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Class Is In Session: Petplan Teaches Vital Training Tricks In Back-to-School Video Series






Pet parents should get ready to sharpen their pencils Americas best-loved pet insurance provider, Petplan, is dishing a textbooks worth of training tips in a new YouTube series premiering September 2. Whether a dog (and trainer!) is just getting started or is ready to learn some new tricks, these school-themed videos offer instruction on mastering good behavior while safeguarding the pets health and safety.

Each video in the series centers on a different scholastic subject everything from Learning the ABCs to Gym Class and features both a veterinarian and a certified professional dog trainer. Petplan Chief Veterinary Medical Officer Dr. Jules Benson introduces each piece with helpful health information, and CPDT Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, founder of Philly Unleashed, demonstrates each tip with a helping paw from her wonderdog, Uluru. By the end of the series, pups will be ready to graduate with top honors for being a paw-fect pupil!

The Back to School Training Series includes:

Training 101 Training is an essential part of pet parenting but how do pet parents get started? This video paw-fect for aspiring and seasoned trainers alike offers a primer on using positive reinforcement for effective training and advice on what to stock in a training toolkit. (Hint: One of them is totally free, and every pet parent already has it!)

Learning the ABCs Before dogs can read, they have to learn the alphabet! The three core commands introduced in this video Sit, Stay and Come are easy for both trainer and dog to master. And its a good thing, too, since these will form the foundation of good behavior and more advanced training commands down the road. Need another reason to practice them? They can literally be lifesaving.

Gym Class Exercise regimens get boring if theyre not fun, so teaching new tricks can be an exciting way to sneak in a workout. These three commands Sit Up, to build core strength; Spin, to stretch lateral muscles; and Take a Bow, to strengthen the spine also build brain power, and (bonus!) double as fun party tricks!

Recess Good behavior is especially important in social settings, where jumping on visitors, stealing food and begging can land furry friends in hot water or worse, the veterinary hospital. But with practice and patience, teaching a few simple commands can turn the class clown into the pride of the picnic, and save that sandwich from getting gobbled!

Field Trip Training isnt left at the door when its time for a field trip in fact, it can be more important than ever! By learning to teach four commands Sit, Heel, Leave It and Drop It in places with increasing levels of distraction, pet parents can help furry friends focus, and stay healthy and safe no matter where they go. (Which will come in handy when that pesky squirrel streaks by!)

Tune in to Petplans YouTube channel on September 2 to tap into the curriculum and boost the whole familys training IQ just in time to go to the head of the class!

ABOUT PETPLAN Petplan is more than a pet insurance company. We’re dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just survivingand thrivinginto their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud.

Petplan is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Forbes magazines list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America for two years in a row. Petplans fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard.

Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2012. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.gopetplan.com, read the Petplan Vets for Pets blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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