Cooperative Care: Fear Free Vetting, Grooming and Husbandry

Is your dog terrified of the vet? Won’t let you brush him, or cut his nails? Do you have a constant fight over eye drops or ear cleaning?  Can’t get that tick off of him without him hiding under the couch? Or maybe you have a puppy and you just want to prevent these common problems?

Did you know that just holding him down to “get it done” can actually make everything worse?! Did you know that you can only “trick” a dog into sitting still so many times before she’s “on to you”?

This program will establish a routine where your dog actually chooses to “opt-in” to these procedures so her routine care is no longer a fight. We will also look at management strategies, such as teaching your dog to file her own nails, while investing in strategies for long-term cooperative care.

This is a class for all dogs, because all dogs need to be vetted, groomed, have their nail trimmed, and have medication applied. Perfect for dogs with existing stress, or to prevent these problems in the first place!

Taught by Fear Free Certified Professional trainer through Fear Free Pets (specific to veterinary and husbandry care), also holding Certified Dog Behavior Consultant certification through the IAABC and Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification through the CCPDT.


  • No pre-requisite training is required, however previous experience with positive training is beneficial
  • Dogs should have a consistent handler(s) attending all classes
  • Dogs must be able to work in a group class environment, dogs will not be visible to each other and will not interact. Unmanageable reactivity to dogs or people, and frequent/excessive barking cannot be accommodated in this class. (contact the office for an assessment if you are unsure)
  • Dogs who bite badly and/or with little provocation will be best served by private training.
  • Participants must watch the Orientation Webinar.
  • If your dog does not meet prerequisites, private training is available to you

COVID-19 Safety (in-person classes only)

  • Masks that cover the nose/mouth and without vents are strictly mandatory when indoors and sanitizer is provided. No vented masks, gaiters, bandanas, etc.
  • Small group class size and limited attendance – one handler per dog
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of the premises
  • Social/Physical Distancing in effect

Pricing and Schedule

This class is not currently on the schedulejoin our newsletter for an alert next time it’s on the schedule!

Please ensure that you are able to attend ALL classes – in the unfortunate event that a makeup class is necessary in the first half of the program, it must be scheduled prior to the next class and will be available for $30+HST/30min, as per policy.

Book your spot now!

Contact the office with questions, or book your spot below.