Cooperative Care Pet Training

Some of the pets your veterinary clinic serves are a joy to have.

And there are others that make you want to hide behind the counter in despair!

You love them, of course, but what if it didn’t have to be this way?

My own dogs’ fear of the veterinarian (and groomer, more on that later) inspired me to focus a significant amount of my education on making their visits more comfortable. Now, I’d love to share that with you and your clients.

Using science-based behavior modification protocols, I can help your clients learn to relax during their visits with you.

How does cooperative care benefit you?

  • No more struggling to do routine exams means you can move through appointments at a more normal pace, which saves you time and money.
  • Less stress means less restraint required.
  • Shifting the focus from managing the patient to the exam improves the quality of your exams.
  • Some symptoms will no longer be masked by elevated heart rates, blood pressure, and temperatures due to stress.
  • Relaxed visits encourage your clients to come to you with health concerns sooner.
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Behavior Consulting

In addition to my cooperative care training, I’m also able to offer regular behavior services for veterinary clients who are struggling to live with their pet’s problems at home. I do not offer medical advice and prefer to work with you to help behavior clients.

As you know, behavioral medications work better in conjunction with behavior modification programs. If a medical condition isn’t the source of a problem, then I work with you and the client to develop a plan to help their pet, and both of you will receive regular reports on the pets’ progress.

I am committed to modern and humane techniques for behavior modification, and strongly believe in continuing education. I completed a professional certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, am a supporting member of the IAABC, and am presently preparing to take the standardized CBCC exam, which demonstrates both knowledge and experience in behavior consulting. 

How does behavior consulting benefit you?

  • Often leads to fewer euthanasia requests because behavior can frequently be improved.
  • Less medication dispensed for behavior problems (when possible. Some animals will always need medication, and this point isn’t intended to take away from that.).
  • Improves your client’s view of you because you assisted them in getting the additional help they needed.
  • Increases client retention due to positive outcomes.
  • Reduces risk of injury to staff and clients from fearful or aggressive behavior.
  • Provides you with a positive trainer to refer to as recommended in the 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines.

Some of my clients may choose to have notes from their programs sent to you, their veterianarian. I provide you with my observations, but I do not make or suggest diagnoses.

As mentioned, studies show that behavioral medications work best in conjunction with behavior modification training. I’m happy to work with you to develop a training plan that will complement your prescriptions and help our mutual clients, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

I’m also a Fear Free Certified Training Professional. This program was created by a veterinarian to promote less stressful visits. Trainers learn different behaviors to train their clients to help you out.

You can read more about the program on the Fear Free website.

I’m always happy to discuss the Fear Free program, so if you think you might be interested in transforming your practice, please let me know!

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