Dog Care Hacks

Dogs have definitely earned the title of Man’s Best Friend. Your canine buddy will stay by your side through thick and thin, offering unconditional love and loyalty. Fido doesn’t ask for much in return, aside from food, water, shelter, toys, and, of course, belly rubs. However, keeping your pooch happy and healthy requires a bit more than that. We’re here to help! Here, a Lafayette, LA vet offers some dog care hacks.

Bathtime

While we suspect that Fido enjoys feeling clean, he isn’t quite that fond of the process of getting there. Call your pooch into the tub, then just offer him a special treat and let him go. A few rounds of this, and Fido may miraculously change his mind about bathtime! Another trick is to get a clear shower curtain. Cut two slits in it, about shoulder-width apart. Use these for armholes, and you’ll be able to scrub your pet without getting soaked yourself.

Peticures

Does your pooch run when it’s time to get his nails clipped? Teach Fido that he’ll get a yummy treat for giving you his paw.

Leash Hacks

Clip a carabiner onto the end of Fido’s leash. That way, if you want to stop to chat, you can easily clip him to a post or tree. (Note: never leave your pup unattended, even for just a few minutes.)

Lunging

Fido has a habit of lunging after squirrels, cats, and, sometimes, other dogs. Training your pet to Heel is very important! However, to break your furry pal of this bad habit, immediately turn around and change direction whenever he pulls on the leash.

Exercise

Does your furry pal have more energy than you do? Tire Fido out by playing Fetch on a slope, so he has to run uphill to bring you back his toy. A few rounds of this will definitely get your dog’s blood pumping! Just be sure to check with your vet first, as all dogs have unique exercise requirements.

Fast Eater

Does your canine friend wolf down his food, and then throw up? Put a tennis ball in your pet’s bowl. Fido will be forced to eat more slowly. (Note: this isn’t recommended for large breeds, as some bigger dogs can choke on tennis balls.)

Please reach out to us, your local Lafayette, LA pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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