Positive Associations: Start by creating positive associations with the vet's office. Take your dog to the clinic for brief, friendly visits where they receive treats and praise from the staff without any medical procedures.
Regular Socialization: Socialize your dog with other dogs and people regularly. The more socialized your dog is, the less stressed they are likely to be in a new environment.
Bring Treats and Toys: Bring your dog's favorite treats or toys to the vet. Offering them treats during the visit can create a positive distraction and reward for good behavior.
Stay Calm: Dogs often pick up on their owner's emotions. Stay calm and composed during the visit. Your dog will be more at ease if they sense that you're relaxed.
Familiarize with Handling: Get your dog used to being handled and examined. At home, gently touch their paws, ears, and mouth to simulate what the vet will do during a check-up.