If you have had a dog for any length of time, you most likely have had your dog pick something up in his mouth. Sometimes he drops it, other times he probably eats it, or tries to. And, you may have had to try to pry his mouth open to get it out.
Well, my own dog Storm has come across many things over the years, put them in his mouth, and I have had to get them out. Also, being a dog walker and dog sitter, it is inevitable that one of the dogs I am watching does the same thing. I use the same technique on the dogs that I am taking care of as I use on Storm.
Please, if your dog is so aggressive that this technique will cause your dog to attack you, then do not use this method. Your dog needs more training. Read on to learn this technique.
You must act quickly before they swallow it, and sometimes you just won’t be quick enough. A lot of times you can get the item out. Now, some of the gross things I have had to get out of a dog’s mouth have been cat poop, and a dead bird. The dead bird I had to get out of Storm’s mouth.
A lot of times, though, you won’t have to touch the item to get it out of the dog’s mouth. Again, act quickly and with purpose. If you are hesitant or timid about it, your dog will be more likely to resist you, even showing aggression.
Simply grab the dog’s muzzle with both hands. Usually one hand on top and one hand on the bottom. The dog will usually resist if you just try to open his mouth, so you need to apply pressure towards the back of his mouth, pressing his lips against his teeth. Apply even pressure, using continually more pressure trying to part his teeth through his
Dogs do not want to injure themselves, and they should eventually open their mouths. And, they do not want to bite down on their lips either. Keep the pressure up until he opens his mouth enough that the item will come out. Tilt his head down, and you may need to shake his head a bit so gravity can do its thing to make the object drop out on its own. Once the item is out, let go.
You should give the ‘Drop it’ command, or other command that you use, and praise your dog when the object comes out. If the item does not drop out, then you will have to grab it yourself.
Now, you may be saying that your dog is too aggressive and would never let you do that to him. Who is the leader, anyway. This is why you act quickly and with purpose. Do not give them the chance to act aggressively. I have used this technique on dogs that I would call more of an aggressive animal.
If your dog is so aggressive that this would set him off, then your dog needs more training and having a dog who picks things up he shouldn’t is not the most important thing to work on. You should also not use this technique if your dog is this aggressive. Do not put yourself in harms way in this type of situation.
What do you say? Have any other ideas about this?