Getting your dog to take eye drops can be quite challenging while also scary for your dog. Violet is a Saint Bernard who hates to be touched. She does not like her teeth and gums checked, she refuses to let anyone look into her ears, and her eyes grow wide with fear if her owners or veterinarian get near them. Unfortunately for Violet and those who care for her, she scratched her eye playing outside one day. Violet is a pretty cautious dog with little bravado and only enough curiosity to see the world from a safe distance. But when her backyard adventures involved meeting the thin branch of a bush, Violet required eye drops to help the healing process and rid her eye of infection. Violet’s owners were faced with the challenge of getting the dog who did not like to be touched to sit still long enough to take the important medication her eyes needed.
You will want to be prepared with instructions and the dosage for the eye drops your dog requires. Be familiar with this information in advance, so you are not figuring it out as your dog is anxious and waiting.
A special treat or several treats will help entice and reward your dog.
The first method requires a clicker. If you click train your dog other tricks, you may want to use a clicker no matter which method you choose.