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Online Course: Pet Business Management

Often times, due to the vocational nature of our industry, we aren’t so hot on the business aspects of our businesses! It’s no lie, running a small business is challenging and certainly not for the faint hearted.

This becomes even more challenging in our industry where we don’t have a lot of standards defined; it can be hard to know which way to turn. Never fear, this course will provide you with straight-forward advice and tons of support resources too.

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Online Pet Business Management Course Details:

When? This course starts on Monday 17th October, 2022.
As soon as we receive your full payment, you will be sent access to the course website and away you go!

Where? Anywhere, any time! This course is entirely online so you can participate when and where you like….from your sofa…in your PJs…
You will have access to all the course materials to download so you can work anywhere.

Who? While we talk a lot about the practicalities of managing a pet business, we also emphasise discussions of ethics and devising professional codes. We are concerned for the direction of our industry in a number of capacities, including in the sometimes misguided nature of services presented as a way of improving animal welfare.

For example, services that prioritise large numbers of dogs in groups may not be conducive to canine welfare at levels that make good business sense. We discuss these topics and encourage those interested to participate so we can develop approaches to maintain business and welfare.

This course is perfect for those starting out and for those with established businesses looking for a boost and some further structure.

How long? This is a self-paced course and you will have access to the online course area for 4 months. Starting in October 2022, you will have continued access until the end of February 2023. 

How much? This course costs €150
You can pay the entire fee or in installments via bank transfer or PayPal.

Course fees must be paid in full before you can access the online area. Please read the terms at application carefully before committing.

What will I learn about? This program is made up of three course components that you work through in order.

Course content:

  1. Business Planning & Management
  • business planning
  • day to day operations

2. Introduction to Marketing for Pet Pros

  • marketing planning
  • marketing strategies
  • marketing methods

3. Business Operations, Policies & Procedures

  • health & safety
  • animal related legislation
  • management responsibilities

4. Responsible Dog Business

  • responsible business practice
  • our industry, roles & responsibilities

You get: 

  • 24/7 access to the course online area, from anywhere, for four months
  • multiple media learning resources for viewing and downloading
  • comment facility at the online course area for participation, enquiries, interactions
  • access to a private Facebook group for real-time feedback and guidance
  • regular live online meetings scheduled to suit group participants
  • ongoing online interaction with fellow-students and your tutor as we take this journey of discovery together

Submission of final assessment work is optional but you are encouraged to work through assessment and self-evaluation to support knowledge development and skill building.
As this is a self-paced course, the level of participation is up to you. There may be times when you are more available and other times when you have less availability. Obviously, to get the full benefit, we encourage the fullest possible participation.

After successfully submitting completed final assessment work, you will be awarded an AniEd certificate of achievement.

Once payment has been received, you will be provided with course access. There are no refunds, whole or partial, available for course fees once you have accessed the online course area.

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Online Course: Canine Nutrition (Deep Dive)

We have been running a science based Canine Nutrition course since 2011 so we have been working on it and refining it for a decade! In that short time, more and more valid evidence has become available on canine nutrition and our approaches to feeding dogs.
This is a growing and exciting area of research and our course will help you to apply that expanding knowledge to feeding individual dogs.

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Online Canine Nutrition Course Details:

When? This course starts on Monday 17th October, 2022.
As soon as we receive your full payment, you will be sent access to the course website and away you go!

Where? Anywhere, any time! This course is entirely online so you can participate when and where you like….from your sofa…in your PJs…
You will have access to all the course materials to download so you can work anywhere.

Who? This is a science and evidence based course; we do not endorse any particular approach to feeding dogs.
On this course you will learn more than nutrition; we spend a lot of time discussing evidence, critically analysing information, reading research papers, critiquing the science, all of which is applicable to other areas.
The quality of the evidence is our foundation, so we will not be elevating gurus and social media “nutrition experts” merely due to their profile or letters after their name.
If you are so attached to a feeding modality that you may find it difficult to consider other approaches, this may not be the course for you. And if you are looking for confirmation of your current understanding of canine nutrition, this course may cause you discomfort.

We don’t promote or condone any particular diet type or approach to feeding dogs and believe that different diet types can be designed to provide appropriate nutrition for individual dogs.

