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by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS

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Getting Started Week 16 - Where's My Lollipop?

Just like children, canines do learn that if something very good happens right after something somewhat stressful, it may be worth their while! Remember the treasure chest in the dentist's office or the lollipop after your child's first haircut?

Wrong move:  If your dog needs medication, grab your dog and shove a pill down his or her throat  How can you expect your dog to trust you if - out of the blue - you ambush him or her?

Right move:  Teach your dog to "swallow" on cue. Butter up pills so they slip down easily with a desirable after taste.

Try a three treat strategy. Give one tree for free. Put the pill in the second treat. Then, show the third treat while the second one is in your dog's mouth. It is helpful if the third treat is the largest one to motivate your dog to swallow the second one quickly instead of spitting out because of the pill.

Follow any unpleasant experience - medications, bathing, treatments, leaving the park - with praise and an extra special goody for cooperation.

Fears and phobias require a veterinary behavior consultant and a behavior modification plan. However, rule of thumb when your pet is feeling afraid is for YOU to act relaxed and jolly.  This is called "emotional leadership."

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