Canine aggression is a term that encompasses a range of behavioral and neurobiological processes. In this seminar we will discuss the categorization of aggression, the underpinning clinical neurobiology of aggressive behavior, and both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods relevant to its treatment.

A clinical overview of canine aggression will be given, before examining the case of an adult, male, Pit Bull displaying aggressive behavior to other dogs while he is on leash. Neuroscientist Dr. Kathy Murphy, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Bobbie Bhambree work together through the different aspects of case workup and case management. The pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions chosen are discussed in relation to the neurobiology of aggression, and successes and failures of the behavior training plan.

In this comprehensive deep dive into a multidisciplinary approach to case management, you will learn how neurobiology is impacted by both pharmacological intervention and behavior modification techniques. We will discuss the diagnoses of conflict-related aggression and inter-dog aggression, as well as how these may be related to a history of inadequate socialization and malnutrition.

Come learn what’s known about the link between the gut microbiome and canine aggression, the neurobiology of anticipation and prediction, and their relationship to learning and wellbeing. These mechanisms relate to the behavioral modification methods we'll demonstrate, such as Pattern Games, used to treat this case. Understanding these mechanisms and methods enables us to create evidence based clinical care plans and unify care across disciplines to best support the patient.

This one-day virtual seminar will include live online lectures, video footage taken throughout Remy’s treatment, and live discussion / Q&A sessions. This seminar will be recorded and available to participants after the date of the live seminar, so even if you cannot attend the live seminar, you can still access it later.

The seminar is suitable for veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists and anyone with an interest in the neuroscience of training and behavior.

What did our viewers have to say?

"I LOVED the deep dive. Focusing on a single case study made it feel personal and relatable, and the science background - both from a veterinary behaviorist's and a neuroscientist's perspective - was intriguing, interesting, and incredibly well presented."

"Fantastic presentation, the multidisciplinary approach was wonderful to see and really built my confidence in knowing I’m on the right tracks with cases"

"This was a beautifully presented 'deep dive' into a fascinating case study. The different perspectives were interwoven and enabled a thorough understanding of the interplay between training, brain and physiology. Packed with information, it will stand several re-viewings."

"The Deep Dive series of workshops will take you on the journey of working a behavior case from the very beginning to seeing the end result. Seeing it from the eyes of a neuroscientist, veterinary behaviorist, and behavior consultant/trainer will provide so much information and give you new tools to add to your toolbox."

Dr Kathy Murphy

Kathy Murphy (BVetMed, DPhil, CVA, CLAS, MRCVS) is a veterinary surgeon and neuroscientist. She graduated from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK in 1999, initially working in mixed clinical practice before studying for two post graduate clinical qualifications. In 2009 she was awarded a highly prestigious Wellcome Research Training Fellowship to study for her PhD, in Behavioral Neuroscience, at The Queens College, University of Oxford, UK. She subsequently worked in the USA as Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine NYC; and is now back in the UK, where she holds a clinical-academic position as Director of the Comparative Biology Centre at Newcastle University and Director of Barking Brains Ltd (a neuroscience outreach program for the animal behavior and training community). In addition to her primary career roles she was Trustee and Veterinary Advisor to the Rottweiler Welfare Association for 14 years, is a founder of Ethics First (a collective which lobbies for ethical decision making in clinical practice), is an Oversight Committee Member for the UK Dog Behavior and Training Charter, sits on numerous National and International boards, working groups and ethical review panels, and most of all loves spending time with her own 4 dogs

Dr E'Lise Christensen

Dr. E’Lise Christensen DVM 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’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.

Bobbie Bhambree

Bobbie Bhambree (CDBC, CPDT-KA) is the Director of Behavior Services and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant at Behavior Vets. She is also a faculty member of CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and Agility University. Bobbie started her career in 2003 as a pet behavior counselor with the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center. While there, she implemented behavior modification programs for dogs who had been surrendered by the public or seized by Humane Law Enforcement. In 2007, Bobbie joined the Humane Society of Westchester, spending the next nine years as their shelter trainer. She created and implemented training and enrichment programs for the dogs, counseled adopters, trained volunteers, participated in community outreach programs, and performed evaluations. In 2016, Bobbie joined the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY as the Director of Pet Behavior. During her tenure there, she managed a team of canine and feline trainers who focused on developing behavior modification and enrichment programs for the animals in the shelter. She also deployed for the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team to work in the field, supporting the team with dog fighting busts, puppy mill cases, and hoarding cases. In addition to this work, she founded and directed her own company, DogCentric Dog Training, helping people whose pet dogs experienced a wide spectrum of canine behavior issues. Over the years, Bobbie has very successfully competed in agility with three of her dogs including, Marvel who came in third for Performance Speed Jumping and Performance Grand Prix at Mid-Atlantic Regionals in 2019. Bobbie periodically contributes to the agility-focused magazine, Clean Run. Bobbie currently shares her life with six dogs (Tricky, Ziggy, Marvel, Eleanor Rigby, Heady Topper, and Phuncky) and a very supportive husband in the suburbs of southern New Jersey.