|Barked: Wed Aug 8, '12 9:12am PST |
|It's okay,it's okay...you're going to be just fine really. It's good you can express your frustrations so clearly, the first productive step in working them out. I don't know what to do about the peeing. I would ask your vet for advice. I would also suggest perhaps those doggie diapers??? At least they're protection on carpets and situations where it's hard to clean up.
A plus you have here is that fearful is easier to work with than aggressive. So you are blessed with that at least. One helpful thing is to start to note triggers. With Sophie the first fears I could put my paw on were-fireworks, thunder, dark lots and alleys, people in shadows, the noise of a car trunk or metal gate closing, helium balloons, soap bubbles.
If you can visualize a mid-sized pit bull walking along hunched over and pancaking at any unexpected sound...that's the way we were for two years. But it did get better. I didn't force her into any situations she was edgy about. We just bonded closer and closer and now she sees me as her security human and it's made her braver.
Now after four years she can walk off leash in the woods with her own perfect recall. She is confident enough to have doggie fun leaping and racing after chipmunks, she is always looking over her shoulder at me, even mid chase she'll stop and just make sure where I am. Then happily run a huge circle back to me. It takes time, patience and a sense of humor, but you can do it!!!!!
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