EXCERPT from “Outsmarting the Med-Savvy Dog” by Dr. Joyce Neine in Vivacini 24 August 2012
One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from clients is how to give their dogs a pill. They relate their attempts to wrap the pill in bologna, cheese, and peanut butter, only to have the dog skillfully eat the treat and spit out the pill. They finally resort to lying on top of the dog or wedging the struggling dog between their legs and shoving the pill unceremoniously down his or her throat. Often, the owner ends up getting accidently pressure bitten. Not pleasant for anybody.
Having had and worked with dogs for more than thirty years, I know that the day will come when they will need some critical medicine at some point in their lives. That’s a fact, so we start the training from the time they’re puppies or in the case of rescue dogs, as soon as they’re acclimated to their new home.
- Get your dog’s attention by saying his name and showing him a high value treat. Break out the good stuff, not just his daily kibble.
- Give him a little morsel, and continue to do so three or four more times. Talk to him in a pleasant voice.