Bichon Frise: Reducing Fears In Veterinarianís Visits
going to the veterinarian with your Bichon Frise strikes
fear and dread in your heart donít feel thereís nothing
you can do. You and your Bichon Friseís visits to the
vet donít have to be traumatic and unpleasant. There is
hope. Listed below are some things that you can do to
make the experience less painful.
Try a few of these hints:
If your Bichon Frise is acting scared and shaking itís
important to not coddle him because that can be easily
mistaken for praise for being afraid. It may be hard to
resist ďmothering your babyĒ but if you act like itís no
big deal and act in control and confident with the visit
you will reassure your Bichon that itís okay and nothing
to get anxious about.
Keep your Bichon occupied: command her/him to sit or
some favorite tricks and reward appropriately. Introduce
your pet to people in the waiting room, receptionists,
assistants, technicians etc. they can give out treats
you provide too.
If your dog enjoys grooming try brushing her to help put
her at ease.
Have your Bichon Frise in a stay or down position while
youíre reading or otherwise occupied. Occasionally
praise him/her for being a good dog but keep your
attention on something else. This will help to redirect
your petí s attention from his or her own nervousness to
something else and remind him that this is routine.
In the examining room donít give your pet all of your
attention, carry on a conversation with the vet. Reward
fifi and give her a treat if her behavior is good. If
her behavior is less than desirable hold her firmly
while still chatting with the vet.
If your vetís office is close by drop by with your
Bichon Frise just to say hi or purchase something so
that all your visits there arenít associated with
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