|08-30-2013 03:56 PM|
It could be she was not herself. Her hips were hurting her later in the day. I can tell when she sort of drags her butt off the floor, rather than hopping up as she usually does.
In thinking back, all the vet trips have been unpleasant in some sort or another. Her last visit was to be spayed, so possibly she assiciates pain. Im picking up some trip supplies for her so will see how she does today
The food aggression really surprised me as other folks have picked up biscuit pieces and given them back to her without issue.
Also thanks folks for the muzzle suggestions.
|08-30-2013 01:13 AM|
|llombardo||You say she was back to herself after the exam and anal glands expressed, is it possible she was just not feeling like herself and once this was done she was feeling good again? Just a thought. My female is great at the vet, the vet gives her kisses. My male is good, but he moves around and still acts very puppy like. They don't get to see that because they bring the muzzle in pretty much right away. He would mouth them, but not aggressively.|
|08-30-2013 12:03 AM|
basket muzzles are the best. We have a husky named Emma too (lol) and she has dog fear aggression with new or unruly dogs.
Basket muzzles are designed to keep the dog cool, allow panting, eating, and drinking with total safety for everyone involved.
you want one like this:
With an open front.
Also watch this video, it really was helpful to us.
|08-29-2013 11:48 PM|
|08-29-2013 11:45 PM|
What muzzles would you recommend. Hopefully one that is easy to keep with us.
|08-29-2013 11:13 PM|
|Nigel||Sorry your vet visit went south, I too think the vet office environment has a smell/feel about it that puts them on guard. I took Ranger in on Tuesday, came home to a crate filled with diarrhea and vomit. He's been chewing on everything again lately and my first thought was blockage. Ranger was fine meeting the tech, getting weighed and was doing well with the exam too until the vet started looking at his butt, then he stiffened up and mouthed the tech, didn't bite down at all. I ask if a muzzle was needed and both said nope he is fine. I was surprised. He seemed to return to normal quickly, but that's the first time other than play that he has mouthed anyone.|
|08-29-2013 10:27 PM|
I have a muzzle in my gear....just in case and I do use it for nail trims on two of my dogs that hate having their nails done. I muzzle all my dogs at the vet, just because the vet feels more comfortable and I know two of my dogs would bite because they don't want their space invaded.
Basket muzzles are the only ones that allow drinking and panting. I would work with her in public so you don't have to think about muzzling her when you are out and about...much different scenario than a vet office with all the smells. Dogs can scent stress and it manifests in those environments.
The book Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt has exercises to help handlers manage reactive dogs.
Keep a vigilant eye on situations and you should be able to manage interactions with Emma, set her up to succeed and her confidence level high.
|08-29-2013 08:41 PM|
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.