Desensitizing and Counterconditioning: Teaching Dogs to Willingly Accept Medical Procedures


Many dogs dislike or are fearful of medical treatment. Rather than struggling with them and possibly making them worse, learn how to use rewards and specific Low Stress Handling® techniques to decrease fear and aggression. Learn how to systematically counter-condition them such that you can apply the principles to many different situations.


Discover how to use science behind learning to teach pets to enjoy an array of handling procedures.

In the first 2 parts of this series you’ve learned how to greet and approach correctly, provide clear direction, and handle and adjust your technique with skill. In this final lab, Dr. Sophia Yin – veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author – teaches you how o use desensitization and counterconditioning to help pets enjoy a variety of medical and husbandry procedures. Once you understand general concepts and important points – staying below threshold, awareness of treat choice, clear movement, timing – you’ll be able to adapt to any situation you come across.

Included Presentation:

  • Lab 4: Desensitization and Counterconditioning: Teaching Dogs to Willingly Accept Medical Procedures

Master Class Collection:

Praise for Desensitization & Counterconditioning: Teaching Dogs to Willingly Accept Medical Procedures:

All information presented can be put into practice right away! …[M]any dogs that come in monthly…loathe nail trims and will fight tooth and nail every visit. This will help me in making my patients more comfortable.

Rebecca Carman, RVT

Best For:

  • Veterinary Technicians
  • DVM
  • Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician students
  • Shelter staff
  • Rescue volunteers.

Veterinary Medical Professionals can earn CEs for this skill by taking our online course here.

Additional information

Weight 0.5625 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 5.5 × 0.75 in