Sensible Behavior Practices for the Veterinary Professional

dog behavior for Veterinary professionals

Are you a veterinary professional interested in behavior? Have you ever wondered how to reduce your patients’ fearfulness during visits to you clinic? Ever thought about starting puppy or kitten classes? This fun and comprehensive tour through important behavior topics will get your education in behavior off to a great start.

Instructor: Catherine Steinke, BA, CPDT-KA

What you can expect to learn from this course:

We’ll cover canine body language in depth as it is the key to understanding and modifying fear and aggression in the veterinary clinic.

We’ll discuss husbandry and examination training so that you can teach staff and pet owners how to desensitize pets to common procedures like scale-loading, nail trims, vaccinations and blood draws.

Common dog training and enrichment products will be explored with recommendations about retail sales boosters to enhance your clinic’s overall profit line.

There’s a new trend in canine training practices and we’ll educate you about how to bring the best of positive reinforcement training to your clients with ease, including free, customizable handouts for your clients.

Puppies and kittens get a lesson all their own – and we’ll give you tips and resources for starting your clinic’s puppy and kitten classes to make the most of sensitive developmental periods.

Common canine behavioral problems are usually pretty easy to solve if you have the right answers. We’ll cover the best practices for educating your owners on how to get annoying behaviors to stop.

Finally, we’ll discuss the differences between behaviorists, behavior counselors, dog trainers and all those certification abbreviations and what they mean, with recommendations on finding great referral sources in your area. In short, this course will prepare you to be a sensible and practical behavior resource for your patients and pet parents.

Texts:
There are no textbooks required for this course but there are MANY handouts available in the course for you to download.

Content and quizzes:
There are 7 webinar lessons that you take on your on time (ondemand) and 7 online quizzes at the end of each lesson.

Cost and Registration: $125.00 (Introductory cost. Cost will go up after RACE approval.)

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Certificate of completion issued on successful completion of course (pass quizzes with at least 80% correct).

CEUs:
CCPDT: 6 CEUs
IAABC: 6 CEUs
NADOI: 6 CEUs
Veterinarian (RACE) or Vet Tech CEUs are pending.

Access to this Course will expire 120 days after your registration date. If you need more time to complete, please request this by email: cheryl@e-trainingfordogs.com

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Roles of Dogs in Society

Roles of Dogs in SocietyRoles of dogs in Society: Assistance dogs, service dogs, emotional support dogs, therapy dogs, and companion dogs

Dogs’ roles in society are expanding, whether as companions or assuming special roles for assistance or therapy by volunteers or human health professionals.  Many changes are appearing in new research findings and evolving regulatory and legislative updates around the roles of dogs in society. Animals’ psychosocial effects for people rest on theoretical perspectives with associated physiological and psychosocial processes. And, practical applications of human-animal interactions for therapy or enhanced quality of life continue to increase.  One complication is the inconsistent vocabulary used for assistance, service and therapy dogs’ roles for vulnerable people. Whatever their specific roles, animals can offer psychosocial benefits: normalize and enhance quality of life by alleviating loneliness or depression for those with mental illness or disabilities, increase social interactions, motivate people, and improve physiological health with calming effects.  Animals increasingly in the U.S. offer personalized assistance or emotional support, especially dogs; various species can provide a nexus with the person’s needs, with access permitted in housing and transport.  Recent robots imitate the actions of assistance dogs or emotionally-supporting animals. One next step is for health professionals to deliver personally targeted and tailored treatments.

Speaker: Lynette A. Hart, Ph.D.

Learning objectives:

  • Legislative and regulatory provisions in the U.S. regarding “service dogs” (the inclusive term)
  • The importance of the service dog to the person, and factors affecting the relationship
  • Specified criteria for training and placement to gain accreditation from Assistance Dogs International (ADI)
  • Requirements of some federal agencies and some facilities, e.g., the U.S. Army, the U.S. Veterans Administration, for allowing and supporting service dogs
  • California’s approach to service animal registration
  • Uses of canine companionship in legal settings
  • Differences between ADI-trained “facility dogs” of working professionals, and “therapy dogs”

When: Live online lecture is scheduled for May 12th, 2015   8:00-9:30pm EDT (Midnight Greenwich Mean Time)
Note: When you purchase this webinar, you are purchasing BOTH an invite to the Live webinar AND access to the Recording for 32 days after we publish the Live webinar.

CEU’s Available:
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s
NOTE: Both the Live and the Recording are approved for the same amount of CEUs.

Cost: $25.00

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DiscountsMembers of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC or NADOI receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

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Preference Assessments and Structured Adopter-Dog Interactions (SADI) Increase Adoptions

ShelterDog1Shelter Dog Training Program

One of the leading preventable causes of death for a dog is euthanasia at an animal shelter. Approximately 10% of all dogs housed in the US are living in shelters and many will not currently come out alive. One way to reduce euthanasia in shelters is by increasing the numbers of dogs leaving the shelters alive by being placed in loving homes. However, currently, we did not have a validated program that served to increase adoption rates. In the current talk, Alexandra Protopopova, MS, CPDT-KA will describe her research, in which through systematic study of adopter preference and dogs’ learning styles, that has led to a validated behavioral program, Structured Adopter-Dog Interactions (SADI). This program increased adoption rates by approximately 70% in the experimental shelter and may be used by shelter professionals to increase adoption rates and thereby decrease unnecessary euthanasia at their animal shelters.

Speaker: Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, CPDT-KA

Available as a recording.

CEU’s Available:
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s

Cost: $25.00

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DiscountsMembers of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC or NADOI receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

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Service Dog Certification Training Online – Really?

Question I get at LEAST once a week:

“Do your courses for service dog training provide ADI (assistance dogs international) certification once completed?”

Actually, there is no such thing as “certification.”

