We're here to help during this unprecedented time. Click here to access the Fear Free COVID-19 resource page. Visit the Fear Free COVID-19 resource page

The Path to a Great Bath: An In-Depth Look at Fear Free Bathing

Course Overview

Bath time is scary for many animals – whether it’s the sound of the water, the feel of it on their skin, being restrained, or the tub itself. This one-hour module will teach you how to break down the bathing process into individual components that can be worked on separately, to allow for calmer, safer bathing experiences. We will provide step-by-step desensitization and counter-conditioning plans for every component – from introducing the shampoo bottle, to entering the tub, to introducing water, to the sound and feel of the dryer. You’ll also learn what you can do to modify the bathing environment to make it more inviting and less stressful for animals.

There are three lessons in this course.

Lesson 1: Overview of Fear Free Bathing and Positive Reinforcement
Lesson 2: Introduction to the Tub
Lesson 3: Modifying the Environment for Success

This one-hour course was designed for Fear Free groomers, but is also open to our veterinary professional and trainer members, as we feel the content might be beneficial to them as well. It was written by Terrie Hayward, M.Ed., KPA Faculty Member, CPDT-KA, CSAT, co-author of the book Grooming without Stress.

CE is pending.

You must be enrolled in the course to view the course script


You must be a certified veterinary professional to sign up for this course

Course Content

Modules Status

Happy Paws Magazine

Spring/Summer 2020 Issue Available Now!