(Closed) Angry at my vet *rant*

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ll be honest… I can understand both sides.  Yes, how the vet treated your dog wasn’t the best.  However, I also wonder why you didn’t have your dog on a short leash and not allow him to jump after the 1st time.  I have a dog too, and if she jumps, I make sure it doesn’t happen again by shortening her leash, giving commands, etc and then apologizing to the person she jumped on.  

Post # 4
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

That is my personal reaction to dogs who jump that i don’t want to jump on me. If its not done with a lot of force, you aren’t hurting the dog.  If the dog didn’t yelp, then it probably didn’t hurt him.  You have to think about it from the vets point of view, he sees x amount of dogs a day, most of which who jump and don’t have any training, so he just generalizes that all dogs who jump don’t have training.  maybe you should have told him that he does this to the normal vet, so its his normal reaction.  And next time you go to the vet, request to only see the normal vet

Post # 5
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Jumping on vets is a no-no.  Maybe that’s the way the vet was trained to handle dogs?  I still think it’s mean, did the dog yelp or cry when it happened?  Also, harness/leash your dog to keep him down.  I grew up with German Shepherds, very jumpy and bouncy and we have to restrain them b/c they get too excited as well.

Post # 6
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Calm down a bit.  This vet doesn’t know you or your dog.  If you really feel uncomfortable then ask to see another vet and its not that big of a deal.  

Maybe once your dog has a bit more training take him back to this vet and show the vet how much Frankie has improved! 

Post # 7
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s one thing to put your leg up so a dog can’t jump and another thing entirely for someone to knee a dog.

While it doesn’t sound like he was hurting him, I agree with you. And I would definitely make sure that you don’t see that vet again. Just the fact that you disagree about how to handle something means that you should keep from giving him money, IMO.

I do agree though that it is up to you to handle/correct the dog and TRY to not let him jump…at least work with him, and keep him on a leash until you have to take him off. My dog has learned “NO JUMP”, but she still does it occasionally if she gets excited. Last time it was at the dog park, and she jumped right on a pregnant woman. 🙁

Post # 8
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with the other posters. I am a dog lover, but when a dog jumps on me my immediate reaction is to bring my knee up. When a dog jumps up on me I assume it is untrained, letting it jump on anyone, including the vet is just plain rude.

My dog loves the vet, but knows his manners, and doesn’t get over-excited. Being well behaved doesn’t make the vet a negative experience.

Post # 9
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our dog does the same thing!  She’s very well trained, but when we go to the vet or to get her nails trimmed, the jumping begins.  It’s odd, and we’re not quite sure how to train her not to do it because she never jumps any other time. 

Our vet does put her knee up into Daisy’s chest, but not in an aggressive or kicking manner.  It works wonders in getting her to stop it and I know it’s not hurting her, so it’s not such a big deal to us.  The more our vet has gotten to know Daisy, the less she needs to do it and is able to command her down. 

I think the key for you is consistency.  Your dog doesn’t know the actual vet person, so he’s more likely to jump.  If he gets to know the vet and can have some sort of recognition, the frequency of jumping should reduce. 

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