In the United States, what makes a service dog legal is:

  • You, the human, have a disability and need the dog to assist you with that disability. (NOTE: the ADA laws are for humans)
  • 120 hours of documented specialized training over a period of no less than six months (NOTE: this could  still be owner-trainer documentation),
  • a video of the dog and handler passing the Public Access Test,
  • a video of the dog doing three trained tasks, in public, that mitigate the person’s disability.

SONY DSCThe first class in our Service Dog series is the foundation work, Basics.  The second class, Core Elements, goes through the skills needed, and at the end, the assignment is to make a video of the person and dog passing the Public Access Test. During these courses you will be required to document EVERYTHING in both a journal and by video. The next two classes are about training and assembling tasks.

Our Instructor’s organization is able to issue a service dog id card to dogs who have successfully completely the Core Elements course. She can do this because the last assignment is to apply for and pass the Public Access Test (PAT). You will be required to produce a video of you and your dog passing the PAT as an assignment. The Core Elements course will also require you to, as homework assignments, do the documentation of 120 hours of specialized training over a period of no less than six months. Homework in this course will also require you to hand in 3 videos of you adn your dog, in public, doing three trained tasks that mitigate the person’s disability.

In other words, when you have successfully and fully completed our program, you will be able to legally take your dog into public to assist you with your needs as you have met all of the requirements (except the requirement that the human with a disability).

Link to courses: Service Dog Trainer

Yes, this program is for anyone, beginner, novice, professional.

Dog Breeding Classes

Cash Puppy PrehabSpecial Offer. We have combined our most popular dog breeding classes and are offering these as a 3 course package at substantial savings. ALL 3 COURSES INCLUDED.

Course 1 – Breeding and Whelping Dogs
Learn how to properly breed dogs and whelp a litter of healthy puppies. This 90 minute online, ondemand course encourages and seeks to educate present and future breeders. It is not a genetics course; instead, it provides in depth information on breeding and whelping dogs. It does provide resources for breeders with downloadable charts. You will earn a Certificate of completion after you finish this course. Covered in this course:

  • Choosing breeding stock.
  • When and how to breed two dogs.
  • Taking care of the pregnant dog.
  • Preparing for whelping; whelping a litter.
  • How to deal with emergencies.
  • Post partum concerns.

Course 2 – Puppy Imprinting and Bonding
This important 8 lesson course is for anyone who has ever considered or plans to breed a litter of puppies. It demonstrates how to raise healthy, mentally and physically strong puppies by influencing their environment, handling, and attention from pre-birth to permanent home placement at 10-12 weeks of age. Students will learn a proven method of imprinting and handling puppies that affect a canine’s lifelong ability to learn, be trained, and produce a superior companion or competitor because of their exposure to stimuli from birth to 12 weeks. Covered in this course:

  • A Certificate to be able to copy and give to all your puppy buyers that you have raised the litter using the researched “Super-Dog” program.
  • How bitch care, personality, and exposure effects the quality and condition of the puppies
  • How to set up a whelping space compatible with human living
  • Physical and mental timeline development of a canine
  • Needs and handling of pups from newborn to 12 weeks
  • Imprinting techniques based on the biosensor- super dog program
  • Week by week tracking of puppy growth, including updates on handling, exercises, bitch care
  • How to set up stimulating puppy confinement systems for growing canines
  • How to successfully litter box train a puppy
  • How to wean with limited stress to bitch or puppy
  • Tips for photographing puppies
  • Record-keeping – why it is important and how to track a litter of puppies
  • Tips for marketing puppies and educating new owners

Course 3 – “Puppy’s First Twenty Weeks” – Protocol to Socializing Puppies

In this 90 minute lesson you will learn about Wonder Puppy’s “Puppy’s First Twenty Weeks” Protocol to socializing puppies. This includes all of the ingredients needed to start a puppy on the path to mental, physical, and emotional wellness. Wonder Puppy helps build confidence, encourages impulse control, and nurtures the parent-puppy relationship. Covered in this course:

  • Looking at the whole puppy to address socialization
  • How to prevent what some call “dominant” puppy behavior
  • How to set boundaries for puppies without having to resort to punishment
  • 10 essential exposure and basic skill exercises for complete socialization
  • How to prevent separation anxiety in puppies
  • How to modify puppy social interactions and play behavior
  • What goes into running a “balanced playgroup”
  • Support material for puppy parents

Cost for the 3 course package: $90
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Course length: 10 lessons with quizzes interspersed.

Student Information:
Access to this course will expire in 90 days.

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Resource Guarding between Animals: Causes and Remedies

ResourceGuarding2Resource guarding between dogs – What causes fights between dogs over food, toys, etc?

How can you stop resource guarding between dogs from starting, or end it once it has begun?

This webinar will discuss competition between dogs and a few other pet species for available resources.  These resources can include: food, favored resting stations, toys, the affections/attention of people or any other thing the environment offers.   The competition comes in different forms and often escalates until animal will actually hurt or kill each other.  This webinar will also discuss strategies for preventing and resolving such competition.

Speaker: Ken McCort is one of our favorite speakers. He owns and operates “Four Paws” training center in Doylestown, Ohio.  Along with his wife, Marilyn, a veterinarian, he lives with 6 dogs, 4 cats, 7 large parrots, some finches, 2 mini horses, a donkeys and a lizard.  In his profession, Ken works with animals with behavioral concerns.  Most clients and animals are acquired by referral from veterinarians or other clients.  He has been training animals full time since 1986 and currently works with dogs, cats, birds and a few other species.

Available as a recording.

CEU’s Available:
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (CBCC-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s

Cost: $25.00

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DiscountsMembers of APDT, CCPDT, IAABC or NADOI receive over 25% off. All Lecture Series Webinars are only $18.00 each. See instructions below on how to find the password to take part in this professional discount.

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Kids and K9s

Kids and DogsKids and Dogs

Course description: Of course you have a great dog – the kids can do anything to him! But, is tolerance the same as enjoyment? Do you know the warning signs other parents missed when their children were bitten “out of the blue?” In this interactive kids and dogs class you’ll decode dog signals, create a simple bite-prevention strategy for your family and learn easy ways to improve the relationship between your dog and child, from baby through high school. Instructor is a homeschooling mother and a professional canine behavior coach who has counseled thousands of families through real-life dog-related issues.

