Many dogs walk into the waiting room with their tails down. The owners then drag them to the veterinary clinic. The examination itself tends to be stressful for everyone, even during preventive examinations. When it comes to a health problem, for many dogs, getting treatment at the vet turns into a fight for their lives. At the same time, a solution is offered that will relieve the dog, the owner and the staff at the veterinary office - training in treatment with consent.
YOU BUILD TRUST AND REDUCE FEAR
You don't have to have a reactive person at home who won't let you touch him. Trained cooperation in the doctor's office is also suitable for a phlegmatic dog . Thanks to systematic training, you will deepen the mutual relationship and trust. The dog knows that he can rely on you, he knows what is going on and he is no longer afraid of unknown situations and objects. You will appreciate trained treatment with consent especially when an unexpected health problem occurs.
What does such training consist of? You teach the dog assume an examination position, such as lying on your side . In slow, gradual steps, you reward the dog for allowing himself to be physically manipulated, to be listened to with a stethoscope, to be x-rayed or even to have his blood taken in peace. You divide each activity into small steps, while the dog shows that it is ready to start training by taking a position.
If the dog leaves the position, it is a "stop" signal. This tells us that it is too much for him. Most likely, the training was too fast and demanding for him. In such a case, it is often sufficient to reduce the training criteria. In any case do not force the dog to stay in the position at all costs . Adapt the learning speed to him.
INVEST IN THE FUTURE
It takes time to train the treatment well. However, all your efforts will pay off many times over at the veterinary office. You can also teach the dog to better handle the smell of disinfectant or you can go on practice visits to the veterinary waiting room. You can simply arrive at the door of the surgery, reward the dog and leave. Your canine partner will gradually start to associate this place with something good that they look forward to.
Consent treatment training is systematic and should be regular. If you don't know what to do, contact an experienced trainer who can teach you the basics, which you can then work on yourself with your dog.