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Duration: 1:49

This segment is excerpted from material published in “Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” by Sophia Yin, DVM MS, with permission of the author.  The book can be purchased at this link.

This video illustrates some counterconditioning techniques to use with cats to help with administering pills.  You can start by gently restraining the head, and giving treats.  Repeat this approach until the cat equates having her mouth open with receiving treats. 

You can then use the same technique to give a pill, followed immediately with a treat.  

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Duration: 1:28

This segment is excerpted from material published in “Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” by Sophia Yin, DVM MS, with permission of the author.  The book can be purchased at this link. This segment illustrates using the Manners Minder to help countercondition a dog to the presence of a clipper. This can be helpful in getting the dog to be more comfortable on the grooming table and while getting groomed.

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Duration: 5:16

This segment is excerpted from material published in “Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” by Sophia Yin, DVM MS, with permission of the author.  The book can be purchased at this link.

This Rotweiler, Mischa, has a history of growling, struggling and needing to be muzzled at the veterinary hospital. She is also fearful of people who suddenly approach to pet her. And she startles at sudden sounds.

 

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Duration: 0:41

 This segment is excerpted from material published in “Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” by Sophia Yin, DVM MS, with permission of the author.  The book can be purchased at this link.

Towels can make handling easier for many cats, especially those who are fearful. The wrap is not meant to be a straightjacket by which the cat can be held down screaming and hissing.

Rather the goal of a towel wrap is that the cat struggles less and remains calm. In general, the cat should struggle for less than 1–2 seconds and should not struggle repeatedly. If a cat is struggling for prolonged periods or repeatedly, then use a different method or chemical restraint. Switching to a more appropriate method before the cat becomes overly aroused means that you’re more likely to be successful. 

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Duration: 5:26

This segment is excerpted from material published in “Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” by Sophia Yin, DVM MS, with permission of the author.  The book can be purchased at this link. If the cat is fearful of syringes, the owner could countercondition by regularly letting the cat eat treats such as canned food or tuna off the syringe. 

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Duration: 11:35

In this video, Becky Schultz demonstrates a number of techniques for improved loose–leash walking. This video also serves as a companion to her segment on fitting the Gentle Leader headcollar, and she shows some approaches to fading use of the Gentle Leader if the owner wants.

Becky also works with the dog Charley's owner, helping her handling and management of the dog on leash.

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Duration: 4:41

Trainer Jean Donaldson demonstrates tools and techniques for safely and effectively handling dog–reactive shelter dogs during behavior modification sessions. Commentary by veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Ian Dunbar describes how use of this technique impacts body language between dogs.

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Duration: 3:17

Ian Dunbar and Claude help Jean Donaldson work with a leash–reactive shelter dog.

Jean show us the baseline leash–reactive behaviors that certainly may have contributed to this dog being surrendered to the shelter. At the sight of another dog, the dog becomes unmanageable, barking, lunging and pulling so strongly that it’s impossible to hold on to her.

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Duration: 5:43

Author and trainer Jean Donaldson demonstrates installing a conditioned emotional response (CER) to an object. She uses this process to introduce her chow, Buffy, to a new piece of equipment. She shows how she easily conditions Buffy to enjoy wearing her head collar.

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Duration: 4:33

In part 2 of this series, Dr. Ciribassi continues helping an owner of a bullmastiff that is fearful and sometimes aggressive when encountering dogs and other stimuli. He recommends a program of response substitution.

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Duration: 3:10

In part 3 of this series, Dr. Ciribassi takes the owner and the bullmastiff outside to continue working on response substitution around various distractions.

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Duration: 4:37

The owner of a bullmastiff comes to Dr. Ciribassi reporting fearful and sometimes aggressive behavior, particularly on walks and when encountering other dogs. Dr. Ciribassi recommends a program of response substitution. As part of this process, he recommends using the Gentle Leader to help provide better management of the dog on leash. In this segment, the owner learns how to fit and put on the Gentle Leader.

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Duration: 8:17

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers honored Dr. R.K. Anderson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Citing his long career promoting positive training methods and his influence on thousands of professional trainers, the APDT presented the award during their 2008 annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Duration: 5:53

Dr. John Ciribassi helps an owner with a with a lab who shows fearful and sometimes aggressive behavior, particularly when someone comes to the door, or on walks.

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Duration: 6:53

An owner's dog pulls so hard on leash that she has suffered a shoulder injury. Dr. Ciribassi recommends using a Gentle Leader, and provides tips for helping the dog focus more on the owner, and less on other stimuli.

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Duration: 1:18

Dr. Ciribassi uses the Manners Minder to help managing barking at the door in his boxer. He uses the Manners Minder train his dog to go to a specific place, in this case a dog bed, when someone comes to the door. The Manners Minder allows him to distribute treats remotely to reinforce this behavior.

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Duration: 8:52

Dr. Ciribassi's co–worker has a standard poodle that often jumps up enthusiastically when greeting. Using treats and attention exercises, Dr. Ciribassi begins the process of managing this behavior, and coaches the owner on how to continue this process at home.

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Duration: 8:50

Becky Schultz demonstrates how to fit the Gentle Leader Headcollar, including many ideas for desensitizing the dog to the headcollar, working safely with the animal, and tips for improved loose leash walking

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Duration: 8:48

Patricia McConnell demonstrates a technique for teaching just about any dog to "stay." Her approach combines using treats, and simple "body blocks" to communicate the desired behavior to the dog. In this case she is working with novice dogs from the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN.

