Monday Musings: upcoming course spotlight!

Canine Self Defense at the GTHS

Tuesday April 9th 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost: $57


Dogs are experts at reading our body language as it is their primary means of communication.  As a result, they are able to easily assess our capabilities and sending us messages through their body language.  Body language cues which we often either misinterpret or miss altogether, which can put handlers at risk of being seriously injured.

The objective of this innovative course is to provide participants with the information and experience they require to defuse volatile dogs, avoid altercations and injury, and how to protect themselves in the event an attack becomes unavoidable.  The physical, hands-on self-defense exercises will be facilitated by Andrew Martin Speyer, a defensive tactics instructor for Military, Corrections, Police and Private Agency with over 12 years of instructing experience and Soke (Nidai) Michelle Maizis, a 6th degree black belt in Chinese Kempo and world-class martial artist with over 30 years of experience.  This course will provide the participants the confidence and skills essential to adequately protect themselves in the event of a dog

This ground-breaking, two part course covers topics such as;

  • Read canine body language
  • Quickly assess the intentions of an approaching dog
  • Avoid errors when being approached by a hostile dog
  • Defuse a display of aggression directed towards you
  • Defuse a display of aggression directed towards your dog
  • Protect yourself should an attack become unavoidable

Learn more about the instructor of this course Julie Ott

The target audience for this course includes; Canine Handlers, Veterinarian Technicians, Breeders, dog trainers & behavioural consultants, groomers, doggy daycare attendants, dog walkers / pet sitters, foster parents for canine rescue groups and the average dog owner.

Canine Foundations is proud to offer 2.5 IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) continuing education credits for the CANINE SELF DEFENSE course, in addition to 1 Trainer and 1.5 Behaviour Consultant CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog trainers) continuing education credits and 2 O.A.V.T. (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians).

Interested in registering for this course? Email

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