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48 - Make practice visits to the vet

48 - Make practice visits to the vet

Every dog will go to the vet at some point, but the clinic does not always have to be associated with something unpleasant. Some vets encourage young dogs to come in and meet the staff so that they can become familiar with the smells and sounds. Even if your vet does not offer this sensible opportunity to socialize your dog, you can still make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Not only will it help him to stay calm it is also less stressful for the other clients (both animal and human) if your dog is able to sit quietly, so take your clicker and treat bag along. Remember you can also use TTouches to keep him settled. The balance leash (see way 46) will help him to keep four paws on the ground, while the hand target exercise (way 22) is brilliant in this situation as it enables you to direct your dog without having to haul him around by his collar. A T-shirt may also keep him calm (see way 10).

Cookie has called at the vet's clinic for a social visit. She is meeting the staff and learning how to behave in the reception area

From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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