Attacking the Vet

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jaxdad

Boxer Pal
Today Jax went to the vet he will be 16 wks Tom. Anyhow while the doctor was checking Jax out the asst. held him. Then all heck broke loose and he tried to get a piece of the asst. nose and he kept growling. Now at hope I do not have any problem with him he only bites when we play, but evey once in a while he will growl at my wife any ideas?
 

Eva

Boxer Booster
Oh my goddness! I am sure you were very worried and confused when Jax decided to go after the vet's asst.! He was probably scared and felt threatened since he was insecure. Whenever I take Roxy or Kaiser to the vet, I always have one hand/arm around them, and I am constantly telling them what a good dog they are. I think that really helps ease their stress. Do you know your vet clinic well? By that I mean, how friendly do the employees seem to you? If they seem distant (and I have been to vets that do act that way,) then maybe that made Jax nervous too. It is important for the vet to take a moment (and the assistants!) and greet the dog before examining him/her. Most dogs are nervous the moment they enter a vet clinic, and they may not take an unfriendly person sticking a theromostat up their butt (intrusive)!! I would just constantly praise Jax while you are at the vet, and comfort him as much as possible by touch. If this is already what you do/doesn't work, then I am sure there are lots of others on this board w/great ideas to offer. Good luck!!

Eva

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**VERY PROUD MAMA OF**
Roxy Ember Gitzes - Adopted at 7/99, 1 1/2 years old, female, fawn, natural ears

Kaiser Joe Gitzes - rescued from a shelter 7/00, 6 years old, male, fawn, cropped ears
 

Krikkit

Boxer Insane
If it were me, I would be taking Jax to the vet several times a week over the next few weeks and making it a wonderful place to be for him :). I agree with Eva that Jax was probably very threatened in that situation. He does need to learn though that it does not need to be like that. Just go and sit in the waiting room giving him treats for good behaviour for a while. Get the vet nurses, receptionist and vet to praise and treat him too. When he is happier do a few mock examinations at the vets praising and treating for good behaviour. Most vets will be 100% supportive of you doing this as they want their patients relaxed and happy as well :) Everyday at home you can help by running your hands over him, looking in his ears and mouth (gently) and touching his feet, and expecting him to be calm when you do this. Keep these sessions short and happy with much priase and treats for good behaviour as well. A really great book for any dog owner is "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson: http://doggiedoor.com/bookstore/reviews.shtml

In what situations does Jax growl at your wife? This needs to be managed now before he gets bigger / older. Your wife may need to work on some leadership issues with Jax, these articles may help:
http://www.sonic.net/~cdlcruz/GPCC/library/alpha.htm
http://www.flyingdogpress.com/puppack.html
http://www.flyingdogpress.com/attitude.html
http://leerburg.com/dominac2.htm
 
I think you should get him into training soon. He sound like he may be a little agressive and dominant. These are normal things but training will keep them in line and teach you how to deal with your dog. We learned that the earlier the better with our dogs.

The training should also help with the behavior at the vets. In the beginner class we took with Bru part of passing was a mini vet check where the trainer looked in their ears and mouth.

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Brutus 9/23/99 Flashy Fawn
Amaya 3/22/00 Flashy Brindle
 

HELENE

Boxer Insane
If your vet is agreeable, why not take Jax to them about once a week, (phone to see if they are busy), just to be weighed. Sergeant is good at his vet, but they have told me that I can take him in any time to check his weight.

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Sergeant. 6 in October. Light brindle, natural ears. Full of fun.
 

Sierra

Boxer Buddy
You should not let your dog bite you even in play but I would be more worried about Jax growling at your wife. It sounds like you have a confused dog about where he sits in the house hierarchy. Your wife needs to let Jax know she is above him.

With the vet everyone gave great ideas I also bring treats so Barney likes going to the vet.

Barney--Brindle 13mo. male/n natural ear
Remmy--Boxer mix 18mo. male/n <foster>
Samson--fawn Rainbow Bridge 7-99
 

jaxdad

Boxer Pal
Thanks for all the advice jax is going to school now he is in his third week I hope it helps thanks for all the advice
 
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