Demo Dogs for K9 MEDIC Classes
It is usually ideal for our classes to include several “Demo Dogs” to help demonstrate during class.
Participation is limited to non-invasive sessions and we never pressure a dog. Topic include some assessment (such as heart rate and respiratory rate) and medical handling skills (lifts and restraints). Some handlers like to use their dogs for basic bandaging (paw and ear wraps).
- Safe Environment:
If the K9 is dog/people aggressive then the classroom is not a good fit for this class.
- Positive Experience:
It’s important that the K9 have a positive association with medical assessments and handling. The experiences the K9 has in the classroom can translate to future experiences in the real world. If exposure to a large group (humans and possibly other K9s) environment with potentially multiple people handling the K9 is not positive, then the classroom is not a good fit.
- Quality Education:
Finally, if the K9 becomes a distraction, then classroom is also not a good fit.
FOR SELECTED DEMO DOGS… PLEASE BRING/REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:
- Bring your K9’s muzzle – preferably one that is not used during agitation training.
Ideally, your K9 should have a positive/calming association with the muzzle used for medical situations and the muzzle should be as open as possible. Use peanut butter or other safe positive training tools for muzzle acclimatization training.
Please ensure you have adequate water and a bowl/container to ensure your K9 remains hydrated throughout class. (Our vegas location always has bowls available.)
- Crate/Mat if needed:
In some classes, there are exercises that cannot be done with the K9. It is best to provide a way to crate or otherwise secure the K9 at these times. (Some locations may provide crates, ask if you would like one). If K9s are left in vehicles, they will need to be close by and checked periodically following our “Eyes On For Safety”™ 20min rule. If your K9 is accustomed to settling without a crate, this may not be needed.
- Consider rewards.
Since we want this to a positive experience for the K9, consider what type of reward might be appropriate. Many handlers bring treats, especially if medically handling is new to the dog. (We realize this doesn’t apply to some training methods, just know your dog and support them as needed).