A woman has prepared her Bernese mountain dog for the Christmas chaos that may occur when her younger family members visit.
In a viral clip, Katlin Pardy, 28, who uses the handle @thegirlwithallthedoggos, can be seen ruffling dog Zoey’s fur, putting crocs on her, patting her head and body along with playing with her tail as an onscreen caption reads: “Preparing my dog for Christmas with my nieces and nephews.”
Speaking to Newsweek, Pardy, a paramedic from Alberta, Canada, explained she recorded the video to desensitize Zoey, 5.
The video has racked up over 306,000 likes and has been watched 1.3 million times.
Pardy told Newsweek: “I will be spending Christmas at my boyfriend’s parent’s house and there will be a fair amount of kids.
“My boyfriend has a bunch of nieces and nephews. They range from 12 weeks old to 5 years old. Zoey has always been great with kids, but to make sure she was bulletproof we did a little extra training on top of what we normally do for desensitization.
“In addition to this, Zoey will have lots of space come Christmas and I will be closely watching to make sure no accidents happen, with lots of treats on hand of course!”
What Is Desensitization?
This technique isn’t uncommon for dog owners who want to expose their pet to a stimulus that would normally cause a negative reaction.
The VCA Animal Hospital states desensitization is “usually paired so that low-intensity stimuli are initially paired with high-level rewards, as described in the gradient sections below.”
Pardy captioned the video: “She got lots of treats, [and] no I wouldn’t let them actually do this to her.”
Over 3,300 people have commented on the video since it was posted on December 3.
“Some people have asked why we posted the videos if the behavior in the training wouldn’t actually be allowed, but I felt it was a great reminder to everyone that Christmas is a stressful time for everyone, including your animals,” Pardy said.
“And that preparation and desensitization are great ways to learn boundaries and avoid accidents. Both people and pets should be prepped and trained.
“Zoey will be respected and given space, but she loves family and this is a great way to ensure she can be included and safe.”
It is clear Zoey is a placid dog but TikTokers have noticed she wasn’t too impressed when Pardy pretended to cough in her face.
One comment received 28,600 likes, it said: “He was so chill until the cough, his face.”
Another said: “She was onboard until the cough.”
“Anyone else treat their dog like this anywho because they actually like it …or is my dog just odd.. shes a springer so probs just odd,” stated another.
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