Found a lump on this goon today, about the size of a BB gun pellet and in all the neck fur right under his ear. My heart stopped, as it does every time there might be something up w/ my pups, but we cleared the fur away and it looks like an infected big bite or scratch. We cleaned it with salt water and are gonna get some other helpful bits in, in the hope we can avoid the #vet . Kasper came to us terrified of people, and the vet remains a HUGE fear. Unfortunately our 'good' surgery is terrible with #fearfuldogs (very much take em to the back room and restrain them, no clue on #lowstresshandling etc), so we avoid the vets with Kasper as much as possible. I'm also gonna muzzle train from scratch, because even though Kasper has never been in any way aggressive to staff at vets (never even a lip lift, even when an awesome vet in the past was examining a cut artery!!), this is the surgery that will only treat him in a #muzzle - all because we phoned and asked if they practiced low stress handling because our #rescuedog is fearful -_-
-7 years old-
This is the face of trust. After only 2.5 months he trusts me to keep him safe and give him the best chance to make good choices.
Today we went to the vet. Hes been scratching lately and I wanted his ears to be looked at. Tucson gets nervous of strange dogs on leash, so over the last month we have learned about muzzles. Tucson now LOVES his muzzle. To him it means fun and adventures and cheese and all things good and wonderful in life.
I love it too. I love that I know when he wears it at a strange vets office filled with sick and stressed out dogs I know hes safe. I love it even more when he has to put up with strange people sticking strange things in his ouchy ear. I also love that no matter what he wears Tucson is adorable and loving and smart and oh so wonderful.
What I dont love is when someone at the vets office stops dead in their tracks, throws their hands in the air and steps back saying "whoooooaa! Whats going on? That dog looks like Bane" and walks around Tucson, passing his wagging tail and ignoring Tucsons very best "scratch me" eyes. I hate some guy eyeing him up like Tucsons the dangerous one. Whats dangerous is that guys' assumptions.
I walked into that vets office proud of my dog and the gift of trust he gave me. I walked out angry, defiant and yet somehow even more proud. Muzzles make for safe dogs and safe vet clinics. Every dog should be muzzle trained. Every. One.
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Siri doesn't really like to wear her muzzle, but sometimes she has to...
So, we've put together a training plan to help her associate her muzzle with great things and feel like she has some control over it being put on. This is a short clip of the quick session we did before we went for a walk today.