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Dogs that live with you and spend time with you are naturally watching your responses to everything that is new to them. They learn how to respond to things that are foreign to them in the natural world, by seeing how you react in these environments. When you walk into a veterinary office, Fido is soaking up your nerves, or your comfort, whichever the case may be. You can help your dog grow to understand that visiting the vet is a normal, acceptable thing to do if you greet your vet and the vet techs with a friendly handshake and a pleasant chat. Fido will watch and learn.
Further, when your dog gets an immunization or is taken to the back by a tech, don't act all sad and tell them "bye-bye my sweet baby". Giving off a confident, all-is-well vibe
will help your dog to accept and happily go along with whatever is coming next. Your attitude is that important to his success. Give him a fighting chance.
Already into the vet vs. dog drama? Try this trick: Plan a once or twice weekly visit to your vet's office to simply walk inside, get a tech or even the vet to offer some affection and praise for their friendly and willing behavior, and then leave without much ado. Make it worth his while; give him a treat if he responds with a tail wag. It won't take long before Fido gets the idea that visiting the vet is a fun thing to do. This is actually an easier fix than you think, so go for it! Enjoy the bond.