When it comes to protecting your dog’s hearing, you’re going to want a pair of dog earplugs. Also, if your dog is afraid of fireworks, you’re going to want a pair of dog earplugs. And lastly, if your dog is weary of thunder, you’ll want a pair of dog earplugs. Don’t use earplugs made for humans. Up until a year ago there were no in-ear dog earplugs – but as the saying goes, times are a changing! Here’s how to insert dog earplugs!
How To Insert Dog Earplugs – Train, Train, Train
Just as you would teach your dog how to sit, stay, or roll over, you’ll need to take the same approach with your CrittEar dog earplugs. Let’s talk candidly. Earplugs for dogs require that you insert them into your dog’s ears. Dogs aren’t going to thank you for inserting anything into their ear – it’s weird to a dog. But just like dog boots, a rain coat, or as in some cases, a harness – dogs require training when something new is introduced to them. But, with your constant and patient training, your dog will associate dog earplugs with a positive experience!
Tip: Use tasty, yummy treats for training.
Introduce the CrittEar products to your dog, associating them with treats. Show them the dog earplugs and provide a few treat. Repeat this until your dog knows they will receive a treat every time they see the CrittEar product.
Gently roll one CrittEar (Calm) dog earplug between the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand to compress them into a cylinder shape for insertion into your dog’s ears. Doing this gets you comfortable with the product as well as allows your dog to see you handle the CrittEar product while they munch on their treats.
With your free hand, firmly hold your dog’s ear flap, one finger, closer to their skull than the floppy end, and lift your dog’s ear upward, and touch the inside of your dog’s ear flap (without tickling them). This is to allow your dog time to acclimate to something touching the insides of their ears. You need to lift the ear such that the entire ear, not just the flap, are angled fully upwards. Some dogs will have no problem, while others may try to pull away. Don’t stop them if your dog pulls away – just redirect with more treats. Continue this step in the training process until your dog doesn’t react to your touch.
Once your dog is comfortable with one ear – repeat steps 2-3 until they are comfortable with both inner ear flaps being touched. Go back and forth between ears to keep your dog accustomed to the feel.
Gently roll one CrittEar product as you did in step 2, and replace your finger (from step 3) with a rolled dog earplug. Hold your dog’s ear flap upward and gently insert the CrittEar product, starting with the narrow side, into your dog’s ear canal at a slight downward angle – once in, hold in place for 5 seconds. This allows the CrittEar product to naturally expand and give way to a custom fit. Repeat this step with your dog’s other ear. And, don’t forget to continue providing treats.