Hello all here's what happened.
My 21/2 year old lab went to our vet today for annual exam/shots. This is
the same vet that we've gone to since he was 10 weeks of age. The vet is
very calm and was not threatening at all.
Anyway today when the vet approached my dog growled at the pro-offered
hand ,and a couple of times during the exam actually barked at the doc. He
was shakinging big time and covered me in slobber. The doc asked me to
expose his teeth and ears and he let me , no problem.
This is extremely unusual behavior for him growling/barking . He is at
the centre of a active child focoused house and shows no agression around
his food , toys etc.He will actuall do tricks for my 5 year old.
The only time that I can think of where he acted like this was when we
had some plumbers in over the last year and he barked at them or at the
I'm retired , so he is around me all day. He's is tied out first thing
each AM and last thing each PM alone for about an hour(weather dependant) or
until he cries to gget in. He gets at least 2 long walks every day and goes
to my childrens school twice a day where he has a large "groupie" following.
Always being petted by strangers.
Although he has not had any formal obediance training he does all the
basic commands and will remain in the down/stay with a couple of hundred
kids running by. Heck he's even been to my youngest childs kindergarten as
show and tell.
He is intact and the vet's assistant urged me to get the "snip" done ,
but in a dog this age wouldn't the hormonal damage already be done?
What should I do. The snip would be logical I guess . Obediance traing I
guess but he already does all that even with other dogs around.
I kinda think that he was just afraid , but I guess I'll see what the
pack around here thinks. All I know is that it upset me alot.