Happy Wordless Wednesday my friends! Recently, Beau had his annual check up at the veterinarian. For some dogs this is a recipe for anxiety and fear. But not for Beau.
If anything, Beau gets too excited. He is a reactive dog, and very protective of me. Because he is very food-motivated, I make sure to bring a lot of treats. While waiting for our appointment we work on commands such as "Leave it", "Sit", "Greet", and "Touch".
"Touch" is perfect to get him onto the scale.
Beau is at first timid around men, especially men with beards. No clue why, and I've been working on desensitizing him. Initially when our vet walks in (tall man with a beard), Beau backs up and warns him away. Our vet has known him most his life and they love each other, but Beau forgets because he is so reactive. Our vet immediately crouches down and offers a wonderful treat. All is well and they are friends again. Beau is a sucker for treats, and becomes his true goofball self.
All in all, vet appointments are very easy and non-stressful for everyone involved. To learn more about why my dogs love the vet so much, read How I Trained My Dogs to Love the Vet or my post from the veterinarian's perspective, What Your Vet Wants You to Know But Is Too Polite To Tell You.
Do your dogs love the veterinarian? Or do they get anxious?
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About the writer: Heather Wallace of Monmouth County, New Jersey is a certified equine and canine sports massage therapist, co-owner of Bridle & Bone Wellness LLC, and equestrian & canine blogger at Bridle & Bone. She is an adult amateur equestrian and has two rescue dogs, Gonzo and Beau.