We all know how the scenario looks like when we take our dogs to the Vet. Even if it’s just for a routine check, they are pretty stressed when you prepare to leave the house. They just simply know that this is not a walk, they are going to that place they don’t like.
The team at yourdogadvisor.com, have come up with the perfect solution to avoid this stress and they’ve compiled a list of 16 facts which can help your dog avoid this traumatic experience.
Here are the main things to look out for:
1. Recognise that they are stressed
2. Be aware that pain can heighten stress levels
3. Look for a vet practice that is supportive of positive training techniques and low-stress handling techniques
4. Make vet visits fun for new puppies
5. Visit the vet even when you don’t need an appointment
6. It is all about desensitisation and counter-conditioning
7. Practise “examinations” at home
8. Waiting rooms can be scary places – you don’t have to sit in them
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for your dog to have the space they need
10. Don’t scold them!
11. Go to the vets with a hungry dog
12. Distraction can works wonders
13. Consider using calming aids
14. A muzzle may be worth considering whilst you are working on a behaviour modification programme
15. Make sure your dog is not stressed out on the journey to the vet
16. Refer to the resources of trailblazers like Dr. Marty Becker and the late, great Sophia Yin
It is worth trying these advice and if you would like to read the full description of each point, make sure to head over to the free report compiled by team at Your Dog Advisor.