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Top 10 Tips For Happy Vets Visits

Sadly lots of dogs find vets visits stressful. Fortunately mine seem to regard it as yet another opportunity to earn more high quality treats!

Whilst there are the obvious routine procedures which our dogs need to see their vet for, it’s also helpful to have other canine professionals on your team.

My dogs have been checked over by various experts, including the following:

  • Specialist rehabilitation veterinary surgeon
  • Canine physiotherapist
  • Canine osteopath
  • Canine massage therapist
Diva walking in the water treadmill at SMART clinic (specialist rehab vets)

It makes me sad when I see stressed animals at the vets, because it’s fairly easy to make them tolerable occasions (and in some cases even happy events!) with a bit of forward planning.

Here are some ideas to turn a potentially negative experience into a nice big positive one!

  1. Get your dog used to being handled – use those ad breaks between your favourite soaps as time to check your dog over in the evening.
  2. Reward each body part you check over with one really tasty treat – so being checked over becomes massively rewarding.
  3. If your dog is comfortable being checked over by you, ask friends or family to do so and pay handsomely for good behaviour.
  4. Practice restraining your dog by the collar or around their body like a vet might have to – reward heavily with something delicious.
  5. Cover your table in something non-slip and reward your dog for standing/ sitting quietly whilst high up.
  6. Whilst on the table, go through checking them over as you have done on the floor.
  7. Pop in to your vets to say hello. Have some tasty treats and do a short (10 treats) training session in the waiting room.
  8. If your dog is comfortable and eager to meet the veterinary staff, ask them if they would treat your dog for sitting or lying down.
  9. Check your dog over in your vet surgery waiting room – get them comfortable with the idea of being checked over in that environment.
  10. Make an appointment with a vet nurse for a check over in the consultation room – and take something amazing in as a reward.
In the #fridayfisherfix video below, I cover how to help your dog (and you!) enjoy visiting the vets.
The lovely staff at Watkins & Tasker Veterinary Group very kindly allowed us to visit to demonstrate some of the training that I go through with my own dogs, and recommend to others in puppy classes and beyond.

Have you struggled with making vets visits into a positive experience with your dog? Do you have any tips to add to my suggestions that you found helpful for your dog?

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