COVID-19: Due to provincial restrictions, in-person training is not currently available.
All classes and personal coaching are done via video calls.
Positive Dog Husbandry
Nail trims, ear cleaning, and eye drops. OH MY!
This 4-week online course will get you, and your dog, more comfortable with these procedures and will lay the foundation for helping your pet feel more at ease.
All programs are online via our online library and video conference calls.
We've been there!
The nail trims gone bad
Serious ear infections requiring drops multiple times a day
Scary vet visits
Regular needle injections
Positive Dog Husbandry Part 1 will give you a deeper understanding of the counter conditioning process, and the skills to apply the knowledge effectively.
Positive Dog Husbandry Online Program
What is covered:
Definitions: counter conditioning, desensitization, thresholds, emotional responses
Body Language and body language observation skills
Thresholds: How to find your dogs thresholds and how to work outside of them
Food Choice: The importance of choosing the right food for your dog and how to find what their preferences are
Handler Skills and Mechanics: How to improve your own skills and timing for successful counter conditioning
This program is available worldwide and presented in English.
All classes will be in Mountain Daylight Time (GMT-6). All classes are recorded.
Positive Dog Husbandry Online is a good choice for you if:
You struggle to do basic grooming with your dog
Feel defeated every time you have to force your dog to do something they need done
Wish you could do nail trims yourself at home
Meet Your Trainer
In case you don't know Symka and I from our Facebook groups, here's a quick history.
Symka broke her pelvis as a puppy, this of course led to a major fear of vet clinics. She has struggled with ear infections her whole life, and I have struggled to get medicated drops into her ears during painful flareups.
We've had several bad nail trimming experiences. You know the ones, where the house looks like a murder scene!
Over the years, and with much training, these things have become much easier. Symka's favourite place in the world now is the vet clinic, where she goes every 4 weeks for injections.
Positive Dog Husbandry Online Training
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My dog doesn't have any major issues, is this class still helpful?
This program will teach you how to create positive associations to husbandry procedures in advance so they won't be a problem if and when you need them.
Is this class suitable for puppies?
Being proactive is better than being reactive. By starting husbandry training early you can set your dog up for success in the future.
My dog needs something done NOW, will this help?
This program covers methods that can be used to reduce the stress of procedures we have to do NOW, and will teach you the skills to make things easier going forward.
What types of procedures are covered?
Due to the wide variety of husbandry procedures, we can not cover each one individually. Instead, students learn the training methods that can be applied to all procedures.
Some examples are: nail trims, cleaning and medicating ears and eyes, body handling for examination, vet visits, injections, brushing, teeth cleaning, and more.
Does the program recommend specific medications or products?
No. Specific health questions can not be answered in this program.
We recommend you speak with your veterinarian about their recommendations for your pet.