This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in really understanding how canine nutrition works, how best to look at what we know and apply that to individual dogs. You don’t need to have a science background and you will have plenty of time to digest (!) the information, with our full support.
It’s particularly suited to dog care pros such as veterinary personnel, pet retailers, training/behaviour pros and groomers. But if you have in-depth interest in science and nutrition, this might just be the course for you!

How long? This is a self-paced course and you will have access to the online course area for 7 months. Starting in October 2022, you will have continued access until the end of May 2023. 

How much? This course costs €250
You can pay the entire fee or in installments via bank transfer or PayPal.

Course fees must be paid in full before you can access the online area. Please read the terms at application carefully before committing.

What will I learn about? There is some introductory work to go through and then course content is split into eight parts, with some wrapping-up to do at the end too.
It is the most in-depth component course we have ever developed and covers all sorts of topics directly and indirectly relating to canine nutrition.

Course content:

Introduction:

  • Overview
  • Evaluating evidence

Part 1 Canine Digestion

  • Anatomy, physiology
  • Energy
  • Anatomy & dietary needs

Part 2 Nutrients

  • Everything is chemicals!
  • Nutrients
  • “Functional Foods”
  • Supplementation, antioxidants, microbiome & related

Part 3 Feeding Dogs

  • Choosing diets
  • Food safety
  • Energy
  • Lifestage requirements

Part 4 Canine Diets

  • Commercial Diets
  • Alternative Diets, RMBD
  • Human Diet Trends

Part 5 Nutrition & Behaviour

  • Eating Behaviour
  • Food in training
  • Food related behaviours of concern
  • Brain, behaviour & nutrition
  • Microbiome & Behaviour

Part 6 Malnutrition

  • Canine Overweight/Obesity Status
  • Undernutrition
  • Overnutrition

Part 7 Adverse Food Reactions

Part 8 Special Dietary Considerations

  • PARNUTs & nutrition

Wrap-Up

Goals of this course

  • to develop an understanding of the scientific and biochemical bases for nutrition including digestion and nutrients
  • to appreciate, interpret and apply nutrition information from reliable and valid evidence based resources
  • to communicate about canine nutrition objectively and without sensation
  • to develop awareness of the wide range of canine diets and approaches to feeding domestic dogs, from an evidence based perspective
  • to consider the relationships between nutrition and behaviour, and nutrition and wider health
  • to apply your developing knowledge and understanding to special dietary contexts including malnutrition and dietary sensitivities

You get: 

  • 24/7 access to the course online area, from anywhere, for seven months
  • multiple media learning resources for viewing and downloading
  • about 200 mini-lectures (written presentations for reading) covering a wide array of nutrition and related topics presented in small-ish bites so that you can take time to process and analyse
  • free access to our short course, Science & Studying Animals, to give you a foundation in understanding this evidence-based approach to learning more about animals
  • comment facility at the online course area for participation, enquiries, interactions
  • access to a private Facebook group for real-time feedback and guidance
  • regular live online meetings scheduled to suit group participants
  • ongoing online interaction with fellow-students and your tutor as we take this journey of discovery together

Submission of final assessment work is optional but you are encouraged to work through assessment and self-evaluation to support knowledge development and skill building.
As this is a self-paced course, the level of participation is up to you. There may be times when you are more available and other times when you have less availability. Obviously, to get the full benefit, we encourage the fullest possible participation.

After successfully submitting completed final assessment work, you will be awarded an AniEd certificate of achievement.

Ethos & Transparency

This topic is fraught with difficulties when it comes to discussion and application of evidence. You will have probably seen mere mentions of canine nutrition, especially on social media, descend into all sorts of faulty arguments and polarisation. That is definitely NOT what we will promote, facilitate or allow on this course.

Throughout all discussion, I will be there to guide you so that we can remain on track. We take an R+ (positive reinforcement) approach to learning and teaching, and all advice and guidance will be provided with this in mind. We must feel safe in our discussion so that we can create an environment conducive to learning for all to benefit.

We all have the same goal: to make sure we can maximise the health of our pets through careful feeding. Let’s stick together and learn together!

Transparency

This course is not supported by or promoted by any feed manufacturer or industry member; we are not selling a book or a dogmatic agenda. AniEd does not sell or recommend specific feeds and we never have.

Anne Rogers will be your tutor on this course.

Anne has worked for a major international feed manufacturer (about 20 years ago) as a nutrition advisor and has worked in pet retail and in veterinary, selling and promoting a range of feeds, too (more than 20 years ago).

