We love seeing new faces at our Canadian Animal Blood Bank Donor Clinics! All of the excitement and new stimuli can be overwhelming for some of our new pack members. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure the day is a great experience for everyone involved, especially your pup.
How can I help train my dog to be a hero?
This series of exercises will help to desensitize your pup to paw handling, which is great for many situations: nail trims, blood collection, and searching for pesky speargrass or burrs.
Lateral Lay Down
This series of exercises will help your dog to become more comfortable with laying on its sides and with gentle restraint. This is extremely helpful to veterinary teams during exams, labwork, x-rays, etc.
Our protocols require a sterile collection area on the neck, where we will use hair clippers to shave a small spot (1.5-2” inches approx). This is typically the scariest part for new donors. We can make them more at ease by practicing the following steps at home first.
These are all very new sensations and experiences for your pup, please remember to be patient and work in small time blocks. Some parts may be easier with two people, do your best and enjoy spending time with your pup, learning together.