Course Date: On demand

Instructor: Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA, is a professional canine behavior coach and full-time homeschooling mom. She specializes in helping parents find creative and safe ways to interact. Catherine has developed several instructional courses for adults and children who love animals, including the Sensible Pet Sitter program, a one-day course for teens who want to start their own businesses while caring for pets. Catherine resides in the lovely Willamette Valley, Oregon, with her husband, their two teen boys, two active dogs and a smart, clicker-trained bay horse.

What you can expect to learn from this course:

  • The realities and myths behind inflammatory dog-bite stories in the media
  • Common risk factors in dog-bite fatalities
  • How dogs communicate aggression, before it’s too late
  • How you can prevent a dog bite
  • An easy-to-remember acronym to assess any dog for dangerous signals
  • How to assess your own dog easily and determine areas for training
  • How to incorporate a management plan to prevent conflicts
  • Tips for training children and preparing your family to safely interact with your dog
  • Learn dog training skills to implement for the following stages of childhood development:
    • Infant
    • Toddler
    • Children 5-8
    • Children 9-12
    • Teens

There is no text necessary for this course.

Students will receive the following printable resources about kids and dogs:

o   Guide to canine body language

o   Dog assessment tool for identifying problems and goals

o   Detailed recommendations for child and dog interactions

o   Games for children and dogs to play together

o   List of resources and recommended reading included

Cost: $40.00

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CEU’s available (3 for CCPDT, IAABC, and NADOI)

Exploring Canine Careers

??????????????????Canine careers – Can you make a living working with dogs? Yes, you can. Learn the many different opportunities in canine careers.

Prerequisites: An interest in pursuing a career in the world of dogs or in finding out about other professional careers that could include dogs in some organizations.

Purpose: To provide you with tools to assess your personality characteristics and to explore careers that share those characteristics, and then to provide exhaustive resources for further research.

Course Info:  You love anything to do with dogs– but can you make a living with them? Yes, you can! This fast-paced and fun class will show you how to turn your passion into profit. You’ll take a self-assessment to prioritize your interests across 16 characteristics and you’ll identify jobs that match your passions. You’ll hear about careers that need a little, a lot or not any formal education. You’ll get real-world wisdom collected through interviews with professionals who are pursuing their dream career. We’ll also explore some not-so-obvious, interesting and creative ways to include your best friend in a career you’ll love. Expect to be surprised and encouraged in this class and to leave with a list of careers worth exploring further as well as websites and contact information for a multitude of professional and avocational organizations.

What you can expect to learn from this course:

  • Current market statistics for the pet industry.
  • Current job outlook and income ranges for pet-related careers
  • Discover your personality characteristics which relate to canine careers
  • Find out which careers showcase your personality strengths
  • 13 dog-centric avocations/hobbies to explore (not counting a zillion dog sports)
  • 21 entry-level canine and companion pet jobs to get your experience started
  • 16 trade/technical jobs with dogs that require minimal formal education
  • 4 college-level canine careers for those who want at least a 4-year degree
  • 17 other professional careers (spanning entry-level through college-level) which can have a canine component (that may surprise you!)
  • Over 100 resources for further investigation!

Text and Required Supplies:  none

Instructor: Catherine Steinke, BA, CPDT-KA

CEUs:
CPDT-KA – 2.0 CEUs
IAABC – 2.0 CEUs
NADOI – 2.0 CEUs

Course Fee –$49.00

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Student Information:

Access to this course will expire in 60 days. Therefore, you have 60 days to complete this course from the date of registration.

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You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.

 

 

Thunderstorms Fireworks and Dogs – The Season of Fear for Pets

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????What caused your dog to become afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks? You want your dog to want you but why does he have separation anxiety? Thunderstorms fireworks and dogs can make for a season of fear for your pet. Is your stress making your pet (or horse for that matter) nervous or did they just get that way?

Animals have survived through centuries by observing everything around them. They are constantly taking in sights, sounds, smells, touch perceptions, vibrations, anything they perceive as vital to survival. This information is then categorized, some being programmed to keep and other is filed away as unnecessary or unimportant data. The decision to keep or toss can be different for each species, breed, sex, age, and global habitat.

Whether an animal is a predator (the hunter) or a prey (the hunted) makes a difference in how they respond and react to situations. When a body goes outside of the endocrine systems “comfort zone” we start to see altered behavior to environmental situations. The endocrine system comprises the hypothalamus, thalamus, pituitary, pineal gland, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas.

These glands are in constant communication to balance messages that signal the body to work. Stress can push a body to the limit and beyond. Stress for an animal can be an inconsistent life schedule, too many animals in the home, too much confinement, not enough exercise, lack of vital nutrients, a grain-laden diet, separation or loss of a friend (animal or human), pain, disease, thunderstorms, fireworks, arthritis, allergies, or even an owner who is nervous and upset, and there are more. The combination can be as varied as the number of stressed animals out there because no two beings are identical. How you react and respond can make a difference in the overall outcome. Eliminating the symptoms first involves identifying the etiology. Finding the cause and changing that part of the animal’s lifestyle or health status may resolve the stress reactions. I like to first address mineral patterns. The body needs calcium and magnesium in order for the nervous system to be calm and relaxed. Lacking these vital nutrients an individual cannot be calm. He will ramp up in a stressed situation escalating without the ability to stop until exhaustion hits. Zinc is also a very important mineral and works with calcium for body functions across many levels.

This assessment can be made with a simple fur test. A small sample is clipped from the belly, submitted to a laboratory, and the results of tissue mineral and toxic metal levels will be received in 3fireworks to 4 weeks. A customized nutritional balancing program targeting specific minerals and vitamins for your pet can then be designed. Herbs are also helpful in transitioning from the nervous state while waiting for nutrients to achieve their cellular positions. Oral calming herbs include St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Passion Flower, Kava, Eleuthero, and Skull Cap. Topical or aromatic herbs such as lavender can also be beneficial in some situations.

