Seminar Outline

These seminars are constructed to help teach dog lovers how to understand dogs; what they are and how they think and react to humans and the world around them.


From common bad habits to the serious problems of human and animal aggression, the solutions will work with all breeds and ages of dogs. This seminar will help show dog owners how to build the foundation with the dogs they own, and teach rescues and breeders how to set their dogs up for successful, long-term placements.

The following is a sample format for the “Who’s The Dog?” seminars. Please note that seminars may be customized for seminar participants by adding topics not covered in the standard outline. Each seminar usually runs all weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

Day 1

8:15-9:15  Check-In & Coffee

9:15 -10:00  The Basics of Success

  • Introduction: Sam Malatesta
  • Sam’s training method
  • Who is the alpha and why is it important?

10:00 - 12:00  Building a Foundation

  • Seeing the world through your dog’s eyes
  • What is a dog? Are you expecting too much?
  • Understanding the dog’s basic drives: Food, Prey, Pack, Defense
  • Lines of defense, territorial line approach, patience, inner circle, gaining focus
  • Demonstrations with each category

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 1:45  The Shy, Non-Aggressive Dog

  • What creates a shy dog?
  • How do we help them overcome it?
  • Common mistakes in socialization attempts

1:45 - 3:15  Evaluating Shy Dogs

3:15 - 3:30  Break

3:30 - 4:00  Question & Answer Period

4:00 - 4:45  Training Role of the New Dog Owner or Rescue/Foster Home

  • Foster dog or new family dog:
  • Evaluating and choosing the right dog for your home and family
  • Being successful at transitioning a new dog into your home - are you ready?
  • Providing adequate structure in the home
  • Using a crate and creating a training schedule
  • Introducing the new dog to a multi-pet household to ensure the best relationships with the least stress
  • Conditioning a foster for successful placement

4:45 - 5:00  Question & Answer Period

Day 2

8:15-9:15  Check-In & Coffee

9:15 -11:00  The Whelping Box Theory

  • Sam’s template for developing immediate and reliable stability in your dog (or foster dog), which ultimately results in complete freedom for you both

11:00 - 12:00  Aggressive Behaviour

  • What causes it - How to cure it (is aggression genetic or environmental?)
  • People aggression
  • Dog/animal aggression
  • Children and dogs, problems and cures; safety issues involving children and dogs

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 1:30  Aggression (cont.)

  • Food aggression
  • Crate/Barrier aggression (human, dog)

1:30 - 3:00  Evaluating Aggressive Dogs

3:00 - 3:15  Break

3:15 - 3:45  Question & Answer Period

3:45 - 4:15  Fear, Possessiveness

  • Fearful dogs
  • Possessive dogs
  • Know Your Limits: Which dogs should the non-professional trainer NOT try to work with?

4:15 - 4:45  Evaluating Fearful and Possessive Dogs

4:45 - 5:00  Wrap Up

  • Where do we go from here?
  • Maximizing your time with the dog entrusted to your care
  • Creating a plan - training your dog for success
  • Future Training Camps