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Cage Aggression

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Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to appropriately manage a dog that has severe cage aggression.

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Terri Massa's picture

Once the staff determined that he was cage aggressive, what techniques did you use to get the muzzle on him in the first place?'s picture

I would assume with this dog he was fine being handled outside the cage so they could put it on then. they probably had a different way a first so let me know if you find out anymore

Megan Brashear's picture

Hi Terri, with this dog we had to heavily sedate him to get the muzzle on him. We were able to place his IV catheter with no problem so we had IV access and once we realized the severity of his cage aggression used chemical restraint to place the basket muzzle and work from there.

Lili Velazquez's picture

How about when dealing with small dogs in smaller kennels? Any tricks on dealing with them and trying to get them out of their kennels without getting your hands caught in the process?

Megan Brashear's picture

Lili, with smaller dogs I recommend using a large blanket to wrap around them to get them out if they are in an upper kennel. But as soon as you recognize cage aggression, get them into a lower kennel, and I like to put a harness on them and attach a leash to the harness, then clip the leash to the kennel door. That way you can grab the leash and pull them out of the kennel onto the floor (no falling!) and do not have to reach into the kennel. Use two leashes if needed to give them room to move around but keep you protected.

TAFE Queensland , Gold Coast Students's picture

It looks as if he has had his ears splinted. Perhaps he has some kind of puppy trauma from before the owner purchased him.