Why walk when you can run? My Brian’s back – complete with the energy, curiosity and loveliness. Almost as if nothing has ever been wrong. We can slowly go back to the routine, to making sure he doesn’t grow up to be scared of going out. Fortunately, that is my area of expertise and -as you can see in the photos-shouldn’t be difficult.
Despite the setback, Brian hasn’t forgotten everything he’s learnt. I’m glad we worked on being calm around strangers, on enjoying having a muzzle on for a few minutes (as there’s always a reward when we do this), on accepting the fact that the vet’s surgery is the place to go if you want a new toy. Even though he was not fully socialised, trained or desensitised I was grateful for every minute spent working on his issues when we needed to visit the vet so many times. Not just to get a toy this time.
If I ever needed to prove my point: the more time, patience and love we commit the easier it is to go through life together. Small steps make a big difference and we never know when we might use everything the dog has learnt, even if it seems he has learnt very little.