As a responsible owner, you the dog to the vet. They say it sounds like the dog is regurgitating his food, rather than vomiting. After some blood tests and x-rays, it transpires the dog has a condition called megaoesophagus.
This condition means your dog's gullet (the tube down which food passes from the mouth to the stomach) doesn't push food down into the stomach. The end result is when he puts his head down, the food literally tumbles out again under gravity.
The answer is for your dog to sit upright for 20 - 30 minutes after eating. That's all very well but it's mighty time-consuming to sit with the dog for over an hour a day, just holding him upright. In this scenario, a Bailey chair could be just the piece of equipment you need.
However, man-handling a dog, especially a large one, into the chair is a task and a half. Better by far is to have the dog reverse himself in willingly, in the happy anticipation of a full stomach.
We have been successful in getting Lana into the Bailey chair. She loves to get the treats we are giving her at this point. The problem is when she is done eating the treats she refuses to stay seated in the chair and trys to stand up and then gets panicked. Lana is a very hyper dog by nature and rarely sits still in general.
Hello, Start creating a stay for the chair. Gradually work up to spacing your treats out so that she is waiting longer and longer between rewards - staying for a few seconds longer before getting another reward, then working up to minutes, then several minutes. Add a word to the training like wait or Stay so that you can use that word to remind her to stay in the chair when she gets antsy. Even though there will be the longest period of time waiting in the chair at the end of the session, you want to practice working up to that amount of time in general so that when she is required to stay longer she has the skills and obedience too and knows the stay word. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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