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03-28-2014 01:05 PM
mego I would just ignore your dog for a half hour after drops if she's avoiding you. If the ear drops upset her, let her have some space to get over it - they aren't a big deal and they need to learn to accept stuff like that.

""and yet when I do let her go, she runs to the opposite side of the room, rubs her ears on something, and then lays down there and glares at me like a grumpy child. "" I'd let her grump.

By digging out treats and trying to hunt her down and engage her you are reinforcing the idea that "after ear drops if I act upset I get extra attention".

What I would do ? Give the ear drops, give a huge treat, a few pats, good job, then go do something by myself like eat a nice sandwich or continue my day, and if the dog wants to come back and engage me, throw a party.

just my opinion
03-28-2014 12:12 PM
wolfy dog Like others say, just go get her and leash her, do fun stuff for a little bit to make her forget being leashed, put it in the ear drops, do what you already do and end it on a fun note. But keep her leashed (I step on the leash to free both hands) to prevent her from fleeing form you. Fleeing (in her mind) is a reward because it prevents you from putting more ear drops in. By keeping her leashed you are showing her it really is over and no longer a big deal.
03-28-2014 11:53 AM
Serbrider I do them, I give her treats if she's being good, rub her ears after the drops are in, tell her what a good girl she is, and right after I try to play with her, which she'll do for a moment, then it's like she remembers she's upset, shoots off, rubs her ears, then does avoidance for 5-15 minutes.

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03-28-2014 11:44 AM
wyoung2153 I'm curious what you do WHILE you are doing the drops.. sounds silly, but Titan absolutely HATES ear drops.. I mean he comes to me no matter what all the time.. but when he had an ear infection that went on for 2 weeks and had drops twice a day, when the bottle was brought out, he was hiding somewhere. I had to call him, but I called him with treats and gave him a bunch. I then kept a handfull on the floor where I was going to do the drops. With the drops he had, I had to put them in his ear and the massage them for a minute. When I was massaging them, he got treats and praises! then right after the drops he got to play with his ball.. Not that he ever learned to like the ear drop time, but he stopped running away, and stopped sulking quite as much when he was done. The playtime right after was the hit.. but he is addicted to a tennis ball and fetching so that was the best reward to give him.
03-28-2014 11:25 AM
Serbrider Lol, that's kinda what I'm doing, let her pout but I'm still there with play and treats whenever she's done.

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03-28-2014 11:23 AM
Freestep She is really tugging at your heartstrings, isn't she? I wouldn't worry about it; you're doing all the right things. Go to her to give the ear drops, give her a treat and praise afterward, and then don't worry about it if she gives you the cold shoulder for a few minutes. She'll get over it, and after this round of ear meds is over, she will likely forget all about it.

I had a dog (not a GSD) who occasionally got ear infections and HATED having his ears cleaned. If he saw me with any kind of bottle in my hand, he'd avoid me like the plague and I'd have to chase him down. Then after ear cleaning, he'd run off and rub his ears on the grass and want nothing to do with me. I felt bad at first, but after a while, I decided to let him pout, and didn't worry about it. I'd commiserate with him, saying "Oh, you poor dear! I'm so sorry you were tortured! Will you ever be the same?" He always got over it, and within 15 minutes or so he'd come back to me wanting attention.
03-28-2014 10:45 AM
Serbrider I've done a mix of both. Mostly took her to a slightly different spot/position, but I haven't been giving them to her all in the same spot.

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03-28-2014 10:38 AM
Originally Posted by Serbrider View Post
I go get her, not call her over. Come is for good stuff like you said, not that. She just kinda avoids me in general for 5-15 minutes after I put them in even if I try to do a play session and make it a fun good thing.

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You go get her and bring her to a different spot or go go her and treat on the spot?
03-28-2014 10:35 AM
Serbrider I go get her, not call her over. Come is for good stuff like you said, not that. She just kinda avoids me in general for 5-15 minutes after I put them in even if I try to do a play session and make it a fun good thing.

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03-28-2014 08:43 AM
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
When you have to put the ear drops in do you call her to you or go to her? Calling her to you for something unpleasant can destroy the come command. When you tell her to come it should ALWAYS be for good stuff
Agreed, if I have to do something like clip nails (which my poodle hates) I never call them, I simply walk to where they are and get the business done. Afterwards it's treats and praise or a play session to make up for the "bad" thing that just happened but I don't make a fuss about it in any way beforehand
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