The Science of Aggression

with Dr. Kristina Spaulding Ph.D., CAAB

Aggression is a critical issue in dog behavior. Understanding the underlying factors and motivations for aggression is necessary if we are going to maximize our ability to successfully address it. Drawing from research on aggression in other species can help inform our work with dogs. Other disciplines define aggression differently. Learn how researchers categorize aggression and how this information can add perspective and insight to the assessment and behavior modification of aggression. Another key area for understanding is the neurobiology of aggression. Neurobiology can shed light on the underlying causes and motivations for behavior. This webinar will include a brief review of the neurobiology of aggression. Finally, we will review dog-specific research on factors linked to aggression. We’ll conclude by pulling everything together and discussing the implications for the assessment and treatment of aggressive behavior in dogs. This webinar will bring you up-to-speed on the latest science and increase your understanding of the complexity of aggressive behavior. The webinar will be recorded and available one day following the event if you cannot attend live.

What's included?

  • CEUs!

    1.5 CEUs available for CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA

  • Q&A Time with Kristina

    30 minutes of bonus Q&A time with Kristina!

  • Recordings available!

    Lifetime access to the recording!

Your Speaker!

Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Dr. Kristina Spaulding has been in the dog training and behavior profession for over 20 years. She has a PhD in biopsychology—the study of the biological basis of behavior—and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. She also has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is particularly interested in stress, neurobiology, cognition, emotion, and wellbeing and how to apply these concepts to the prevention and early intervention of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to working with behavior clients, Dr. Spaulding teaches a variety of online courses and webinars on the science of behavior through her website, She also regularly presents on canine behavior science at conferences and other events. In 2019, Dr. Spaulding received the Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s (APDT’s) Member of the Year Award. She currently serves on the IAABC Foundation Board and the Fear Free Advisory group.