|Purred: Mon Jan 28, '08 2:46am PST |
|Positive reinforcement helps!
When our mom has to give one of us pills, she makes sure to have treats handy.
She puts us between her legs facing away, lifts our chins and opens our mouths, then drops the pill way into the back of our mouths. Then, while she holds our chins up so that we can't spit, she will take a treat and let us smell it. That will make us salivate and we'll usually swallow the pill down. Then we get the treat (and a few more), as well as lots of praise and petting!
Usually by the time we've finished our course of meds, we've come to associate taking the pill with treats.
I had to take antibiotics last year for a UTI, and mom always took me in the bedroom to take my pill. After my medicine was all gone, I'd go to the bedroom door at the same time every night and cry because I wanted my pill (treats). Took me a while to get over it. hehe
My sis, the Beast, had to take prednisone for a long time for a skin condition and she used to come running if mom shook the pill bottle because she knew it meant treats.
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