Originally Posted by GSD Owner in Training :-)
But today they couldn't find a vein and had to do all 4 legs. He snapped when they tried to do his second leg and had to be muzzled just as a precaution. I felt so bad for him as he's never been muzzled before. He was totally freaked out ....As soon as the blood was finally take. 25 min after the first try
we took his muzzle of and he was really good. No snapping or growling and let everyone pet him again....
I just can't believe it took the vet tech 3 tries and the vet herself 2 tries to finally get a vein. Is it normal to have such an issue finding a vein or do I just have a crummy vet tech/veterinarian?
Sorry for the long story/semi rant.
No way it should have taken them 25 min to do that.... After 40+ years of pulling and seeing blood pulled from pets & livestock, that is just incompetent, especially with the dog being cooperative for the first try.
Go back and reintroduce the muzzle slowly at home (get your own well fitting basket muzzle and always take it with you to the vet's), this is a good basic video on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quAlzJjJfKE
Use super high value treats. Review the muzzle lesson often. This way if you ever have to go to an emergency clinic, etc. with him, he will accept it willingly and it will often calm down the staff who may not be adept at handling large dogs...
Next condition him to three basic steps of having his leg held extended, held off at the elbow and pinched lightly on the mid leg. Lots of very high value treats for this. Make a lighthearted game of this and of the muzzle work. Then slowly combine all the different steps so he becomes used to the sequence. first without, then with the muzzle. If he gets worried, you are moving too fast, just back up the training and start again. It is just information that he needs to go slower with the process to be comfortable with it. And take those high value treats to the next vet's office with you too.
With all due respect, I would rethink taking the manners class at that clinic and also start interviewing new veterinary clinics... Better to wait for a top notch trainer and do it right the first time. Could be the training can be done at home, you may be much better off watching some Michael Ellis DVDs Leerburg Dog Training | Michael Ellis DVDs
(some free ones there as well) & work on your own. Once you have your basics okay, you can go to the outskirts of places like farmer's markets, fire stations, etc. to expose him to new situations. Just keep your distance until you know he can respond to you in a new place, then get closer. Your dog will let you know what he can handle.
Best of luck to you both!