Confident K9 

Improving the daily lives of humans and dogs 

through education


Dogs communicate with us every day but not using words.

In order to keep everyone safe and avoid a dog bite, it is critically important that we

learn to interpret their language and react appropriately.

Whether you are a Shelter Worker, Volunteer, Groomer, Vet Tech, Law Enforcement Officer, Utility Worker, or Health Care Visitor, if you encounter dogs during your work day,

our "Canine Body Language & Behavior" class is for you.



You are expected to meet, leash, handle and hold dogs as part of their daily work.

Assisting the veterinarian with a wide variety of procedures most of which involve physically handling the animal.

What is surprising is that many Vet Tech's have little to no training on canine body language prior to starting their job.

In this class we look at how to approach and leash a dog, how to ensure the visit is minimally stressful for the animal, which in turn helps the animal's immune system and also helps everyone involved avoid a bite.


For a lot of dogs these potentially stressful, scary and uncomfortable situations can push them to their limit and they may feel the need to lash out and bite.

In this class we take a look at canine body language in order to give you the groomer, the skills to make sure that the dog is comfortable with having a bath, being blow dried etc.  

Ideally the dog enjoys his visit and is happy to return, imagine how happy the pet guardian is when the dog is happy to go to the groomer


If you are a paid shelter employee or a fabulous shelter volunteer, it is imperative you understand a dog's body language and behavior.

Not only does this keep you safe, but remember a bite or display of aggressive behavior can result in a dog loosing his life and no one wants that.

All dogs have teeth and are capable of biting or acting aggressively, it's your job as the human not to put the animal in a position where he feels the need to do so.

Shelter workers and volunteers play a vital role in preparing the dog for adoption, this class will help you understand what the dog is trying to communicate, help you to ensure he feels safe and relaxed, this in turn enables training to take place and a well behaved trained dog, is a more adoptable one.


Surprisingly, Animal Control Officers receive little or no official training on canine body language and behavior.

The dogs' you pick up are likely scared and alone, you are there to help them to the next place, so they can begin a new journey and hopefully find a forever home.

Start off on the right foot, understand what the dog is trying to communicate, keep yourself and the public safe. 

A fearful dog can be a dangerous dog if you don't handle the situation correctly.

Even if you have been an ACO for many years and presume you understand what the dog is saying, this class will expand your knowledge and may make you think twice about you already know, putting you and your team one step ahead.


When you have to enter a property to carry out your job and you come face to face with the resident dog, in his backyard, it is imperative that you are able to understand what the dog is trying to communicate.  In this class you'll learn how to read the dog's body language and adjust your own to avoid making the dog feel the need to attack.


Analyzing Canine Body Language & Behavior to Defuse, De-Escalate & Avoid a Hostile Encounter

Law enforcement officers encounter dogs on a regular basis, it is imperative they have a better understanding of canine body language and behavior.

Whether it’s:

A regular traffic stop

A wellness visit

A property raid

A domestic disturbance

This 4 hour class provides real tools to officers that they can use during any dog encounter and to be in the best position to avoid an aggressive outcome. At the very least, if a use of force situation is unavoidable, to be in an enhanced state of awareness to ensure that the force used is in keeping with the policy standards of objective reasonableness.

Meets reportable CEU criteria set forth by TCOLE