- Where's My Lollipop?
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?
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?
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
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."
Parenting Tips™ for your puppy