There are certain times when your pet is just isn’t ready to listen to you. At those times it becomes necessary to restrain your furry companion but with certain care that it does not distance itself from you. There may be certain occasions when your pet has to be restrained such as at the veterinary clinic, examining an injury or at the Grooming parlour. Of all the species you’ll encounter, the dog will likely display the greatest range of reactions to restraint and handling.
There are certain techniques to handle and restrain your pet with utmost care. Knowing how to do it will be less stressful your pet as well as for you as a pet parent!. Before restraining the pet, make sure the pet is comfortable around you. Try talking in soothing tones rather than in excited and high-pitched voices.
Many dogs know some commands or can at least recognize authority, even if the command is unfamiliar. Commands such as SIT, STAY, COME, DOWN, NO or even HEEL may be useful tools to encourage a dog to cooperate. Also, soft quiet words can calm a frightened animal. Yelling or screaming should never be used as it can cause the animal to become more fearful or aggressive. Collars and leashes are often used to restrain the pet. But always ensure that the collar is of correct size; should neither be small nor large, as it will hurt your pet. Always use positive reinforcement only. At no time are you to hurt your pet. Also never correct your pet by jerking the leash. Always apply gradual pressure to redirect your pet while on a walk. A towel or blanket is a very useful tool for cats and small dogs. A towel can be used to decrease an animal’s arousal by covering the head and body and can help protect from sharp claws.
Understanding proper handling and restraint methods will minimize stress on the animals and reduce the risk of injury to responders. To all the pet parents out there, just remember the first rule to keep in mind when handling your pet is that the least restraint is often the best restraint!