What you get with our courses:

  • Step By Step Plans

    Detailed, step by step training plans that guide you through the process like a road map. Know exactly what you are doing, where you are going next and what to do it you feel stuck.

  • Detailed Video Tutorials

    Visual examples on how to progress through the written training plans. Our courses offer short, but detailed videos on how to move through the training effectively.

  • Positive Reinforcement Techniques

    All training techniques used are positive reinforcement. We do not use force, pain or intimidation to train. With our courses, you will work with your dog to achieve your goals in a fun and effective manner.

This course is for you if:

  • You struggle with your dog's nail care

  • You need guidance, visuals and a step by step plan

  • If you want to start your puppy off on the right paw.

Cooperative Nail Care

What is it and how is it done?

If you struggle with your dog's nail care, know that you are not alone. Many dogs don't like it and when it becomes a struggle, it becomes extremely unpleasant for both yourself and your dog. Cooperative care is based on the idea that our dog has a choice. They can choose to say "continue" or "no thank you". We respect our dog limits but going through the training in bite sized pieces instead of throwing them in the deep end. In turn, this helps build our dog's confidence in us, feel comfortable with the process and make nail care stress free!
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Course curriculum

  • 2

    Set up for Success!

    • Setting up for success

  • 3

    Body Language

    • Dog Body Language

  • 4

    Stationing

    • Side Down

  • 5

    Body Handling

    • Part One - Touch

    • Part Two - Light Restraint

  • 6

    Nail File

    • Part One - Introducing the nail file

    • Part Two - Touch with the Nail File

    • Part Three - Nail File

  • 7

    Dremel

    • Part One - Introducing the dremel

    • Part Two - Touch with the dremel

    • Part Three - Using the dremel

  • 8

    Nail Clippers

    • Part One - Introducing the nail clipper

    • Part Two - Touch with the nail clipper

    • Part Three - Using the nail clipper

  • 9

    Bonus: Nail Care Club

    • Nail Care Club: Facebook group!

  • 10

    Bonus: Paw Care

    • Paw Care Checklist

  • 11

    Bonus: Scratchboard Mini Course (coming soon!)

    • May 2022!

  • 12

    Bonus: How to cut black nails (coming soon!)

    • May 2022

Instructor(s)

CTC, CSAT

Katherine Davidson

Katherine worked for the Montreal SPCA and the Humane Society International. Katherine graduated from the Academy For Dog Trainers (CTC) in 2017 and continued her education to become a certified separation anxiety trainer with Malena DeMartini (CSAT) in 2019.

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kimberly austin

This course is planned out in a nice, easy way to learn. It gave me some other things to think about when it comes to cooperative care. I look forward to imp...

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This course is planned out in a nice, easy way to learn. It gave me some other things to think about when it comes to cooperative care. I look forward to implementing it into our daily lives.

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I can't believe I've been able to trim my dog's nails at ...

Sharon Ku

Before taking this course, I didn't think I would ever be able to trim my dog's nails at home. This was a constant source of stress for me, because he doesn'...

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Before taking this course, I didn't think I would ever be able to trim my dog's nails at home. This was a constant source of stress for me, because he doesn't tolerate going to the groomers, and his nails grow very quickly and are difficult to maintain with a scratch board. About a month into the course, we finally started trimming his nails by ourselves. There's still some ways to go, but without a doubt I know we can get more and more comfortable with the process. This course gave me the knowledge and confidence to implement a training plan to help my dog feel safe while getting his nails done.

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Very easy to understand

Roxanne Houde

I took this course over a few months as I was busy (and also procastinating let's be honest) - i like that we can access this platform anytime for a few mont...

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I took this course over a few months as I was busy (and also procastinating let's be honest) - i like that we can access this platform anytime for a few months and come back to where we left. We also get reminders of our progress so it can give us a little push to actually complete the course. The steps and videos are very simple so we can easily apply it at home and Katherine is available to answer questions too. I like the printable easy steps with each module.

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