Her current dog, Decker (10.5 year old entire male AmStaff), is fed raw, home-cooked, wet (tinned) and dry food, sometimes all in the same day. Over his life, he has eaten a wide range of brands without loyalty to any one particularly.

We are only interested in doing the very best for our dogs. No matter what you have fed your dog before, or even currently, you are doing your very best for your dog. And no matter, your dog loves you for that.

Each one of our dogs eats a better diet than most of the humans on this planet.

Dogs are incredibly adaptive and most are able to survive on even poor quality feeds. We are, of course, aiming for more than survival, we want our dogs to thrive. But, let’s keep all this in mind, even when discussion becomes intense.

All of this is further discussed during the course.

This course is for those really really interested in nutrition; we will (hopefully) challenge your current understanding and knowledge, supporting you as your passion for study grows.

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you pay. To help, you can download some course materials samples, selected from across course content, here:

From Part 2 Section 5 Functional Foods:

From Part 2 Section 5 Functional Foods:

From Part 2 Section 5 Probiotics, Prebiotics & the Microbiome:

From Part 3 Section Making Choices

From Part 4 Commercial Diets: Safety & Quality Concerns

From Part 5 Nutrition & Behaviour Section 1 Food related behaviours of concern

If you’re ready to go, we would love to have you!

Once payment has been received, you will be provided with course access. There are no refunds, whole or partial, available for course fees once you have accessed the online course area.

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Bark to School!

Our website is going through a major overhaul so, until that’s launched, all the course details and applications are available here.

You can contact us for information at any time via email (info@anied.ie) and social media message (@aniedireland).

AniEd has been closed for two years and finally, we have some courses open for application.
These courses are excellent standalone courses for you to upskill, revise or get started. And also, if you are interested in completing our CBTT (Canine Behaviour & Training Technician) program (which is starting back up in March 2023), this is the perfect taster and way to get started (your fees will be balanced to reflect having completed some course work, according to T& Cs.).

Learn more about:

Canine Nutrition (Deep Dive)

Foundation Mechanical Skills

Pet Business Management

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To participate, you will need:

  • Email address/account, a suitable device and internet access; course materials are presented in MS Word, PDF and links for downloading. You should not have difficulty on most devices and OS.
  • Stationary for note-taking (if that’s the way you work).
  • You need to be able to use the internet, blogs, Facebook groups and if you wish to participate to the fullest, be able to record and upload short demonstration clips (for a very small number of assessment works), complete assessment work in Word documents, PDFs and other basic computer skills.
  • To complete some assessment work, and get the most out of most of our courses, you will need access to at least one dog.
  • Means to upload your work or clips for guidance and feedback and to submit assessment work.
  • Access to social media such as Facebook (for groups) and MS Teams (we will send you a link, you don’t even need an account, just an email address), and a device that allows you to participate in online video chats and similar.

Online Course Terms

Before you sign up, consider carefully embarking on an online course. While online learning is more flexible, it can be harder to self-motivate and maintain your energy and interest, especially toward the middle of the course duration.

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you pay. 

Once payment has been received, you will be provided with course access. There are no refunds, whole or partial, available for course fees once you have accessed the online course area.

By continuing and participating in this course you agree to these terms.

  • you must be 18 years old or over to participate in AniEd courses
  • upon application, you will be asked to review all course information and review all terms before paying course fees
  • course fees must be paid in full before access to course areas will be provided
  • once access to the online course area is provided, no refunds, for any reason, will be available
  • you will have access to the online course area, and related resources, for the specified duration of the course and extensions are available
  • assessment submission is optional and details of extensions and deadline accommodation will be available at application

Further details available upon application.

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Bark to School!

It’s that time of year again, and once the dust settles on getting the kids organised to go back to school, it’s time for you to get back to it too!

Truth be told, we’ve been out of this for the last two + years, essentially, but now we’re opening up some short courses for new applicants. Finally!

These courses are excellent standalone courses for you to upskill, revise or get started. And also, if you are interested in completing our CBTT (Canine Behaviour & Training Technician) program (which is starting back up in March 2023), this is the perfect taster and way to get started (your fees will be balanced to reflect having completed some course work, according to T& Cs.).

In this blog post:

October 2022 Courses

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All courses are starting Monday 17th October, 2022.

Canine Nutrition (Deep Dive)

This has always been one of our most popular courses, forming part of our Canine Healthcare Program. We have been running evidence-based canine nutrition programs for over a decade so this is well tuned, and we are always updating it to keep up with our learners and advancing canine nutrition science.

