Method 1 of 5: Food Method
Hide the pill in a meatball. Hide it in the dog food.
Roll the pill into a thin strip of sliced lunch meat.
If the pill is very small, shove it in the middle of a chunk of cheese.
- Softer cheeses work better than hard cheese such as cheddar, because hard cheese has a tendency to crumble.
Sometimes simply rubbing the pill with butter will work.
Hide the pill in a glob of peanut butter and feed it to the dog. The peanut butter will stick to the pill, giving the dog no choice but to swallow it. (Make sure that you feed the dog peanut butter twice a day for two days, then he/she will get a taste for it. After that, do the instructions above. Also hold the peanut butter on a spoon.)
Method 2 of 5: Pill Crush Method
Crush the pill. The easiest way to do this is with a mortar and pestle.
Thoroughly mix the pill powder that you created with a teaspoon of a soft, creamy treat your dog loves: a spoon-full of canned dog food, peanut butter, or yogurt.
Let your dog lick the spoon-full of food/pill mixture.
Method 3 of 5: Pill Push Method
Gently open your dog's mouth, holding his or her lower jaw open.
Put the pill on the back of the dog's tongue.
Hold his mouth shut until he swallows. It may be difficult to see or feel the swallowing action, but if the dog licks his nose, it usually means he's swallowed the pill. Blowing on his nose for a second or two will help him swallow.
- Gently rubbing up and down on the front of his throat while keeping his nose pointing up with your other hand will almost certainly cause him to swallow after a few seconds.
- After it's all over, be sure to give him a treat - this makes it less difficult the next time.
Method 4 of 5: Drop on the Floor Method
Stand where you prepare food.
Make sure your dog is watching, and any other dogs or other animals are somewhere else.
Put some kind of meat or whatever you have on hand on the counter.
Casually drop the pill on the floor. Some dogs just lunge for anything they think they are not supposed to have, especially if they think it is food.
If you see that in the first few seconds your dog is not going to get it, or is just sniffing it, pretend to lunge try to take it away.
Method 5 of 5: Pill Hidden in a Hot Dog/Wiener
Break off a small piece of wiener.
Use a chop stick to clear the center of the piece.
Put the pill in the center.
Put the piece with the pill in an open hand - no fingers.
Keep your hand close to his mouth as your pet starts to gobble it so he thinks you might try to take it away.