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Hello, I recently recused an 4 year old malamute . He is not fully socialized with other dogs but I'm not too worried about that. I am worried about people, with us he is fine now. At first he was alittle touchy with us pulling his collar where he would do a snap but no blood or pain from it . He dosnt do that anymore to us but not sure on other people. Well today I took him to the vet for the first time with me and he snapped and growled many times and jumped up on them to get away. I had a muzzle on him but it was still pretty intense . He acted this way when they held him down to listen to his heart and then they tried pinning him in a Conner to finish but he just growled and tried to bite them . I'm not sure if I should get a trainer for his aggression or not.
 

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Hello, I recently recused an 4 year old malamute . He is not fully socialized with other dogs but I'm not too worried about that. I am worried about people, with us he is fine now. At first he was alittle touchy with us pulling his collar where he would do a snap but no blood or pain from it . He dosnt do that anymore to us but not sure on other people. Well today I took him to the vet for the first time with me and he snapped and growled many times and jumped up on them to get away. I had a muzzle on him but it was still pretty intense . He acted this way when they held him down to listen to his heart and then they tried pinning him in a Conner to finish but he just growled and tried to bite them . I'm not sure if I should get a trainer for his aggression or not.
I'm no expert but I think you should.
As a rescue, you probably don't know his previous history and four years is quite a long time in a dogs life.
 

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There's never be a bad time to get in touch a trainer, IMO, but there will always be a bad time not to get in touch with a trainer. A large, powerful breed like a Malamute could very seriously injure someone, and dogs that get aggressive when being handled/restrained can be VERY dangerous, because they are usually aggressing from a very primary, fearful place. This kind of aggression can also very easily get worse if you ignore it.

Getting him to a point where he is 100% comfortable with being handled and restrained will take a very long time (think years) and may never happen may not ever happen, but not working with a dog who is clearly dangerously aggressive at being restrained and has snapped when his collar is handled is asking for the dog to bite someone. It's just plain not safe to have a large breed dog that bites when you try to grab his collar, IMO. I would highly suggest looking for professional help with this.
 

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Devils advocate here. The vet or vet tech can make all the difference. This current team takes Jagger on leash, do what they need to do and it doesn't bother him.

Every breed has universal truths, and good vets or techs knows this. I've always had to muzzle our minpin for any examinations or blood draws with previous vets or techs - with this current vet office, I don't have to. They know the patients and their traits. I just suggest they cover his bum now cause he can be "anally expressive" when excited but no muzzle needed :) Every time, he expresses himself, and techs are grateful to be told this - they are amazing with him.

Previous vets, had to muzzle him, no choice cause someone was likely to get bit, start poking and prodding the dog and all bets are off. One vet decided to stick her finger up his bum without warning - yeah, that would have gone over well if not for the muzzle.

Was in a pet smart a while back, had to pick the pup up cause another dog was being an arse. A groomer came over and started fussing over him - but it blew me away when she stated "I know better than to try to take you from your owners arms". She knew the breed - this will typically get you nipped or shredded by a pin.
 
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