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How we would help struggling dogs in this hilarious skit

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Dogs at the 28th Annual Badminster Dog Show on Saturday Night Live– a parody of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which had its own skit this weekend – are not in good condition.

These puppies with their behavioral and health issues are (barely) exaggerated, but they remind us of the tribulations many of us face with our own dogs. For example, haven’t we all done our best to beg an uncooperative dog to take a few steps?

That’s the problem faced by a dog – Blueberry – who portrays the “band that doesn’t walk” on the show Badminster, hosted by Judas Chrysler (host William Defoe) and Miriam Jeans (Aidy Bryant). They narrate the action as each of the four dogs is rated on how comically “evil” they are.

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Even though these dogs have some pretty related issues, we wouldn’t call them bad. That’s why we’re here, with the help of Jenna Stregowski, RVT, Pet Health and Behavior Editor of Daily Paws, to let you know how we would help these struggling puppies.

Moon

Publish: This sweater-wearing dog, representing the “Shaky Dogs Group,” hates noises, including beeps, fireworks, and the sound Netflix makes when you open the app. (To be fair, this sound always sounds set to a much higher volume than it should be.)

Stregowski says: Being afraid of noises is a difficult problem to solve, but some dogs benefit from a safe space, which Luna would have behind the toilet.

“Some dogs respond to desensitization and counter-conditioning. The best place to start getting help for your dog is through your veterinarian or a board-certified animal behavior professional,” Stregowski says.

Pigeon

Publish: Described as a “sexual predator” by Chrysler, we can assume that this beagle works a lot.

Stregowski says: It’s not always reproductive behavior; sometimes the bump can indicate excitement or stress. So we would tell the owner of Pigeon to try to figure out why he is doing this. If it happens during play and the other dog doesn’t seem to care, it’s probably harmless.

“However, some dogs react poorly to humping. It’s best to deter dogs from humping by using toys or games. A certified dog trainer or behaviorist can also help here,” says Stregowski.

Blueberry

Publish: Won’t work. So much so that she failed a flight.

Stregowski says: Blueberry, a dachshund by looks, is a puppy, and teaching them to walk can be tricky, especially on a leash. Fortunately, you can teach your puppy to walk on a leash using positive reinforcement training. Additionally, you will want to keep your pup’s nails trimmed.

“Also, some dogs have trouble on slippery surfaces and resist walking. These dogs can benefit from rugs or carpeting to help with traction,” says Stregowski.

Gizmo

Publish: So many health issues – foot, anal gland, skin, brain and allergy issues – plus a reproductive organ that is too big and sometimes needs to be “re-inserted”.

Stregowski says: Poor Gizmo is a “frequent traveler” in the veterinary world, either with hereditary health issues or ones he developed during his lifetime. The penis problem isn’t actually invented by the writers of SNL, it’s called paraphimosis. He therefore needs regular and quality veterinary care as well as a human who has the time to take care of him at home.

“Dog owners like Gizmo will want to find a trusted veterinarian they can communicate with on a regular basis,” Stregowski says.

Gizmo, perhaps unsurprisingly, won the Badminster Dog Show’s top prize: a golden trash can and a lifetime supply of sidewalk chicken bones. Good job, little buddy.