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Family Dog IV

At some point in your dog's life, they will need to visit at least one of three places: the vet, the groomer and a boarding kennel. It is crucial that you properly prepare them for these experiences to avoid them from being scary experiences. Instead, they can be something that is familiar and even fun to do!

Course Details

For many dogs, going to the vet, groomer or a boarding kennel is a terrifying experience. But it doesn't have to be. If we take the time, we can show our dog these experiences are nothing to fear. With time, they will not only learn to accept these visits, they may even look forward to them. 

To achieve this, we need our dogs to accept the following at a bare minimum:

  • Human handling of their entire body

  • Brushing of their fur

  • Brushing of their teeth

  • Looking at and handling their ears

  • Evaluating and handling their feet

  • Trimming their nails

  • Being comfortable inside of a crate

You also need to know how you can best help your dog in a given situation. For instance what you can do with yoru handling and routines to best set them up for success. We will walk you through all of these tips in this course.

Meet Your Instructor

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

AKC Scent Work Judge
USCSS Judge and CSD
AKC CGC Evaluator
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

Should You Take This Course

Do you have a new dog? Whether you adopted a dog from a shelter or have a dog from a breeder, now is the time to train the manners they will need to live harmoniously in your home!

Does your dog need a manners refresher? We will help ensure your dog has a solid foundation on all the essential behaviors and you have the tools you will need to customize the results for what your life demand are.

Does your dog seem bored? Our dogs are smart creatures who thrive when given an opportunity to think! Give them a "job" with training and see how you can build off of it going forward!

What You Will Need for This Course
  • flat or martingale collar

  • front-clip harness (optional)

  • 6'-8' leash

  • 10'-15' long line

  • LOTS of small, soft and yummy treats

Course Outline
  • Crate Games

  • Solid Nose and Chin Target

  • Loving to be Brushed

  • Sparkling Teeth

  • Choosing to Have Nails Trimmed

  • Bath Time is Fun!

  • Training Visits

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Family Dog University is fortunate to have Dianna grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.


    Virtual equivalent to in-person group classes. Submit videos of your homework assignments and work directly with an online instructor.


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    • Email support from instructor

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