Many dogs are anxious about receiving husbandry care—especially if they find new experiences scary or if they have had a bad experience in the past. The good news is that by training low-stress handling at home, you can reduce or alleviate your dog’s fear about receiving veterinary and grooming care.
Cooperative Care with Brushing
How to teach your dog to drop their toy on cue so you can keep the game going with them.
How to Teach Cooperative Nail Trims
If you and your dog find nail trimming stressful, you are not alone. Nail trimming is one of those necessary but dreaded tasks that many pet owners prefer to hand over to professionals. However, with a little patience and a lot of positive reinforcement, trimming your dog’s nails is not only possible, but enjoyable! The key is to introduce each step gradually and offer lots of positive reinforcement.
Stress-Free Nail Trims: Teach Your Dog to Accept the Dremel
A nail Dremel is a great alternative to use with dogs that hate having their nails clipped by guillotine-style clippers, although the noise it makes takes some getting used to. In this video, Ken Ramirez and his dog Marlin demonstrate how to introduce your dog to a Dremel and train for stress-free nail trims!
Initial Tips for Nail File Scratch Boards
Introducing a dog to a nail filing board.
Chin Rest: Session 2 (Ear Care)
Introducing ear care props and building fluency of a lap chin rest.
Chin Rest Behavior: Session 1
The first steps of teaching a dog to offer a chin rest on the lap for husbandry care and veterinary visits