How To Check Your Dog For Ticks- Tick Hiding Spots – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Recently, it’s been announced that our area is at an estimated risk for Lyme disease, so today, I
thought I’d talk to you guys about having a systematic
approach to checking your dogs for ticks, as well as
some of the unusual places that ticks might hide on your dog. I’m Ken Steepe. This is our 10-year-old
Border Collie, Mac. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. At McCann professional dog trainers’ we’ve helped over 80,000 dog owners to have well-behaved
four-legged family members, and we’ve heard lots of stories of students, you know, finding a tick on their dog. As well, we travel all over the world with our dogs, and all
of our instructors do, you know, activities, sports, exercises, training, outdoors with their dogs, so we need to have a
very structured approach to, for assessing our dog. To make sure that they didn’t come home with any ticks on them. Now, Mac is my 10-year-old
sheep herding dog, and you know, working on stock as well as being out, you know, in the farm fields with the long grass, Mac is especially likely to get, have an encounter with ticks. So I thought he’d be a great dog to demonstrate for you guys how
I would do a tick assessment with him. Now, not only have I been
a professional dog trainer for over 10 years, but
for the past 20 years, I’ve also been a firefighter paramedic, and I can tell you one thing
about physical assessments, and lighting is your friend. You know, it’s really, really nice, and if you find any irregularities or anything you’re not
really sure what it is, it’s so nice to have light there so that you can visualize it and really know what you’re feeling. So if, I have the light tree today, I have studio lighting. We’re in a video studio. But if you’re at home, maybe
your kitchen’s a bright area or your bathroom. Find a light room in the house or something that has
great natural lighting as you’re doing this assessment. Now, the reason for having
such a structured approach to this assessment is
pretty straightforward. I wouldn’t wanna miss
any part of Mac’s body where a tick might be hiding. You know, they can find, you know, a really tiny dark spot, especially, you know, near mucous membrane, they really, really like to hang out in those areas. So I need to make sure that
I cover 100% of his body as I’m doing this assessment. So let’s start with the face. We’re gonna go from the tip of Mac’s nose all the way to the tip of his tail, but we’re gonna start with his face. So the first thing I want
you to really take a look at is underneath their eyes,
in and around their eyelids ’cause ticks have a tendency to, you know, join right in and around their eyes. As well, take a good
look inside their ears. Now, you know, sometimes
it’s really hard to visualize in that ear, and this is where
the light really helps out. But I want you to really
open up your dog’s ears and have a good look inside. The next important area to check is underneath your dog’s collar. Now I want you to at least feel around and try to visualize as much as you can underneath your dog’s collar,
but when you’re exposing underneath that collar, pull the fur back. You know, push the fur backwards to see if you can see
right down to the skin, and anywhere that you can’t see, you can probably feel, so make sure that you do a nice thorough
feel all the way around. Now, what you’re feeling for is, like, a little bump. You’ll see it, find that
little irregularity in there, and if you do feel any
bumps along the way, I want you to stop the assessment and really inspect what’s
going on under there. Don’t forget to check in
and around your dog’s mouth as you’re making your way down their neck. Again, I’m gonna go over
that collar area again. Just because I know that’s, you know, pretty likely place for a tick to hide. And as I make my way down
the front of Mac’s body, I’m gonna go up into his armpits. Right into, you know,
where his front leg joins his chest and torso, and I’m
gonna feel all the way down. Now, as I’m assessing,
you can see I’m sort of, I’ve got sort of this little ring grip around his leg, and I’m gonna make sure that I feel each and every part of his leg all the way down. Now comes a really important place that I want you guys to check thoroughly. In between your dog’s toes
can be a great hiding spot for a tick. So really pull each toe apart, and have a look in between. Try not to get kissed too much. But really check in between. We’re also gonna check in the dog’s pads, so I’m gonna expose Mac’s pads, and check in between each one of his pads because that’s also a
really, really great spot for a tick to get wedged up in. And it would be hard to see
if we didn’t do a thorough inspection. So now that we’ve cleared his front paws, we’re gonna make our way down his chest, feeling as much as we can. And Mac’s likely going to lean against me. Good boy. And I’m gonna get him just to
lie on his back a little bit ’cause I want need to check
in and around his groin. In and around his hind legs. And in and around his belly. You know, ticks really like
this spot they can tuck themselves up and underneath the dog, and it’s hard for the dog to get out of so really expose that belly skin and really have a good look in there. You know, while I was doing this, I did see a little discoloration on Mac, and I wanted to bring you guys up close and take a look at it, but it’s actually just a freckle that sort of may look like a tick, but this is exactly why we do this kind of thing because now
that I’ve discovered this little discoloration on his abdomen, I need to keep tabs on
it and just make sure that it’s not changing in size or color or anything like that. So now that we’ve cleared Mac’s abdomen, I’m gonna follow the exact same process as I did for the front
legs with the back legs, visualizing as much as I can, really feeling all the way down his leg. And then separating each one of the toes so I can get a really
good look in between. And don’t forget those pads on the bottom of your dog’s feet. You really wanna have a
look in there as well ’cause that’s a great hiding spot for a tick. Now that we’ve made our way all the way to the back end of our dog,
we need to feel that tail. This is where we get
to the tip of the tail, and I take a quick look and make sure that there aren’t any
ticks underneath his tail. That would be a great
spot for a tick to hide. It could easily be overlooked. Now, if you find a tick during any part of your assessment, you
need to stop right there. There’s all kinds of great
tick removal tools available from your veterinarian,
from your local pet store, and there’s also lots
of great resources here on YouTube that come to tick removal. We’re not going to talk about it today, but I will offer some word of warning to you. If you’re using something
like a pair of tweezers, be careful that you get
the tick in its entirety. And be careful you don’t
manipulate the tick too much. Those tools are great for, you know, scooping the entire tick up,
and then pulling them out. What you don’t wanna do is
manipulate the tick a bunch and then have it release those toxins back into your dog. So, you know, quickly, carefully, and cleanly remove that tick. And if you don’t feel
comfortable doing so, make sure to head to
your local veterinarian. I hope you found this video helpful. I know Mac enjoys every
time I do these tick checks on him, he really enjoys
the extra attention that he gets, but it’s
really, vitally important, especially with his
elevated risk condition that we’re in now. That you’re checking your dog for ticks to avoid disease,
specifically Lyme disease. Now, if this is your
first time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every single week to help you spend some quality time with your four-legged family member. Check out that video beside us. It’s actually a video from our channel, the YouTube things
you’ll wanna watch next. And on that note, I’m Ken. This is Mac. Happy training. (whimsical music)

