3. Perform Full Body Check
Starting at the head, run your hands over the dog’s body, checking under the collar, and use your fingers like the teeth of a comb. You are feeling for something about the size of a small pea. Thoroughly check all of the body, making sure to look under the tail and around the anus. Ticks are drawn to the dark, hidden areas on the body, so be sure to check between the toes, as well as inside the groin and front legs (armpits). You will also want to check the skin for areas that appear red or irritated, and watch your dog for any signs of excessive scratching or licking in any particular areas. This can be a sign that a tick has attached itself to the skin in this spot.