Some Tips for the Vet's Office (Part 1 of 2)
Today I want to give you some tips on entering the office and being in the waiting room. Here are some tips:
- If your dog's feeding schedule falls before you go to the office, try and feed him at least an hour before your visit. Since this can be a very nervous time for your dog, you want to minimize "mistakes" in the waiting room or (even worse) the examination room.
- Make sure you have a good collar and strong leash. You don't want your dog to get away from you.
- On the drive to the Vet's office, be sure that you have your dog secure with a seat belt devise so that he won't become airborne if you have to quickly apply your breaks.
- As you approach the waiting room, open the door and look in to see the dogs and owners currently waiting. If the waiting room is crowded, you might tell the receptionist that you are there and that you will wait outside until the number of dogs and owners in the waiting room declines.
- Once you are inside, always keep your dog next to you. Don't let him "wander" on a loose leash to sniff or bark at the other dogs. This could lead to nipping or a dog fight.
- Try to take a seat where you can see the door to evaluate new dogs and owners entering the office. Don't sit in a corner where you might be "trapped" if an aggressive dog approaches.
- Keep your dog's focus on you. You are the leader and you will be the one keeping him safe.
- If you see an owner who is "out of control" with their dog, ask one of the Vet Techs to assist them. There is probably an Office Policy that already outlines this.
- When it is your turn to go to the examination room, walk your dog next to you in a deliberate manner.
- Last thing... If your dog is fearful or shows signs of aggression while at the Vet's Office, you might ask that when you come to the office, you enter by a side door so that you won't interact with the other dogs/owners and so the Vet Tech can give you and your dog more complete and immediate focus.