Empowered dogs : Cooperative husbandry at the vet *PART 2*

Make vet visits more enjoyable for our dogs

Iris Castaing Iris Castaing
Start: 01 Jul 2024
Next: TBA


  • Duration: 6 weeks.
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In this class, we will work specifically to have third parties perform care such as the veterinarian, osteopath or groomer. It is intended for people who have completed Level 1 and who want to translate the techniques learned to the care done by professionals (the foundations of cooperative care will not be re-explained, your dog must master consent behaviors before entering this class). Veterinary visits are often anxious times for our dogs and for us as well. Knowing that your dog is going to be stressed at the clinic prompts many pet owners to postpone care. The objectives of this class will be to make these visits more enjoyable for our dogs so that their emotional well-being is also taken into account in the care, not just their physical well-being.

Among other things, we will discuss how:

  • Make clinic visits enjoyable.
  • Prepare your dog in case of hospitalization.
  • Generalize your co-operative care skills in other environments.
  • Prepare for the most common veterinary care.
  • Working with a third party.
  • Work in collaboration with your clinic.

But if you haven’t started such training yet, nothing is lost!

Start cooperative training today! Your dog will thank you for it.

Course Testimonials

This class is a great continuation of the skills learned in Part 1, and comprehensively looks at how to apply them in a veterinary situation. I highly recommend both classes.

Molly Bredenberg

May 10, 2024


  • Week 1 01 Jul 2024

    • Introduction

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson!…

    • Stress, fear and Anxiety

      If the care that we provide ourselves to our dogs can be delicate to administer, manipulations, care done by third…

    • Happy Visits

      Are you ready to change the world ? You’re probably not aware of it, but by embarking on this class…

    • In the box

      During a hospitalization your dog has a high chance of being locked in a crate.   This environment change is…

    • Lifting with consent

      If you are lucky enough to have a veterinarian who is attentive and open, your dog can eventually be examined…

  • Week 2 08 Jul 2024

    • Cooperative care with third party

      This is one of the key lessons of this class. The introduction of manipulations made by third parties. If there…

    • Collar grabbing

      During a hospitalization, your dog will be caught by the collar to be tied or handled by the clinic staff.

    • When the dog is not ready

      Your dog may need veterinary care before you are ready to do in cooperation. For some dogs a bandage solution…

    • Table

      There can be many reasons why your dog will need to stand on a table. At the groomer and in…

  • Week 3 15 Jul 2024

    • Ear check

      This week we will see some of the classic examinations of the veterinary visit that can also be useful in…

    • Eye ckeck

      Eye control is often part of the routine of the general examination in the veterinary clinic. You can desensitize your…

    • Mouth check 1

      The examination of the mouth can be perceived as really intrusive for the dog. Most dogs will struggle when you…

    • Mouth check 2

      Boost :  I start teaching Boost to target my hand which is above his head with the top of his…

    • Mouth check 3

      Newbie : I mark and reinforce when she targets my fingers in pliers position with her mouth. I mark and…

    • Follow-up document

      You can prepare your dog extensively on a majority of care or have more precise goals. In the latter case,…

  • Week 4 22 Jul 2024

    • Microship control

      The control of the identification chip can be found in many contexts : In clinics, on show, during a veterinary…

    • Stethoscope

      The use of the stethoscope to listen to the heart is a minimally invasive manipulation. it can also be use…

    • Thermometer

      The rectal thermometer is a rather invasive and relatively long examination. Train very gradually. Remember to reduce your criterion after…

  • Week 5 29 Jul 2024

    • Injection

      Whether it is on the occasion of a vaccine, for the treatment of diabetes, an injection of antibiotic or anti-inflammatory…

    • Blood draw

      In dogs, the blood draw can be performed on an anterior limb (between the wrist and the elbow), on a…

    • Let the Show begin

      The dog that go out on dog show will also have to go through the physical examination of a judge.

  • Week 6 05 Aug 2024

    • Gate Control

      First proposed in 1965 by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall, gate control theory is a theory according to which the…

    • Giving oral medecine

      More and more veterinary drugs are now being manufactured in such to be palatable, which greatly facilitates our task for administering…

    • Explaining the concept to your vet

      That’s it, you have prepared your dog for all the procedures included in your future routine vet visit and he…

    • Outro

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers and…

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