Professional Consulting

Stepping Stone provides animal consultation services to veterinary hospitals on ways to make their hospitals less stressful for both their patients and pet parents. Learn more about our Fear Free services below. 

We are also happy to speak to community groups, schools, or others wishing to learn more about pet behavior or continue education. Please contact us with your needs. 

Fear Free

Stepping Stone Animal Training Owner and Director Julie Shaw is a Fear Free certified professional, certified lecturer, and member of the advisory panel. She consults with veterinary hospitals and other animal facilities that would like to implement Fear Free techniques into their hospitals and decrease stress for both their patients and pet parents.

Forceful methods are dangerous for staff, costly for the hospital, and distasteful for pet parents. Veterinary hospitals should be the first source of problem behavior prevention, intervention, and information for pet parents. 


Fear Free can help you:

  • Decrease fear, stress, and anxiety with your animal patients.
  • Build trust with pet parents.
  • Educate your staff on best practices, which will also protect your staff from harm caused by animals who are scared or anxious.
  • Offer both patients and pet parents a better experience.

Contact Julie to assist in incorporating positive mental and emotional health techniques into your hospital today.

One-time 10% off any Foundation Class for new clients! Use discount code "NEWSS10"!