You might not recognize it as such, but this ^ is a baby step forward.
Thursday afternoon, when Dani was taken outside for her post-lunchtime potty break, she didn’t instantly bolt for her safe place. Instead, she meandered around the backyard, stopping to pee, to nose around in a pile of wet leaves, and stiff for unmarked patches of dirt.
When she did head for her safe place (southwest corner of the backyard), she didn’t run, but rather trotted. A small differentiation you could say, but still a measurable distinction.
That Dani is also sitting up, bright-eyed, and not digging a deeper sandy hole, downcast expression – another good sign.
The day before, she was a trembling, frightened pup. It was storming, and I can only imagine that the thunder was triggering for her. She spent most of the day cowering against the couch, just within arms reach where I could keep a reassuring hand on her.
I hope that one day, and a day not too far into the future, I can look back at these chronicles and marvel at how far Dani has come.
2 thoughts on “Another step forward”
Wonderful! It all takes time and the reassurances you give her by being there when she’s feeling anxious will certainly help.
You will, although she will most likely always be afraid of thunder. As long as she knows she is safe with you, she’ll be OK.
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