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Old 06-26-2013, 06:41 PM
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Kim and Webster both turn into balls of joy, ecstatic that they are getting all this attention from strangers. Both get quiet and still with sad ears during any actual shots -- they don't like them but don't fight them either -- then go back to being happy goofballs, soliciting scritches and offering tricks.

Mira is just happy to be doing things, always. She will happily accept petting from the folks but generally doesn't solicit it. Doesn't care for shots but will stand quietly and not protest either. Mostly she just hangs out by me and hopes something amazing will happen, which is pretty much her approach to life in general.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:44 PM
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If anything, my crew is extra super happy at the vet!

Ziva is perfect, as always. She is fine with all restraints, but generally needs very little. She took staples without numbing since the numbing would sting just as much as the staples according to our vet. She ate treats the whole time, then wagged and asked for pets when they were done.

Kestrel is so thrilled that people are touching him that he can be a bit *too* happy/wiggly. I usually restrain and feed as needed, while the vet/tech does their thing and he always gets complimented. When they did his anal glands he didn't even flinch.

Aeri I'm sure is harder to handle when I'm not present, though no one has told me this to my face, I'm just surmising from other situations where people have tried to take her from me. With me present, she's wiggly and wants to see what they are doing, but settles faster than Kes. She's resigned to restraint - not thrilled, but tolerates it.

Snipe is very happy at the vet's but isn't super thrilled with restraint. She tolerates it, but can occasionally decide to pull away here and there. Luckily so far she's only needed vaccines and well dog exams for heartworm scripts so heavy restraint was unneccessary.

I've worked with all four dogs on accepting restraint and there does seem to be some dog-dependent inherent level of comfort with that sort of handling, but all have improved with training on it.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:52 PM
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Forgot to mention, Kastle is the weirdest dog I've brought to the vet. He's very sweet, they can pet him, give him his whole exam and he does not budge (I used to stack him for his exams and he would stay there the whole time) - even when they draw blood. He just makes soft eyes at everyone and wags his tail a little...the pet sitters always comment on how sweet he is too. Apparently, as soon as I'm not around, he plays the "look how innocent and lovable I am" card so that no one will hurt him...and maybe even feed him
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:04 PM
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Except in Jules' first few years, I've always worked at a vet. so they've always just been fine going to work with me.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:19 PM
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Kiba, Stryder, and Lincoln are fine going to the vet, until you open the door and they realize where they are. While waiting in the waiting room they try various forms of escaping.

The schnauzer in the exam room, they will shake on the table, but otherwise are fine. I will usually restrain if necessary.

Lincoln spaces out and goes off into a happy place. He will literally stand there and zone out, it's kinda creepy.

Charlie thinks the vet is a wonderful building full of people and dogs just for her. She will annoyingly whine in the waiting room willing people to come pet her. In the exam room she's an angel, until we go back to the waiting room and she whines like an angry Darth Vadar.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:05 PM
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For the most part they are pretty good. I work at a vet office so I get to handle them and that helps a lot.

Jasper behaves his worst at the vet. He jumps up and down as I am walking him. Sorta like a bunny. Its super annoying since we are trying to monitor his front leg problem!

Sophie use to have to be muzzled because she would growl at the vet and techs. With me holding her she now will just sit very still and wait. I have everyone leave the room and I do her blood draw myself. She sits pretty and will even wag her tail. haha She just does not like strangers. Never has.

Max loves the vet, heck he loves everyone. haha He sits nice and still the entire time and then dances around the vet waiting for her to tell him it is okay to give her a hug.

Piper has to be muzzled because of her issues we are working on (HA- came to me like that). She use to have to be sedated. I am so proud of our progress!!! I cannot be the one holding her because she gets over protective. I put her in a down stay and she does not move until everything is done. When she had her brain tumor removed early this year she was the best patient ever. I was very proud!

Damon loves everyone and wants to give kisses. He will sit perfectly still except for his mouth is open and his tongue is trying to reach the closest person. haha
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:25 PM
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Mine think going to the vet is a huge treat, and get excited as soon as we get close. They aren't super well behaved, because they're so excited to be there, but are willing to show off their tricks because they know there are cookies to be had.