We don’t endorse or promote any food brand or diet type, and believe that we can use evidence based resources to design the right diets for individual dogs. This course provides you so much more than nutrition information and resources, but also understanding of canine anatomy & physiology, behaviour, disease and how to critically analyse the evidence.

Who?

Evidence based information about canine nutrition is vital for all dog pros, and for interested pet owners too!

How long?

This is a self-paced online course and you will have access to the course materials for at least seven months. Starting in October 2022, you are looking at the end of May 2023 to be wrapping up.

How much?

This course costs €250 payable in full or by installments.

Where?

This course is all online so you can participate from anywhere at any time! There will be online meetings twice a month (and as dictated by the group), that are optional, and a helpful, supportive Facebook group community for discussion and help.

What’s covered?

  • Introduction to Canine Nutrition
  • Part 1 Canine Digestion
  • Part 2 Nutrients
  • Part 3 Feeding Dogs
  • Part 4 Canine Diets
  • Part 5 Nutrition & Behaviours
  • Part 6 Malnutrition
  • Part 7 Adverse Food Reactions
  • Part 8 Special Dietary Considerations

Foundation Mechanical Skills

This program is all about the skills and knowledge you, the teacher, must develop to ensure your learner can learn happily, safely, efficiently, and most importantly of all, while their welfare is maintained throughout.

This is not the sexy stuff and by the looks of things, this is sorely lacking in dog training….but this course will systematically support you in building those skills. Everyone wants to do the “advanced” stuff but in truth, the advanced stuff is just the foundations done really really well!

Who?

This one is for anyone wanting to really clarify their teaching mechanics and is vital for dog trainers, professional and hobbyist, and behaviour pros.

How long?

This is a self-paced online course and you will have access to the course materials for at least four months. Starting in October 2022, you are looking at the end of February 2023 to be wrapping up.

How much?

This course costs €150 payable in full or by installments.

Where?

This course is all online so you can participate from anywhere at any time! There will be online meetings once a month (and as dictated by the group), that are optional, and a helpful, supportive Facebook group community for discussion and help.

What’s covered?

This program is made up of three component courses that work together:

  • Set Up For Success!
  • Fundamentals
  • Clicker Mechanics

You work on all three at the same time to round out your knowledge and understanding.

Pet Business Management

Often times, due to the vocational nature of our industry, we aren’t so hot on the business aspects of our businesses! It’s no lie, running a small business is challenging and certainly not for the faint hearted.

This becomes even more challenging in our industry where we don’t have a lot of standards defined; it can be hard to know which way to turn. Never fear, this course will provide you with straight-forward advice and tons of support resources too.

Who?

If you’re thinking about starting a pet business or relatively new to running your own business, this one’s for you!

How long?

This is a self-paced online course and you will have access to the course materials for at least four months. Starting in October 2022, you are looking at the end of February 2023 to be wrapping up.

How much?

This course costs €150 payable in full or by installments.

Where?

This course is all online so you can participate from anywhere at any time! There will be online meetings once a month (and as dictated by the group), that are optional, and a helpful, supportive Facebook group community for discussion and help.

What’s covered?

This program is made up of four component courses that work together:

  • Business Planning & Management
  • Introduction to Marketing for Pet Pros
  • Business Operations, Policies & Procedures
  • Responsible Dog Business

You work through each one in turn, as they build upon one another.

To participate, you will need:

  • Email address/account, a suitable device and internet access; course materials are presented in MS Word, PDF and links for downloading. You should not have difficulty on most devices and OS.
  • Stationary for note-taking (if that’s the way you work).
  • You need to be able to use the internet, blogs, Facebook groups and if you wish to participate to the fullest, be able to record and upload short demonstration clips (for a very small number of assessment works), complete assessment work in Word documents, PDFs and other basic computer skills.
  • To complete some assessment work, and get the most out of most of our courses, you will need access to at least one dog.
  • Means to upload your work or clips for guidance and feedback and to submit assessment work.
  • Access to social media such as Facebook (for groups) and MS Teams (we will send you a link, you don’t even need an account, just an email address), and a device that allows you to participate in online video chats and similar.

What’s next?

We will be providing more specifics on each of these courses shortly and sharing application forms. Right now, if you are interested, message or email us (info@anied.ie) to register. We need your full name and email address right now to add you to the list.

