Taking your dog to the vet isn’t usually the favorite pastime of most pet owners. But it is important to maintain your dog’s health and ensure they have the best quality of life possible. Whether it’s a routine checkup or vaccinations or treating a specific condition or injury, keeping up with vet care is a great way to show your pet that you love them.
But don’t be surprised if your dog has their own take on a trip to the vet’s office. Some dogs are happy enough to go just about anywhere but others will make their preferences well known. The video below shows a dog who gets quite vocal when they realize what is in store.
The short clip begins with the dog sticking his head out of the window. This is often a fun thing for dogs to do. Many even let their mouths hang open in their own version of a grin. But as soon as he realizes where the car is parked, this German shepherd isn’t very happy. He starts to whine and pace around the backseat. The dog sticks his face into the front, looking through the windshield to see if his eyes were deceiving him. Nope! Still at the vet.
His owner is amused by the reaction. The driver begins to get out of the car, settling in for some resistance from the pup. The man shooting the video prepares to help get the dog into the office. Even though your dog may not be a big fan, taking them to the vet for periodic checkups can help them live their best life.
Is This Normal Dog Behavior at the Vet?
Dogs can use sounds, movement, and other behaviors to communicate their emotions and preferences. Whining and pacing when nervous is completely normal dog behavior.
One way that you can help your anxious dog with vet visits is to reassure them with calm words and demeanor. Dogs are sensitive to the emotions and responses of their owners. The closer your bond with your dog, the more they will pick up on cues from you. If you are nervous, they may feel that they should be on edge, too. On the other hand, if you are calm and positive, they might feel calmer and not be on the lookout for threats.
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