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.).

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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!

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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!

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All Ears!

Decker has some ear inflammation likely in association with a superficial skin infection. Right now, there’s no infection in the ear but he has had a couple of infections in that ear, his left, about four or five years ago so this is not our first rodeo.

When he first developed infection in that ear, we started from scratch building toward cooperative treatment.

You can view the playlist of those sessions here:

Link to playlist here.

Some background…

While we certainly practice ear-work off and on, when his ears are not painful, I probably have not done that enough.

On top of that, Decker’s comfort with being handled in the vet’s has deteriorated. Pre-COVID we did cooperative care for almost everything but car-park consultations and him being brought in without me for two years has caused his tolerance of being handled there, by others, to seriously dwindle.

This is not at all to suggest his vets have been handling him inappropriately. It doesn’t require that, and they would never do that. They are excellent.

But during that period of going in without me, Decker also experienced some really serious illnesses & injuries requiring very invasive care and him feeling crappy.
Over these lockdown periods he has had a number of seriously injured pads/feet that were painful, a very serious GI upset as a result of contaminated canal water, TTA surgery (knee replacement surgery) after an accident and foreign body/intussusception gut surgery.

Since we’ve been going back in with the dog during treatments and consults, he’s experienced a mystery neuro condition (that spontaneously resolved) & neuro exams at two different vets, a senior check up, and rat poison ingestion. You can imagine that with or without me, Decker is going to associate being in that building and around those people with feeling pretty bad and probably scared too.

He’s pretty resilient and will eat from a food-fist throughout all exams with the vet, is happily muzzled for treatments, we plan and discuss with the vet-team ahead of time, and we manage vet visits with minimal stress for all. Like I said, they’re excellent.

Aside from that, I do plenty of treatment at home, for example, administering Cytopoint every couple of months and vaccinating him. Thankfully, we have a solid history of cooperative care at home for these procedures and all runs smoothly.

In the last week or so, he showed some pain in relation to his left ear. Decker is very stoic so if he’s showing pain, it’s definitely hurting. Off to the vet we went and he ate from a food fist throughout his exam, was muzzled and tube fed, through the ear exam, and then played ball while we chatted about his treatment.

We’ve talked about having a vet-visit plan before here and that really helps to minimise stress and discomfort; see Vet Ready!

At home, we started with some steroid drops for both ears to bring down the inflammation and provide pain relief.

All Ears! 2022

Here we go again!

We just started back with drops in sore ears on Friday, and here’s our first session:

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The procedures established here are quite important; they are put in place and taught over multiple sessions, rather than all in one go. The idea is to provide multiple steps with an out at every stage, so he can say PAUSE or STOP at any time.

The procedure is predictable so he always knows what’s coming and is built little by little:

  1. the ear drops bottle
  2. a hand touch behaviour
  3. hand approaching the ear
  4. drops bottle touching inside of ear
  5. medication administered into ear canal

This gives the dog lots of opportunities to stop the procedure and he always knows what coming next.

The set up is also important:

  • the food source is positioned to line the dog up – this makes everything more efficient and clearer for the learner
  • we establish a strong ‘yippee response’ to the presence of, first, the closed ear drop bottle, and then the open ear drop bottle
  • strong positive associations with holding a hand-touch behaviour and if he moves his face, we stop the procedure – long held communication as part of our relationship
  • holding the hand touch makes something touch his ear – to countercondition you could add a range of sensations, building up to delivery of drops
  • warm the drops to body temperature before we start – I usually carry them around in my pocket for a little while

We have worked on this a lot more with the left ear and he is more familiar with the procedure to that ear. We started with the right ear, took our time and then went to the left ear, and back to the right ear. We are moving toward familiarity and comfort throughout.

Practicing the individual skills, strengthening the association between each part of the procedure with yummies separately, as well as making sure administering drops is filled with yummie foods to catch and chase, and always the opportunity to take a break.
Treatment is less scary and startling when we know that we can make it stop, if we feel the need.

More Online Canine First Aid Workshops!

Thank you for booking onto our first Online Canine First Aid Workshop! The June dates are well overbooked and I can’t squeeze anyone else in. So we’re going to do another one…

Join us for a fun, interaction and very informative remote-workshop that might just help you to save a life!

This is designed for pet owners and non-veterinary dog pros, and is absolutely perfect if you have no background in medicine, veterinary or first aid.

This workshop will take place via MS Teams but you don’t need to download anything; just follow a link!

You can choose how much you would like to participate live on the evening, but you are encouraged to practice lots.

Our workshop and Canine First Aid & Emergency Care resources are evidence based to the most up to date information, based in valid research and best practice. Your instructor has worked in veterinary nursing here and abroad, we have participated in specific training for the delivery of canine first aid information, and regularly update our skills with veterinary professionals to stay on point.

Not only will you have access to quick reference guides, that you are advised to save to your phone, but you will also have access to online resources to continue your learning.

Book today by emailing info@anied.ie or messaging us via social media, such as Facebook or Instagram (@aniedireland).

Online Canine First Aid Workshop

Join us for a fun, interaction and very informative remote-workshop that might just help you to save a life!

This is designed for pet owners and non-veterinary dog pros, and is absolutely perfect if you have no background in medicine, veterinary or first aid.

This workshop will take place via MS Teams but you don’t need to download anything; just follow a link!

You can choose how much you would like to participate live on the evening, but you are encouraged to practice lots.

Our workshop and Canine First Aid & Emergency Care resources are evidence based to the most up to date information, based in valid research and best practice. Your instructor has worked in veterinary nursing here and abroad, we have participated in specific training for the delivery of canine first aid information, and regularly update our skills with veterinary professionals to stay on point.

Not only will you have access to quick reference guides, that you are advised to save to your phone, but you will also have access to online resources to continue your learning.

Book today by emailing info@anied.ie or messaging us via social media, such as Facebook or Instagram (@aniedireland).

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