Pheramone collars like NurtueCALM™ 24/7 will help some cats and dogs. This therapy mimics the pheromone that the mother dog or cat produces to calm and reassure her pups or kittens. Animals recognize these pheromones throughout life. When the collar is in place, the perception of the pheromone by the cat or dog is immediate. However, as in every behavior program, the visible improvement in specific behaviors requires some time, depending on a variety of factors: the cat or dog, the nature, duration and severity of the problem, and behavior modification (animal and owner). Usually, an improvement in specific behavior signs is seen during the first two weeks after wearing the collar, but some animals require a month to exhibit visible improvement. The active ingredient in the NurtureCALM™ collar is androstenone, which is an interomone.

Therapeutic options can also include thunder shirts, behavior modification, drugs, and a prescription medical device called Alpha-Stim™. Comforting the body with a caressing concept, as in the Anxiety Wrap™, works well for some dogs. Cats are generally not fond of such a “contraption” (Their words, not mine!). Having a dark, secluded, quite space in which to hide is also helpful. Behavior modification is important no matter which approach you decide to take toward changing your pets focus on the situation and life choices.

Drugs used to treat anxiety, stress and depression do not come without a caveat of toxic effects and many are prescribed off-label in animals. Toxic signs may include depression, agitation, ataxia, tremors, dry eyes, rapid heart rate, vocalization, and seizure activity.

Alpha- Stim™ has no systemic side effects and the treatments are cumulative and long lasting. A very low level microamperage wave is delivered to the body via little ear clips (like an IPod). This helps to normalize the body by inducing a balance in signals or frequencies between the endocrine organs. Physiologically it also increases blood and cerebral spinal fluid levels of beta endorphin and serotonin. This device has been on the human market for over 38 years and is FDA regulated for anxiety, pain, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim® can successfully treat a variety of human and animal stress conditions.

You can’t stop thunderstorms and if you can’t move to a state where fireworks are prohibited then dealing with it becomes a priority. Try some of these suggestions to help get your pet through the rough seasons. They have worked for others.

Learn more about it: Alpha-Stim™ Training for Dogs

Ava Frick, DVM, CAC, FAIS

Dog Fitness and Conditioning in Dog Sports

The Importance of Fitness and Conditioning
“Agility Performance Run for a Canine Athlete Sample”

Agility Champions-A Letter from a Student

Trudy won the 2014 CPE National Event High In Trial Enthusiast, Perfect Trial Award 200 Points, High in Standard, and 1st Place Games Awards with eight 1st place blue ribbons and one 2nd place red ribbon June 6-8 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Only 5 dogs out of 484 completed the 9 events correctly. We were honored to be among the best. This is Trudy’s third High In Trial as she won the 2007 CPE National Event High In Trial Regular in Nova Scota, and the 2012 CPE National Event High In Trial Veteran in Altamont, New York. Trudy won the 2014 CPE National Event High In Trial Enthusiast, Perfect Trial Award 200 Points, High in Standard, and 1st Place Games Awards with eight 1st place blue ribbons and one 2nd place red ribbon June 6-8 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Only 5 dogs out of 484 completed the 9 events correctly. We were honored to be among the best.This is Trudy’s third High In Trial as she won the 2007 CPE National Event High In Trial Regular in Nova Scota, and the 2012 CPE National Event High In Trial Veteran in Altamont, New York.

Please NOTE: The video is a sample run from an AKC trial, not a CPE event.

A big thank you to Dr. Susan Fife who found the iliopsoas strain in April as Trudy would not go up the front steps and came up with an exercise plan so that Trudy could run in June at the CPE AprilJohnson1National Event. Thank you Susan for helping me with Trudy so that she can run agility!

I would like to thank Racine Hyatt who helped give me internet support and encouragement for Trudy to be massaged and for her program which is very helpful to understand the importance of keeping your dog physically fit through exercise in a safe manner. It is great that Cheryl from E-Training for Dogs offers programs such as the dog fitness program that Racine teaches:
All-Fit Dog-How to Improve Fitness for Over-all Wellness

Athletic Performance Fitness Strategies: How to Condition an Athletic Performance Dog

It is important for handlers to understand dog fitness and conditioning and I need the programs that Racine teaches so I will become a better dog trainer for my Canine athletes.

Thank you Susan for helping me with Trudy so that she can run agility! I would like to thank Racine who helped give me internet support and encouragement for Trudy to be massaged and for her program which is very helpful to understand the importance of keeping your dog physically fit through exercise in a safe manner.

It is great that Cheryl from e learning for dogs offers programs such as the dog fitness program that Racine teaches. It is important for handlers to understand dog fitness and conditioning and I need the programs that Racine teaches so I will become a better dog trainer for my Canine athletes.

 

K9 Fit Club® Certified Trainers

K9 Fit Club® – The Most Fun You Will Ever Have in Business!

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E- Training for Dogs is excited to be working with K9 Fit Club to promote this exciting new ONLINE certification program for our dog trainers!  They are the leaders and pioneers in human and canine fitness. The best thing about them is that anyone can get certified and both you and our furiends benefit from their courses. These convenient online certification programs  were developed by professionals in the fitness, medical and veterinary fields  You may take the course at your own pace and can start and stop whenever you like. Once certified K9 Fit Club  provides you with a tool kit which enables you to teach your own classes.  Amazing opportunities.

 

 

CORE-$499  *Additional Annual CEU’s & subscription fee of $159.

This is their flagship program blends which the basics from the health care and fitness realms with the key points in veterinary, dog training and obedience, all combined into one program.  This course is designed to educate students with a basic understanding of anatomy of both humans and canines, physiology of exercise, kinesiology, health screening, exercise prescription, as well as teaching classes safely and effectively.

