Emma - near disaster at the vet - tried to bite
What a day. Emma needed a bordetella update and while there a nail trim - they were getting long and very sharp.
When I first got there we were met by a tech who give Ema a treat right off. Emma seemed to like her and begged for another (she sits and puts a paw out) Tech shook her paw and gave her another treat. Emma took it and tried to find a hiding place for it under the bench (she hides milk bones around our house). We sat for a few minutes and the tech sat down and was petting Emma, then reached down to pick up the treat Emma had left under the seat. Emma went ballistic. This was a huge shock as Emma has never shown any food aggression arond me or the family - ever. Once Emma got her treat back she was fine with the tech.
Then the vet came in and gave Emma a big greating (saying hello Emma energetically) This set Emma off again. I really had to hold her back and used strong correction. Doc tried giving her treats tossing at first which Emma liked, but when she went to hand feed, Emma went balistic again. Doc said fear aggression.
Anyway we put a soft cloth muzzle on her to do the exam. The fear in Emma eyes hurt me dearly, but she put up with having it put on. She got her claws trimmed, and got a quick exam. As she has been rubbing her butt on the carpet, and licking back there, Doc checked and expressed her anal glands, Boy did Emma squirm on that.
Now the strange part is once the exam was over and muzzle cam off, she gladly took treats from the Doc and tech's and was her happy self.
Based on this experience I am thinking of getting a soft Muzzle to have on hand when we go places. (were planning a trip to Santa Fe, so she will be around crowds). Are there some good soft ones out there that still allow drinking and panting?
So folks know I have been socializing her around people and other dogs probably not enough though). She did very well in both training classes. Only upset was around running kids and one man (trainer thought hand position from above set her off). Last trip to Home depot went very well with her being friendly to everyone. She is just past 8 months now too.
I am very worried about this behavior change in her.