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Taking a Dog to the Vet



Taking a Dog to the Vet
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.08

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    behavior, receptionist, paperwork, toothpaste, focus, shampoo, shots, minutes, doing, settle, deal, praise, hides, better, along, everyday


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Taking a Dog to the Vet
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Most dogs don't like to go to the vet. It seems to know when you are going to go. Your pet won't get in the car and hides when you try to find it. There are things that you can do to help your best friend get used to going to the vet. It probably won't ever love to go, but at least you won't have to find your dog when you're ready to leave.
 
2     When your dog starts to shake like a leaf, don't talk to it in a nice, soft voice. This is how you talk to your dog when it is doing something good. When you talk to her like this, your dog thinks it is doing just what it is supposed to. When you talk to your dog, be a little tough. Act like this is something you do everyday, like going for a walk.
 
3     Waiting in the waiting room can be hard for both you and your dog. Try to give your dog something to do while you are waiting. Bring a favorite treat along. Go through every trick that your dog knows. Have her sit, shake hands, or do any other tricks that your pet knows well. Give her a lot of praise when she does the trick correctly.
 
4     If your dog is friendly with other people, have the receptionist talk to your dog. He or she could give it a treat, too. Let people pet her. Or you should pet her while other people are talking to her. If you can keep your dog busy, it might not get as upset.
 
5     If your dog likes to be brushed, bring a brush with you. Some dogs find grooming very calming. This can also help to keep it calm when you are waiting for the vet.

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