Cooperatively Taking Medication

What is cooperative care?

This is a practice where your companion animal is able to fully exercise their choice and control during caretaking.

Cooperative care is not just your dog tolerating the experience of grooming or receiving medical care, but your dog is actively participating in the process and communicating with you when and what is ok to do in every moment from start to finish.

A trusting relationship sets the stage for your dog in being comfortable when it’s time for trimming nails, cutting fur to even administering medication.

Jack was never good at taking medication.

He’s very skilled in “cheeking” his meds. Often times, I would have to make several cheese balls around his pills just for him to eat around it and spit the pill back out.

This frustrated me since I then worried how am I going to give him his medication so he can get healthy.

It wasn’t until recently that Jack is now on a daily antacid because he was diagnosed with irritable bowel disease.

Multiple cheese balls a day just for 1 10mg pill a day wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Instead, I split a Ziwi peak into a few different pieces.

I offered Jack a piece of the Ziwi Peak which he took voraciously.

As soon as he took his treat, I offered him the antacid pill which he gobbled right up!

Then I finished up with the other small piece of his treat.

Jack willingly accepted the medication.

I never needed to forcefully open his mouth and cram the medication down his throat.

He remained a happy camper throughout and he readily comes back to me every day for the same routine.

Do you want to achieve a level of trust with your dog that transcends any situation?

Cooperative Care: Giving Your Dog Choice and Control

Get started by booking your free Discovery Call with me:

Jack taking his antacid before dinner

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Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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