Recent Scientific Research To Help You Choose the Best Fear Reduction Methods and Improve Pets’ Behavioral Health

There seems to be greater focus these days on helping both owners and professionals reduce the fear, stress or anxiety pets experience. That’s a good thing.

But how frequently are pets subjected to experiences that detract from their quality of life?  Is it important to distinguish among fear, stress and anxiety or are they all equally “bad” for an animal to experience?

For dogs rescued from puppy mills or other abusive situations, and for pets that are poorly socialized just day to day living can be a fearful experience.  Going for a walk, being transported in the car, being groomed or boarded, visiting the veterinarian, encountering certain people or other animals, or even a training class can all be potentially fear producing.

This increased attention to pets’ emotional states has brought more options than ever before for reducing fear.  Pheromones, music, distraction, reassurance, lighting, colors, wraps, scents and more have resulted in a somewhat confusing array of choices pet owners and pet professionals must make.

When presented with an anxious, fearful, or stressed pet, what do you do first?  How do you prioritize among the products and procedures in order to have the greatest impact on fear reduction?  How can you best prevent unpleasantness for the pet the next time, regardless of the setting or circumstance?

While experience with what works is one answer, the other is what scientific research has to tell us.  And that’s the subject of this two part webinar course.

In this webinar you’ll discover:

  • how fear relates to anxiety and stress and when and why it matters to distinguish among them
  • how research from the field of pediatric pain management can help
  • whether music really matters and if so what kind – the research results will surprise you!
  • that all reassurance it not created equal
  • if distraction is helpful and if so what kind is best?
  • whether pheromones are the magic wand
  • what research has found about the effect of other odors from lavender to bacon
  • the latest research on the effectiveness of shirts and capes in reducing noise fears
  • what we know about the best sequence of events during veterinary visits to prevent fear
  • and MORE!

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be a more confident, helpful, scientifically informed and trusted resource that other professionals and pet parents can rely on when they want the best assistance and advice for how best to reduce fear and help pets live happier lives!

Also included in the course are course notes which include:

  • a definition of terms
  • a myth busting handout on “reassuring” fear
  • a checklist on how to create a desensitization hierarchy
  • a list of fear related behaviors
  • a four article series on Choices and Complexities Of Counter Conditioning
  • a list of references for the research we describe
  • and MORE!

Course registration fee for BOTH approximately 75 minute sessions, and all course materials is a mere $99.

Course has been approved by CCPDT for 1 CEUs for trainers and 1 CEUs for behavior consultants

AND we’re making you a special offer that includes one month of access to Behavior Education Network for only $1!! Yes that’s ONE DOLLAR!

BEN has a plethora of additional resources on fear and stress including courses on addressing specific fear related problems from separation anxiety to aggression

BEN is about the best educational value you can find.  Courses on the proven techniques we’ve used to solve all types of behavior problems in our 30 years of practice, courses from well known experts we’ve partnered with, dozens and dozens of protocols and checklists, case history studies, communication skills, how to make your business more productive and your life less stressful and so much more!

YES, of course I want to take advantage of this AMAZING OFFER – THE COURSE FOR $99.00 AND 1 MONTH ACCESS TO BEN for only $1 more!

AND as a special bonus with the BEN Membership option we’re also giving you the Fears and Phobias Chapter from Dr. Hetts’  “Pet Behavior Protocols”  book published by American Animal Hospital Association Press and one of their best selling titles.

By choosing this option, your credit card will automatically be billed 30 days from your course registration for BEN’s monthly membership fee of $25.  You can cancel your membership at any time, but your course fee will not be refunded.


No, I don’t want to have IMMEDIATE AND ONGOING access to all the CAAB Chat replays, over 100 exclusive Member only webinars, pages of reviews of scientific articles, more than 50 in-depth documents on about every aspect of behavior consulting you can think of, access to BEN’s private Facebook group, and more.  I choose to opt-out of all these goodies, but still want to improve my skills helping with fearful  behaviors . Please register me for this course that will expand my knowledge!


We’d like to extend a special welcome to all Fear Free Certified Professionals who might be joining us!


Watch the Facebook LIVE videos we did about fear reduction:

Reducing Fear When Handling Feet  


Reducing Fear When Owners Leave   


Overcoming Research Bias About Fear Reduction Methods