All dogs have their unique quirks, but a few of those odd behaviors accepted as quirks are really common dog issues that can easily be dealt with when you have a trick or two up your sleeve. The violent shaking during and after bathing can be stopped with two fingers. Refusal to take medications can be changed with a simple paste and a bleeding nail caused from clipping too deeply on a squirming dog can be remedied instantly with a dab from a centuries-old product.
At the very first sign your dog is about to do his full-body shake and drench you and the wall with bath water, place your thumb on top of is nose and your forefinger under his chin and hold for 10 the count of 10. A full-body dog shake starts at the head, specifically at the tip of the nose. Nip the bath-time shake in the bud by holding the nose still and the rest of the body won’t shake.
Refusal to Take Meds
I know, your dog will eat 3-day old chicken bones and green bologna out of the garbage can then wash it all down with toilet water, but he won’t take a small, clean pill from the veterinarian.
Ask your veterinarian if meat flavoring can be added to the pill or if the pill or liquid medication can be transformed into a meaty-tasting paste. The paste is the option that will yield the best results since it can be spread onto anything the dog likes to chew on.
If pill-flavoring or meat-tasting paste is not available, consider buying and using a pill gun to safely shoot the needed pill into your dog’s throat.
Dog’s don’t like having their nails clipped and often squirm so incessantly that you inadvertently clip too deeply and the nail starts bleeding. To stop the blood, grab an old-fashioned styptic pen and dab it onto the end of the nail and keep your dog still for 10 minutes. Dabbing corn starch onto the end of the nail will also stop the bleeding.