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Desensitizing to Handling and Husbandry

Desensitizing Husbandry Nail Trimming Training Wellness

Let’s talk desensitization and husbandry. Dogs don’t come to us being comfortable with handling, we can’t verbally tell them what we’re doing and why, so we need to go slow and build trust by listening to their body language and creating positive associations. We’ll be using counter-conditioning, which means pairing something bad with something good, to slowly change your dog’s association with the “bad” thing. The first step is to figure out what is triggering the fear response, for example with nail trimming, does seeing the trimmers make them back away? Or are they okay until you pick up their...

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Preparing for a Stressful Day [video]

Anxiety Product Suggestions Stress Tips Training Video

Preparing for a Stressful Day [video]

Watch our video with tips on making those stressful days positive for your dog.

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Tips for Stressful Days

Anxiety Article Stress Tips Training

Spooky Season has arrived Do you have a plan or coping skills for your dog on potentially stressful days? Halloween can be a big issue for dogs, but this guide can work for anything from big changes happening, busy times, travel, or petsitting a friend's dog. 1. Start desensitizing to possible triggers From spooky decorations, to door knocking, to masks, you'll want to slowly and safely introduce your dog to possible triggers. Remember, don't force them to interact with it, give them treats or other rewards for looking at or interacting with it. 2. Go for a big dog-centric walk Take...

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How to blow your dog's mind [video]

Enrichment Tips Training Video

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Leash Walking: What's in your treat bag? [video]

Product Suggestions Training Video

Leash Walking: What's in your treat bag? [video]

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