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

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Pet parents should get ready to sharpen their pencils – America’s best-loved pet insurance provider, Petplan, is dishing a textbook’s 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 pet’s 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 it’s 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 they’re 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!

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 isn’t left at the door when it’s 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 Petplan’s YouTube channel on September 2 to tap into the curriculum and boost the whole family’s training IQ – just in time to go to the head of the class!

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 surviving—and thriving—into 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 magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America for two years in a row. Petplan’s 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, read the Petplan Vets for Pets blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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