Category: Cooperative Care (Grooming, Vet, etc.)

Train your pet to help you with nail trimming, brushing, vet care, and other husbandry. Cooperation means less stress for everyone!

(Video 83) Get Dressed: Teach Dogs to Put On Their Own Gear

Does your dog wiggle and jump around when you're trying to put her tracking harness on? Or maybe he's afraid of his winter dog boots and you have trouble putting them on? Whenever you need to put equipment on your dog, I recommend training your dog to actively participate in getting that gear on himself. Active cooperation is better than  passive acceptance. Watch this video to learn how to teach your dog to put on his own gear.

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(Video 60) Mani-Pedi: How and Why to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

Does your dog fight you when you try to trim his nails? Are you not even sure how to do it right? Or does it seem like a stupid thing to do, anyway? Check out this video for why and how to trim your pet's nails.

See also: (Video 59) Cooperative Grooming: 3 Tricks with a Purpose

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(Video 59) Cooperative Grooming: 3 Tricks with a Purpose

Does your dog freak out when you try to trim her nails or brush her? It doesn't have to be that way, and there are much better options than just holding her down until it's all over. This video goes through ways you can specifically train your dog to be a cooperative and enthusiastic partner for grooming. This helps prevent bites but also helps your dog stay comfortable and calm.

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(Video 58) Cooperative Vet Care: 3 Tricks with a Purpose

Your dog's experience at the veterinarian's office doesn't have to be full of panic and fear. This video goes through ways you can specifically train your dog to be a cooperative partner in his veterinary care. This helps prevent bites but also helps your dog stay comfortable and calm.

See also: (Video 16) Vet Visit Stress Tips for Dogs

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(Video 48) On Target: How and Why to Train Touch

Touch is one of my very favorite dog training tools. Instead of physically grabbing your dog to get his body into a certain position, you can train him to touch his nose, hip, foot, etc. to a target. This is great for a range of things, from coming when called, to putting the harness on, to grooming and vet care. Touch is essential for all dogs.

See also: (Video 24) 6 Cue Words that Every Pet Should Know

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(Video 33) The More Please Signal Will Change Your Pet’s Life

Do you need help with grooming, vet care, or teaching your dog to be comfortable with touch? We can create a positive association using basic classical conditioning, but we can take that a step further to give the animal more control. The More Please Signal is a way for animals to cooperate in their own training and care. It's a very important concept for dogs, cats, and all other species, so please watch this video!
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(Video 25) No Treats? No Problem! How to Use the Premack Principle

Most modern training relies heavily on treats. Do you just give up if your dog or cat doesn't like your treats? The solution is not to switch to punishment, but to find a better reinforcer. Unless your pet is lying around like a lump and doesn't even eat, there is a reinforcer he will work for. That reinforcer may just not be food because the individual animal defines what 'treat' means. In this video, Grisha explains some creative ways to find training reinforcers that motivate your pet.
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(Video 02) Empowerment: How to Build Cooperation and Trust

In old-fashioned training, problems are blamed on the animal being too dominant. Ironically, the problem is not that they have too much control over us, but rather, they do not have enough control over their own safety and wellbeing. In this video, Grisha explains what empowerment means, and why empowered animal training is so helpful for problem solving.
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(Video 19) How (and Why) to Crate Train Your Puppy or Dog

Crate Training can give you a way to create a safe haven for dogs, puppies, cats, and other animals. The techniques in this helpful video also apply to teaching a horse to load or a bird to fly into her cage.
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(Video 16) Vet Visit Stress Tips for Dogs

Vet visits are the single most common terrifying experience for dogs and cats. This video gives several tips that you can use in your next visit and some that you'll need to train and practice first. Definitely watch this right away if you have a puppy, kitten, or other young animal.
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(Video 13) Watch This Before Petting Another Animal!

Dogs and many other furred and feathered animals are fun to pet! That doesn't mean they like us touching them the way we are doing it - if at all! In this video, Grisha goes through how to greet animals in a way that makes them feel more safe and happy.
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(Video 12) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I’m OK”

Learning when your pet is saying "I like that" or "more please" is really fun! Understanding happy communication gives you a better bond with your animals and also helps you meet their needs.
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(Video 11) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I need space”

Did you know that a wagging tail does not necessarily mean your dog is happy? Animals often ask us to back off because they are scared. Unfortunately, humans miss most of the signals and our pets have to bark, hiss, growl, or even bite to finally get the message across.
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