Hippo-Cratic Oath: Training for Medical Behaviors
This Session will explore essential tools for training and maintaining successful medical behaviors. The first half of the Session will focus on key training tools such as stationing, targeting, desensitization, gating (kenneling), recalls, and improving general tactile acceptance. The Session will then shift to focus on specific techniques for successfully training behaviors for blood-taking, injections, medication administration, working around the mouth and head, removal from the environment, and passive restraint.
Throughout the presentation, common questions will be addressed: How do you keep a behavior with any type of discomfort from breaking down with frequent use? How do you prevent an animal from discriminating against the medical team? Can you teach animals to anticipate the novelty associated with medical behaviors? When restraint is needed—and should that be done by the primary trainer or is it better handled by someone else, to prevent a breakdown in the relationship? This Session will be a combination of lecture, video, and discussion.