When I wrote about , one commenter asked about what would happen if the pills were really nasty; would the behavior remain? Great question!
There’s a fabulous cartoon series on how to get a cat to swallow a pill, in which the feckless humans tried to plead with the cat, ratchet the defiant jaws open, disguise the pill in delicious food, etc., all without success.* I have to give the dogs pills occasionally, and I’m far too lazy to want to go through a hassle each time — nor can I count on always having a food product gooey and smelly enough to disguise the offensive pill.
So I’ve taught the dogs to take pills plain, on cue.