Features March 2014 Issue

How to Properly Examine Your Dog

We may not be that aware of it, but we have to touch our dogs all the time: for bathing and grooming; putting on and taking off coats, boots, harnesses, and more; lifting them into cars or onto the vet’s exam table, and so on. For safety and happiness, it pays to invest the time in teaching a touch-phobic dog to enjoy it.

How to Properly Examine Your Dog

Teach your dog to not just accept, but also enjoy handling, examinations, and even restraint.

Does your puppy or adult dog squirm when you check his ears? Squeal as you touch his toes? Or slink away when you bring out the brush? If so, you are not alone. A very few easygoing dogs seem to have been born enjoying all types of touch and handling. But most puppies and dogs need a little help when it comes to sensitive areas and intrusive touch. Is it really possible to help a dog learn to tolerate all types of handling? Absolutely! And, with a little special attention and training, your dog may even come to love the same types of touch that used to make him squirm, squeal, or slink away.

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