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Vet diagnosis: Dramatic?

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So, Adalwolf went to the vet recently, and all went well, but the vet said that he is dramatic! lol. I knew he was a bit on the drama-queen side, since he yelps if he just thinks you are about to step on his foot, but to have a vet say it just makes it that much more strange!

He was absolutely fine getting his shot when he couldn't see the needle, but anything else that was in his line of sight, and that he didn't like, he was a complete baby over.

Do you guys have 'dramatic' dogs too or is this just an Adalwolf special?
Should I try and help him get over it, or ignore it?
Its pretty funny most of the time, like when I accidentally stepped on his foot and he limped over to me like he would never be able to walk again, until he saw I was about to open the door to go outside, and then he ran out that door and completely forgot about his foot, which just moments before was most definitely broken and needed instant attention and sympathy! lol.

However, my sister (vet tech for a long time) said that dramatic puppies can sometimes become nippers later in life when they are stepped on/accidentally hurt , so should I be correcting his behavior somehow?

Sigh...he sure is a goofy little drama king though, and I sure do love him!

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He is adorable! What a cute face :wub:
I would take him to the vet for fun visits/weigh ins and treats,pets. He may become reactive and fearful at the vet if he is feeling vulnerable now. If he feels confident at the vet, he will be better off than fearing or worrying about getting a correction.
NO corrections, just make it fun. The vet tech and vet's body language should also be non-threatening, hopefully they are aware of how they approach him.
Make his visits fun and he will look forward to going there vs hackling~ fearing what is behind the front door.
When he is in a relaxed state, massage him, all the way down to his toenails. Get him use to you touching him all over. Don't force yourself on him or that will make him balk. But on the other hand, he needs to know you are not going to hurt him and are the one that he needs to submit to. A fine line, so make these experiences positive with high value treats and lots of praise.
Karlo is much the same about things, males seem to be full of drama!
I tried to do Karlo's nails myself, he is over 90# of muscle. I did the puppy foot massage as he grew up and he is just foot ticklish or something.
There is no way he was going to let me trim or dremel his nails, so instead of battling him and reducing our relationship/bond, I took him to a fellow club member who did the dirty deed for me. She was excited about the challenge!!

I was there(out of K's sight) and he was so vocal, you thought she was "lobbing off a foot!" He was on the grooming table and I had put the muzzle on him before she led him into the grooming room.
When it was over, she brought him out, I took off the muzzle and he was just fine. He even went back into the grooming room with no hesitation~he just absolutely hates to have his feet messed with. I won't make him submit to me on this, I am picking my battles and he will have them done by someone I trust.
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