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We had our boy at an urgent care over the weekend for a sore eye. He wouldn't hold still for the vet, even with my husband and I holding him down. She suggested obedience classes; he's already taken one. She said that he needs to learn to let people look into his eyes, ears, paws, etc without fussing but is that taught at obedience classes? I just wondered if it was puppy behavior and that he'll grow out of it.

This morning he let me put eye drops in his eye and he was fine. So I think it was just the smells at the urgent care, his sore eye, etc that made him fussy? Any suggestions on what will help him to hold-still at the vet/urgent care? Will puppy class help with that? We are planning to keep going to classes but I didn't think it would help in that particular area. Suggestions?

We do his nails while giving a kong. I'm always looking in his ears and rubbing in between his toes.
 

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It seems like the vet came off as a little judgmental???? Maybe you could schedule five "fun" visits with your regular vet tech- just drop by for an "exam" and some petting in the medical setting? Our vet doesnt charge for this type of thing. "Stand For Exam" in obedience is pretty useful since it gets your dog comfortable with being handled by many people. CGC classes also let your dog become used to brushing/handling by strangers.
 

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It sounds like you had an impatient vet. She was obviously giving off the wrong vibes for your boy. I think things like that are usually taught at home. Hope he is feeling better.
 

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I agree with the above posts. It wasn't your regular vet right? I hope not!
I don't think I'd want to see that person regularly.

Sounds like puppy had a reason to be upset: pain and a cranky vet! Dogs definitely sense these things in people much more than we do.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

I like the idea of going to the vet for "fun".

The vet at urgent care was doing a 24 hour shift but sleeps there in between patients (according to the receptionists), so maybe she wasn't in the mood for "puppy" behavior.

I plan to keep him going to classes.
 

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I agree with the above posts. It wasn't your regular vet right? I hope not!
I don't think I'd want to see that person regularly.

Sounds like puppy had a reason to be upset: pain and a cranky vet! Dogs definitely sense these things in people much more than we do.

It wasn't our regular vet. I hope that we won't have to go back. It was an urgent care vet about 30-40 mins away from home that was on our vets after hours voice mail.

Our pup was playing with a kibble ball and hit his own eye with his nail. It watered for a minute then was fine. The next day he kept it closed but when he opened it, it had his 3rd eyelid (red film)...it looked scary to me. The vet said the 3rd eyelid comes as a protective sheild. He didn't scratch his eye but is on antibotic drops for the irritation.
 

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Sounds like the vet was definitely impatient. But to answer your question, Luck's class began working on it and once we go to "advanced" he will learn more. Right now he knows "chin". Which he simply puts his chin on my hand and keeps it there until we release him. At first, I thought this was silly to teach. But it really has come in handy when he is getting his temperature taken.
 
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