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Do you worry about your Wirehair Pointer puppy when you take him to the vet?  Do you have kids and a puppy that is going to grow up to be bigger than they are faster than you can imagine?  Well there’s a very simple way to train your Wirehair to relax and feel at ease during those important vet visits and to make sure that your children will still be able to give commands to your puppy once it’s a full-grown dog! 

Begin with a puppy as soon as you can.  Make sure that everyone in your family participates, even your elementary school-aged kids (you can supervise and help them out, of course!). 

Call your puppy and lay him down on one side.  He will probably struggle to get up, but make sure to restrain him gently.  You want him to be completely relaxed on his side, head and neck relaxed, paws relaxed, tail relaxed. Still in the lying down position, grab him by the scruff of his neck as his mother would – you don’t need to be forceful, just make sure that the puppy can feel your hold on him. 

Keep your puppy in this position for at least 2 minutes.  Any time he tries to get away or struggles to get out of your grasp or to get up, say “no” loudly and clearly (kids will be really good at this!).  

Make sure everyone in your family repeats this procedure every day.  I assure you, you will see an improved response in your Wirehair Pointer puppy’s behavior.  Your kids will be able to discipline him reliably, and visits to the vet will be remarkably easier!  This is a very simple but important component to your puppy’s training.  You’ll be glad you did it!

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