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PUPPY VET PREP

Creating fun and positive experiences for your puppy

A POSITIVE SOCIALIZATION CLASS

This is a positive socialization class for your puppy. Your puppy will experience items and scenarios similar to what happens at the vet hospital. Intro to learning how to handle your puppy for vet visits, at home care, how to medicate your puppy, and much more!

  • Class runs for 4 weeks ​

  • 40 min length

  • Class capacity: 4 puppy/handler teams

  • Location: Westside Animal Hospital parking lot

  • Cost: $90

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REQUIREMENTS FOR PUPPY VET PREP

  • Your puppy should have spent time with you and be a part of your family for at least one week before starting class

  • Puppies should be 12 - 15 weeks of age at the start of class. 

  • Your puppy should have at least their first set of vaccines (DA2PP/DA2LPP) and a Bordetella 1 week prior to starting class

  • A parasite free fecal from your vet hospital

  • On flea control

  • One deworming 

*This class is not a basic obedience class. Focus is more on creating positive experiences and associations to prepare your puppy for vet visits, at home handling and care. This class can be taken as a stand alone or  in conjunction with another puppy class*

By exposing our puppies to positive handling experiences and items, early on in life, the more confident they will be with these experiences in the future. Come join in on the fun and help build a better bond with your puppy in the process!

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READY FOR THE VET

A two-part training series that is designed to prepare your dog for stress-free veterinary visits

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LEVEL ONE RFTV

The goal of this class is to help prepare your dog for the experiences and items they may encounter at a veterinary hospital. This fun and interactive class will have your dog enjoying stationing, handling, stethoscopes, syringes, and the glorious cone of fun!

  • Class runs for 6 weeks

  • 50 min

  • Class capacity: 4 dog/handler teams

  • Location: Westside Animal Hospital parking lot

  • Cost: $150

Next session starts:

Saturday Jan 28th - Feb 18th

and March 4th - 11th @ 10;00-10:50am

**No class Sat Feb 25th**

LEVEL TWO RFTV

This fun and interactive class builds on level 1 and adds in different elements, introduces muzzle training, mock blood draws and have your dog enjoying stationing, handling, stethoscopes, syringes, and the glorious cone of fun! (Level 1 must be taken to do level 2)

  • Class runs for 6 weeks

  • 50 min

  • Class capacity: 4 dog/handler teams

  • Location: Westside Animal Hospital parking lot and other locations around Santa Cruz

  • Cost: $150

Next session starts:

Saturday Jan 28th - Feb 18th,

and March 4th - 11th @ 11:30am-12:20pm

**No class Sat Feb 25th**

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WHO IS THE VET PREP CLASS FOR:

  • If you want to make vet visits less stressful for you and your dog

  • If you want to help your dog feel more comfortable with handling 

  • If you want to learn something fun and new with your dog

  • Increase the bond between you and your dog

  • If your dog is going to have surgery soon

Your dog will be exposed to items and scenarios they will encounter at the veterinary hospital. The skills you and your dog learn in this class will help to reduce the stress associated with vet visits and build trust for care at home! 

*This class may not be suited for dogs who have extreme body handling sensitivities*

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COOPERATIVE CARE

Gives our dog a voice in their care, reduces stress for both pet parent and their dog, and can increase the bond between you and your dog

FOUNDATIONS FOR COOPERATIVE CARE CLASS

In this class we build the foundations needed for you and your dog to be successful in preparing them for their personal care. This fun and interactive class involves different elements such as props, tools, and engaging discussions regarding your dog's training and personal goal. The handler and their dog should have an idea of a behavior they want to work on for class. 

Example; nail trim, eye medicating, brushing, etc.

  • Class runs for 6 weeks ​

  • 50 min

  • Class capacity: 4 dog/handler teams

  • Location: Virtually and in person

  • Cost: $175

(Includes class and 1/2 hr private virtual follow up 1 month after 6 week session)

Next session starts:

Tuesday Jan 31st - March 7th @ 5:30-6:20pm

**Session 5 (Feb 28th) we meet in person**

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WHAT IS COOPERATIVE CARE AND WHO IS THE CLASS FOR:

Cooperative care is working with our pets comfort level and giving them a voice in the care they receive. A few examples of behaviors that we can help our dogs to be comfortable with or reduce the stress associated with certain events are:​​

  • Administering different medications - eg. ear medication

  • Handling - eg. putting on a harness/leash

  • Grooming - eg. bathing, nail trims

  • and many more!

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