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Duration: 7:59

In part two of this sequence, Patricia McConnell continues her demonstration of teaching a dog to "stay." Working with another dog from the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN, She uses a combination of treats, and simple "body blocks" to communicate the desired behavior to the dog.

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Duration: 2:24

While working with a shelter dog, Patricia McConnell notes that dog quickly becomes over–stimulated and aroused, leading to the undesired behavior of jumping up and nipping. She discusses why this occurs, and what the trainer can do to effectively manage this behavior.

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Duration: 2:40

Patricia McConnell demonstrates a simple technique to teach a dog to settle down. This can be particularly useful for times when the dog is seeking unwanted attention, or when you just want the dog to lay down.

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Duration: 3:12

Steve Dale, noted radio host, moderator, and presenter, demonstrates some different techniques for providing a more stimulating environment for your cat at home.

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Duration: 4:13

Steve Dale gets some tips on loose leash walking from Dr. R.K. Anderson

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Duration: 3:21

Dr. Debra Horwitz, a veterinary behaviorist based in St. Louis, MO., demonstrates a typical clinic visit with owners of an unruly dog. She helps them understand why their dog is behaving the way it is, and gives them some simple advice on how to manage this behavior

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Duration: 1:90

This fun video montage shows all types of dogs and puppies at play. Play is an important part of the lives of all dogs, and can be effectively incorporated into a training program. You can use this video as an introduction to classes or a talk about play. For more information, see the accompanying article about integrating play into your program. You can find this in the "Articles" section of our website.

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Duration: 0:15

This is the second of two parts, and shows a typical enthusiastic human–to–dog greeting from the dog's perspective.

Typical human greeting behavior includes walking directly toward a dog, bending over and reaching toward them, looking them in the eyes, and patting them on the head. If the human considers themselves a real dog lover, they may also hug them around the neck.

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Duration: 0:37

Many people are bitten because they do not realize that dogs feel threatened by what we consider to be normal human behavior when greeting a dog. These two clips can be downloaded for use in educational presentations that can help people learn that what we consider to be "normal" is actually quite stressful for any dog.

The first clip shows a typical dog–loving human enthusiastically greeting a dog. Humans usually approach dogs head on, walking straight toward them, leaning over and reaching toward the dog, and patting him on the head. Dogs only clasp each other when fighting or mating, so hugging them around the neck can be stressful to even the most well–socialized dogs.

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Duration: 0:55

In this video, trainer Leslie McDevitt talks about one of her competition dogs, Maggie, who had injured her neck and shoulders. Because of this injury, a typical buckle collar could be inappropriate. Leslie describes how using the Gentle Leader allowed the two of them to continue to enjoy their walks.

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Duration: 1:23

Veterinarian and behaviorist Ian Dunbar shares his story about his rescue dog, Claude. When he met Claude, the dog had all sorts of problems. He was frightened, was a biter, and had bitten him four times before Ian brought him home.

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Duration: 3:27

Trainer Becky Schultz teaches the owner of a shy Maltese how to fix alarm barking at the door. Callie was a bit under–socialized and shy, and her owner was frustrated with her continual barking and growling when visitors came to the door. The owner's efforts to correct the problem by picking her up and holding her muzzle shut were not successful. She was young and had come from the breeder just a few months earlier. She had no previous training and the owner was happy with everything but this issue.

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Duration: 4:26

Janet Velenovsky, Training and Behavior Education Specialist for Premier Pet Products, demonstrates how to properly fit the Easy Walk Harness

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Duration: 2:90

With the help of her rescue Aussie, Flash, veterinary behaviorist Karen Overall demonstrates an easy technique for the common problem behavior of barking at the door. While most owners appreciate being alerted to the arrival of visitors, barking becomes a problem when the dog won't stop when asked. The arrival of visitors is often a chaotic, anxiety–provoking event for the dog who anticipates being yelled at or banished. Owners are embarrassed but do not know an effective technique to fix the problem, which often gets worse over time.

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Duration: 3:35

Janet Velenovsky, Behavior and Training Education Specialist for Premier Pet Products, works with the owner of a frisky boxer. The owner had previously used other methods to try and curb pulling on leash. With Janet's help, she learns the proper techniques for using the Easy Walk Harness, and becomes convinced that it will be a successful solution for her and her dog.

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Duration: 2:50

Veterinary behaviorist, Jacqui Neilson works with a newly surrendered dachshund on situational aggression during baths. Sophie, the dachshund, has a history of anxiety and biting during the bathing process. During baths, she would tremble, bite humans trying to handle her and also redirected aggression toward herself.

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Duration: 5:24

Veterinary behaviorist Gary Landsberg demonstrates how to improve the aggressive behavior dogs during veterinary examinations. He quickly changes Rusty's typically traumatic clinic visit into a positive opportunity to learn.

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Duration: 3:29

This is the second session with Sophie, the situationally fearful and aggressive dachshund who will now be desensitized to being toweled off after a bath. Veterinary behaviorist Neilsen demonstrates how using a Gentle Leader head collar facilitates this process by calming the dog and providing added control for safe handling.

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Duration: 3:53

Certified applied animal behaviorist and service dog trainer Mary Lee Nitschke helps a client with her service dog, Katy. Jane has limited strength and manual dexterity due to multiple sclerosis. She has been using a harness with Katy, but feels she needs added control with minimal effort.

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Duration: 4:47

Trainer Pia Silvani helps first–time dog owner Brian with Milo, his newly adopted Jack Russell Terrier. Milo is very active and does not like being handled, particularly around the head.

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