When your adopted pooch dreads the doctor

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves

As you get to know your newly adopted pooch, you’ll have some surprises in store. One of those may be your buddy’s fear of the veterinary clinic.

If your dog turns into a quaking pool of JELL-O the first time you have an appointment, it could be that clinic smells and sounds recall anxious times at the shelter. So make it your goal to show your pooch how fun the visit can be.

First, let the veterinary team know that the two of you will be stopping in just to say hello. If your buddy starts shaking before you even arrive, stop right there. Put him at ease with treats and pats then go back home. Each time you travel back to the clinic, use treats and praise to coax your pooch a little further along. Eventually you’ll make it into an exam room where a veterinary technician can offer encouragement too. These steps will help your pup become a vet visit pro.