“By offering this important educational resource to the daycare and boarding community, Fear Free is able to ensure that the emotional well-being of our pets is front and center at all times.” —Ruth Garcia, CEO of Fear Free
June 15, 2022
Boarding and daycare environments are often filled with potential stressors for dogs and cats. Pets are away from home, their families are gone, unfamiliar people and animals surround them, and their daily sleep/wake schedule is disrupted. Now, through a certification program launched by Fear Free, LLC, boarders and daycares can learn techniques that will help reduce stress and increase calm and safety for pets and staff.
Since 2016, Fear Free has provided online and in-person training to over 130,000 veterinarians and companion animal professionals to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) in companion animals. Along with existing programs for veterinary professionals, pet trainers, groomers, and pet sitters, the boarding and daycare program is Fear Free’s latest effort to expand its ecosystem.
“By offering this important educational resource to the daycare and boarding community, Fear Free is able to ensure that the emotional well-being of our pets is front and center at all times,” said Ruth Garcia. , CEO of Fear Free. “This brings us closer to our goal of making Fear Free the international standard for pet care and helping pets live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.”
Written by Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CTC; Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA; Susan Briggs, MA, CPACO; Erin Askeland, MSc, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA; and Nichole TeSelle, KPA CTP, the program’s five-module course ensures that boarding and daycare providers are thoughtful in every interaction with boarding and daycare pets, from greetings to kennel introductions and exuberance or shyness. They’ll learn what a fearless boarding and daycare environment looks, feels, sounds and smells like, and they’ll get practical advice on what to do in the moment if a dog or cat struggles during grooming or refuses to enter or leave their kennel. .
Boarding and daycare providers can learn more about Fear Free and register for the Fear Free Boarding and Daycare Certification Program at fearfreepets.com. Pet owners can find a Fear Free certified veterinary professional, trainer, groomer, pet sitter, or boarding and daycare provider at fearfreepets.com/directory.
Founded by “American Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, and developed by hundreds of behavioral, medical and handling experts, Fear Free® provides online and in-person training for veterinary professionals, companion animal professionals, animal welfare communities and animal owners. . Fear Free provides professionals and animal lovers with the knowledge and tools to care for an animal’s physical and emotional well-being.
Veterinarians or pet professionals can learn more about becoming Fear Free Certified® by visiting fearfreepets.com. Pet owners can visit Fearfreehappyhomes.com to access free videos, articles and more that will help improve the physical and emotional health of their pets at home. Employees and volunteers of animal shelters, rescues and welfare can visit Fearfreeshelters.com to enroll in the free program.
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