rehabilitating fighting dogs and helping them to acclimate to life as family companions. Nicole continues to work in the field of animal rescue by contracting with shelters to build behavior programming.  

Nicole also created behavior programming and served as the Director of Behavior for New Leash on Life-USA, a prison dog training program, working directly with the program’s inmates and their dogs. Nicole’s efforts in animal rescue have been documented on television shows including “Animal Cops: Philadelphia;” Animal Planet’s “Dogfighting Exposed;” and her expertise has been tapped for National Geographic Network’s “What Breed Am I?” and television and radio programming.

Nicole currently owns and operates Philly Unleashed (www.phillyunleashed.com), which provides group and private dog training  and behavior modification to the Philadelphia metro area. She is also the co-founder of Tricked Out Training (www.trickedouttraining.com), the complete educational resource for dog trainers and behavior enthusiasts.  In 2013, Nicole was elected to the Board of Directors for the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Nicole also co-instructs  (with Dana!) the Shelter Behavior Rotation for the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew Ryan School of Veterinary Medicine, is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally, and is working on her first dog training book. 

In her spare time, Nicole loves to travel, and has successfully meshed vacations and animal behavior through working to rehabilitate wild parrots in Belize and baby elephants in Kenya. Nicole resides on a small farm in the Philadelphia area with her husband and a menagerie that includes an Australian Cattle Dog named Uluru, a Border Collie mix named Porterhouse, two donkeys, four goats and a flock of chickens. 


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