Happier Healing Program For Guardians

Teach your dog to love Elizabethan Collars for less stress and speedier recovery!



Happier Healing Program

Teach your dog to love Elizabethan Collars for less stress and speedier recovery!

After surgery, a pet is often sent home wearing an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking and chewing  the incision which could cause irritation, infection, and delayed healing.

Teach Your Dog to Happily Wear an Elizabethan Collar!

Unfortunately, many pets and their guardians‘ first experience of an Elizabethan collar is often not a positive one, as simply putting the collar on the pet and expecting the pet to habituate to the collar can result in a problematic response, increasing stress levels for pet and owner. Studies show that increased fear, anxiety, and stress can lead to longer recuperation times, increased pain and potential non-compliance going forwards.

At DogNostics, we believe that all pet dog guardians should be provided with an Elizabethan collar prior to any surgery or intervention that will necessitate the wearing of such a collar by your pet. We also need to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge needed to promote a happy emotional response to wearing of the collar. For this reason, we developed the Happier Healing Program in which we Teach your dog to love Elizabethan Collars for less stress and speedier recovery!

The program can be purchased directly by pet dog guardians to implement themselves or to work alongside a Certified Trainer or Behavior Consultant.

Happier Healing Program Content

The Happier Healing Program includes three sections broken down into individual, easy-to-follow lessons.

SECTION ONE – The Impact of Stress

In section one of The Happier Healing Program for Pet Dog Guardians we share a short overview regarding the impact of stress on recovery rates and potential pain.

SECTION TWO – Practical Tips

  • How to correctly size an Elizabethan Collar
  • How to construct an Elizabethan Collar

SECTION THREE – How to Teach Your Dog to Happily Wear an Elizabethan Collar

  1. Through fun training games and exercises, we show you how to introduce your dog to the collar and elicit a happy emotional response.
  2. We then teach the behavior of going towards the collar and putting the collar on. Yes, our aim is that your dog will put his/her own collar on – or at least help with the process!
  3. Finally, we gradually increase the duration of wearing the collar, while having fun playing lots of different games, while relaxing, and while carrying out your pet’s usual everyday activities.

The program provides mental and physical enrichment, builds a better more trusting relationship between you and your dog, and, hopefully, between you, your dog, and your veterinarian, as well as all others who participate in your pet’s care.

The Happier Healing Program will not only help condition a positive emotional response to wearing the Elizabethan collar, it could also potentially lead to a decrease in stress, and therefore, improved recuperation rates and even less pain! As well as a general happier, healthier pet!

  • You will learn how to condition a positive emotional response to an Elizabethan collar.
  • All the games and exercises make use of positive reinforcement (rewards based) training methods.
  • Dogs will enjoy tricks, their favorite manners behaviors, fun scent games, interactive feeding toys and games.
  • All exercises, activities, and games are fully explained and demonstrated.
  • A full two-week schedule is provided.
  • The schedule can be adapted to meet your individual dog’s needs.
  • It is possible to work through the program in as little as a week (although we do not recommend it).
  • The program can be extended to 4-6 weeks for those dogs who need to progress a little more slowly.
  • Additional exercises are included for those wishing to extend the program.
  • If your dog already has a problematic response to the wearing of an Elizabethan Collar, we highly recommend working with a Certified Pet Dog Trainer or Behavior Consultant who can guide you through the program. This can be done in-person or virtually.
  • Written and contributed to by qualified canine training and behavior specialists, Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge

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