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Handling Aggressive Dogs

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through restraining an unpredictable dog with a past history of aggression for an IV injection.

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Megan Brashear


Enrolled: 07/2011

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Joanie Abrams


Enrolled: 08/2011

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Deb Moran's picture

Great video! Dog calm. Techs calm. Great result!

Megan Brashear's picture

Thanks everyone. I'll admit that the calm and patience came with age for me :) but it really pays off to take your time with these guys and make sure only confident people are working with them. It was more difficult to get a weight than a blood sample and took about the same amount of time!

Cecilie M. Bull's picture

Wonderful job! I admire you for your calm, and for giving him a chance to behave! I think so many people would have "pulled out the big guns" as soon as he gnarled a little... Definitely something to learn here! :)

David Bernazani's picture

You made his visit a good, positive experience, which will help for future visits as well!

Katy Ivy's picture

Awesome video, thank you for posting! Very helpful!

Kirstie Cunningham's picture

I really like this video. What a lot of people don't understand is that bad dogs need to be given a chance also. Sometimes we have to let them come around and not cause unnecessary stress for them by using maximal restraint or muzzles right at the beginning (unless absolutely needed). Thank you ladies for delivering this in such an awesome way!!!
- Kirstie

Gilberto Banuelos's picture

I'm kind of shocked that there isn't more videos on the many different restraints used on dogs and cats since that's about the first thing you do before a procedure is done...

Becky Magrath's picture

What a great minimalistic approach! Less really is more sometimes.

Kristie Machalette's picture

I don't know if I would choose to wear those earings while handling an aggressive patient.

Kendra Purifoye's picture

I've watched a few videos on different subjects and noticed that dogs are hardly ever being muzzled. Isn't that the first rule of restraint? Especially if handling a known and potentially AGGRESSIVE dog?

Rachel Medo's picture

Hi Kendra,

That's a great question! I was able to check in with our Technician Assistant Manager here at DoveLewis and have posted her answer below.

"When handling any patient, we want to adapt our restraint to whatever will help keep all involved parties safest. We also want success for our treatment goals, as well as inducing the least amount of stress possible.

Muzzles are excellent tools, especially for our higher bite risk patients. But, they can in some cases be dangerous to try to put on a patient (your hands will be near the patients mouth), or even be a trigger that escalates a situation. Muzzle are used frequently here at Dove, but it is not a tool that is employed with every patient. The majority of the time a body hold of the patient with control of the head will suffice, and for most patients this is less stressful than being muzzled. A few examples of other tools commonly employed to reduce the risk of bites are E-collars, thick blankets, and chemical restraint, which all keep our hands farther away from the patients mouth than muzzles.

Great question! Thank you for watching!"

Rebecca Taylor's picture

I enjoyed this video-very informative. I also liked that, at the end, you took the time to explain why you chose the restraint route you had, making it clear that the choices were made -for this dog-. The implication that each animal is handled on a case by case basis is a very good thing, I think. Every animal is different, after all.

Helen Johnson's picture

Good technique! I also appreciate that you took the time to explain why you used that route for restraint with this dog. It is evidence for the clinical practice of determining restraint technique on a patient by patient basis.

Jessica Anest's picture

I have delt with a few agressive dogs like this at my work. Some just do not like being approached from the front. This definitely helped me see it from a different technique.

April Smith's picture

Gret technique! It's hard to know what to do when every case is different, so I'd love to see any other aggressive dog restraint techniques too :)