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CAAWT Online Group Class

Overcoming fear and aggression through Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT):
How to understand our animal's emotions, behaviors,
and how to apply CAT

When living with and caring for animals, we may encounter challenges of fearful or aggressive behaviors. This is a difficult situation for humans and animals because there are so many different training approaches and opinions surrounding fear and aggression. However, this class will help you better understand your dog's fear and aggression and know what approach is best for you and your dog to achieve meaningful goals in the most effective and ethical way possible. 


Class Description


In this 4-week online group class, Sean and Maasa are going to introduce a new approach to working with fearful and aggressive behaviors. Taking this approach will help ensure the reason for our animal's fear or aggression is resolved, as well as the development of more desirable behaviors. 


When we ask our animals "why" they do aggressive and fearful behaviors toward humans, animals, or other things, we often learn that they are doing these behaviors to tell us or other things to go away and stay away. They don't like humans or other things near them. What they want is distance from us or other things. 


The approach we take, in general, is that we want to give what the animal wants, and we want to use that to teach desirable behaviors. Rather than reducing, eliminating, or punishing these behaviors, we want to build desirable behaviors. So, when we learn that fearful and aggressive behaviors are maintained by distance from us, we want to use "the distance" to teach desirable behaviors. This training procedure is called Constructional Aggression Treatment (in a short form, CAT), developed by Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and his ORCA students. CAT has grown over the years and has been demonstrated effective across a wide range of species to transform fearful and aggressive behavior to friendly interactions.

In this class, you will learn how to plan, implement, and interpret assessments to understand what is maintaining the aggressive and fearful behaviors (what the animal is after) and how to apply the newest version of the CAT procedure to meet your training goals. 


You will learn the behavior analytic concepts and training procedures through our lectures and exercises and by sharing your training and discussion. At the end of each class, we will leave you with an actionable assignment. You can follow along with the weekly assignment by applying the assessment and CAT with your animal or your client's animal! You can share assessment and training videos in the group classes and Open Houses and get our advice and feedback to improve your next session! You will have a deeper understanding of how CAT works by actually doing it! 

◼️ Learning Objectives

  • Describe the five components of the Constructional Approach 

  • Plan, conduct, and interpret assessments

  • Describe the two types of trials in Constructional Aggression Treatment

  • Given a training scenario, correctly state what the trainer's/decoy's response should be

  • Describe the benefits of CAT in resolving the aggressive or fearful behavior of our animal learners

  • State the definition of Degrees of Freedom 

  • Describe the benefits of accounting for Degrees of Freedom in our training

◼️ Group Class Dates

​The group class is every Thursday. It is a two-hour class. However, since we love discussions with the attendees, we may exceed 2 hours.​

  • 6/20 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

  • 6/27 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

*We will have the week of 7/1 off (no class on 7/4)

  • 7/11 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

  • 7/18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time


◼️ Open House Dates

You are invited to two 2-hour Open Houses during the four-week group class. Open House is one of the programs in the CAAWT Membership where you can share assessment and training videos, ask questions, and bring discussion. You can bring any assignment from the group class and get feedback on the assessment and training videos.

  • 6/26 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm eastern time

  • 2nd Open House: TBA


◼️ Instructor

Sean Will, M.S.

Maasa Nishimuta, M.S.

Group Class Registeration

◼️ Who is this group class for? 

This class is ideal for experienced trainers with a history of working with aggressive or fearful animals looking for feedback and support learning a new approach to understanding and helping resolve aggressive or fearful behavior. This class is also appropriate for trainers newer to the field or an individual living with an animal looking to understand and get exposure to a Constructional Approach to animal aggression. 

◼️ Group class fee


  • Non-member: $340

  • CAAWT Premium Member: $170

  • CAAWT Basic Member: $305

To learn more about CAAWT Membership, click HERE

Group Discount - Buy two, get the third for free!

◼️ CEUs

KPA: 14 CEUs

PPAB: 10 CEUs for Working, 8 CEUs for Auditor

CCPDT: 10 CEUs (4.00 Knowledge and 6.00 Skills) for trainers and 4 CEUs for behavior consultants


If you are applying for CEUs, please indicate it on the registration form.

◼️ What is included?

  • Attend group class live (group class dates are written above)

  • Lecture slides and worksheets 

  • Group class recordings 

    • You will receive the recording within 48 hours after each class

    • The recordings are available until 10/31/24

    • If you miss the class live, don't worry! You will receive the recording, so you can watch it before the next class!

  • Attend Open House live (Open House dates are above)

    • When you share assessment and training videos, you will get advice and feedback to improve your next session!

    • Access to Open House recordings

  • Ongoing support throughout the group class period

    • If you are a CAAWT member, you will receive ongoing support after the group class 

    • We provide individualized feedback. For us to provide feedback, we will need videos. We will explain how to take the videos and what to include in the first group class!


◼️ Place

This is an online group class held on Zoom. You can attend classes from anywhere as long as you have secure internet. 


◼️ How to register for the class

① Please fill out the registration form. Click the registration button below to fill out the registration form. 

② After we check your registration form, we will send you an invoice from PayPal. Please make a payment within a week. You will receive an invoice from an email address: 

③ After we confirm your payment, we will send you the confirmation email. 

④ Three days before the group class starts, we will email you all the information you need to join the group class!


◼️ All the profit from the group class will fund free training we offer to shelter dogs ♡

CAAWT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove financial barriers to behavior support and training for individuals and organizations who need training but cannot afford it. As you learn with us, you are saving shelter dogs! We thank you for your support! 


◼️ Cancelation

After you submit the registration form, we will send you an invoice from PayPal. If you do not make a payment within a week, your registration may be canceled. Once we receive your payment, we are not able to refund the money. If we have to cancel the group class, we will refund you in full.


◼️ Contact Us

If you have any questions about the group class, feel free to email us!

We are looking forward to meeting you in the group class!

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