Category: Behavior Bytes

Storm / Noise Safe Room Training

Training to teach your dog to go to a bathroom, basement, or closet during storms for safety and calming. Getting to the safe room while calm prevents escalation to fear and ensures safety. Learn the “Storm Sangria cocktail and sign up for the“Big Bad Boom” 1 HR RACE webinar available here. Safe Training    1. Read More

Loose Leash Walking

If you decide that basic loose leash walking is more your speed than heeling, that is okay. Dogs that respond to their owner’s simple request on a walk are just as well behaved. The less often you go for walks, the more novel and exciting it will be when they get the opportunity to explore. Try to understand their excitement. Be sure to make the walk equally as enjoyable for them as it is for you. Be kind and fair in your training methods, and always make time for a few good smells.

Training Your Cat to Use the Carrier

Since indoor cats rarely leave the house, they often become stressed or anxious when they are taken to the veterinary hospital once a year. Cats learn by association, so the sudden appearance of the carrier tends to signal that something scary is happening. If the carrier is kept in a part of the home that Read More

Training Series: Teaching Eye Contact to a Dog

Eye Contact Photo courtesy of Pat Koven, LVT, KPA-CTP. Eye contact teaches your pet to focus attention on you and check in with you regularly.  By reinforcing this behavior, you are making yourself more exciting than the environment around you. A strong Look on cue is useful: to call your dog to you in a dog park Read More

Low Stress Toothbrushing

Photo courtesy of Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP Dental disease is painful and most pets over the age of three suffer from gum disease. Recommended by veterinarians, daily toothbrushing is one of the best ways to slow the progression of dental disease, lengthen the time between professional cleanings, and has many other benefits to Read More

Training Series: Target Training Dogs with Touch

What is targeting? Targeting is teaching your dog to touch a part of their body such as a paw, shoulder, hip, or nose to a specific object. The most common use is asking the dog to touch their nose to a person’s hand. Here we outline nose targeting. Why use targeting? Targeting is a fun Read More

Low Stress Handling® Silver-Level Certification

Individual Certification at this level demonstrates to clients and employers the individual’s dedicated interest in Low Stress Handling®. Hospital Certification at this level demonstrates to clients and staff the hospital’s commitment to appropriately training staff in Low Stress Handling® methods.

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