Cooperative Care — brushing, nail trims, wiping paws, bathing, giving medications, cleaning ears, brushing teeth, doing body checks, tick removal — all of these can be easily trained using positive reinforcement and giving your dog the time and choice to willingly cooperate with the task. Taking the time to train these behaviours, especially BEFORE you need them, is a boost to your relationship with your dog. And it reduces major stressors in your dog’s life.
The Facebook group Cooperative Care With Deb Jones is an excellent free resource. As well, Chirag Patel has some excellent videos on this, including The Bucket Game. Here is a great video showing how The Bucket Game is used to teach a dog to accept ear medication.