Fear Free Foundation for Kittens & Puppies

Fear Free Foundation for Kittens & Puppies
Setting Up Cats & Dogs for a Fear Free Lifetime by Employing Proactive, Protective, and Preventive Care Strategies Early in Life

Course Details

Module 1: Development & Socialization of Cats & Dogs

Lesson 1: Development Periods and Life Stages of Cats & Dogs

Learning Objectives:

•  List the 9 developmental periods and life stages of cats and dogs

•  Recognize the onset and conclusion of various developmental periods and life stages

•  Recall the range for the cat and dog socialization periods

•  Identify sexual and social maturity in the cat and dog

Lesson 2: Optimizing Behavioral Development

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify factors that can influence temperament and behavior of offspring

•  Recognize sensory development changes which occur in the first 2-3 weeks and understand how sensory stimulation can influence development

•  Define the terms socialization and localization and identify the optimum times for learning

•  Recognize the ideal age to provide proper elimination substrates

•  Identify the optimum age for placing kittens and puppies in their human home

Lesson 3: Proper Socialization & Disease Risks

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify stimuli that kittens and puppies should be exposed to during the socialization period

•  Describe a technique for proper socialization experiences

•  Understand disease risks and how they can be minimized

Lesson 4: Benefits of Socialization

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify the number one reason for relinquishment/euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs

•  Recognize ways socialization classes can influence hospital income

•  Lists the benefits to your hospital of well socialized pets

Lesson 5: Puppy & Kitten Classes

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify the age of kittens and puppies for starting socialization classes

•  Know what happens in a good socialization class and common preventive topics that should be discussed in classes

Module 2a: An Introduction to Problem Prevention for Kittens and Puppies

Lesson 1: General characteristics of cats and dogs

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify typical characteristics of cats

•  Identify typical characteristics of dogs

Lesson 2: Routine, enrichment, and management

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify activities to assist clients with meeting the exploratory, physical, and social needs of their kitten or puppy

•  Define and outline an appropriate routine for kittens and puppies

•  List environmental management solutions to set kittens and puppies up for success

Lesson 3: Characteristics of successful pet owners

Learning Objectives:

•  List the five key characteristics of successful pet owners

•  Recognize how these characteristics provide pets with a Fear Free℠ environment in which to thrive.

Lesson 4: The Importance of a Fear Free℠ approach when addressing behavior

Learning Objectives:

•  List the problems associated with using aversives

•  Provide alternatives to aversives

•  Apply a behavior solution model


Module 2b: Behavior Solutions for Kittens and Puppies


Lesson 1: Behavior Solutions for Kittens

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify preventive behavior care options and their impact on the cat’s behavior

•  Outline training exercises for preventing the development of behavior concerns with cats

•  Apply the behavior solution model to several typical kitten behaviors

Lesson 2: Behavior Solutions for Puppies

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify preventive behavior care options and their impact on the dog’s behavior

•  Outline training exercises for preventing the development of behavior concerns with dogs

•  Apply the behavior solution model to several typical puppy behaviors



Module 3: Prevention Training for Handling & Restraint


Lesson 1: Fear Free Foundation

Learning Objectives:

•  Identify why prepping pets early ultimately helps the animal throughout life

•  Apply learning principles to create positive associations & reduce fear, anxiety and stress

•  Acquire practical tips and application for teaching puppies and kittens.

•  Recognize the importance of constant consideration and adjustment to a kitten’s or puppy’s emotional state throughout interaction & care

Lesson 2: Distractions and Positive Associations

Learning Objectives:

•  Recognize when to use distractions

•  Identify possible distractions to employ

•  Apply practical application of distractions in hospital and at home


Lesson 3: Predictability and Familiarity of Care

Learning Objectives:

•  Know how to gradually accustom a kitten or puppy to different types of handling and care

•  Recognize how to build relaxation and positive anticipation with care

•  Apply communication cues to build comfort

Lesson 4: Condition to Equipment

Learning Objectives:

•  List common tools puppies and kittens can be accustomed to early on

•  Explain how to create a positive association with equipment placement and use

•  Teach willing participation from kittens and puppies with desired equipment and tools

Lesson 5: Cooperative & Voluntary Behaviors

Learning Objectives:

•  List the basics of training positioning and stationing behaviors

•  Recognize how to teach behaviors to ease interactions and greeting

•  Identify how to use learned behaviors during vet care

Module 4: Preventive Veterinary Behavior Services for Kittens & Puppies


Lesson 1: Preventive care visits

Learning Objectives:

·         List behavior questions that should be asked during preventive care visits at various life stages

·         Identify behavior topics pertaining to life stages that should be discussed during preventive care visits

·         Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of providing an adolescent preventive care visit

·         List the benefits of incorporating behavior questions into preventive care visits

Lesson 2: Pet selection counseling

Learning Objectives:

·         Outline the goals of pet selection counseling

·         List categories of life style considerations that should be addressed in a pet selection questionnaire

·         Recall potential benefits of pet selection counseling

·         Identify resources for more information on conducting pet selection counseling

Lesson 3: Kitten and puppy classes

Learning Objectives:

·         List characteristics of appropriate kitten and puppy classes

·          Identify resources for more information on providing kitten and puppy classes

Lesson 4: Fun and victory visits

Learning Objectives:

·         Compare the differences between fun and victory visits

·         Identify which pets would benefit from fun or victory visits

·         List the benefits of offering fun and victory visits

Lesson 5: Private and group training sessions

Learning Objectives:

·         List possible topics for private and group training sessions

·         Identify potential benefits of offering private and/or group training sessions in your hospital

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