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Happy Handling

Does Your New Puppy or Older Dog Dislike Being Handled?

Do you struggle to administer medical treatments, clip their nails or groom them? Let me help you both become more relaxed and confident about day to day care tasks.

Want to know more about how Happy Handling might help you?  Check out the article “Can you Handle it?” HERE.

A Very Common Problem

Many dogs are terrified of the vet, groomer, or even their owner, doing care tasks.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

By systematically making the necessary care tasks, even things like veterinary visits, non-threatening and pleasurable, we can remove much of the stress and fear involved.

The more relaxed a dog is about being handled the easier it is for everyone.

The result?  Vet visits aren’t fraught, grooming visits are quicker (and cheaper!), your dog can get the medical or husbandry care needed and you don’t need to feel guilty about putting your dog ‘through it’.

Breezy stands patiently while the nails on his back foot are trimmed.

Prevent Problems BEFORE They Happen

Felix, at 16 weeks, knows that toe twiddling means good stuff for puppies!


  • Please touch me!
  • Preventing problems
  • Stationing for hands-free restraint
  • Love your vet/groomer

Get your pup off on the right paw by teaching them to LOVE being handled.  If you want to avoid a lifetime of stress and hassle, start their education NOW.

Just becuase your last dog was easy to touch, groom and examine, doesn’t mean this one will be.  This is one area where a proactive approach really is a must.

Husbandry Problem Solving

  • Grooming and clipping
  • Nail trims
  • Ears, eyes and teeth
  • Restraint

Maybe your dog already has opinions about being handled? If this is the case I can help you work through their issues to make life a bit easier and more relaxed for everyone. Please note – miracles aren’t possible but significant improvements are!

Resting your head makes ear cleaning so much more comfortable.

“Gretel is in season and went for her first blood test today. The vets’ waiting room was full of dogs and she face-planted into a strange dog in the doorway – no reaction at all to anything. 

She stood on the vet’s table perfectly with no reaction or stress and had blood taken from her jugular with only a nurse holding her head up and no muzzle.  You gave us the tools to navigate our way to sanity!”

— Jo I