Aggression Rehabilitation Program

The Aggression Rehabilitation Program is broken into steps. We have progressive programs that are cumulative and build on previous work. As you can see below, there is a pre-homework component to this program. There is approximately two to three weeks of theory learning as well as pre-conditioning to prepare your dog to use a muzzle in training.

Agression Rehabilitation


There are several Pre-homework steps that you’ll need to take prior to registering for the Training 101: Relationship and Foundation Program for Dogs with Aggression Issues.

  • Introduction to equipment
  • Add Daily Structure and household rules
  • Muzzle conditioning process and progression
  • Investigation of medical contributions

This is the homework that needs to be done prior to registering for Training 101 if your dog has shown consistent or intense signs of aggression.

This pre-homework material is designed to ease your dog into the structure that will be needed in daily life and equipment to benefit from the basic training in the Basic Training 101 program.

Start Here:

  1. Read the article on muzzle conditioning and do the two-week conditioning program to the competency described in the article.
  2. Read the article on loose leash walking and achieve a basic level of competency with loose leash walking in your house or backyard while your dog wears the muzzle.
  3. Schedule an initial phone consultation with Sean to discuss the application of the pre homework exercises. (Free)

Overview of the Aggression Rehabilitation Program


  • Complete pre-homework: Described above
  • Have initial phone consultation with Sean: We may talk prior to you starting your pre-homework program as well as talking on the phone after you’ve achieved pre-homework competency.

Cost: Free

2. TRAINING 101: Relationship and foundation for dogs with aggression issues:

This is largely the same curriculum that everyone else goes through the 3-lesson, Training 101 program, however, we’ll be assessing your dog’s triggered reactions to distractions. At this point, we’ll begin in-person lessons. We’ll refine your loose leash walking and use of equipment as well as assess your dog’s level of aggression issue.

Cost: $294

3. Aggression rehab training 201:

In this 3-lesson program we’ll show you how to apply the behavioral modification methods of de-sensitization and counter conditioning. We’ll also walk through appropriate corrections and interruptions for problem behavior. Additionally, we’ll also teach you how to recognize body language in your dog that indicates: escalation, nervousness, anxiety, attempted settling, as well as friendly dog body language. It’s also in this course where we’ll be able to assess how completely the rehabilitation potential is for your dog in your care.

Cost: $294

4. Aggression rehab training 301:

This 3-lesson program is designed bolster your core obedience skills (similar to Basic training 201 for non-reactive dogs) in and among the continuing work on desensitization and counter conditioning for aggressive reactivity.

Cost: $294

5. Aggression Rehab Training 401:

This 3-lesson program consists of one on one lessons that teach you how to expose your dog to closer quarters work, with core obedience around triggering distractions. In the case of some dogs that achieved a high level of competency in previous course work, this is when we would start introducing a dog to meeting people, and other dogs while using a muzzle. Some dogs may need more repetition and exposure in progressively closer proximity to successfully work into meetings with people and other dogs.

Cost: $294

6. Ongoing aggression rehab work:

Beyond this basic introduction to rehabilitating aggression issues, every dog needs a different amount of exposure and coaching in various scenarios. On going work under the supervision of a trainer will likely be required until you’re comfortable utilizing real-life situations for homework on your own.

Cost: $98

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the pre-homework and initial phone consultation cost anything?

No. The pre-homework program is designed to set you and your dog up for success and prepare you for the basic work in Training 101 lessons. I’m happy to get you guys up and running in your pre-homework. Keep in mind this pre-homework set up and consistency is hard work.

What method of training is used?

Sean teaches a relationship-based method that doesn’t rely on food as a primary training tool. The method of training relies on social cues, reading your dog’s body language, and social reward in training. That being said, often, counter conditioning techniques as well as other behavioral modification are sometimes helped when food is added as a reinforcer. So, since the real bias in this training is results, if a tool or technique helps us accomplish our goal, we’ll use that too. The method relies on accurate positive reinforcement of what we do want and guidance, direction and correction with a leash following Sean’s “minimum threshold of effective communication” principle.

What training equipment is needed for the aggression issues program?

We will use a regular 6-foot leash, and some form of training collar. The type of collar will depend on the personality, breed and temperament of each dog, as well as the communications necessities of each person-dog combination.

As you’ll see in your pre-homework plan, we’ll also be using either a nylon muzzle or a rubberized Baskerville muzzle.

The different collars we use are listed below:

  • Martingale collar
  • Chain collar
  • Starmark collar
  • Sprenger Prong collar