Friday, July 1, 2011

Bud's Meltdown At The Vet

In Jetta's Journey,chapter 31, "Jetta Goes to the Vet," Jetta loved the Vet clinic because she always got treats. But Bud is a different dog. Last year, poor Bud broke toenails past the quick twice and the vet had to remove the torn pieces that remained.That was a very painful procedure for Bud. Ever since then, he has an aversion to vet visits. He doesn't want to get out of the car. I have to have help dragging him in while he whines and carries on. Since I'm aware of this behavior,I have been taking him to the clinic and showing him it's a happy place where he gets treats once a week. This poses challenges for Bud's training. Last week Bud had a well visit to Dr. Truax. We entered the room with my helper dragging Bud. When he needed to be on the exam table, he had a twenty-minute meltdown. The doctor and technician had to hold him down despite me telling him "Bud, It's okay, it's okay." They called in another doctor and technician in to help. They laughed at Bud's strong legs when they all tried to turn him over, saying they were pit bull legs. I will obviously working on this issue for awhile. But Bud's weight and condition are fabulous. After we left, a woman told me she saw a Guide dog that wouldn't go to the vet either. He turned away. Bud is quite different from Jetta. This story will be in Bud's book when it comes out.

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