When you take your dog to the veterinarian, or any place that involves waiting, it helps to have a plan. Since dogs can’t play games on your iphone, here are five things you can do to make the waiting time easier for your dog.
- Take treats! That is so easy to do. Both you and your dog will have a happier visit.*
- Practice your attention game. Since you have treats with you anyway this is a perfect place to let your dog practice looking at you instead of the distractions. Every time your dog makes eye contact, say Yes and deliver a treat.
- You can also practice Touch. If there is enough room, and your dog isn’t really sick, do some Puppy Pushups.
- Bring your dog’s mat. If your dog is a little nervous, too worried to take treats or not feeling well, take a familiar blanket or rug from home. Your dog may feel safer sitting on something with his own scent.
- Give yourself space. Other pets may be contagious or feeling grumpy because they are not well. Even though your dog enters calmly, another barking dog might get your dog over-excited. Your own dog may be fine with cats, rabbits and birds in the waiting area. But those small animals may feel nervous about a strange dog’s stare. Even apparently friendly dogs can create a problem, jumping on you or your dog. If someone sits next to you and you are not comfortable with their pet, you can get up and move.
Trainers Tip: If you take a kong or toy, keep it in your pocket until you are sure it won’t cause a problem with other dogs in the area.