A big thank-you to CHS, Inc. Board Member Traci Whiteside for the informative presentation she gave at CHS, Inc.'s January 2009 meeting. This handout highlights some of the key points of Traci's presentation...
Safely Handling Dogs at Spay and Neuter Clinics
CHS volunteers should always ask the dog’s owner to put his or her dog in a crate at drop off. The dog's owner should also take his or her dog out of the crate at pick up. There may be times when you will need to assist the owner and it is important that you do so in a manner that is safe for you and the dog. Use these techniques to calm a nervous dog before handling it.
When you first notice that a dog is uncomfortable with your presence, Back away from the dog. Tell the owner to keep the dog secured while you get a slip lead. Ask the dog’s owner to put a slip lead around the dog’s neck. Reach for the leash and take it from the owner while avoiding eye contact with the dog. Walk away from the owner. Keep quiet. Talking too much can make a dog more nervous. Then, use the following tips to gain a dog’s trust.
Steps To Gaining A Dog’s Trust
1. Stand with your side to the dog. Avoid eye contact.
2. Speak slowly and softly. Use words that might be familiar to the dog such as, “good boy/girl, treat, mommy, daddy, kibble, are you hungry, buddy, come and get it”.
3. Move slowly toward the dog.
4. Once close enough extend an arm for the dog to sniff.
If a dog is not warming up to you, ask for help.
Why Slip Leads?
If a dog is struggling to get away from you he could pull his neck out of a regular and run away. A slip lead will tighten around the dog’s neck making it nearly impossible for him to escape. CHS has slip leads available. Familiarize yourself with where they are located and use them when necessary at clinics.
Tips for Crating Dogs
· Allow the dog to first sniff the crate.
· Back a dog in to the crate rear end first.
· Toss a fake treat in the crate and say “go get it”. (Remember: Dogs should not be given any food prior to surgery.)
· Avoid grabbing the dog by the collar with your hands. Always use a leash to guide the dog.
· Keep your eyes on the dog’s head at all times to avoid a bite.
· Be aware of environmental factors (examples: loud cars, a dog that is barking/growling, children, men with hats, beards, or glasses, etc.) that may upset the dog. Adjust conditions when possible to help calm the dog.
For more information contact:
Traci Whiteside, Master Certified Trainer,