The switch was flipped!

Then, in December, a puppy showed up at our back door during a big storm and was hiding under our covered garage. She was severely malnourished, dehydrated and her ears were hairless and leathery. So I called my husband to tell him what was going on. I wrapped her in a towel (she bit me a bit when I picked her up but didn’t worry about it because she was a terrified pup) took her inside, put her in a storage tub we had recently cleaned to store Christmas things and put her water and food in there for her to eat. I then left her in the living room blocking my older dog and cat from her. Once she relaxed a bit and she ate to her liking, I gave her a bath because she needed to see how bad her injuries were, luckily she didn’t have anything that bad just scabies and stuff. So we took her to the vet and everything is fine. Anywho sorry for the long backstory going forward. Since then, she has become accepted again, but she is still very anxious with people. When people come to the house she barks and lunges and I have never had a dog do that even though all of my personal pets are rescued. So it was a very new thing to deal with. Well slowly but surely she started to trust her (specifically me) and her training is doing very well, but she still had that attitude problem with people and became extremely dependent on my older dog to get her to will reassure Well, I wanted her to be more open on her own, so I started taking her to places just for her and me, like the dog park, stores, and so on so she would start proper socializing. The first time was bad. She was still very nervous around dogs and people even tried it. to chase a man because she was in a difficult house with her dog. Well, we went to the dog park on 3/28/22 and stayed there about five and a half hours, maybe six hours. Most of the time she stayed under the table with me and she just stayed away. Well, I met an old friend who had brought a dog and was talking to them. And around the 3.5 hour mark, she started to get a little more confident going out when new dogs came in, but if they came near, she would dive under the table. Then around 4 o’clock she started to allow herself to be sniffed but she still got under the table, well she started out on the lawn and found a tennis ball (we don’t have any in our house just because we don’t have my older dog doesn’t like balls so we never had them) and she brings it and carries it under the table. So she grabs it and bounces it a few times and she’s very interested so she throws it. SHE REALLY GOT IT BACK!! Well, she still wouldn’t give it back to me directly, so she would grab it and throw it back. And she kept doing it. Now, if another dog was after the ball at the same time, she would stick her tail in and run back to the table. But when we left, she was meeting new dogs at the door with my old friend’s dog and when we went and walked through the Home Depot, she just walked past people and even walked through a group of them with no problem. And my mom came by today and she let him pet her without barking or growling and it was just hers. I don’t know what happened to her at the dog park, but it was like a switch was flipped in her head saying “maybe the world isn’t so bad and I can start doing more” and honestly I’m so proud of her, she has done amazing and I can’t wait to see her continue to thrive.

Then, in December, a puppy showed up at our back door during a big storm and was hiding under our covered garage. She was severely malnourished, dehydrated and her ears were hairless and leathery. So I called my husband to tell him what was going on. I wrapped her in a towel (she bit me a bit when I picked her up but didn’t worry about it because she was a terrified pup) took her inside, put her in a storage tub we had recently cleaned to store Christmas things and put her water and food in there for her to eat. I then left her in the living room blocking my older dog and cat from her. Once she relaxed a bit and she ate to her liking, I gave her a bath because she needed to see how bad her injuries were, luckily she didn’t have anything that bad just scabies and stuff. So we took her to the vet and everything is fine. Anywho sorry for the long backstory going forward. Since then, she has become accepted again, but she is still very anxious with people. When people come to the house she barks and lunges and I have never had a dog do that even though all of my personal pets are rescued. So it was a very new thing to deal with. Well slowly but surely she started to trust her (specifically me) and her training is doing very well, but she still had that attitude problem with people and became extremely dependent on my older dog to get her to will reassure Well, I wanted her to be more open on her own, so I started taking her to places just for her and me, like the dog park, stores, and so on so she would start proper socializing. The first time was bad. She was still very nervous around dogs and people even tried it. to chase a man because she was in a difficult house with her dog. Well, we went to the dog park on 3/28/22 and stayed there about five and a half hours, maybe six hours. Most of the time she stayed under the table with me and she just stayed away. Well, I met an old friend who had brought a dog and was talking to them. And around the 3.5 hour mark, she started to get a little more confident going out when new dogs came in, but if they came near, she would dive under the table. Then around 4 o’clock she started to allow herself to be sniffed but she still got under the table, well she started out on the lawn and found a tennis ball (we don’t have any in our house just because we don’t have my older dog doesn’t like balls so we never had them) and she brings it and carries it under the table. So she grabs it and bounces it a few times and she’s very interested so she throws it. SHE REALLY GOT IT BACK!! Well, she still wouldn’t give it back to me directly, so she would grab it and throw it back. And she kept doing it. Now, if another dog was after the ball at the same time, she would stick her tail in and run back to the table. But when we left, she was meeting new dogs at the door with my old friend’s dog and when we went and walked through the Home Depot, she just walked past people and even walked through a group of them with no problem. And my mom came by today and she let him pet her without barking or growling and it was just hers. I don’t know what happened to her at the dog park, but it was like a switch was flipped in her head saying “maybe the world isn’t so bad and I can start doing more” and honestly I’m so proud of her, she has done amazing and I can’t wait to see her continue to thrive.

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