I am proud to announce that I have achieved my Fear Free Certified Professional designation! The Fear Free movement was founded by Dr. Marty Becker in an effort "to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them." Many dog and cat guardians are reluctant to bring their companions to the veterinarian if they expect their animal will experience significant fear, anxiety or stress. This creates a barrier to care, but it doesn't need to be this way!
There is a growing movement to help animals learn to feel comfortable with the experience of receiving medical care and routine husbandry. Many clinics are seeking training to implement Fear Free techniques with their clients. My goal as a behavior consultant is to leverage my knowledge of Fear Free training and handling techniques to help clients with both preventative care and behavior modification programs to set their animal up for success with future veterinary services. As an animal behavior consultant and trainer, I love to partner with veterinary staff to ensure their clients have the tools necessary to empower their dog and cat to get the care they need with minimal stress.