Presented by Maxwell Muir
CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC (Pending), CCPDT (Pending)
This presentation will focus on dog bite education and potential bite situations with safety and prevention in mind. Topics will include how to go about safely interacting and approaching dogs, how dogs interpret our movements, expressions and voice tones, and how to use our body language to reduce conflict. The presentation will look at the safe use of equipment and how to safely attach collars, harnesses, leads and muzzles where necessary. It will also explore the body language, early signs of conflict and warning signals used by dogs, what one can do to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation and what one should and should not do if one occurs. Any dog has the ability to bite and it is imperative that owners and pet professionals can make dogs feel as safe as possible so that they do not feel they are put into a situation of conflict. If a situation does happen, what people do has the potential to diffuse or escalate the encounter. This knowledge is vital to anyone working with dogs in helping them have the skills and tools to choose the best course of action in preventing dangerous outcomes and ensuring the well-being of both human and dog.
Maxwell Muir grew up in the company of hunting dogs and his father regularly took him out with the family’s many lurchers, salukis and coursing whippets. His passion and bond with dogs comes from as far back as he can remember. He continues his own education by hosting and regularly attending seminars and workshops to further his understanding of dogs, while his real passion lies in the study of wolves and wild dogs in their natural habitats. Muir holds the Compass diploma in canine aggression and is currently studying for the Compass advanced diploma in canine behavior management. He speaks publicly through his Humans and Dogs seminar series on a wide variety of dog related training and behavior topics and he has published several articles relating to canine behavior in Edinburgh Life Magazine and other small publications. He has also appeared on local radio stations presenting a weekly discussion on living harmoniously with dogs.