Desensitization and Counterconditioning: Teaching Dogs to Willingly Accept Medical Procedures

Some dogs are fearful of medical treatment. Rather than struggling with them and possibly making the experience worse, in this DVD you will learn how to systematically countercondition dogs to use rewards and thus decrease fear and aggression. The techniques and skills demonstrated can be applied to many situations.


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Discover how to use science behind learning to teach pets to enjoy an array of handling procedures.

In the first two parts of this series you’ve learned how to greet and approach correctly, provide clear direction, and handle and adjust your technique with skill. In this final lab, Dr. Sophia Yin teaches how to use desensitization and counterconditioning to help pets enjoy a variety of medical and husbandry procedures. Once you understand general concepts and important points such as staying below threshold, awareness of treat choice, clear movement, and timing, then you’ll be able to adapt to any situation you come across.

The modules in this DVD are also available as an individual online course or as part of the online curriculum Master Class Collection course.

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Weight 3.375 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × .75 in

Weight: 2.8 oz
Dimensions: 5 1/4in x 7 1/2in x 1/2in

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