Taking care of your dog’s health, hygiene, and care can be a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be.
If your dog has a hard time with routine care such as nail trims, receiving medication, or visiting the vet or groomers, you’re not alone. Dogs experiencing such fear often resist, struggle, growl, and even bite. Labeled as “difficult” or “high maintenance”, necessary care often gets put off or struggled through, leaving dog guardians feeling frustrated, guilty, and even hopeless.
Fortunately, we can help our dogs feel better about these experiences and become willing participants, leading to less stress for you and your dog.
8 Weeks of Personalized Coaching
Your dog’s needs are unique! We’ll make sure you’re progressing with coaching tailored to your goals. We’ll meet once per week via zoom, and you’ll follow your own training plan with guidance on every step.
Submit your practice videos to be reviewed by a certified trainer. We’ll give you constructive feedback to keep you moving. You’ll also gain access to a community of super supportive dog guardians working on the exact same things you are.
Trainer Support in Your Pocket
Get support from your trainer for the duration of your program.
Certified, Professional Instruction
Led by Tasha Shaw-Verbic, a certified training partner with Karen Pryor Academy. Training methods are science based, positive reinforcement techniques only.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any prerequisites?
No, this course is suitable for all dog guardians who want to better understand how to create comfort and regardless of experience. It’s also perfect for groomers and other pet professionals who want to provide their client’s dogs with a less stressful handling experience.
How often are classes run?
The package includes 8 sessions to be completed within 10 weeks. Classes are 45 – 60 minutes in length via zoom or in person, depending on your location and your dog’s needs (sessions for dogs that are nervous of people are always held virtually, so that they don’t have to worry about me while trying to learn to trust you with care behaviours).
How do I get support between classes?
In between classes, participants are requested to share videos of their homework for personalized feedback. Participants can also text their trainer with quick questions.
Do I need any special equipment?
No special equipment is needed. During class we will use pillows, towels, short stools or a stack of books and other common household objects (plastic containers, cups etc), and dog supplies (comb, brush, shampoo bottle etc).
My dog bites when we try to groom or go to the vet, can I still take this class?
You can definitely take this class, and you will be supported in working at your dog’s pace. Consent and Cooperative Care is very helpful for dogs who feel so unsafe or stressed that they bite.
You will be asked if your dog has a bite history when you register for class. If the answer is yes, we will contact you to discuss further, in order to put you and your dog’s safety and well-being first.
The guidance I received has been instrumental in helping me with my dogs over many years, including a high energy jack russell and a (different) sensitive jack russell who is nervous of grooming and sounds. Tasha’s patient and calm approach has always been clear and unintimidating. My pups and I are so grateful for her.