Idea Exchange: Use a towel to calm fractious dogs

Jun 01, 2006
By staff

When drawing blood from or trimming the nails of difficult large dogs (especially ones that continue growling and being aggressive despite being muzzled), place a small folded towel over their eyes. Your assistant may need to hold the towel in place. Covering their eyes should calm these dogs down; however, they should remain muzzled. This out-of-sight, out-of-mind technique has worked well on 120-lb German shepherds and rottweilers, as well as smaller dogs, cats, and rabbits. Some owners even end up using this technique at home.

Dr. Christine Sherden
Crystal Lake, Ill.