|Barked: Mon Aug 6, '12 11:34pm PST |
|It also helps to just go in with the mindset that you will be the only one to handle your dog.
Don't hand over the leash, just ask the tech or vet how they would like the dog to be positioned for the exam, shots, whatever...and do it yourself.
I always go into a clinic assuming that the staff don't know how to handle fearful/reactive dogs. Occasionally I am pleasantly surprised, but often, very basic dog body language reading skills and knowledge are seriously lacking (not staring at a fearful dog should be a given, but it isn't!). Either way I just make sure that the visit is as easy as possible for everyone involved.
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