Raising Canine

Bad to the Bone: Analyzing & Assessing Dog Bites

with Cara Shannon , JD,

Understanding the potential damage a dog is likely to do in future aggressive incidents is one of the most important skills you can have when working with behavior problems. Building on the work begun by Dr. Ian Dunbar in categorizing dog bites through the use of a linear hierarchy and consulting with a veterinary behaviorist, emergency room veterinarian, emergency room physician, general practice physician, and many experts in the field of canine behavior, Cara Shannon presents comprehensive bite hierarchies for analyzing bites to humans and bites to other dogs. Cara then uses photos and case studies to help consultants gain fluency in applying the hierarchy to actual cases and bites.


· Hierarchy Charts and Note Cards
· Case Studies and Analysis Notes
· Sample Veterinary Release Forms
· Sample History Forms


“Wow! Cara’s credentials give this presentation credibility and she really did her homework. Good stuff for every instructor’s breadth and depth of knowledge.”

– Terry Ryan, author “Coaching People to Train Their Dogs”

“From an eight-level bite hierarchy to factors affecting intensity of bruising, Cara Shannon has created a useful structure for canine professionals who seek an in-depth assessment tool for dog bites.”

– Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA, author “Getting a Grip on Aggression Cases”

“Cara Shannon’s presentation ‘Bad to the Bone’ represents a major step forward in the analysis and treatment of dog bite behavior. Clear and easy to understand, the video presentation and accompanying resource material will be invaluable to consultants in their work with families and their dogs.”

– Jim Barry, CDBC, CPDT-KA, author “The Ethical Dog Trainer”; Co-author, “Positive Gun Dogs”

“This presentation should be used by all people involved with dogs that get aggressive to be able to talk to others with a common language that describes the behavior and accurately gages the severity of the incident. Too often people use words like “vicious” for every aggressive event they encounter.”

– Ken Mc Cort, Canid expert and behavior consultant, Four Paws Training

“Wow!!!! I just finished watching the video for the first time….absolutely FANTASTIC!!
It was well worth the wait. The detailed information that Cara and group has developed is astounding. The new hierachies are so detailed and explained so thoroughly….I do believe that this will change the way we view dog bites. Job well done!!!!!

I was speaking with a vet last week regarding bites who had no idea about bite levels…I can’t wait to share this information with him. “

Barbara Johnson, CPDT-KA, www.BJK9S.com, 818-667-0696

“Cara Shannon presents a comprehensive model of how to evaluate dog bites, including not only the nature and extent of the bite itself but also the mitigating or aggravating circumstances. I put the model to good use with a client almost immediately and found it very helpful. Highly recommended!”

Dani Weinberg, Ph.D., CDBC
Rio Rancho, NM
Author of “Teaching People Teaching Dogs”

“I would highly recommend this presentation to anyone. It is simple and straightforward, very informative and easy to watch. Cara offers an excellent presentation of analyzing bite in both humans and other dogs.
Ann King – CPDT, Canine King, Yonkers, NY



Cara Shannon successfully works with aggression and other behavior problems on a regular basis, teaching group classes for dogs with reactivity and aggression issues towards other dogs and people four to five times each week, in addition to providing private consultations for dog owners struggling with aggression.

Cara holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law and she practiced law for several years before embarking on her career with dogs.

This valuable resource is only $30.00