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How to Give a Pill to a Dog Who Bites

January 03, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, General Dog Health, Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs, Pet Medications, Pet Pill Shooters

Learn tips and tricks to give a pill to a dog who bites and nips. (Daniel Andres Forero Photo)

Some dogs will do anything to avoid taking a pill. Some dogs will bite when the owner tries to give a pill. These dogs will often struggle violently and in the process, some dogs will spit out the pill, bringing the pet owner back to square one.

For these resistant dogs, there are a few tricks for giving a pill to the dog.

Giving a Pill to a Dog Who Bites

If your dog bites when you try to give a pill, there are a few solutions that pet owners can try. If possible, get the dog to take the pill voluntarily. If this is not possible, the key is to avoid placing fingers or hands inside the dog’s mouth when giving a dose of medicine.

  • Use a Pet Pill Gun – Also known as a pet pill shooter, pill guns enable the owner to place the pill inside the dog’s mouth without losing a finger. Read this article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn more.
  • Hide the Dog’s Pill in a Treat – Pet owners can get the dog to eat the pill voluntarily by placing it inside a food like cheese or a bit of hot dog. Read this article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn more.
  • Hide the Pet Medication in a Greenies Pill Pocket – Get the dog to take the pill voluntarily by using a Greenies Pill Pocket for Dogs.
  • Use Peanut Butter and a Spoon to Give Pet Medication – Place the pill in peanut butter or cream cheese, then place the dab on the tip of a butter knife (or on the tip of the handle). Open the dogs mouth and place the peanut butter/cream cheese (containing the pill) onto the roof of the dog’s mouth (just behind the dog’s upper front teeth). Using the cutlery will help owners avoid placing a finger inside a nippy dog’s mouth. This method is also effective for dogs who spit out pills.



Notably, when a dog bites an owner, this suggests a very serious underlying behavioral problem. A dog who bites his owner does not view the human as the alpha. So the human must make some immediate changes with the assistance of an experienced dog trainer. The dog owner must begin acting and speaking like an alpha and he must work to reclaim his role as the pack leader. Once the dog owner reclaims his rightful role as the alpha, behaviors like biting will disappear.

Preventing a Struggle When Giving a Pill to a Dog Who Bites

Preventing a struggle is key when trying to give pet medication to a dog who bites. Dog bites occur when the pet becomes agitated and the situation becomes chaotic. So by keeping the dog calm, the owner can maintain control over the situation (and the dog.)

To learn more about how to prevent a dog from struggling when giving pet medication, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article titled Pet Medication Tips – How to Prevent a Struggle When Giving a Pill to a Dog.

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Tips to Give a Pill to a Dog – Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs

December 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs, Pet Products

Give a Pill to a Dog With Greenies Pill Pockets – Click here to learn more or to purchase Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs.

Greenies Pill Pockets are a great option for giving a pill to a dog that’s food-oriented. If dogs enjoy Greenies dog treats in general, they will Greenies Pill Pockets will be a good option.

What are Greenies Pill Pockets?

Greenies Pill Pockets are dog treats in the shape of a round little pouch. To give a pill to a dog using a pill pocket, the dog’s vitamin, pill or capsule is placed inside the hollow.

Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs are available in two sizes: small and large. They’re also available in two flavors: chicken and beef.

Tip: Small pet medications may fall out of the pill pocket while the dog is chewing. To keep the pill inside and affixed to the treat, place a dab of peanut butter or cream cheese inside the hollow, then stick the dog’s pill inside.


More Ways to Give a Pill to a Dog

It’s important to note that some dogs — dogs who tend to be picky eaters and don’t enjoy dog treats — won’t eat Greenies Pill Pockets. So these are not a good option for dogs who are selective eaters. For these dogs, it’s best to opt for another method like a pill shooter (also known as a pet pill gun)  or another alternative method to give a pill to a dog.

To learn more, read What is a Pill Shooter or Pill Gun? along with How Do I Give a Pill to a Dog?

Pictured: Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs, available for $7.99 at PetSmart. (Click Image to Learn More or Purchase)

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