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21 thoughts on “How To Check Your Dog For Ticks- Tick Hiding Spots – Professional Dog Training Tips

  1. Beware of bogus tick-removal-method articles floating around the internet, and especially Facebook. The real method is straight forward, as Ken explained. Thanks for the great video!

  2. Every time I do the tick checks on our dogs, I'm always hoping that I don't find a tick (obviously). But on those few occasions that I do find one, I have always been able to remove the tick easily, because of the early detection! Have you ever had to remove a tick from your dog? Was it a simple process? Did you use any of the special tick removing equipment, or did you have a trick? ~Ken

  3. Thanks for the video! i actually checked over my whole puppy as i watched this video! because we spent the morning at the farm! ok i know this has nothing to do with this video, but do you think i could find the video or remember what it was called! lol I watched the video where Kayl's Mom talks all about purples pregnancy, and how kayl ended up with Beeline. In the video she speaks about these puppies having a "high drive" what does that mean? (i am assuming energy level) and how do would I figure that out in my puppy?

  4. Great advice, a systematic approach and good light are so important as ticks can be tiny and hard to spot to start with.

  5. Thank you for this video. I learn far better by watching, thank Mack for me too. What a sweetie. Cheers to being loving partners with our dogs.

  6. We found a tick on one of our puppy's (oldest) neck last night. We checked the other dogs, cave them baths and then flea and tick prevention stuff. Today my youngest is itching himself and whining a lot, so I wanted to see if I missed any place. No ticks, so I'm guessing that his skin is so dry from the bath that it itches.
    Poor baby. I had to violate him. ):

  7. Omg your dog is adorable and so well behaved. You're about 600 miles from me, but if you ever want me to come check Mac for ticks, I will happily do so for free.

  8. This is such a clear, straight forward video. We just got back from Prince Edward Country and apparently it is a tick hotspot!

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