We are taking registrations early so that people can have time to save up for fees, given the financial strains we are all under.

Applications will open soon and we will send you a link with further information and the application form for your chosen courses.

We can’t wait to get back to providing courses and supporting professionals in making our industry even better, and ultimately, making life better for people and their pets!

You asked, we added!

We have been having a great time with our Online Canine First Aid workshops. It’s hard to imagine how such work can be so successful remotely, but that it is!

It’s largely down to just how awesome & enthusiastic our participants have been and keeping our groups small. Feedback has been wonderful, with everyone reporting that they have learned lots!

We’ve had participants from all over the world – all these times are Irish time!

So, we’ve added yet another round of workshops so that we can reach even more pet-people, giving them lifesaving skills and knowledge…all in the hopes of never having to use them.

We would love for your to join us for our September workshops, and share with any others who might benefit.
It may not be possible to run another set of workshops this side of the New Year; it gets tricky to organise courses in the run up to Christmas and Holiday celebrations.

We cover an insane amount of information, with lots of opportunities to practice skills, get feedback, ask questions and discuss the topics. Here’s some of what we cover:

  • emergencies, urgent situations
  • functions & principles of first aid
  • assessments, communication & safety
  • CPR, related assessments & skills
  • shock
  • choking
  • bleeding, wound care, bandaging, burns
  • fractures, suspected spinal injuries
  • seizures and neurological conditions
  • electric shock
  • water related emergencies & urgent situations
  • heat related illness
  • GDV (Bloat)
  • facial, head emergencies & urgent situations
  • pain
  • foot, pad & nail injuries
  • stings, bites, allergic reactions
  • ingestion emergencies
  • preparing first aid kits for your dog and for the contexts in which you will need them
  • skills to practice & document at home

Most importantly, we provide only evidence based and up to date guidance – we bust myths so that you will have the right tools to help dogs.

Not only do you get access to in-depth information about ALL that + more via an online course area (this is your first aid manual and guide) but more importantly you can download over 40 quick reference guides, covering these topics. We advise you save the really important ones directly to your phone so you always have the right advice in an emergency, when you really need it.

You can participate in the workshop as much you like, but we do encourage you to join in so that you can hone your skills. All is very friendly and fun – we are all learning, afterall.

Do you want to update your skills and awareness of canine emergencies & urgent situations? Drop us a line to book on for September!

All new Irish Veterinary Behaviour Association (IVBA)!

It sure has been a long time coming, but now we’ve just launched the Irish Veterinary Behaviour Association or IVBA. I’m vice-chair of this fledgling organisation and we want to bring an emphasis on behaviour, and its role in healthcare, to the forefront.

I am committed to the idea of reaching the veterinary community as an effective way to improve the welfare of pets and their people.

Through this work, we hope to elevate the importance and recognition of behaviour as an integral part of animal healthcare, and support vet pros and allied professionals in doing an even better job!

Our first big event is coming up soon and is all about the role of behaviour awareness in helping ortho patients.

How do we detect pain in animals? That’s right, via their behaviour!
How do we assess injury in animals? That’s right, via their behaviour!
How do we evaluate an animal’s experience and welfare? That’s right, via their behaviour!

Thankfully, an interest in the pain experienced by dogs, and other animals, is becoming more and more recognised. And September is Pain Awareness Month; we feel that this should be extended to veterinary medicine too, from a One Welfare point of view.

I will be talking at this event! My talk looks at the ways we can prepare pets and their people for the challenges to behavioural health when elective ortho surgery is required.

What happens after a dog has had knee or hip surgery, and can’t move about too much for months during recovery?
As you would imagine, and may have experienced, this can have huge impacts on behavioural health, currently and in the future.
But there are lots of things that can be done to support pet owners and their pets to help mitigate these effects.

Of course, I will be talking a whole lot about entertainment through enrichment planning too…cos that’s kinda my thing!

Will you help spread the word about IVBA?

I would be most grateful if you would mention this organisation and our event to your vet, RVNs, support staff, rehab pros, training & behaviour pros so that we can spread the word about how we can support behavioural health for animals being treated for physical disorder.

We can’t really separate the two from one another, so while the emphasis is often on the physical side in veterinary, we want to build awareness, skill and knowledge to support the behaviour side too. A collaboration that can only benefit more pets and their people!

