Do you feel stressed when you take your dog to the vet because your dog hates the vet?
We understand and want to help you create more peace at vet clinics.
Imagine a dog that walks through into your vet clinic with confidence and is feeling peaceful during all procedures (vaccinations, nail trimming, examination, etc.).
This can be your dog. Let’s help you create that.
First, it can be helpful to start with a conversation with your vet if possible.
If your dog is uneasy at the clinic he will benefit if the vet and the vet technicians approach your dog more slowly.
Your dog will also benefit if your vet chooses to use calming signals.
This means that everyone approaches your dog in a non direct fashion by avoiding direct eye contact, approaching your dog from the side, reaching underneath your dog’s chin rather than above your dog’s head, etc.
Check out Turid Rugaas to learn more about this.
It can also help to visit your vet when your dog doesn’t need an examination.
Pair the visit with fun activities and treats. This helps make a positive association with the vet without anything negative happening.
Do this often if your dog is experiencing much stress at the vet.
If your dog is reactive toward other dogs, plan your appointment when day the clinic is not busy.
Call your vet when you arrive. Then leave your dog in the car, until it is your time for your appointment.
If they have a back entrance where you can avoid other dogs use it.
We want you to feel that you can do this in Burton. Dog school can also help.
Practice vet procedures that your vet may do and make them positive. This can include a nail trim, looking in your dog’s ears, lifting your dog’s tail to take his temperature etc.
Practice these pretend visits and make sure they are 100% positive.
The easiest way to do this is by using counter conditioning and systematic desensitization.
Recently, we visited the VCA Vet Clinic in Burton. Dog school was not what our visit was about.
Instead, it was about fear free vet care for pets. This clinic is doing everything they can to make the animals to feel as comfortable as possible.
If your dog is reactive they will bring your dog in a separate entrance. They are also looking into using Adaptil which helps keep animals calm.
It doesn’t have to be stressful at the vet. Burton dog school can help you if you need private attention.
We serve Burton and surrounding areas. We want your dog to absolutely love the vet!
As a result, we are choosing to attend a seminar on this which is located near Burton in Akron.
The seminar is in December. It is focused on Cooperative Veterinary Care so that dogs can have low stress vet visits. Anyone in the public can attend if you register.
Johanna Teresi, Burton Dog Trainer, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Burton Dog School