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    Another thing I read from that is he was going back to a place that last time had a negative spin on it and he was there for weeks. And lets face it A vet clinic is a human place to hold an animal for a few days but a few weeks probably caused him a bit of anxiety to return worried that he would be left there again. Over all all the above suggestions are appropriate but it may pay to see if you can just take him in every now and again to sit in the waiting room for a bit then go home. Teach him he will go how from the vet again.
    Just like a dog can have a positive idea of the vet they can just as easily have a negative view.
    Best of luck with him

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    I third what K&P and Newfsie say about not getting anxious. This is exactly what I use to do and now Harley does have issues. The training regardless will always come in handy though so I would go anyway(I plan to take Harley once I have some free monies).

    You just have to try and read their body language, I can always tell when Harley is uncomfortable and I try my best to make him as comfortable as possible. The vet would be a sensory overload to a dog with all the smells, dogs, cats and people so it's not unusual that they would be on edge - especially with your dogs history.

    All the other people (unless they actually own Staffies) wouldn't realise that they are mostly ALL noise as well.... all bark no bite

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    thanks all, keira i am loving your articles....very informative :-) thanks for putting them up!!
    Help Alvin and Barkly Save dogs from death row :-) Please take a moment to go and vote for them here http://www.pawclub.com.au/Promotions...ote.aspx?id=14 So they can win and donate some much needed funds to Big Dog Rescue. THANKS AND WOOF!!

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    Ok...my Ruby can get a bit "cranky" with some other dogs. Mostly it is if they are really high energy...she just doesn't like it.

    I will tell you a story. When we took Sumo to puppy pre-school...there was a Labrador puppy there and 5 other dogs...a heeler, 2 dachshunds...a Husky and a cocker spaniel cross...and of course Sumo and Harry (the Lab pup). NONE of the other dogs liked this puppy, because they could pick up on his exuberant energy levels. It was really sad, because he could not have any one on one time with any of the other dogs. The Husky had a go at him....Sumo would bark at him when he got too much and the smaller dogs were petrified of him.

    We humans have this belief our dogs MUST like all other dogs, but why should they...we don't like every person we meet...for whatever reason.

    I always warn people...Ruby doesn't like when they get in her face or invade her personal bubble, so we protect her. If it is calm dogs...she is cool, but if they are over the top...she gets cranky. She doesn't attack them, but she warns them "politely" to calm down or back off!

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    thanks all, keira i am loving your articles....very informative :-) thanks for putting them up!!
    Help Alvin and Barkly Save dogs from death row :-) Please take a moment to go and vote for them here http://www.pawclub.com.au/Promotions...ote.aspx?id=14 So they can win and donate some much needed funds to Big Dog Rescue. THANKS AND WOOF!!

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    It is funny when we walk into the vets with both our Staffies. Sumo is 25 kg of pure muscle...Ruby is a little girl about 14 kg. They get scared when they see Sumo LOL...he is a big sooky la la...he LOVES all dogs and just wants to play. Ruby is the cute little red Staffy girl and people swoon when they see her. They get very surprised when I say...Sumo is cool to interact with your dogs...he won't hurt a fly, but I kindly ask that you do not take your dog over to Ruby unless she initiates the meeting. Such is life...she puts up with ANYTHING from Sumo...not so much with other dogs.
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    Hahaha Harley loves the vet cause all the ladies that work there love him, so he gets mega smoochies from everyone! Last time he stood up to the counter and looked over while I paid.. was so cute! Bella is high energy, but she will mostly greet another dog and then spot their human and go bonkers. I don't let any dogs come near Harley yet because I don't want him to have a negative reaction. At puppy school he wasn't interested in any of the other puppies, he just wanted to see all the people.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Sumo has a very special way of greeting new people....he walks over wanting pets....and pees on their shoes! LOL

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