I know, right?!
Yep, we found ANOTHER tick on Kasper! Aw I felt so sorry for him, having to go through all that hassle again 😦 And it was right on his cheek too!
This meant I had to restrain him, quite tightly, and try prevent him from moving. Anybody who knows what a nervous, anxious boy Kasper is would assume (as we did) that this would go terribly…nope, he did AWESOME!! 😀
I held his head still for about 15 seconds at a time, then we had a break and he got showered with treats. We couldn’t feed him treats whilst restraining him as it meant he moved his head too much. He was a little uncomfortable, sure, but coped marvelously, and we tried to remain happy and jovial throughout it all. This happened maybe four times before we had the tick off, and drowned it in a cup of vodka just like the other one!
My poor baby!! So, does anyone have experience getting their dogs used to being restrained?
My plan of action is this:
- Gently hold Kasper’s head for less than a second; release with a “yes!” and reward with high value treat
- Gradually increase the amount of time I’m restraining his head over a period of weeks (I do not want to rush this!)
- Gradually increase how tightly I am restraining his head
- Introduce my partner into the mix; this is the part I am struggling with.
I’m pretty sure Kasper will do great at restraint training because he knows it isn’t real.
Once my partner gets added to the situation, and is actually fiddling with Kasper (lifting his ear, parting his fur etc) I don’t think he will be as comfortable anymore. Is this something that will come with time? Obviously we will move the time we are restraining him right back down to a few seconds once my partner is introduced.
Sheesh, this tick thing is stressful! 🙂
Oh, I have something that will make you laugh – it did us anyway! Okay, so we left the room for two minutes tops today, and the dogs were unsupervised. This isn’t an unusual thing to happen; the dogs are often left alone in the room for a minute or two, and it’s rare anything untoward happens. Well, what did we return to?
The funniest thing was that when we came in, he was laying on the couch as if nothing at all had happened, besides the fact he had a bin lid hanging around his neck!!
The lid is from their toy bin; apparently Kasper decided he wanted a toy! 🙂
This is the last blog you’ll be getting from us in a while; tomorrow is the big move and we haven’t even got the ball rolling for internet at our next house yet!