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Empowered dogs: Cooperative husbandry training *PART 1*

Start cooperative husbandry training! Stress-free vet visits are possible!

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


  • Duration: 6 weeks.
  • Learning materials: Written lessons with video tutorials.
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If you’ve come in here, you’ve probably never tried or have some problem with husbandry dog’s training. You should try cooperative husbandry training if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  • You struggle to groom your dog without having him mouth the brush?
  • You can’t cut his nails ?
  • Your dog is running away as soon as you pronounce “shower”?
  • Your dog stresses out so much at the clinic or at the groomer that he trembles, shuts down or tries to escape?
  • You have to care for your dog and it’s complicated to do it alone at home?
  • Your dog doesn’t like to put the collar, harness, muzzle or cone?
  • You want your dog to be stressfree and cooperate with him in all sorts of care procedures?
  • Do you want to improve the communication with your dog, develop a trusting relationship and give him more choice opportunities and control on his life?

If you see yourself in one of these situations, this class is made for you!

Cooperative husbandry training aims to teach animals to assist in their own care. It’s an ethical and pratical choice. It is used in most zoological parks to care for wild animals avoiding restrain, anesthesia and reducing stress.

Husbandry training is part of daily enrichment programs. Through this training we give the animal the skills and the opportunities to give his consent. Giving them choice and control over their environment improves their general welfare.

If we can draw blood from a giraffe or an orca without using force…why not do the same with our pets?

Empowering our dogs in their own care not only makes it easier but also enrich our life together. You will be able to do all procedures (like nail clipping or shower) by your own, without any helper!

Some of the topics covered in this course:

  • Understanding and using science basics in husbandry training.
  • Teaching consent positions.
  • Empowerment: Understanding the importance of choice and control.
  • Behavior, consequences and functions: how to use them to converse with animals.
  • Teaching your dog the consent concept.
  • How to train your dog through various daily procedures such as handling, grooming, bathing, nails care, ears and eyes care, teeth brushing, muzzle training…
  • What to do when our dog is not ready and you have to do it. Consequences.

A second level course will be focusing on training the dog to third-party care such as the vet, the groomer, the osteopath.

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

Course Testimonials

I really love this course. Its easy to understand and I cant wait for *part 2* 🙂

Tine Pilegaard

January 10, 2024


  • Week 1 18 Jun 2024

    • Introduction

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson !…

    • Cooperative Husbandry training : Why and how ?

      An ethical and pratical approach. Cooperative husbandry training is commonly used in zoological park. Restraining physicaly big animals is quite…

    • Using environment as a cue

      In husbandry training, we want the animal to keep as much freedom in cooperating as possible. That’s why when…

    • Markers, reinforcers and training sessions

      I am using marker training : it means that a signal (for example, the sound of a clicker) marks a…

    • Understanding Classical and Operant conditioning

      Classical and operant conditioning are associative learnings. In husbandry training, it can be used for/against us : it is necessary…

    • Exercise : Exit strategies

      Stationing is teaching an animal to stay at a location. For example, it can be on a carpet, a perch,…

    • Exercise : The “Bucket Game”

      The bucket Game is a concept developed by Chirag Patel. It is a simple way to teach an “I’m ready”…

    • Exercise : “Podium”

      During the two first weeks, exercises will focus on teaching positions we then use as “I’m ready” signal. This exercice…

  • Week 2 18 Jun 2024

    • Which position for which use ?

      In this class, we will mainly use 3 positions : Chin rest (chin layed on hand or on a support).

    • Exercise : Relax

      In this lecture we will see how to teach your dog to lie on his side using a lure. Use…

    • Exercise : Chin Rest

      The chin rest is a must have in husbandry training. You can use it at the vet to ask your…

  • Week 3 18 Jun 2024

    • Empowerment : An ethical and pratical concept

        There are two sides in the empowerment word; obviously “power” is the main root, but there is also the…

    • When the dog consents : The power of choice

      So why is it so important to give choice to animals ? “Converging evidence from animal research, clinical studies,…

    • Exercise : Conversation training

      Behavior, consequence and function : How to use them to communicate with animals If we want to ask our…

    • Problem solving

      An important part of husbandry training consists in counterconditioning and systematic desensitization. The stimulus you are presenting should always be…

  • Week 4 18 Jun 2024

    • Training with tools

      Once our dog is comfortable with touching and handling by our hands we can begin to add necessary tools for…

    • Exercise : Grooming procedures

      Here some examples of common grooming procedures training plans. Choose to work first on the easier procedure for your…

    • What to do when your dog is not ready and you have to do it?

      What to do when you have to do it and your dog is not ready for this ? Consequences ?…

    • The Dog Map

      During progression of handlings, you will notice, little by little, more sensitivity in certain area of your dog’s body. For…

  • Week 5 18 Jun 2024

    • Choosing your tool

      Your training plan will differ according to the tool you choose : clippers, dremel, nail file, scratch board… They…

    • Exercise : Scratch games

      Teach your dog to shorten his nail himself as a trick ! DIY video to make you own scratch…

    • Exercise : Trimming the nails

      Here you can see different ways to trim your dog’s nails. The first video shows clipper training in relax position…

    • Why nail maintenance is crucial

      Triming the dog’s nails is essential to promote a proper posture. Nails too long will change the way he stands…

  • Week 6 18 Jun 2024

    • Around the Muzzle

      This week we will train a lot of procedures happening around the head and the muzzle. It is for most…

    • Exercise : Harness

        A lot of dogs find the removing of the harness really aversive. Adding a cue when you remove the…

    • Exercise : Muzzle Training

      Muzzle training : Muzzle training is an important life skill for your dog (Public transports, veterinary clinics…). If your…

    • Outro

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers and…

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