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Hi  Everyone I am new to the site and we bought a husky YAY she is gorgeous and my hubby has wanted one for over 20 years and now with our son grown (22 next) we took the plunge, the last 2 weeks have been interesting and fun what wonderful smart animals they are but last night we took our 10 week old female  to the vet for her 2nd injections (who has shown some signs of what I thought was nervousness/aggression when meeting new people), (she is now fine with Me/Hubby and son) she growled and snapped at the vet and the vet told us her behaviour was abnormal and that we would have nothing but problems with her as she gets older with the aggression and that our lives with her would not be good/stressful etc and that perhaps we should consider either re-home or euthanasia - 

we were shell shocked and obviously getting a second opinion but just wondered as anyone else experienced this with their husky - did a behavioral therapist work etc any tips or just advice ?

 

thanks

Lisa 

 

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Nice vet you have there would show him the door... 10 weeks old need socializing with people... some pups are easier then others... would just go and meet people and dogs puppy classes are a good thing for that.. also a pup meets this person and stabs it with a sharp needle yeah good for you pup defend yourself a bit...

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yes thanks for the reply - no longer using that vet for sure!!!  I thought that she just needs socialising more which we intend to do once she can go out properly !! was very upset yesterday 

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Welcome to the pack,  carry her around outside to get her used to people and noises ,  she was probably scared ,  definitely time for a new vet 

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My guy is a calm friendly dog and a pleasure to have around.
However at the vet's, he growls and flattens his ears.
So he wears a muzzle at the vet.
I find it to be a natural self-defensive reaction...he has had some painful things done to him in the past, I think, and is trying to tell the vet to leave him alone!
But unfortunately, she can't leave him alone...so he has to wear a muzzle.
She is a perfectly nice person and a good vet - but she has to give him shots or poke around on his body...I can understand that makes my dog tense.

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I invite anyone I can to pet mine when we're out walking, Huskies are a little more rare here than most places I imagine, so people stop to look at him a lot.

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That’s shocking! As soon as you can get her out and socialised with both people and dogs as soon as possible. If I had been with my mum and litter mates for 8 weeks then put in a totally new environment without them I think I would be pretty scared too! That’s without being prodded by a vet. Definitely get a new vet and at every opportunity take her to the vets even if it’s just to sit in the waiting room for 10 minutes. Astro was scared of the Vets too and I used to do this with him to help desensitise him


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Have to agree with the others. Show that vet the door asap. Comments like that should not be coming from any vet worth their salt. You have a dire need to socialise her. Ease her in gently though and be aware of her reaction when meeting others. Some pups like to "mouth" as well so something else to be aware of. This action would need to be stopped as well but treated slightly differently. Wonderful choice of dog and enjoy her. If you need anymore help just ask there is a wealth of information on here.  

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As above for socialising....... what kind of vet advises euthanasia for a pup!! If you have noticed she’s nervous and is aggressive with it then I’d advise a behaviourist only because one of mine was the same. I socialised him from 10-12 weeks and he was a little nervous as a pup but didn’t start reacting with growls and raised hackles until around 6 months old. His behaviour caused a few issues as he’s s big boy and would lunge at some dogs who’d growl at him first, he was reactive. My other husky is the complete opposite, confident and loves all dogs and people so walking them both together was an issue at times. I saw a behaviourist for Luka blue and it’s the best thing I did for him, I gained some insight as to how difficult it was for him and I was able to understand his needs better. I was told that his issues were down to genetics and it may well be that’s the case for your pup but equally so it may not be the case so I’d advise a behaviourist so you can get a clearer picture of her temperament, even if you just see one to rule it out would help.


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