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Decoding the Fearful Dog: Fear Aggression

Decoding the Fearful Dog:  Fear Aggression

Decoding the Fearful Dog

Fear Aggression

A Sound Beginning Program is honored to be able to bring the experts in behavior to you for an evening you won’t want to miss! This is your opportunity to see and meet some of the most well-known and sought after speakers in the behavioral community.

You’ll not only get to learn about this important topic, but you’ll be able to ask questions and get sound behavioral answers on what is most important to you. 

Whether you have a dog that suffers from fear aggression, or you work in rescue, or are a dog trainer, the more you know about behavior will make a difference in the quality of care you provide for the dogs that are relying on you.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Shelter staff and volunteers - Rescue orgs and foster homes - Vets and Techs - Transport Teams – Groomers – Trainers – Adopters - Anyone that wants to learn. 

SEMINAR FEE:  $75.00 (includes dinner, snacks, and refreshments)

GROUP DISCOUNT:  Groups of 4 registrants will receive $5 off for each registrant)

A Raffle table and A Sound Beginning Vendor Booth will be available at this event



START TIME:   Begins at 4:00pm (doors open at 3:30pm)


Fountain View Recreation Center
Carol Stream Park District
910 N. Gary Ave.
Carol Stream, Il
(Meeting rooms 120, 121, and 122)

SEMINAR FEE:  $75.00 (includes dinner, snacks, and refreshments)

GROUP DISCOUNT:  Groups of 4 registrants will receive $5 off for each registrant)



  • Steve Dale, CABC (pet journalist and host of two nationally syndicated radio shows)
  • Dr. John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB (one of the most well-known and respected board certified veterinary behaviorists in the country)
  • Steve Frost, KPA CTP, SBA, CPBT-KA (Shelter Program Manager and In-Home behavioral trainer who has worked on over 10,000 animal behavior cases)



  • 3:30pm doors open
  • 4:00pm Steve Dale (60 minutes)
  • 5:15pm Dr. John Ciribassi (60 minutes + 30 minute open discussion Q&A)
  • 6:45pm Dinner / Raffle drawing
  • 7:15pm Steve Frost (60 minutes)



04:00pm - Steve Dale (Click for Bio)


No one gets into the field of rescue because they want to cause harm to an animal. But sometimes for the sake of “getting it done” we are causing the very animals we save to end up dealing with fear. We can do better.

  • Shelters
  • Foster homes
  • Vets
  • Groomers
  • Trainers

Find out what YOU can do to be part of a better future for all the animals.


05:15pm - Dr. John Ciribassi DVM, Dipl. ACVB (Click for Bio)


Aggression is the most common behavior problem presented to veterinary behaviorists. In many, if not most of these cases, a definite fear component seems to be the driving force behind the aggressive displays. This presentation is meant to clarify terms, differentiate possible diagnoses of aggression, and offer thoughts on treatment of fear-associated aggression.


07:15pm - Steve Frost KPA CTP, SBA, CPBT-KA (Click for Bio)


Using punishment to train is sometimes assumed to be the only way to get control over an animal. But punishment causes anxiety and creates more fear, increasing the probability of aggression. Learn gentle handling techniques and humane training methods that are effective, reduce fear, and decrease the risk of fear-related biting.



  • Group registration can be used for parties of 2 to 4 people.
  • Groups of four using Group Registration will automatically receive a $5 discount off the seminar price for each registrant.
  • Before beginning registration ensure that you have the names, phone numbers and email addresses for all registrants in your party.
  • You must use the Register (Group) button to get the automatic discount.



Please contact us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phone 630-776-8197


CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations received BEFORE 12/4/2018, the seminar fee will be refunded at 100%. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received AFTER 12/3/2018.

Event Properties

Event date 12-09-2018 4:00 pm
Event End Date 12-09-2018 8:30 pm
Capacity 160
Registered 160
Available Seats 0
Cut off date 12-08-2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price USD75.00
Instructor Dr. John Ciribassi / Steve Dale / Steve Frost
Number Hours 4.5
Location Fountain View Recreation Center

Group Rate

# of registrants Rate/Person(USD)
4 70.00
Sorry, the event is now full and we could not accept more registration


Class Locations & Days

Our Path to Success Classes are available at the following locations:

ILLINOIS (Chicagoland)

  • Hinsdale
    Mondays (6:30pm & 7:45pm)
  • Batavia
    Tuesdays (6:30pm & 7:45pm)
  • Oak Park
    Wednesdays (7:00pm & 8:00pm)
  • Elgin
    Thursdays (6:30pm & 7:45pm)


  • Location Details Coming Soon

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For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

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