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    Dog aggression

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    My dog is aggressive towards other dogs. It used to only happen indoors with my other dogs under certain situations. I got help from a trainer and he was fine for a while. Then my dad (who I live with) brought home another dog and Teddy's aggression immediately became lot worse. He's only been around stranger dogs twice since the puppy arrived and both times he's attacked. The training we originally received isn't as applicable now because his triggers are more random and less situational. I'm trying to find a new trainer (the one I used originally jacked up her prices to $900 for 6 sessions ) to help me address this, but we have a vet appointment this afternoon so I need some advice more immediately. To be clear, yes he needs to see a behavioral specialist and, yes, I'm working on that. Right now, I'm just looking for tips on how to handle him at the vet today. If anyone had dealt with this before, please let me know if you have any advice. I've been researching it too, but I'm hoping for some insight on here.

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    As much as I detest muzzles, one may be in order for the vet visit. I wouldn't want him to go after another families animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    As much as I detest muzzles, one may be in order for the vet visit. I wouldn't want him to go after another families animal.
    I know, it'd probably be a good idea at least for today, but I'm out of time to get one. This appt was supposed to be at the end of the month, but I had to bump it up because he's having issues. I didn't think about it yesterday and now I'm at work and then I'll have to rush home to grab him and go.

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    When I worked as a vet tech in college we had muzzles in the office. If the owner identified that the dog may not react well, we would muzzle for the exam/blood draw. Going to the vet is stressful and can bring out the insecurity in dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaUSMC View Post
    When I worked as a vet tech in college we had muzzles in the office. If the owner identified that the dog may not react well, we would muzzle for the exam/blood draw. Going to the vet is stressful and can bring out the insecurity in dogs.
    I guess if he's causing issues in the waiting room they can put one on him. I'm about 80% sure he'll do fine in the room with the vet. He loved his last vet and behaved really well for him, but this will be our first time at a new office. The timing of all this, couldn't be better.

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    My dog is the same way. When he has a vet visit I cannot go alone. DH and I have to go together. One of us sits in the car til it's time for him to be brought back to a room. If possible we bring him through the front door straight to the room, or if needed we use a side/back door. We of course inform the people at the front desk and they have no problem helping us to avoid a bad situation. We have a regular muzzle and a basket muzzle for him.

    We took him to a trainer and did a board and train program. The trainer had him in a group class and he was fine with the other dogs. One dog actually went after him and he backed away, didn't react at all. But when my DH and I are around, he's aggressive. The trainer said he's protective of us. So it'll be a long process of changing that.
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    My boxer is pretty aggressive. I have a mussel I put on before I go to the vet, because he has bit the vet before. I also make sure I take my husband or someone who can handle him. My dog responds very well to men handling him so sometimes it will even be a friend or my brother in law that the dog knows. I also make sure that the same vet and the same vet tech see him every time. I do not allow them to switch people.

    We have taken our dog to a trainer as well and use a shock collar, which does amazing work. Most of the time when that is up and he very well behaved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caljmw649 View Post
    My dog is the same way. When he has a vet visit I cannot go alone. DH and I have to go together. One of us sits in the car til it's time for him to be brought back to a room. If possible we bring him through the front door straight to the room, or if needed we use a side/back door. We of course inform the people at the front desk and they have no problem helping us to avoid a bad situation. We have a regular muzzle and a basket muzzle for him.

    We took him to a trainer and did a board and train program. The trainer had him in a group class and he was fine with the other dogs. One dog actually went after him and he backed away, didn't react at all. But when my DH and I are around, he's aggressive. The trainer said he's protective of us. So it'll be a long process of changing that.
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    My boxer is pretty aggressive. I have a mussel I put on before I go to the vet, because he has bit the vet before. I also make sure I take my husband or someone who can handle him. My dog responds very well to men handling him so sometimes it will even be a friend or my brother in law that the dog knows. I also make sure that the same vet and the same vet tech see him every time. I do not allow them to switch people.

    We have taken our dog to a trainer as well and use a shock collar, which does amazing work. Most of the time when that is up and he very well behaved.
    Thanks for these suggestions. I ended up bringing my dad with me, so he could take Ted outside while I did the new patient paperwork. When we got there, there were no dogs in the waiting room. So we brought him in and he behaved perfectly! He was nervous, but otherwise ok with the people thankfully.

    We don't have to go back anytime soon, so hopefully we can get this under control with the help of a trainer before our next visit.

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    I'm really glad it all worked out for you without much trouble. Good luck with the training!
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    That's awesome. Glad it all worked out!!!
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