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COOPERATIVE CARE TRAINING FOR DOGS
FOR HUSBANDRY OR VETERINARY PROCEDURES
Does your dog run away when they see you with the nail trimmers? Or do they struggle, growl, or bite during ear or eye treatments? Toenail trims, grooming, handling, receiving medications (orally, or in eyes or ears), blood draws and injections can all be sources of stress for our dogs, resulting in fear-based escape behaviours or aggression during the event. Not only may your dog not be getting necessary medications, but you are both stressed by the process.
The good news is that such events don't have to be stressful for your dog, or you. Dogs can be taught to willingly, even eagerly, participate in a wide range of such activities, using cooperative care training techniques.
These training techniques are relatively new to the dog training world, but as you can see in these video examples, the results speak for themselves. Using positive reinforcement, the formerly unpleasant event begins to predict good things are coming: tasty treats! Dogs happily participate, unrestrained.
Dogs who are trained using cooperative care techniques quickly learn they are active participants in the event: they can communicate their readiness for the next steps of training, or when they may need a little more time. This 'consent-based training' causes their confidence with the experience to soar. When animals are trained in this way, given a sense of choice and control over situations which may be unpleasant, it reduces their stress while still allowing husbandry or veterinary procedure goals to be reached.
Lauren can help you and your dog feel good about these procedures and more.
Initial consultations (by veterinary referral) $150.00.
Follow-up sessions $75.00/30 minutes.
Support is always available by text or email between sessions.
Unfortunately, due to a large number of requests for appointments, I am currently unable to take new dog or cat clients. Please check back for updates. Thank you.