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Canine Aggression: Approach & Management TOL OnDemand (Vets)

Canine Aggression: Approach & Management TOL OnDemand (Vets)

What to do when presented with a case of canine aggression and why?

There are numerous myths surrounding canine aggression. Many veterinarians do not feel confident providing advice to owners about an aggressive dog. Without appropriate advice, owners may seek help from the internet or other sources that may be unreliable or not evidence based. As a result, animal welfare can be severely compromised, and human and animal safety can be at risk.

In this course, you will learn why dogs exhibit aggression, both in the veterinary clinic and in other situations, so that you can provide immediate advice as well as develop a long-term management program.

Medication will be discussed briefly during this course. However, this course is not designed to give specific medication advice for particular cases. If unsure regarding medication selection for a patient, the veterinary practitioner should refer to textbooks or refer to a specialist.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you will:

Module 1

  • Recognise aggression signals that precede a dog bite
  • Identify the role of canine aggression signals
  • Describe fear learning and the role it plays in the development of aggression
  • Discuss why anxiety has a role in the development of aggression
  • Explain why punishment is contra-indicated for treating aggression

Module 2

  • Give examples of individual animal factors, environmental factors and previous experiences that can play a role in the development of aggression
  • Compare when aggression is normal and appropriate with when aggression is maladaptive, and so feel confident identifying situations when medication is indicated
  • Choose one of three basic treatment options for a dog exhibiting aggression in the veterinary clinic, with respect to the dog’s immediate need for veterinary care
  • Discuss why the behaviour management plan for an aggressive dog should include environmental management and behaviour modification, as well as monitoring
  • Explain disenfranchised grief and why owners may experience it


1. Why canine aggression occurs

2. Diagnosing & managing aggression in dogs

What is a TimeOnline OnDemand?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline OnDemand are short online continuing education programs that you can start and finish at a time that suits you.

Created by content matter experts, each OnDemand course gives you access to videos, presentations, notes, supplementary readings and an opportunity to test your knowledge. Succinct and engaging, these courses are designed to fit around your busy life and within your areas of interest. Note: Course notes will be available online for 90 days from registering. 

This course is self-paced and there is no active discussion forum. If you are looking for a short online course with a discussion forum please check out our TimeOnline courses.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Registrant Type Price
Members* $150
Part Time / Recent Graduate Member $150
Student Member $150
eMember / Non-Member $300
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members
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Dr Sally Nixon
Sally Nixon
BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)
Dr Sally Nixon
Sally Nixon
BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)
Sally graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 2000 and became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientist...


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