Your dog needs regular grooming, but not everyone is willing to cut their nails, brush their teeth, or take the necessary medication on schedule. The key to a calm attitude to all necessary manipulations lies in upbringing from childhood, but even if something went wrong, you can fix it and teach the dog to treat everything more calmly. We study, or we bring her to the SPA-salon for dogs.
We teach to cut claws
If the dog is afraid to cut the claws, then do not rush to cut immediately, first play two or three times a day as if you were cutting its claws. Let your dog sit down and be calm. Raise one of her paws and pretend to cut off the claws, but cut only through the air, without touching the claws. Do the same for all legs. Trim one claw once a day, if necessary. If you do this meticulously, your dog will behave well and remain calm during clipping. Having once accustomed her to this, in the future you will have to cut her claws only when it is really necessary.
If your dog already has a dislike for claw cutting, then this procedure will need to be broken down into small steps. You can start by holding your dog’s paws, barely touching each claw, demonstrating special clippers for clipping the claws of the dogs that are near you. Practice this more often. As soon as the dog feels completely comfortable in such a situation, take these scissors in one hand, and your dog’s paw in the other. Then simulate clipping with scissors by clicking them in the air. Motivate your dog with a treat and end the procedure on a positive moment, if the dog starts pulling out its paw, running away, snarling, then you have gone too far and you had to stop much earlier and you need to go back a step or two. Continue reinforcing the result of each step until the dog feels comfortable and move on to the next step. Experts recommend training during the period when the dog is sleepy, then its resistance will not be so strong. Be patient – it can take several months to get results. If all this fails, walk your dog on the sidewalks and asphalt, so the dog will grind them down a little on his own.
How to give medicine
Every dog will likely need medication at some point in their life.
It’s a good idea to train your puppy to hold his mouth so you can give him pills or liquid medicine. For this I recommend the chick technique. You’ve probably seen the chick open its mouth wide to receive food from its parent. The chick believes the food will end up in its mouth. You can teach your puppy to expect a treat when you open his mouth too. Hold the puppy in your lap and place one hand on the top of his muzzle. Open his jaw wider. On the other hand, pull on his lower jaw and place a yummy treat on his tongue. Let go of his mouth. He will immediately eat the treat. Be careful to make sure you place the treat so that the puppy doesn’t choke! Repeat this many times. Pretty soon, your puppy will be happy with what you are doing, and if you occasionally put a pill in a treat, he is unlikely to notice it. You may not need this kind of training to give your puppy a pill, but it is certainly handy if you need to give liquid medicine or pull out a chicken bone.
Is there a better way to give pills? It’s easy to give pills to dogs that love food – just hide the pill in a piece of cheese or sausage and you’re done. More discerning dogs chew their food, find the unwanted pill, and leave it on the kitchen floor. For these picky dogs, this trick will work.
Teach your dog to catch a treat thrown at it. Most dogs do not bother to chew when stimulated to catch food pieces one by one. You will make them wait to catch the treats one by one. On days when medication is needed, toss in a range of tasty treats, with the pill hidden among them. Your dog will never guess the catch!
Be active with your dog. Teach her to enjoy everything that one way or another will happen to her. Animal hairdressers, veterinarians and other specialists will work with her. You will need to check her teeth, examine her ears and eyes, trim her claws, and give her medicine. None of these procedures will certainly be pleasant for the dog. That is why, it needs to be prepared for them. Providing the foundation will make it easier for you to care for your dog.