This Dog Has an Amazing Trick to Avoid the Vet
This Shiba Inu has the most adorable and convincing (yes for the other doggy friends she has perhaps) way to avoid the vet one morning. Like most dogs, she’s not a fan of hearing the word ‘vet’. She employs only the trick she thought would be effective to convince her human mommy to postpone or forget the whole vet thing – she played dead from her sleep on the comfy bed!
In this video uploaded by her mommy, Lulu the Shiba Inu was not budging from her bed when her mom tried calling her name to get up. Even when she was already getting morning pets from her mommy, there was just absolutely nothing that could make her move at all. What’s more, when her mom told her they had to go to the vet now? Still, no sign of movement from the adorable ‘sleeping’ Lulu. Perhaps, she heard the word vet the night before or this was the usual day for their trip to that place.
source: Fun Kiwi Kids
“Are you pretending you’re dead?,” her human mommy asked. Not even one slight movement from the adorable dog to get her busted from her trick. Not even when her mom took away her blanket, leaving her one foot up on air just to not cause any slight movement. She’s breathing perfectly fine so nothing is alarming about it, don’t worry guys!
However, there is only one thing that Lulu is weak for. Not even her hate of the vet can veer her away from it. The answer? Doggy treats! As soon as Lulu heard the sound of the snacks, she was magically revived and resurrected from the dead. Her mommy did not wait long for her to finally get up from the bed. Without any hint of hesitation, Lulu finally ended her play-dead stint and reached for the treats her human mommy was handing to her.
Lulu is not the only one who dislikes going to the vet. There are lots of accounts from the parents about how their pets would do the ‘most convincing’ tricks just to postpone the day to the vet. Most human parents would also trick their fur babies just so their dogs would stop whining, hopping, and displaying anxiety and stress over the visit to the doctor.
There are certain reasons why dogs generally do not want the sight of the veterinarian. It might be because of the unfamiliar place or stressing experience they had with the doctor. However, keep in mind that punishing your pet for disliking the vet visit will just enhance your fur baby’s fear and even cause a lot of stress for him. Don’t freak out your dog. Instead, provide for positive reinforcement.
You can practice this positive reinforcement starting by having lots of dog treats with you on your way to the vet. If your dog behaves well on the way, give him some. If he steps into the office without protest (or maybe you could allow a minimal whining than before), give him another one. When the whole appointment is over without much tantrums on his part, treat him with an ice cream from the ice cream truck.
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