As veterinary nurses, Jo and Teegin have had countless years of hands on experience with veterinary behaviour and handling techniques and realise that for many of our canine friends, vet visits and handling for simple procedures, such as nail clipping, can be an extremely daunting experience for all parties involved. Veterinary clinics are notoriously busy places and as hard as the staff may try, there is simply never enough time in the day to take as much time as the dog needs to be comfortable with each and every aspect of a clinic visit. Many of our local veterinary clinics employ low stress handling techniques, but for many of our canine pals, their previous experience sets them up for often a total panic attack when being handled. From their point of view they are being asked to be comfortable with sometimes total strangers holding onto them for examinations, assessing them for often painful conditions and restraining them for procedures like drawing blood or getting up close and personal with strange equipment examining their eyes and ears all in the best interest of their health and wellbeing, but you try convincing them it will all be much better if they stay still!
At Muzzle to Muscle we aim to help our patients deal with veterinary visits through counter conditioning and reward-based training. We can develop an individualised program for your dog, depending on which parts of veterinary visits they find most stressful. We can guide you through safe handling techniques and include goal behaviours such as:
- Presenting paws for nail trims
- Chin rests for examining eyes, ears and teeth
- Muzzle training
- Lying on their side or back for ultrasound
- Counter conditioning blood collections
- Becoming more comfortable with common veterinary handling techniques for full body examinations
Let us know if your pooch is a stress mess when they visit the vet and we can tailor a plan to suit your needs, you never know when your best mate will face an emergency situation and need a vet visit, it will be a whole lot nicer for them if they have had some positive experiences and much easier for your vet to provide the care and attention they need to help them through their recovery.
Our “Train It Before You Need It” philosophy extends much further than veterinary behaviour training. We are also very experienced in a wide range of general dog behaviours such as manners training, dog reactivity training, sporting dog training and general pet dog training, just ask us if we can help you with any particular problem, and if we can’t we will be honest and refer to one of our local dog training businesses who will be able to help!