October 31, 2013

Michele’s Thursday Training Tip: Desensitization

Author: Kristin Skelton

Dog Training Tip Desensitization

Dog Training Tip – Desensitization

Just like practicing for a veterinary exam or a grooming appointment, you can use desensitization as a way to get your pet used to a variety of items, situations, etc. Desensitization is the process of getting an animal used to a new stimulus through gradual exposure to it. In the picture above, you’d never be able to tell that Patch was scared of those zombie hands, but at first he was very afraid of them. By slowly getting him used to them, he’s now comfortable enough to lay in between them and let us capture a cute picture. Gradual progression is the key to making this work and how fast that progression happens all depends on the individual pet. 

We hope these weekly training tips assist you in your training adventure. Floofins & Company head trainer, Michele Hatley, is available to create a customized training program for your dog. Visit us at to learn about training options with Floofins & Company.

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