Depending on the insurance, the clinic can be sued by the owner of the pet for their own dog biting/hurting them when restraining for a procedure. I work in a clinic and can honestly say that 95% of the owners have no single clue about proper restraint techniques. And no owners that ever comes in knows how to restrain in order for us to properly draw blood from the various different places on a dog or cat that we use. So it bugs me when people say that I, as a trained technician, am not allowed to touch your pet. I am covered by the insurance if, god forbid, something goes wrong. I have been trained how to properly restrain any animal and clip nails and draw blood samples. its why i went to school. Most owners can't even control their dogs on leash, let alone hold off a vein for a blood draw. If you don't allow technicians to do their job, then don't come to the vet.
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I absolutely get this, if the owner has shown that they do not have control of their dog, it will be way safer for you to do the handling.
However, I do really believe, that if the owner has absolute control over their dog, that letting them do the handling will decrease stress in the dog, its not about taking over your job.
I have had my dogs hips, elbows, heart and thyroid health clearances done, all with no sedation, all with my handling. My dogs have had needles in their jugular veins, been flipped on their sides, backs and expected to lay absolutely still for 15 minutes while heart tests were done. Everything was done quickly and stress free, xrays only needing one shot taken, all because my dogs were not stressed about being handled by people they do not know.
Now, if someone comes in with a dog who is already stressed, you can pretty much say that the dog is lacking trust in the handler, so whether they are stressed with you or the handler makes no difference, just that it is safer for you to handle than the owner.
Either way, I hear what you are saying, and I agree that for the majority of dogs coming through, you have the right idea. But I used to be with a different clinic, when I told them I would restrain my dog for a blood draw, they said no, they wouldn't even let me try, so I walked out and got on with the new clinic. I LOVE my vet, and I love the staff. They told me right off the bat, that I could be in the room and restrain for the blood draw, but if my dog freaked and in any way resisted, they would ask me to leave and they would do the heavy lifting. I thought that was fair. That was 3 years ago, and I have never once been asked to leave my dog with them. IN FACT, the dog training school I work with has been asked to come and teach a course, at the clinic, on teaching your dog proper manners at the vet, and how to be safely handled.