Many dogs tremble at the vet. While you and your dog may have practiced exams at home, the sights, sounds, and scents at the veterinary clinic often evoke anxiety in even the most well-prepared dogs. What do you do when you find your dog trembling underneath your chair in the waiting area? Try training!
Many dogs fear being handled by strangers, which can be particularly problematic visiting the vet or groomer. However, when dogs learn to tolerate handling and husbandry procedures when they are young, they grow up to become active and willing participants in these experiences.
Blood draws are routine procedures at veterinary visits, but they are also one of the most stressful procedures—for dogs and the veterinary staff. By teaching your dog to accept the handling veterinary staff members use to draw blood, you can help reduce the dog’s fear and anxiety.