Do you have a pet that hates having their nails trimmed? Or maybe your pet is fine at the vet EXCEPT when it comes to taking their temperature. One way to deal with these fears is to utilize the concept of "desensitization" and "classical conditioning".
Desensitization is the process of teaching the learner that a specific stimulus is non-threatening over time, through repeated controlled gentle exposures.
Classical conditioning links emotional responses with a stimulus over time through predictions.
The goal is to link stimuli such as having your pet's tail lifted or having their nails trimmed, with a yummy treat to create a positive emotional response.
Make sure your pet likes the treat you are offering and knows how to use the treat delivery method. For example, not all pets are used to eating off a spoon or tongue depressor.
Go slow - Listen to your pet and only increase the intensity when your pet is comfortable
These videos fast forward the training process for learning purposes.
Some pets are not used to be restrained. It is not common that we hear that pets "like to do things on their own terms". However, restraint for procedures is an essential part of training. For example, all dogs need an annual heartworm test which requires restraint for a blood draw.
Remember, your pet will be more open to learning when they are not in a stressful environment, such as at home with their owner. Getting your pet used to being restrained at home in a familiar environment will help them be much more comfortable when they are being restrained at the veterinary clinic.
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These small training sessions can go a long way at making your pet much more comfortable at the vet.
Remember to keep training sessions short and fun!
If you would like to start working with your pet at home or have any questions about how to apply these concepts please contact us at 905 844 6786 or email@example.com. We would be more than happy to help you utilize these training methods.