Today was a tiring day for Maulkin. He had a physical at the vet this morning two hours before agility class. We’ve just switched to a new vet, so the appointment took about an hour to discuss his history and have him checked out. The vet was really impressed with Maulkin’s conditioning and temperament. She said he’s the picture of health; and she was impressed he had such a gentle, trusting demeanour despite being nervous. I’m going to set up another appointment in the next few weeks to have Maulkin’s hips x-rayed to check for hip dysplasia just to be on the safe side. Maulkin’s nutritionist also recommended Tryptocalm LT as a general anxiety treatment, but it looks like it’s been discontinued. The vet said she’s going to see if any of their suppliers have some in stock, but she’s recommended Zylkene as an alternative. It’s much more expensive, but she said her clients have been reporting great results. I’ll report back once we’ve tried it out.
After the excitement of seeing the vet, Maulkin was especially calm before agility. He barked once at a grooming client coming through with very loud dog tags,* but otherwise was extremely polite and unconcerned about the other dogs. We started out the class with more teeter practice, and Maulkin was fantastic. By the end of it, he was actually pretty tired from charging the teeter so hard. We had a few decent, but slow, runs and decided to leave early because Maulkin was disconnecting a bit. When we got home, Maulkin put himself into his crate and has been sleeping since. I hope that the Zylkene will help Maulkin feel a bit more relaxed and improve his stamina. The poor guy wears himself out with worry even when he’s having fun.
*To be fair, the tags were so loud, I startled initially, too.