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    Default Owners having no control over their dogs?

    So I'm sitting down at the vet waiting for our appointment to get pups checked and the nurse told me when I arrived that there are 2 dogs in front of us and it might b abit of a wait cause they are both full on dogs.
    Ok so I'm sitting there waiting, and a owner comes in to waiting room sees me sitting there will 2 pups and tips and said to the nurse that he would have to use the side door to bring his dog in so off she went to open it 4 him and in the dog goes straight into the vet and by passed the waiting room, once he was done he left that way too then the next dog in front of us arrives a huge German Shepard well he got one foot in the door and lunged for tips barking and growling and the owner barely has control over him I'm thinking what the hell and then the nurse races over gets more control on dog than owner has and takes it back outside omg it scared the crap out of me I've never had a dog so close to tips being so aggressive she mixes with lots of dogs and I'm yet to see a dog react like this
    So that's 2 dogs needing to visit the vet in 20 minutes and neither owners had control over there dogs this must b way more common than I thought it was...
    The way the German Shepard reacted made me instantly think thank god I didn't have my 3 boys with me waiting like I normally do
    Would like to add tips just sat there looking at this huge dog going off at her like chill dude it didn't phrase her at all

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    Hey liss! I see you live in Marsden, what vet's do you go to? Our clinic is marsden veterinary clinic. It's extremely unfortunate in the amount of people who don't bother to put any effort into training their dogs, i guess the positive in your case is the owners cared enough to take them to the vet.

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    Harley makes a fuss when he goes to the vets, for him it's just to much excitement. To many smells, people and dogs. He doesn't really act aggressively - more wanting to touch everything. I'm glad he is only 30kg, I have a hard enough time trying to control him sometimes as it is so I couldn't imagine having a bigger dog!

    I think the vets can just be a sensory overload for a dog and some just can't handle it as well as others can. Probably comes back to socialisation as well I suppose, Harley was never really socialised that well!

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

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    Marsden vet clinic is where I've always gone Kuri
    They have been great there for tips and her pups

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    They're awesome with Molly, particularly the younger lady with the glasses (not sure of her name) Molly likes her because she will just about give her the whole jar of treats that she has. lol i made the mistake of going to a "cheaper" vet & that's what i got unfortunately - cheap customer service. So it's been back to marsden ever since!

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    At least the owners realised their dogs had issues and were trying to do the right thing by bringing them in through the back door etc?

    I try not to judge too much, having a dog like that can be overwhelming for many owners and they just don't know what to do or where to start with fixing it.

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    Keira is like that, she has some serious leash aggression issues so I never bring her straight into a clinic, I always go in first let them know we are there and then get them to let me know when I can bring her through, even once we have her issues mostly sorted I will continue to do this as I would prefer not to accidentally put her over threshold and go backwards in her training. As Smeagle said the first owner seemed to know his dog had issues and did the right thing, for all you know the 2nd dog doesn't always necessarily react like that, Keira wasn't always like she is now it started gradually reacting here or there to a certain dog and it just escalated.

    With vet clinics you always have to be prepared for the out of control dogs and idiot owners though, ie: never sit close to the door, sit as far away as you can, just in case.

    When I took Phi to get her booster vaccs I was sitting in the waiting room and a guy didn't even have a lead on his Lab, just let it rush in and then it charged towards me and Phi, almost started a fight (and of course because of how Phi looks the nurse deemed it necessary to move us instead of the idiotic owner and his Lab), some people are just dumb.

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    I took Frosty to the vet a couple of weeks ago for her annual booster vax, and she sat on the bench seat next to me - as far from the door as we could get - mostly cos she's terrified of the traffic noise - busy road outside.

    And she was the biggest scariest looking dog (apart from acting like the biggest sook ever) in there. Several small fluffy dogs came and went. Most of them had a bark fest at her and then calmed down when nothing happened. I'm a bit reluctant to let Frosty greet any other dog at the vet cos you don't know what they're in for.

    The vet said she was surprised how well behaved Frosty was - even when we wanted to check her tummy rash - which was shocking at the time - much better now. Frosty does not like to have someone else roll her over. And when I ask her to roll over - she goes all the way and flicks back right side up... but for long lost friends (or smell alikes) - she will present her belly and hold that position for pats. For some reason I can't get that on cue. But Frosty even stayed calm although a little bit peturbed when the vet took her temp. And she behaved for the ear check too. Won't let me check her ears.

    I haven't had anything really big try to eat Frosty in the waiting room fortunately. I think people who have dogs like that do try to warn the vet. We have had some problems at dog club with people who own dogs who don't like other people or dogs - not giving any warning. And then the instructor gets chomped. Nasty.

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    I had a friend who had a dog with serious aggression issues like that. She was perfectly fine as a pup and young dog but later in life she just went berserk when she met other dogs. I really felt for my friend. She did realise that she had made mistakes with the socialisation, but she had witnessed a few serious dog fights with bad injuries (her mother's dog attacking hers) and she just felt so overwhelmed by it all. At least she always walked her dog on a leash and made sure she could not instigate fights. I would actually call that control too. As is avoiding taking your dog-aggressive dog into a small enclosed space with other dogs.

    I really do think first dog owners should be forced to go to training classes and be educated on socialisation and training. I know I should have done that with my first dog. But I do believe that some dogs are also just more prone to being reactive to other dogs. Or maybe they even suffer some sort of PTSD.

    I know it's hard to understand when you have a placid and well trained dog, but I try not to judge too harsly.

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    Mine always slink into the vets near on their bellys because they know what's coming next. Then stick to me legs like glue giving me the "you've already taken my nuts, what next?!?!" look.

    If you have a problem dog the smart thing to do is what K&P does and let the vet staff know you are there and then wait outside.

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