Upon completion, the participants of this Core Certification course will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and resources to ensure a fun, rewarding, and safe experience
  • Design an exercise program for both dog and human needs and goals (e.g., obesity, hypertension, muscle gain, sedentary, other), based on the basics of standards and protocols
  • Employ appropriate response(s) for safety issues such as injury prevention, pre-existing conditions, and emergency response
  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise science subject matter (e.g. physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and more)
  • Apply protocols for both dogs and human within initial and ongoing assessments, health risk analysis, and liability concerns
  • Help you identify and reinforce positive canine behavior as it relates to K9 Fit Club
  • Provide you a base-level understanding of positive reinforcement training and canine behavior
  • Build your skill set so you will be able to affect behavior in a positive manner to aid in enhancing the owner/dog experience
  • Understand warning signs for fear based/aggressive dogs
  • Apply appropriate communication skills to coach, cue, and motivate clients
  • Demonstrates professionalism and best practices in his/her practice and teaching
  • Manage clients and dogs to limit problems and liability
  • General concepts of contagious diseases and infectious agents
  • General concepts and protocols for cleanup and hygiene
  • Recognize and respond to medical problems and injuries
  • Documentation and follow up
  • Understand basic concepts and terms
  • Understanding Senior Fitness
  • Knowledge of instability training vs. training on stable surfaces and the muscles it affects
  • Knowledge of Proprioception and the benefits
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy and major muscle groups of the dog
  • Principles of core strength
  • Proper use & cleaning of equipment
  • Safety principles
  • 3 Teaching Programs from Senior Care to Intermediate with over 200 exercises

How It Works

You have one year from the date of enrollment to complete your certification course. However, you may complete the course as quickly or as slowly as you would like within that time. On average, most complete the course within one month of registration.

It’s Pretty Doggone Simple.

  1. Start Studying – You will gain instant online access to your course materials and study guide. Study at the pace, and place, that fits your lifestyle.
  2. Complete Quizzes – Once you have submitted all of your course quizzes, you will gain access to the programs and videos.

FIRST you must register and create a login. When registering be sure to write that you heard about it from E-Training for Dogs and you will receive a professional discount of $50 for the Core Certification.

READ FIRST:
You must create a login to register. When asked while registering, be sure to write that you heard about it from E-Training for Dogs.

Go to www.K9FitClub.com and register-then click GET CERTIFIED.

Once you become CORE certified you may continue your K9 Fit Club education by taking the Boomer Course.

BOOMER- $199 Pre-requisite or Core required

Boomers represent 76.4 million of the US population. A healthy body is fundamental to adults 50+ and their ability to live a satisfying and independent lifestyle.  Research suggests that people who exercise with their pets are more likely to stick to a fitness program.  Also, exercise provides the same benefits for both human and canines; it helps to keep muscles and joints flexible and to control weight.  Students will learn the basics of boomer/senior care as well as exercises designed to strengthen core balance and functional assessments appropriate for Boomer clients.  Students will then receive video demonstrations and progressions of exercises and balance for both humans and canines, based on programs and recommendations specific to both. (Alliance & Affiliation with Healthways & SilverSneakers)

WRANGLER- $99  No-Pre-requisite required

Assisting a K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer allows the trainer to focus on teaching a safe, fun and effective class, while helping owners correctly reach proper form with their canine companions.  The Wrangler Certification provides the tools to create a safer environment for the Trainer, the human/canine team, as well as tools for readiness and preparation for any situation and/or emergency.  The Wrangler is taught proper methods for decreasing anxiety for the teams.  This course will hone refined skills creating a safer class environment, increase communications, exercise efficiency and improving the bond between the K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer and their human/canine clients.  This is a very rewarding position to be in to witness the bond grow between parent and pooch!

CPR- $19  No-Pre-requisite required

This certification course is for anyone with limited or no medical training, additionally for those participating in Healthways & SilverSneakers.  This is a well-rounded course providing you the basics of CPR including how to deal with unconscious victims, shock, trauma and environmental emergencies.  Upon completion of the course, the certification will provide the tools to feel confident that you will know how to handle many difficult situations when instruction a human/canine fitness class.

K9 Fit Club offers amazing 24/7 support which really starts once you get certified.  Their mission is to get you successfully teaching human/canine fitness classes.  Whatever your current business they help you integrate the  K9 Fit Club concept into it.  They market and promote you on thier own website as well as social media.  So you get to teach the classes where you live- whether it’s in the park, a gym, rec center, church, school, doggy day care etc.
It is an excellent compliment to the E-Training for Dogs education.

Experienced Trainer Opening-Fort Collins, Colorado

Job opening in Fort Collins, Coloraodo:
Advanced Animal Care of Colorado and DOG TALES Activity Center is seeking an experienced trainer to teach evening and weekend classes. Applicant must be committed to and knowledgeable about positive reinforcement training, be skilled in assessing and teaching canine body language, and have the ability to discern and address a variety of student ability levels. Applicant must be able to teach puppy and adult classes; CGC/Star Puppy certification is a strong plus as is CPDT certification. Additional opportunities are possible for Rally Obedience, Treibball, Tracking, and other training classes as well as work within Doggie Daycare and Lodging portions of the facility. Please forward your resume, letter of intent and references to: drsteyn@aacofco.com

Keeping Dogs Safe in the Sun

Keeping Dogs Safe in the SunKeeping Dogs Safe in the Sun

Summer time is here, and with high temperatures, it’s very important for dog owner’s to keep an eye and be sure that their pet is thriving. The high temperatures can cause problems for pets in many different situations, some of which you may not even realize are endangering your canine companion. As a diligent pet owner you need to be well informed of the issues that could befall you pet when the outdoors start to get hot and sunny. The following will provide some insight into how the summer highs affect your animal and what to do in order to ensure your pet has just as much summer fun as you do.