Maybe your would like to join? It’s just €60 for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023 so well-worth it!
Plus with membership, you can come to our conference for just €120 (5.5 CVE points).

I am happy to answer any questions or queries you have about this big move for Ireland!

Happy Vet Visits!

A surge in dog ownership and ongoing Pandemic effects on an entire generation of dogs, plus the changes experienced by older dogs, have impacted dog behaviour, and owner interactions, in the veterinary context (Brand et al, 2022).

These dogs have experienced changes to the world that have rocked them, and with two years of vet visits on their own without their humans behind them, may be impacting their comfort and stress related behaviour during vet visits (Williams 2022).
The absence of their human during veterinary examinations is associated with the dog demonstrating increased distress related behaviours (Csoltova et al, 2017) and repeated exposure to the veterinary context is associated with sensitisation of fear responses (increasing in response), rather than habituation (getting used to the context) (Doring et al, 2009).

You can see that it’s been a bit of a recipe for disaster…

Happy Visits are a foundation to counterconditioning to vet visits and setting dogs up to be more comfortable. A Happy Visit should consist of a visit for the dog as far into the process with which they are comfortable.

Can that dog remain somewhat comfortable as far as the car-park? That’s the starting point. Visit the car-park regularly, have a treat-party, hang out when all is calm & quiet, and go home.

Can the dog just about enter reception willingly? That’s the starting point. Have a treat-party in the car-park, scatter some treats to snuffle in reception and go home.

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Happy Visits don’t start with meeting staff or having cuddles. This doesn’t need to be a part of this process. We consider the function of the dog’s behaviour and stress related behaviour functions to escape the stressor.

Dogs likely experience fear in anticipation of going to the vet’s.

Counterconditioning is one approach to help improving their feelings and attitude. We take a version of the scary thing and associate that with pleasant things, such as yummy food and safety.
The scary thing predicts the availability of the yummy things!

But counterconditioning is just one part of the puzzle; by keeping exposure long-duration-&-low-intensity, we are also incorporating some desensitisation, habituation and social learning.

With increasing comfort, the dog can be taught to step up onto the weighing scales willingly, something that many dogs find daunting and associate with coercion.

Guiding dogs onto weighing scales can be done simply, with our hands-off approach as much as possible and is a great way to get them into playing the cooperative-game.

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Discuss Happy Visits for your dog, with their vet-team, and come up with a plan that increases everyone’s comfort.

Of course, we can help too!

Dog-talk? Free dog-talk?

I think if you’re reading our stuff you are a dog person and probably a full-on dog nerd!

Anne from AniEd regularly contributes to a free, awesome, Irish podcast all about dogs: Bark Side of the Moon. You can listen where ever you get your podcasts.

So far, I have contributed to discussions on:

  • car comfort
  • separation related behaviours
  • visitors & guests
  • working from home (with your dog)
  • adolescent dogs
  • dog-dog “play” & interactions
  • baby prep
  • kids and dogs
  • enrichment
  • multi-dog homes

Give it a listen and if you have any questions, or even ideas for further podcasts, let me know!

Husbandry Snippets!

Pill Poppin’

We’ve had a long weekend here and each day, I’ve shared some husbandry tips from recent practice with Decker.

Decker is the easiest dog to medicate because he views pretty much ALL ingestibles to be yummy food. We have also worked on teaching him to willingly take pills.

Here’s a fun way to teach pilling. To practice you can stick a little bit of kibble, or a hard treat, into the middle of the pocket and work up to adding empty pill capsules or appropriate supplements.

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Practice when your dog doesn’t have to take medication so that in this set-up your dog is happy and willing to accept whatever you give to them in that sausage.

Being ill and needing medication is bad enough, without pilling being distressing too!

More husbandry snippets!

Easy reinforcement for husbandry with K9 Connectables

K9 Connectables are an awesome Irish dog toy company who make innovative toys, with a wide range of applications.

Toys in their range work with our #100DaysOfEnrichment program and we, of course, use them ourselves. That’s why we are an affiliate and you can get 10% of your toys with our code: anied10

Here’s a great way to use a combination of their toys to set up easy reinforcement, keeping your hands free and it’s so helpful to establish a communication system: if the dog stops lapping, moves away, or moves away from the toy, we stop!

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Building that communication system is straight-forward and can be so beneficial in all sorts of ways and we’ve talked about it, with some examples, in our post on prepping for the vet: Vet Ready!