Genius Dad Uses Reverse Psychology to Get Dog to Take Medicine

Okay, so this might not be the best idea if you want a perfectly well-trained dog, but sometimes you have to do what’s necessary to make sure they’re healthy.


 

 

Some dogs will easily take medicine in cheese or peanut butter.  Others are so clever, they won’t even touch steak that might have such evil lurking within.  But this dad has tried something that will have the rest of us saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that??”

Fellipe Vilaca Chibante opted to use reverse psychology on his dog Mel.  This tactic obviously won’t work on every dog, especially if their medicine is a bitter pill.  But it just might work on an extreme beggar, which many Dachshunds certainly are.

This dog dad knows his girl is the worst kind of beggar, and the more he tells her no, the more she begs.  This is definitely going to elicit a lot of comments like, “But what about when you really mean no?  Then she won’t listen!”

 

11.20.15 - Genius Dad Uses Reverse Psychology to Get Dog to Take Medicine

 

Okay, so this might not be the best idea if you want a perfectly well-trained dog, but sometimes you have to do what’s necessary to make sure they’re healthy.

My mom always had to give in to my whiny behavior and crush up Children’s Chewable Tylenol and put them in ice cream to get me to take them when I was sick, but that was the only time she ever kowtowed to a tantrum.  Sometimes you have to just baby people a little when they’re not feeling well.  Dogs, too.

Chibante’s got the right idea though, and pretends that Mel’s not allowed to have the delicious treat he’s stingily withholding from her.  Then he “accidentally” drops it on the floor, and “oh no… you got it… whoopsie.”

 

86 thoughts on “Genius Dad Uses Reverse Psychology to Get Dog to Take Medicine

  1. My dog could easily feel it.. but I had some prosciutto and wrapped that little tablet in it and she swallowed it in 1 bite! So we used prosciutto after that ?

  2. This would work on a dachshund. They are sooo naughty ?? I have 2 at home that are just like this, and Doxie before my 2 current ones was even worse.

  3. And this goes with the reverse psychology of trying to catch a running dog. Go in opposite direction…..get on ground act like you’re looking at something and YES it works for most dogs!

  4. But didn’t he just teach his dog that “no” means “yes”. What happens when he drops something the dog really shouldn’t have? My dog hates taking pills, will sniff them right out, and when she is prescribed something from the vet I have to put it right at the back of her tongue and massage her throat, but when I drop something on the floor and say “no”, my dog won’t touch it.

  5. My Leonberger thinks pills are treats XD she’ll take it from you as if you were offering her the tastiest steak. Dunno why but our collie Is a bit smarter but not too smart to find it in the goats cheese (its gooey so really easy to stick stuff in a tiny bit if it) but our cat knows somethings in his food always so we have to just do the Old fashioned pop in the mouth and stroke his throat till he swallows it but then he gets a tasty treat afterwards so he knows its not a bad experience coz he’ll get something good after 🙂

  6. I guess I’ve got a got a good one. He’ll eat anything I give him, including medicine. I just hold it out and he eats it. Glad I don’t have to go through all that stuff, but I might not get so lucky next time, so I will save this for future referwnce. Thanks.

  7. This is not reverse psych that is working it’s just a stubborn Doxie who’s bad I know cuz I have one but dam he’s cute too lov this.

  8. My dog is in love with American cheese slices but she has been known to eat the cheese and still spit out the pill. Talented.

  9. Giving my older dog his heart worm med used to be a beggin process ( me beg him to eat it) now I juz give it to him n say lucky gonna eat if u don’t.. N when lucky come he eat it so fast ??

  10. I got lucky enough to have a dog that actually likes taking his medicine. When he knows he is getting his medicine he gets really excited.

  11. This wouldn’t work for sure. By the time he puts the med in his mouth he’ll spit it right out. And, you’re not training your dog the correct meanig of yes and no.

  12. I don’t have an issues giving tablets (it’s my job so I’m trained for it) but a good tip is to use Liverwurst. It’s easy to hide a tablet in it

  13. mine got wise to pill pockets, now i use a vienna sausage, I give them one both without, then 2nd bit has the meds! works like a charm!

  14. Tried this, didn’t work for us. I just open her jaws I put it far down her throat, hold her mouth closed and massage her throat til she swallows. Talking gently the whole time.

  15. That it strong conditioning !
    Other way to understand this video is that the dog is conditioned to respond that way we saw on the video to: the word “no” and seeing the man putting the pill on his lips. You don’t have to reverse psychology your dog, you just have to understand the way it responds to different stimuli. 🙂

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