Thanks for the input! It went horrible because he's not very socialized, we currently have him in behavior classes and we are working hard to get him there. I warned them on the phone that he had these issues. They told me it was fine. When the vet saw us she kept trying to check out his back-end. He did not like it and he growled. She put a muzzle on him which I totally understand and I was ok with her doing. But he's never worn one and he became really stressed out and she kept saying how bad he was and he was a naughty dog. She was relentless on feeling back there which I can appreciate to some degree but it's really hard watching your baby in that kind of state. She had 3 vet techs trying to hold him down with no avail. She decided to stop but told me she couldn't continue the exam because my dog was so bad.
This is my first dog, my first vet visit with Grimm, I don't know what's "normal" and I was very co operative but she was not. She made passive aggressive remarks to me instead of being more patient and understanding. And she kept asking me about vaccinations after I told her he wasn't getting any without a titer test , which she couldn't do because "I can't control my dog". so I paid $40 to have him weighed and watch the vet have a power struggle with him.
ah yeah. Some vets, and techs, aren't to savvy with dogs. First, you don't know what other dogs behaved that way she may have encountered that day or week. Does not excuse her lack of professional tact with you but you might want to give them a little slack. I'm on pretty good terms with my vet and the techs there so I get to hear some of the stories.
Second, muzzle train your dog. I've muzzled a dog at the vet, usually she was to worried about the muzzle and we easily go thru the exam. It sounds like yours has quite a bit if anxiety during an exam? I'll shoot Jane a note and maybe she can give you tips on how to deal with it. She has a girl that has high anxiety at the vets as well.
How long have you had Grimm if this is your first vet visit? Do you have proof of previous vaccinations? What about his rabies? That is due at 1 yr for most states.
She was relentless on feeling back there which I can appreciate to some degree but it's really hard watching your baby in that kind of state
I get what you are saying here. I really do. Mine had an infected anal gland and screamed when the vet expressed it. I felt horrible but you need to take yourself out of the mentality. The techs and vets have a job to do. Don't put your dog in the "baby" category. They are dogs. Respect them for the species they are. Don't humanize him. After all, they are pretty amazing creatures all on their own
If you were uptight over the handling, he is going to be even more anxious about it. I have one dog that I can not handle at the vet. Not because I can't physically but because she will hide behind us and it's a struggle. I leave the room. Vet and tech do their thing. I come back in and she's getting her belly rubbed with the vet on the floor with her. You have to have a vet you can trust, you need to know when to step aside and you need to learn how to tell your dog to cut the crap and he IS going to do this. So be confident and your dog will pick up on that. ( and that goes for the vet's frame of mind as well. if she was so busy telling him he was "naughty" then she was giving off all sorts of vibes as well)
In the meantime, find a vet that you like. Start taking him in just to get weighed and have the techs give him treats and then you leave. No stress, happy, happy, 5 minutes and out. Once you have control of him, have people start touching him (if that is safe to do!).
Learn how to hold your own dog for the vet. Mine has me hold my own dogs. And learn how to do it without letting sympathy get in the way. That hold on your dog is keeping the people safe and the dog safe. You can't have him jerking around biting someone and ripping a vein because they were drawing blood on him.
BTW...when my vets come into the room, they don't even pay attention to the dog. They don't make eye contact, they do nothing but talk to me. Even after all these years, that is still the routine. They let the dog sniff them. They'll quietly say hi to them. My previous vet did not do this and I can tell you it makes the world of difference, especially with a breed that has natural suspicion. Can you imagine being in a strange place and having someone charge at you, grab you and manhandle you? Vs. someone who talks to you first and puts you at ease?
You are already on the right track if you are doing classes Yay for you! You got this!