Cars Can Be a Death Sentence in High Temperatures

In many countries around the world there has been a ton of focus put on the fact that children should not be left in a car, as they become a hot tomb on warm days—even some days that may not feel overly warm, and winter days, can heat up the interior of the car to dangerous temperatures. The same rule applies to your pets. Your dog is just as susceptible to high temperatures as a human, and you need to take care that you do not place them in this threatening situation. You may think that if your dog is a shorthaired variety the heat will bother it less; however, fur is an insulator regardless of its length. This means that even a dog with very little fur can succumb to high temperatures. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where an animal has been left in a car and it appears to be suffering from the heat, the best thing to do is call the police. They will take care of the issue and the ill-informed owner of the animal.

During Exercise, Pay Attention To Your Pet

You are obviously not going to stop exercising your dog when the weather becomes warmer. After all, they need this outlet for all their energy and can become destructive or depressed without it. It is incredibly important though that you pay attention to your pet while you are out with them. If you have a longhaired breed you will definitely want to have their fur cut very short in the summer. Most are not native to warmer climates and can become overheated very easily. In much the same way that you would pay attention to your own body’s cues, you need to be aware of what your pet is telling you. If your dog slows down abnormally, take it easy for a little bit and allow your pet to rest. A good plan is to exercise your dog in a place where water is easily accessible. This also provides an opportunity for a cooling swim. If water is not readily available, try dousing your dogs’ neck and paws with water from a bottle as this will help to cool them down.

Dogs Can Get Sunburns Too

On days when the UV index is high, you need to be aware that dogs need their skin cared for in the same way that you would care for your own. Dogs with light colored fur and also those who have rather short or thin coats are especially susceptible. The best way to prevent sunburn for your dog is to apply sunscreen specially formulated for pets. An alternative, if that is hard to find, instead use a sunscreen designed for babies as it will be milder that a regular type.

Lastly, and most importantly, be sure that the pet food you are feeding your dog is right for them and their activity level. This is a good thing to be aware of all through the year, but even more when your pets’ activity level increases. By observing these simple things, you will be able to guarantee that both you and your dog have a happy, healthy, and active summer together without any issues that could be detrimental to your dog’s health.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

The Quest for Understanding Dog Nutrition

Jasmine2By Jana Rade

I think we can all agree that nutrition is a corner stone of health. But do we understand what we should feed our dogs and why? And where do we turn to in order to find out? Is it OK to just grab any old bag of dog food in a grocery store?

When Jasmine came to our lives, we quickly learned that while she was a beautiful, smart, amazing dog, she was not blessed with good health. Some of her health challenges started from the get go and more piled up over the years. At an early age, she was put on a prescription diet. But did that do her any good?

Watching her body struggling with one problem after another, it didn’t make sense to me that a dog could have all those things wrong with them separately. I became convinced that there had to be a connection. How much of that could have been caused or exaggerated by what she was eating? How much of that could be improved by a comprehensive nutritional strategy?

While I was learning about the medical problems she was dealing with, I also turned my attention to nutrition. I read every article and every book I could find. We did implement some changes and they did help some. But I kept wondering whether I could do better yet.

After you read a few books on dog nutrition, you realize they are pretty much the same. For the most part, they tell you what you should be doing (in Jasmine9the author’s opinion) but very little about why you should be doing it. To me, the WHY is always extremely important. The better you can understand something, the better you can implement it.

I realized I exhausted all the books and online content I could find. I decided to further my understanding by finding and taking a comprehensive dog nutrition course.

There is impressively very little out there available for online dog nutrition courses. Of course, you can always find one provided by one dog food company or another. How reliable is their information? Do I really just need to learn which kibble I should feed? I didn’t think so.

Then I came across an integrative Canine Nutrition Courses by Dr. Ava Frick, DVM. Sounded good. Before I went on spending my money on the course, I consulted with our vet, as well as several of my online integrative veterinary friends. Dr. Frick comes highly recommended as somebody who knows her stuff. And she certainly does.

I have taken both parts of the course, Intro to Canine Nutrition (Part I) and Advanced Canine Nutrition (Part II) and I’m happy that I did. I feel like I was given the key to the secret room where real dog nutrition information is kept. The course provided insights I was looking for as well as provided my with the bases for further learning.

I did, of course, started implementing my newly-gained knowledge for Jasmine. I believe her new diet contributed to the quality of her life.

I remember a vet once telling me, “Not all the bad stuff always happens and if it does, it doesn’t all happen to the same dog.” Well, he didn’t know Jasmine.

We feel that the fact she lived as long as she did, with the quality of life she had, was just amazing. She always had an amazing zest for life and enjoyed everything to the fullest. All the way to the end she had a bounce in her stop. It was a neck injury and side-effects of the treatment that finally sealed her fate.

Jasmine1Jasmine is the driving force and inspiration behind everything I do.

I now implement my knowledge for our other dogs, as well as I am happy to help out others.

Nutrition is the foundation of health. Feed your dog right. And don’t forget, whatever you feed them, keep them lean!

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Jana Rade is a graphic designer by profession and never aspired to learning about dog health issues and nutrition until she met Jasmine. She received a crash course in the subject due to jasmine’s many health issues and has since become an advocate for other dog owners and their four-legged friends. In her blog, Dawg Business, Jana shares her experience and lessons she learned with others. This is the message she shares with all dog owners: “Your dog’s health is up to you.”

You can also check our Jana’s Dog Health Issues group or connect with Jana on Twitter.

Treating Canine Behavior Problems with Medication

Feature_FriedmanTreating Canine Behavior Problems with Medication:  The what, when, why and how

This lecture on treating canine behavior problems with medication will give an overview of how to choose which cases need or would benefit from pharmacological intervention.  The session will also cover common medications, their uses, combinations, and common side effects.

Speaker:  Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CPDT, CABC

Description: Psychoactive drug use in animals for behavior problems is often poorly understood by the public.  There are a variety of misconceptions about the effects the medications will achieve. Additionally, owners and other individuals may feel that medications will change their pet’s personality or make the animal appear sluggish and “stoned.”   There is also the misconception that conventional drug therapy is riskier than using “natural” products such as herbs and supplements.

