How Law Enforcement Can Navigate Dog Encounters Safely and Successfully

How Law Enforcement Can Navigate Dog Encounters Safely and Successfully

Law Enforcement regarding animals involves two equally essential sets of personnel: Police and Animal Control. Each of these groups bring related, but different skill sets to the table. Yet one thing they both face? Dogs. Dogs that live in homes, reside on properties, run loose, live on chains, want snuggles and sometimes feel a need to bite.

Understanding dog behavior, both best and worst, helps keep our Law Enforcement Officers safer and more able to adapt. This course sets a foundation of understanding reasons for perceived and real aggression in dogs. The workshop will help build strategies to avoid, reduce, and manage conflict and keep officers, the public, and animals as safe as possible by sharing the tools and techniques to use when things go awry.

This workshop consists of three sessions scheduled for 90-120 minutes each.

This workshop has been certified by the National Sheriffs' Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Attendees will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.


James W. Crosby M.S., CBCC-KA, is a retired Police Lieutenant (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, FL) and has professionally trained dogs, taught individual and group obedience classes, and addressed canine behavior problems since 1999. Jim first obtained his CPDT in 2008 and became a CBCC-KA in 2016.

Holding a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Forensic Medicine, Jim is recognized in and out of Court as an expert in the US and Canada on dangerous dogs, canine aggression, fatal dog attacks, and related issues. He has personally investigated over 30 fatal dog attacks on humans and has, post-attack, physically and behaviorally evaluated over 50 dogs that have killed humans. Cases have included attacks in the US, the UK and Australia. Jim served as Chair of the Review Committee addressing Dangerous Dog procedures and processes for the Government of the Australian Capital Territory in 2017/2018.

Jim is the Director-Canine Encounter Training for the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse and is the designer of the Law Enforcement Dog Encounter Training course supported by the National Sheriff’s Association and others.

Session 1: Understanding Aggressive Dog Behavior

Friday, Feb 21 1:00 to 3:00 PM ET

We’ll begin our series by taking time to discuss aggressive dog behavior. What is it, what does it do, and does that dog really want to eat you? How can you use this understanding to avoid bites and reduce the risk to yourself and others?

Session Topics:

  • What is aggression and why is it there?
  • How do we recognize aggression in dogs?
  • Why do dogs bite and how can we use that knowledge to stay safe?
  • Interaction strategies for less-threatening dogs.
  • Dealing with multiple dogs: Is the "pack" going to get you?
  • Students will be provided three articles on the purpose and nature of "aggression.”

Session 2: Learning to Interpret “Dog Language”

Friday, Feb 28 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Communicating with dogs is NOT ESP or ‘whispering,” but rather understanding their language. How does body posture, stance, facial expression, and what you do affect what the dog does, and what are they saying anyhow? Can we actually have a “conversation” and avoid conflict?

Session Topics:

  • Postural elements of dog body language
  • How our body language affects interactions with dogs.
  • How officers can use body language to interact safely.
  • Students will be provided three videos of dog interactions to analyze, breaking down the specific elements that will get you through an encounter.

Session 3: Staying Safe with Situational Awareness

Friday, March 6 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Situational awareness and bringing it all together. What are you doing? What is the dog doing? And how can you use the knowledge and communication skills to give you maximum options for everyone to go home safe at the end of the day. Wrap up and question/answer. Bring it up and we will chat!

Session Topics:

  • The role and importance of situational awareness
  • Points of safety in earning or maintaining safe separation from dog(s).
  • Tools that are useful in dog encounters and how to think beyond your firearm. Let's avoid the complexities of deploying deadly force if we can!

Register Today - $197/Person

Seminar Location

This seminar series will be presented through remote webinars using the GoToWebinar network. You will be able to attend the sessions from any internet connected computer.

Session Recordings

Each session will be recorded and this recording will be made available to registrants for 30 days following conclusion of all sessions.

Registration Process

Once you register either provide payment information or request an invoice. You will receive login instructions upon receipt of payment.


Full refunds will be granted up to one week before the start of the first session. We will NOT be able to grant ANY refunds after that.


If you have three or more personnel that are planning to attend, please contact us for a 25% discount code. Also, contact us if you are a NACA, NSA or JCH Member

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