Why Fear Free?
Fear Free is a kinder and more gentle way of handling animals. You may have a pet who doesn’t like going to the vet or being restrained for nail trims; Fear Free aims to reduce the fear, anxiety or stress your pet may feel when faced with a vet visit or other scary situation. Your pet professional will work with you on building positive association with the scary visits or procedures so you gain your pets calm participation. Instead of your pet anticipating the event, they will learn the event brings fun or delicious things. They also learn they have the CHOICE to participate and that the scary event will pause when they show they need a break. This helps build a relationship based on communication and trust with your pet and allows them to feel their "voice" is being heard. Instead of living in a fight or flight mode, they live in a thinking mode where they are able to think about how they react.
What is Fear Free?
"Founded in 2016, Fear Free provides online education to veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. Our courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more.
With all the false (and harmful!) pet information on the internet, Fear Free aims to keep veterinary healthcare teams and pet professionals at the forefront as the true pet health experts. By closely listening to the needs of the profession and those of the new generation of pet owners, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and improving the experience of every human and pet involved." -fearfreepets.com
How Does Fear Free Work?
Fear Free Pet Care is essential to the emotional and physical well-being of your pet. Fear Free focuses on communication, boundaries, and emotional well-being of the pet. Certified professionals use the tools they've learned to tailor every experience to the individual pet. They build trust by never using aversive methods or reprimanding the pets they care for; instead, they focus on rewarding the behaviors they want to see more of. The pet will soon realize they no longer need to react with fight or flight, but they can make a conscious decision knowing they’re supported and their voice is being heard. This will increase the number of positive experiences your pet has and how they view a specific event. The goal for Fear Free is to empower your pet to be comfortable and confident; this requires a partnership between the pet, the pet care provider, and the pet parent to create a Fear Free environment using repetition, routine, and predictable behavior.
Enrollment for Services
If you're as excited about starting your Fear Free Journey as we are, please reach out to us today to schedule a consultation! It is very important to us that you and your pet are comfortable while using our services. While we try our best, unfortunately, pet sitting is not always an option for some pets. Some are more solitary and enjoy their alone-time, while others are too nervous/scared of new people, or new environments. It is important to us that we take the time to ensure your pet is comfortable, learning to trust us, and acclimating well in our care.
Age: We require all pets to be at least 8 weeks old before signing up for On Cloud Canine services.
Canine Health: We require all canine clients to have the following vaccinations and preventative.
Feline Health: We require all feline clients to have the following vaccinations.
Free No-Obligation Meet and Greet
We will visit your home to meet with you and your pets during our consultation. We will discuss the needs of your pet and the scope of care that will be provided while becoming familiar with your home. Yours and your pets happiness and safety is our #1 priority and we want to ensure you both are comfortable and relaxed while we are in your home. The initial greeting can be very stimulating and an emotionally charged event for a pet. In order to ensure your pet is as calm as possible, we will send you instructions to follow upon our initial greeting that will allow us to work together in providing and building a relationship built on trust with you and your pet.
Please make sure to have a spare key or code available for us at this time. If you are unable to have a key available, there will be a $10 charge for key pick up at a later date.
It is our responsibility to ensure a safe and fun environment for all we care for. We reserve the right to refuse any service based on animals age, vaccinations, behavior, general health or if care does not align with our Fear Free Pledge.
If you are interested in learning more about Fear Free Pet Care and how you, as a pet parent, can work with pet care professionals on providing your pet with positive and long lasting relationships, visit the link below.