My (Nearly) Fearless Dog

Eko has just about seen and done it all in the past year, so there’s not much that fazes him.  However, there is one giant exception – ear wash.  Eko HATES it.  Just the sight of the bottle sets him off.  I have tried the same positive reinforcement techniques that helped Eko get over his dislike of baths and nail grinders, but to no avail.  See for yourself.

 

 

As it stands, 75% of the ear wash usually gets on my pants.  Eko has a minor ear infection, so it looks like I am in for a looong weekend.  It’s back to square one as I will attempt to bribe Eko into accepting that it’s best to just get it over with quickly.  I’m open to suggestions.  Anyone else have the same problem or any training tips? Eko and I would be eternally grateful!

26 thoughts on “My (Nearly) Fearless Dog”

  1. Themba used to try to bite me when it came to ear cleaning as a puppy. Then I threatned him with a muzzle which solved that problem. As the ear cleaning goes now he runs just like that. I usually leave it in the bathroom. Trick Themba into coming with me and close the door behind and he’s trapped and has to give in. Then he gets his biscuits.

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  2. Will: Practice by capturing Dr. Emily in a headlock. Rinse her ears. Transfer this experience to Mister Eko. Clean ears . . . voila, for everyone in the apartment. Give Dr. Emily and perhaps Mister Eko a Purina puppy treat. Problem solved. Have the Purina Suits in marketing give me a call. I shouldnt be giving out these gems of sales for free. A small six figure stipend should cover it.

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  3. Congratulations Eko, Bold, Fearless and Daring is better than most! Soooo, you spill most of it you say? Excuse me, I need to call my Stock Broker and have him invest in that company…I think sales must be brisk.

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  4. Our puppy trainer gave us a great hint. When we have to do things like this, I use peanut butter. I smear some on a cleanable surface (like the fridge) at Lola’s eye level and then I take care of her medical problem while she’s busy licking.

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    • Thanks – I was originally cleaning, then giving Eko the treat, but after seeing your comment I had him eat the treat while I was cleaning. Definitely worked out much better, so thanks!

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