|Next time you have a slow day, drive over to your vet’s office, take your dog inside, and have everyone at the office give your dog a treat. Then leave. Your dog will be left with a pleasant impression of the vet’s office (“It’s the place I go to get treats!”). Do this a few times, and you should find your dog is much more relaxed about going to the vet’s office when you actually have an appointment.
Note: Call your vet’s office in advance to make sure it’s not too busy when you do this.
Irith Bloom is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, a company offering pet-friendly training services to clients in Los Angeles.
August 25th, 2010