Does your dog become agitated anticipating a vaccination or blood draw? By incorporating training into your injection routines, you can help alleviate his/her anxiety.
Many dogs tremble at the vet. While you and your dog may have practiced exams at home, the sights, sounds, and scents at the veterinary clinic often evoke anxiety in even the most well-prepared dogs. What do you do when you find your dog trembling underneath your chair in the waiting area? Try training!
Imagine if you could teach your cat to go into or out of a carrier effortlessly, without physical manipulation. How about getting on or off furniture? What if you could dazzle your friends by teaching your cat to spin, rollover, or jump through a hoop? These behaviors can all be achieved by teaching your cat to follow a target stick—one of the easiest and most useful behaviors to teach!
Many dogs fear being handled by strangers, which can be particularly problematic visiting the vet or groomer. However, when dogs learn to tolerate handling and husbandry procedures when they are young, they grow up to become active and willing participants in these experiences.
Blood draws are routine procedures at veterinary visits, but they are also one of the most stressful procedures—for dogs and the veterinary staff. By teaching your dog to accept the handling veterinary staff members use to draw blood, you can help reduce the dog’s fear and anxiety.
Kittens are highly intelligent animals that, just like their canine counterparts, are capable of learning a variety of behaviors. Beginning your training as soon as you bring your kitten home will help prevent unwanted behaviors and ensure that your kitten will grow up to be a well-adjusted member of your family.
Do you struggle with giving your cat medication? You aren’t alone. Getting cats to take medication can be a challenge, even for veterinarians! Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. In this video, Tabitha Kucera, KPA CTP, RVT, and her cat Jellybean (aka Bean) demonstrate how to get a cat to take medication willingly!
How to teach your dog to drop their toy on cue so you can keep the game going with them.
Learn a chin rest, a useful skill for vet care, ear cleaning/checks, or brushing!
Introducing a dog to a nail filing board.
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