So there are only 2 days left before we bring Comet home and today I met the breeder at the neurologist for Comet's BAER test. Let's just say it was not a good experience. Poor little puppy did not like the needles and the collar the vet was using and got stressed out. The vet said he could sedate him, but at 8 1/2 weeks old, we all agreed it was not worth sedating him for a hearing test.
The vet (and breeder) were EXTREMELY patient and were willing to try again after we gave Comet a break to calm down, but he was still not having none of it. So we decided to try Rescue Remedy to calm him down and went walking with him outside to tire him out, which helped a bit, but the vet was only able to test 1 ear (which was perfectly fine) and then Comet became agitated again.
The vet said he did not want to put him through any more stress and did not try again. He did offer to test him again in 4 months if we wanted.
Needless to say, my wife and I feel awful for putting the little guy through all the stress today. We were trying to do the right thing and perform, what we thought, was a piece of cake test (which apparently is a non-event with slightly older dogs). Just hope this incident does not make him fearful of vets in the future.
Ironically, someone dropped something on a desk and Comet quickly turned his head, to show us he could hear and probably thought - "what the heck are you people trying to do to me??? I know I can hear!".
At this point, we have to go off of family history (parents and grandparents all passed their BAER testing and none Comet's relatives have had any hearing issues). Not sure if Comet's experience was an anomaly (he has a great temperament and is very easy going), but I don't think I would recommend the BAER test to a puppy so young.
I guess the one positive thing from the whole ordeal was that *I* was not the one in the room during the test (the vet and breeder were in there). When it was over, I was the one who came in and "rescued" him and he calmed down immediately, which could bode well for the future I suppose. We did make sure to let Comet play with the vet afterwards to not leave on a bad note (our breeder's idea).
We feel bad that we didn't get the data we sought, but even worse to have had the little guy go through such an unpleasant experience