This lecture will discuss three categories of cases:  1) those were medication is not indicated, 2) those where medication may clearly be beneficial but not crucial, and 3) those where medication should be an integral part of the therapy.  Case examples will be used to aid in illustrating some of the behavioral and physiologic symptoms used for categorizing patients.

Attendees will learn:

  • “Levels” of cases and their indication, or lack of, for addition of psychotropic medication — this will include patient factors as well as owner factors
  • common general indications for use of medications
  • common side effects or contraindications for classes of medications
  • Monitoring criteria and procedures for switching or weaning off medications
  • Tips for counseling clients on the advantages and disadvantages of medications

Due to the time limitation of the lecture, this session will not cover characteristics of individual medications in any detail.

Recorded Live and now available as a recording OnDemand.

Cost: $25.00
Solving Separation Anxiety

 

1.5 CCPDT (0.75 CBCC-KA Ceus), IAABC and NADOI CEUs available.

 

Solving Separation Anxiety

MickKenna_WindowSeparation Anxiety in Dogs

Purpose: Treatments for separation anxiety issues in dogs are done in a vague manner by both dog trainers and veterinarians. This course works to empower the student with options and information to more specifically treat separation anxiety issues in dogs without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Prerequisites: A background in basic training for dogs using positive techniques is a minimum requirement.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to announce that the “required” DVD for the class has received a nomination for an award in the DWAA contest. Other Media:DVD: Hi-Caliber Books-“Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique”

Instructor:  Peggy O. Swagger

Course Length: This course runs 9 sessions (lessons).

Description: The course offers information to help accurately identify and treat separation anxiety. Several techniques for solving this issue are given in detail as well as how to select the correct technique for the level and kind of separation anxiety issue displayed by dog. The course presentation is a combination of lecture, photo illustrations, and video material. The student is required to watch the DVD Separation Anxiety, a Weekend Technique. There are tests at the end of each of the nine lessons as well as a final exam.

What you can expect to learn from this Course:sa_cover_160x160

  • A new technique for severe separation anxiety.
  • How to more accurately identify separation anxiety as opposed to other behaviors which display similar issues.
  • How to identify the level of separation anxiety a dog is suffering.
  • Several techniques for dealing with separation anxiety in a dog.
  • How to choose which technique to use when working to resolve separation anxiety.
  • How to modify techniques to ensure success.

CEU Status:
CCPDT – 9 CEUs
IAABC – 9 CEUs
NADOI – 9 CEUs

Course Fee  -

NOTE: All students MUST purchase the DVD or the Course + VOD to take this course  (see below). The student will benefit from watching the DVD prior to taking the course as well as reviewing the video in specific cued places while taking the course. In other words, you must have access to either the DVD or the VOD (VOD=the DVD uploaded as a streaming video…instantly accessible f0r 12 months).

Options to purchase:

Buy Course + VOD: $115
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy Course only (for those who already have the DVD): $100
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy Video OnDemand (VOD) only: $25.00
Solving Separation Anxiety

Buy DVD only: $19.95 (Click HERE)

 

Student Information:

Access to this course will expire in 3 months. Therefore, you have 3 months to complete this course from the date of registration.
You will have unlimited access to the VOD for one year.

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You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.

Keeping Your Dog Safe and Healthy in the Winter

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It’s that time of year again in some parts of the world, where the temperature plummets and frozen white snow falls from the sky. Yes, this is the season where humans bundle up in warm clothes to go outside, but what about your animal companions. Although many people think that their dogs are resistant to the falling temperatures, there are definitely some precautions to take and some ways in which you can ensure you are keeping your dog safe in winter and that your pet is comfortable in the winter months.

Burns Can Happen

In the colder months when you have the heat on in your home, candles lit, and possibly small space heater, the risk of burns for your pet heightens substantially. Candles have an open flame and can also cause fire if they are knocked over by an unknowing pet. The best practice is to make sure that any lit candles are placed out of the reach of pets. In the case of heaters, if they heat up you will need to keep your pets away from them otherwise it could lead to a burnt nose or paw.

Monitor The Amount Of Time Your Pet Spends Outdoors

When the temperature drops into the negatives; it is necessary to monitor the amount of time that your pet spends out in the subzero weather. Much in the same way that humans can get frostbite and hypothermia, many animals are also able to get it. When the temperatures are hitting extreme lows it is best to allow your pet to be indoors where they are warm and safe; however, if your pet will be outdoors for a period of time, you need to provide accommodations for them. You will want to provide shelter that will keep them safe from wind, snow and other weather elements. Inside the shelter you will want some straw or blankets in order to keep your furry companion snuggly and warm. Avoid using heating devices as they are fire and burn hazards for your pet. There are however, some pet stores that sell heated mats made for use in pet shelters. These can be a great option for providing a little extra warmth. Another consideration is that your pet will need water that can be obtained easily. Snow and ice are not sufficient water sources for your canine, so you may want to consider an insulated or heated bowl that will prevent freezing.

Salt And Deicers Used On Sidewalks Can Cause Problems For Your Pet

The various methods that people use to deice and clear their sidewalks in the winter can really take a toll on your pets’ paws. After taking your animal for a walk, you will want to clean their paws with warm water in order to prevent cracking which causes very sore paws. A build up of hard packed snow and ice can also be problematic. For this reason you may want to consider a protective bootie for your pet.

Be Aware Of The Dangers In Your Home

Just as you would protect your children from the fluids and solutions around your home that shouldn’t be ingested, you also need to pay attention to your pets. Antifreeze is one thing commonly found around the home, especially during the colder weather that is a lethal cocktail if consumed. For this reason you need to be certain that it is stored out of reach and any spills are cleaned up promptly.

Different seasons present different perils for your pets. In order to be a good pet owner you need to provide dog food and cat food that is nutritious, water that is fresh, and be aware of the different ways to keep your pet safe year round. The above are some considerations to keep in mind so that you can keep your pet thriving right through to spring.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.  If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.

