If you can’t see what is causing the problem or if your dog has become unconscious, it might be necessary to perform the Heimlich maneuver. The procedure varies slightly, depending on the size of your pet.
Smaller dogs should be placed on their back. Feel for the rib cage and apply firm but gentle pressure to the area of the abdomen right below the ribs.
With larger dogs, it would be best to keep him standing to prevent further injury. Circle your hands around your pet and clasp them together. Make a fist with one hand and apply a firm pushing motion upward and forward, just under the rib cage.
Next, place your dog on his side. With one hand supporting your dog’s back, apply pressure on the abdomen, using the same upward and forward motion.
At this point, you should examine your dog’s mouth again to see if the Heimlich maneuver was successful at dislodging the foreign object. The blockage may still be deep in the back of the throat, in which case you will have to bring your pet to a veterinarian.