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CAAWT Online Group Class

Constructional Aggression Treatment

Do you live or work with an animal that engages in aggressive or fearful behaviors toward people, other animals, or in other situations? Do you want to learn how to solve the root cause of the problem and how to teach desirable behaviors to meet their needs and wants humanely, ethically, and effectively? Let's explore and learn what you can do to understand your animal's needs and solve these behaviors while achieving important training goals!


Class Description


When we ask our animals (assess) "why" aggressive and fearful behaviors occur or the purpose of these behaviors, we often learn that these behaviors are maintained by obtaining "distance" from something they find aversive or undesirable. When we find this situation, we can use a training procedure that uses the "distance" - what the animal is after - to build desirable behaviors. The training procedure is called Constructional Aggression Treatment (in a short form, CAT), developed by Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and his ORCA students. This procedure has grown over the years and has been demonstrated effective across a wide range of species to get to the heart of the matter concerning their fearful and aggressive behaviors. 


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 procedure through our lectures, exercises, 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! 


*If you are concerned with hyperactive/rambunctious behaviors or separation anxiety and you want to learn how to solve them, we recommend registering for the Constructional Affection group class, which starts on May 2nd. This class is great for learning how to create bonds with your animals! 

◼️ 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

To be announced!


◼️ 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.


◼️ Instructor

Sean Will, M.S.

Maasa Nishimuta, M.S.

Free Information Webinar on this Group Class

Join us for a *FREE* information webinar to learn about the upcoming Constructional Aggression Treatment group class! 

  • Get a sneak peek of the Constructional Aggression Treatment class material and format

  • Meet the course instructors

  • How to register for the class

  • Ask any questions about the class

FREE Webinar Date: 5/7 from 6:00pm  to 7:00pm Eastern Time

To register for the free webinar, click the button below to fill out the registration form. You will receive an email with the zoom link shortly! We are looking forward to seeing you! 

Group Class Registeration

Registration will open soon!

◼️ 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: $300

  • CAAWT Premium Member: $150

  • CAAWT Basic Member: $265

To learn more about CAAWT Membership, click HERE

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

◼️ 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 for 4 months

    • 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 written 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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