Tissue Mineral Analysis – Why, How, When, What

old malinoisNow Available as Recording-Tissue Mineral Analysis in Animals

SPEAKER: Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this tissue mineral analysis, 4 lecture/webinar series, is to educate doctors, animal practitioners, nutritionists, and interested persons about tissue mineral analysis testing (TMA).  TMA uses, in animals, a fur sample to extrapolate mineral and toxic metal levels, which correlate those same entities in other body tissue.  Learning about this valuable tool will expand your understanding of how to correct system and endocrine deviancies early in life before they become a “disease” or “condition.”   Once this knowledge is implemented into your particular interest of animal care you will greatly expand your success and their wellness, maintaining a higher level of health throughout the animals extended longevity.

COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Students will learn the history and research regarding tissue mineral analysis (TMA) testing.  Understanding the background of this diagnostic aid will help to give you the confidence in implementing it into your animal practice.
  • Emphasis will be on interpretation of test results, vitamin and minerals to assist in changing the suboptimal patterns, and case examples that you will be able to use as templates for future test results.

This webinar is designed for:
LEVEL 1:  Veterinarians, other doctors, nutritionists and nutritional consultants, health care providers, supplement and nutritional company representatives.
LEVEL 2:  Pet owners who want to help their animals by understanding what is available so that they can encourage their veterinarians to implement this tool.  NOTE:  Some of the information may be a little technical depending on the individual’s education level, but overall the general synopsis will be an eye opening experience and further their purpose in finding better health options for their pets.

WHEN: Available as a recording of 4 sessions.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:

  • History of tissue mineral analysis (TMA) testing
  • Research validating tissue mineral analysis testing
  • The benefits of using TMA for diagnostic and therapeutic support
  • How to interpret the report and integrate it into balancing the endocrine and autonomic nervous system
  • What support minerals and vitamins can be used to improve the patient’s metabolic status and associated behavioral attitudes
  • Diet and recommendations as it relates to the oxidation rate
  • Toxic metal effects and what to do with them

COST:  $295 for the 4 Webinars/Lectures
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CEUs: CCPDT, IAABC, and NADOI Available

Student Information:
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You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.

Grooming Your Own Dog: DIY Grooming for Man’s Best Friend

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Why is grooming important?

Finding a dog to become a new friend or part of your family is the easy part. However, dogs, like humans, need more than just their daily walk and a bit of attention when we feel like giving it. Grooming your own dog is an important part of the relationship between owners and their dogs. The following will briefly highlight some of the forms of grooming and provide some short tips on how on how to keep your dog looking nice and healthy. The time you dedicate to grooming your four-legged friend can bring you closer, and save you spending money on expensive private groomers.

Invest in a grooming kit

There are different ways to help your dog maintain its hygiene. Before you can do anything however, you have to equip yourself with few tools. Don’t be overwhelmed. Of course, there are hundreds of clippers, combs, brushes, scissors, shampoos and even more specialized pieces of equipment out there. Starting with a grooming kit is the best way to introduce yourself to the tools of grooming. When it comes to choosing a kit, it can be wiser to invest a little bit more money for more durable tools. Sometimes we are inclined to buy cheaper tools and replace them when they break. Investing in good grooming kit at the beginning can save you time and money in the long term. There are different grooming kits available for different kinds of dogs with individual needs. Make sure you inform yourself as to which grooming kit will serve your dog best, and don’t be afraid to ask for help before purchasing.

Find a suitable grooming space

Grooming can sometimes be a messy business. For smaller dogs, grooming is easiest on top of an old table (make sure to cover it beforehand to avoid any scratches on the table surface). On the other hand, the only possibility for larger and heavier dogs is to groom them on the ground. Designate a space in a room or area easy that will be easy to clean afterwards. The practice would be to prepare all the necessary tools before you start grooming, so that they can be in easy reach of your hand. Needless breaks could confuse your dog and prompt it to move.

Regular Brushing

Dog grooming doesn’t just mean keeping an eye on the length of your dog’s hair. Keeping hair in good condition by removing dirt, helping the spread of natural oils in the coat and preventing skin irritation and matting goes a long way to keeping your dog looking and feeling its best. Not only can regularly using a brush or comb be relaxing and soothing for both you and your dog, it provides an excellent opportunity to check for fleas while your dog is nice and calm. Make sure to think about the individual needs of your dog when it comes to using appropriate brushes.

Have a bathing strategy

After grooming, most of us want to give our dog a nice bath, and it is good to get your dog used to baths from young age. Smaller dogs can often fit into even a smaller sink, while larger dogs require a more substantial bathing space, typically a larger bath. As with grooming, preparing things for the bath beforehand is best. You should definitely avoid using human shampoo, but opt rather for specialized dog shampoos for optimal pH balance. While in the bath, it is useful to use a facecloth, especially around the airs, to remove any dirt from the face. Always bathe the dog from head to body, moving water away from the face as it gets dirtier, to avoid any skin irritations.

Nail clipping as a part of grooming

As well as cutting, shaving or trimming hair, and bathing your dog, clipping their toenails is another important aspect of grooming. However, be sure to be extra careful when clipping nails. Use appropriate sized clippers and make sure not to press them to close to the skin, or too hard.

Dental care

Taking care of your dogs teeth is one the most important part of maintaining its hygiene. Begin by getting your dog used to the taste of toothpaste, but applying small amounts to your finger, and getting your dog to lick it off. The next step is to get your dog used to the feel of a brush against its teeth; go slowly with this, and be firm but gentle. Start gradually by brushing only a few teeth until the dog gets used to the process. Finally, you can clean your dog’s teeth thoroughly by brushing tooth by tooth.

Treat your dog!

Making every grooming session fun and relaxed for your dog should always be a top priority. Being touched and handled, including in sensitive areas around the ears, tail and belly, can be challenging at first – especially if your dog is the excitable type. Make sure to praise your dog after a grooming session, and even offer a treat when it’s all over! You and your dog will benefit from grooming your own dog.

This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and a full time pet lover. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.