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I totally agree with the concept, but it is not something I have done. I DO take ALL my doges for regular Chiro adjustments at the vet's office, Kodi because he's older and has had a past injury, Panda because she works hard, and Pixel so that she has regular "positive" experiences at the vet's office. Kodi goes every 6 weeks, Pixel and Panda alternate, with one of them going with him each time. So each of them go about every 3 months.
So I agree with it in theory, just as I STRONGLY believe that every dog should be comfortable with being crated. The problem with muzzling is that unless you are going to remember to KEEP up familiarity with the muzzle, they are going to lose their comfort level with it. And the first time you use it at the vet's office, without LOTS of positive experiences to support that use in other places, you have TONS of "damage control" to do.
OTOH I have a friend with GSD's and they are sweet, wimpy dogs, but large with lots of big, pointy teeth, and they don't handle even MINOR pain well.. she ALWAYS muzzles them before they go into the vet's office, even though they LIKE their vets. They get their muzzles off for treats from the vets before they leave the office!
For me, knowing myself and my dogs, I know my dogs are not going to threaten, let alone bite for any "normal" office procedures. If they were, for some reason, hurt or stressed enough that I thought they might be a danger to staff or themselves, I would ask that they be sedated for whatever procedure. (but I am pretty sure the staff would suggest that first) That way not only would the staff be safe, but it would be less traumatic for the dog as well.
That said, Kodi has even had a needle biopsy and held perfectly still in my arms with no threat to anyone, and I'm sure that was pretty uncomfortable. So I think it would have to be pretty bad for him to threaten to bite anyone. Same with the girls.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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