The only real issue is that Tess is really, really unsafe with cats, so I have to be very careful about avoiding cats in the waiting room, and if she does become aware of one, she'll be obnoxiously noisy about it.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:37 PM
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Do you think starting early on with making the vet a 'yay' thing would help a dog or is just mostly personality?

Because I always say with my next dog, I will start taking them as a pup and the first visit maybe just do nothing but get a treat etc. Or at least start out that way. And then maybe do a few pop in's here and there to get pup used to vet and making it a positive experience.

I always think Jackson's fear started because the very first vet I took him to I did not much like. He was 12 weeks old and had no idea where we going or what we were doing so was fine initially, but the vet was somewhat rough and quickly gave him a vaccine and I remember him screaming when he got the shot and just thought he was being a baby (but he's never yelped at any other vaccine after that), and then he ended up having a horrible reaction to lepto shot (like I thought he was gonna die), so I had to rush him back and they just quickly took him from my arms and brought him in the back, etc... so the first experience was definitely not a positive one, I guess ever since then he's been this way...
I think a lot of it is personality and a lot of it is training and the owner's reaction to things. I don't think a dog being fearful of the vet has to mean they had some horribly traumatizing experience. Maybe in the dog's mind it was awful but all it could take is one poke from a vaccine or a swab in the ear in order to make a dog think this place sucks. And on one hand, you have dogs that go through rough visits, maybe they were sick or injured as a puppy etc.... and they never turn afraid of the vet.
Some dogs the issue is about being touched or held or being made to sit still and they can be fearful or aggressive when in those situations which IMO in most circumstances is about training.

When mine were puppies I never made a big deal about the vet. They went for their vaccines which I guess were always easy visits, the vet just sat a treat in front of them and quickly poked them while they were nomming the treat. So they didn't even notice it. They went for their spays and got whisked away and stayed overnight, and I just said "see ya" and didn't care lol. But I never brought treats or took them for fun visits etc... I just did what the majority of pet owners do. Lucy has probably had some (what she would consider) very traumatizing visits when she was young, but she's really not that fearful of the vet.

Obviously with Happy I have no clue what her upbringing was like, probably did not include fun trips to the vets with lots of cookies lol.... but she's easy as pie at the vet. I think it's really just in her nature to be that way.

So that was way longer than I wanted and I think I'm just rambling. Basically I almost feel like I'm just lucky that all 3 of my dogs are so good about it, because I really don't feel like I did anything special to make them that way. They just are.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:43 AM
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Do you think starting early on with making the vet a 'yay' thing would help a dog or is just mostly personality?
I think a lot is personality. I ALWAYS have treats on me at the vet and have always have taken Mia along for the ride with Summer.

I think it's multiple things really... Mia is not a stranger friendly dog and she's also not a very forgiving dog. Bad things stick with her for a long long time. One bad experience can be a lot to overcome or in some cases she just tolerates it and never likes it again. So the vet is something I think she's predisposed to hate since it's people she doesn't know well that have to poke and prod her. She's actually easy to handle but she's terrified there, you can just tell by her face.

Summer loves everyone so even though she cried and cried this last time at the vet after her rabies shot, she was more than happy to cuddle up to the vet a minute later.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:32 AM
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I think a lot is personality. I ALWAYS have treats on me at the vet and have always have taken Mia along for the ride with Summer.

I think it's multiple things really... Mia is not a stranger friendly dog and she's also not a very forgiving dog. Bad things stick with her for a long long time. One bad experience can be a lot to overcome or in some cases she just tolerates it and never likes it again. So the vet is something I think she's predisposed to hate since it's people she doesn't know well that have to poke and prod her. She's actually easy to handle but she's terrified there, you can just tell by her face.

Summer loves everyone so even though she cried and cried this last time at the vet after her rabies shot, she was more than happy to cuddle up to the vet a minute later.
Yep this sounds exactly like how Jackson too!
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