A Victory Visit is a scheduled, personalized, training session with our In-House Behavior Counselor to acclimate your pet to gentle control, veterinary equipment, vaccinations, blood draws, and more. The goal for each pet is unique and how reactive they are varies, so their first session includes both a consultation and training plan. Trust and positive association take several visits to acquire. For many pets we are trying to undo years’ worth of negative experiences. At each visit we take small, gradual steps toward our end goal. These small improvements may seem insignificant at first, but they will be the building blocks for larger improvements down the road. Desensitization is a way for us to present stressful things in smaller, controlled sessions to your pet while positively rewarding them for being brave. In some instances, we may even get your dog to enjoy what used to make them fearful!
The more frequently these sessions occur, the more trust and positive associations we will build. Each pet’s progress will depend on their previous experience, personality, age, and amount of training.
If your doctor has previously recommended any anti-anxiety medications for veterinary visits, please give them accordingly before visits. Likewise, if your pet is less stressed when wearing a Thundershirt® or with nutraceuticals on board, please use those!