Why Cooperative Care?
Cooperative care method allows you to get to know your best friend better, and take into account them as an individual with their own preferences and desires. It’s all about interaction and listening, it is not luring, bribing or a trick. Cooperative care can help increase your dog’s self-confidence and well-being as they have a chance to affect in their own lives. Cooperative care also strengthens the bond between you and deepends your dog’s trust as they realizes they are being listened to!
If your dog does not like wearing coats, forcing it on or holding them still will often make things worse. Dogs learn fast and can begin to avoid situations and things that lead to dressing up. By allowing your dog to be an active participant, they can choose the right pace at which they are comfortable to proceed. In this case, you should try to understand which steps of dressing up your dog finds uncomfortable or is afraid of. Is it the moment you approach them with the coat, or when their head is pushed into the coat, or the touch of the coat’s fabric, the weight of the coat, tightening up the belt… Or perhaps the most uncomfortable part is taking off the coat? There are many options and there can also be multiple steps your dog finds uncomfortable. Each step should be trained separately, so that dressing up becomes a positive experience for the dog and a chance to earn tasty rewards.
If your challenges are extensive, do not be left alone. I recommend contacting your local professional animal trainer who has experience in solving similar issues using cooperative care methods and positive reinforcement.