Features August 2011 Issue

Jean Donaldson’s Prep Training for Orthopedic Brace Casting

Buffy is comfortable wearing her supportive, stabilizing brace. Photo by and courtesy of Jean Donaldson.

Jean Donaldson’s Prep Training for Orthopedic Brace Casting

The following protocol was written with a specific process in mind: preparing a dog to happily hold still long enough to make a cast of the dog’s leg (needed for making a custom-fit mobility brace). But with a little imagination, you can customize Donaldson’s protocol to train your dog to accept any equipment. You will need 1) Glad Press ‘n Seal Wrap; 2) a roll of gauze; 3) a measuring tape; 4) six jars of meat baby food; 5) your dog’s normal ration for one meal (to be hand-fed); 6) six days lead time before your casting day. Plan on spending about 5 minutes per day in place of one of your dog’s meals; don’t cram multiple sessions into one day.

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