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Key to a Puppy’s Future

multiple pictures of a variety of veterinary technicians holding puppies at the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic. Everyone is smiling and all the puppies looked relaxed and comfortable.

Three Cheers for the Neffsville Vet Clinic! This team is proactive when it comes to early puppy education!

 

The majority of people turn to their veterinary team not only for the physical health of their new pup but for guidance on behavior, training and nutrition as well. How much of an impact do veterinary technicians have on a puppy’s future? They can play a significant role in determining what kind of early education people and their pups receive.  They are trusted professionals and can have a critical influence on the decisions their clients make.

Puppies need an enriching, positive socialization program during their critical period of learning and social development, which is birth to 16 weeks. Puppies also need a thoughtful prevention strategy to help stop the development of natural, but undesirable behaviors like separation anxiety, resource guarding and stress around being handled. These are two time sensitive goals for all puppies.

Opportunity

And that’s where veterinary technicians come in. They are in a prime position to enrich their clinic’s wellness program. Helping their clients make positive choices by guiding them to the resources needed to achieve these goals. Getting puppies started in a wellness program and into a well-run class is in everyone’s interest.

The Tools

If you decide to help people get a good start, then we’ve just added tools to make the job easier. Consolidated in one spot under FOR DOG PROS is a new section of resources for professionals. We’re committed to helping provide support materials to puppy wellness programs in clinics, as good clinics really do influence the way a dog is reared.

Benefits

In addition to the obvious benefits of raising a pup that lives a long and happy life, the clinic stands to benefit as well. Here’s how…

  • Client retention: Dogs that receive this kind of early work live long, healthy lives and tend to die of old age rather than being surrendered. Clients are happier and are likely to remain with the clinic for life.
  • Dogs that are made comfortable with being handled are less likely to bite the clinic staff.
  • Happier staff means less (staff) turnover and retraining costs for the vet clinic.
  • A reduction in behavioral problems (aggression, separation anxiety, destruction of property, to name a few) means less dogs will be surrendered or euthanized.
  • Fewer staff and less time is required to treat calm dogs. Keeping the clinic on schedule and cost effective.
  • When you help make your clients successful with their dogs, they will credit you with their success and tell all their friends.
  • You’ll distinguish yourselves from the competition as proactive and puppy friendly. What’s cooler than that?

Win-win-win

Not that long ago the main focus on puppy-rearing’s was house training. Thankfully and happily folks are beginning to recognizing the important aspects of a dedicated socialization and prevention strategy. These components of early puppy education are pivotal to the health and well-being of a dog. The veterinary community is becoming proactive in this area and it’s the veterinary technician that’s leading the way.

Well run clinics that take a positive approach to puppy education are less likely to see adolescent dogs surrendered. Given the obvious benefits to the dog, the client and the clinic isn’t this a win-win solution?


It’s National Vet Tech week and we wanted to highlight all the veterinarian technicians that make a difference in this key area. You ROCK!

An Important Step

 

Smiling young woman facing the camera holding her border collie.

April 2017 Syd and her 9 month pup Fen

 

Sydney has recently graduated from and become certified with the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy.

Dog training is an unregulated business with highly variable levels of education and training ability. Professional certification from schools like the Karen Pryor Academy and the work of associations like the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the Society of Veterinary Behaviour Technicians are moving our industry closer to becoming a self regulating profession. Sydney has taken a big step in continuing education that will benefit her clients and people using Ultimate Puppy.

Congratulations Syd!

3 easy steps to use our website

illustration of a young girl holding her smartphone, with her index finger on her lips while her puppy looks up at her.

What’s the best way to use the website? We get asked this question more and more often so here are 3 easy steps to get you started.

Step 1: Your Puppy’s Development

To get up and running look up your puppy’s age on the Your Puppy’s Development. This will allow you to see what stage of development your puppy is at and what you need to be working on pronto.

The Development Chart has been designed to take you into the key areas using links. So for instance if someone has an 8-week-old puppy the link in the chart will take you to Socialization and Handling exercises.

Step 2: Daily Email Support – The Puppy Bytes

Sign up for Puppy Bytes to get daily training tips via email. These bite-sized tips provide you with time sensitive puppy training information, exercises and games. Each tip is linked back to the web site and the specific exercise or game related to the tip.

Step 3: Step by Step Weekly Training Guide

If you are looking for something a bit more structured then our weekly Step by Step Training Guide is a good option. Whether you have just brought home a puppy or you are a puppy school professional this guide is intended as a lesson plan. We have placed what we believe are the most important aspects of puppy training at the beginning. Each lesson plan links back into the specific exercise.

Resources for Professionals: Vet Clinics, Shelters, Breeders and Working Dog organizations. Please help yourself to the following interactive PDF downloads. They were designed specifically for your use.

Ultimate Puppy FAQ

If you have a specific issue you are dealing with then go to our Puppy Training FAQ. Listed are eleven of the most common puppy problems and where to find answers on our site. This resource is particularly useful to busy vet clinics.

Ultimate Puppy Brochure

A resource you can distribute to clients as a printout or email that includes all the training basics.

The Dog Days of Summer & Tripod

Three legged dog on the dock at Rainbow Park in Whistler.

Dog Days is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dogstar) and the sun.

Whistler and Rainbow Park revisited:

…being a normal 10 year old my youngest neice was in the water at Rainbow Park, before you could say the word SWIMSUIT! she quickly had a new companion. A funny, 3 legged, little black dog that was intent on herding her every time she dove into the water. Initially there didn’t seem to be anyone attached to this dog. We welcomed her into our swimming group, nicknaming her Tripod during our short visit. Tripod had no idea she was missing a leg and was in the thick of things, running about, jumping in and having a swim. She did wipe out during a bit of “chase me” but was back up on her 3 good legs in the blink of an eye! Sorry folks, unfortunately we never got Tripod’s history.