Open to the public: Muzzle Class, Relaxation Class, Loose Leash Walking and Cafe Puppy Play
Memberships only: Practice Pop Ins
Descriptions of classes are below.
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Cafe Puppy Play
What a better way to start the day than puppies at play?
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:15am - 8:45am @ our Boulder location
Single Session $24
For puppies 8-16 weeks of age.
Open to the public.
Includes coffee and tea for the grown ups and tons of silly fun for the pups!
The Veterinary Behavior Center’s unique interior provides nooks and crannies for puppy to explore, while allowing for pups to experience a veterinary environment in a positive way! Your puppy will experience new sights, sounds, and smells with each day slightly different from the others so that your puppy develops comfort and confidence interacting with silly statues, background noise, interactive toys and puzzles, and meeting new people. And, because of our small class size, you can feel comfortable your puppy will get healthy social exposures, not overwhelming ones, and develop predictable, safe friendships that might last a lifetime!
Our skilled puppy “lifeguards” will supervise play and exploration, ensuring that your puppy has a happy, productive experience. Pet parents will interact with each other’s puppies with a goal of all puppies achieving comfort interacting with new human friends. Tummy tickles, tasty treats, and sweet interactions will help your puppy develop trust and optimism about their strange new world! We are honored to be part of your puppy’s social circle, and you will enjoy the late morning nap the comes after each session.
Health requirements for all puppy programming:
A physical exam completed by a veterinarian within the past 21 days
At least one distemper/parvovirus vaccine at least 3 days prior to class
Have had a negative fecal
Have been dewormed
Initiation of appropriate parasite prevention as directed by a veterinarian
A bordetella vaccine a minimum of 3 days prior to class (unless excused by veterinarian).
And be showing no signs of illness for each class.
6:15pm - 7:00pm
Introducing your dog to a muzzle gives you the comfort of “taking the baby gate with you”!
The Veterinary Behavior Center supports the widespread acceptance of muzzle wearing and applauds pet guardians that wish to prevent unnecessary mishaps. There are many reasons why conditioning your dog to comfortably wear a muzzle is beneficial; whether it’s reserved for emergency purposes, to prevent the ingestion of potentially harmful objects, or to mitigate risk in situations where your dog feels fearful or anxious and may respond aggressively. You’ll have great peace of mind knowing that this tool is protective! A well-fitted muzzle designed for everyday activities, and introduced slowly and positively, can be just as comfortable and predictable as a favorite harness, winter wear, or leash, signaling to your dog that it’s time to GO! Let us help you select a brand, measure for a good fit, and introduce the muzzle in a way that systematically promotes positive feelings and puts a bounce back in your step when you head out the door. We know the idea of helping your dog enjoy something slipped over his nose can be daunting, let us guide you!
This is a series of 6 classes, 45 minutes in duration, all virtual.
This class is open to the public.
12:15pm - 1:00pm
5:30pm - 6:15pm
12:15pm - 1:00pm
5:30pm - 6:15pm
We promise! You won’t fall asleep! But your dog might... and in this case, we call that a victory!
Learning to self-regulate is critical for everyone, including our canine companions, and the ability to relax is a skill that takes time to develop. Relaxing on cue, and for an extended period of time, lowers heart and respiratory rates, and soothes a stressed-out mind. This group class is designed for 4 dogs and their families to gather in a safe, supportive environment and learn or practice our 6 D’s relaxation protocol designed by Dr. Fagen. When a dog learns to relax on cue, the possibilities are endless! When a learner relaxes, tandem therapies can be employed to maximize successful outcomes - learning is enhanced when emotions are stable. Whether you are hoping for a relaxed athlete on the sideline at a sporting event, a consistent signal to inform your enthusiastic dog that it’s time to chill, or a reliable way to help your dog decompress, this class is for you!
TVBC’s Relaxation Class is open to the public. Five-week class with 45-minute sessions.
Virtually, group sessions with up to 4 dogs:
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Open to the public.
Guided Group Hike
Starting July 2022, meet us at 9:00am at the trailhead on the second Sunday of each month!
Guided by two Behavior Therapy team members, these on-leash, group hikes are designed to work on loose leash walking skills, mild reactivity and/or just having fun in our beautiful Colorado mountains with some like-minded pet parents in our community. With a small dog:hike leader ratio you can feel confident that you will get some personalized support.
All pets are to stay on leash for the entire duration of the hike and no contact between patients will be permitted without explicit permission from both sets of pet parents and a hike leader who knows both dogs. Please use the recommended walking tools we are working with for your pet, including muzzles when recommended. Limit 3 people per dog and no children under 12 years old. Bring your treats, treat pouch, water and dog bowl and some sturdy shoes!
Locations are chosen to be on-leash only areas with the ability to take space when needed and see who is coming around the corner. Trailheads will be disclosed to participants after sign up.
This is for patients only who have had at least an intake done with our team. We need to know your dog well enough to ensure the safety of this experience, and we ask that all pet parents strictly adhere to the verbal direction of our hike leaders/Behavior Therapy team. All dogs with reactivity issues need approval from the team before attending these hikes, and if we determine that this is not a good learning experience for your dog we will be sure to let you know.
$79/hike a la carte
Free for TVBC Advantage members
Loose Leash Walking
This interactive class will help you develop a loose-leash walking plan for you and your dog! We’re throwing away the old mold of expecting dogs to heal by your side, and instead, teaching them signals and skills that promote an understanding of what to expect when the leash is attached. Maybe you’re going on a neighborhood walk where you want your dog to sniff, meander, and have agency over the direction, speed, and duration of their time spent outdoors. Perhaps you’re attaching a long line and expect them to investigate every shrub, creek, and sound. That’s super fun and enriching for your dog, but there will be times you want to signal to them that the expectation is that they relax and keep some slack in the leash because you’ve entered a building, are participating in a group activity, have asked a senior family member to join you or just want to go! We can help you figure out all the subtleties and variations in the tools that you use, how you set the stage for the type of walk you wish to have, and reduce the amount of frustration you experience when your dog has one goal- pulling straight ahead!
This class is designed for dogs 6 months of age and older.
Open to the public.
Series of 5 classes, 45 minutes each
Next class starts September 1st
6 D's Relaxation Protocol
with Danielle Winkelman, KPA-CTP, ACDB
This workshop is designed with professionals in mind! You already have mad skills, so we’re going to skip the basics and jump right into Dr. Fagen’s proven formula for relaxation success. Develop new strategies in an advanced environment that will immediately benefit your canine clients and their parents! Do you have pups in your program resistant to traditional relaxation exercises? We’ll get you over the hump!
Certificate of Completion for attendees
Food and beverage welcome
Saturday, August 5th
1:00pm - 4:00pm