Food vs. needle: Food wins

Food vs. needle: Food wins

Sit the dog, hold the dog, fire off those treats fast, and you've got your Fear Free blood draw on a food-motivated dog. Watch me demonstrate it in this video for your next veterinary visit.

Mikkel Becker shows CVC attendees how to treat to distract for blood draws. (Photo: Ryan Kramer)Nobody likes a needle, not even dogs. And many of you have probably, successfully or unsuccessfully, offered treats during a physical exam, injection or blood draw. Here's one Fear Free [HYPERLINK TO CERTIFICATION???] advocate and CVC educator's take on the quick-and-tasty way to distract a patient and reward them for a job well done.

"We want to turn that positioning into a positive," says Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CTC, KPA Graduate, in this video from a CVC hands-on learning session.

Her technique?

> Get the dog right in front of your legs, in a place where you can position the dog forward and away from the blood draw.

> Get an assistant to treat fast and continuously for maximum positive reward and distraction.

In the video below, Becker stands behind the dog to position and hold the head forward, and second and third assistants give the treats and help the dog remain seated. You can see it doesn't last long!