Breakthroughs!

div style=”text-align: left;”If you read this blog on a semi-regular basis, or know me personally, you would know that a href=”http://svb-thatswhatshesaid.blogspot.com/2010/08/gone-to-dogs.html”I recently inherited a mini schnauzer/a. You would also know that the first couple of weeks of my having her were quite the adjustment periods–for the both of us. The first week I was an absolute basket case, getting overwhelmed, frustrated and stressed out incredibly easily. I also didn’t go to the gym that entire first week either, which is something I do on a regular basis, because I was terrified to leave the apartment, since she had this habit of barking whenever I left. The second week was a bit better, I wasn’t as much of a basket case, although still a bit stressed, and I went to the gym twice–however, I was a straight-up hermit Saturday and Sunday because a) I had no plans and b) I was still stressed over leaving the apartment. Well, kids, I’m proud to say that this week–week three–has been ia lot/i better./divdivbr //divdivFirst of all, I stopped stressing out over her barking. I was just over it. Secondly, I had to face the fact that if I wanted her to get over her anxiety at me leaving, I would have to actually leave the apartment. So I went back to my regular gym schedule, and took each time I left as a training opportunity. With the help of my friend A (who also had the same problem with her lab), I had a system that I was using to work with her to overcome her separation anxiety, and today we had a major breakthrough: when I left to go to work and heard her start to bark, I simply rapped on my bedroom window a few times (I keep her crated in my bedroom when I’m not home) and gave the command for her to be quiet. And she got quiet. And she istayed /iquiet. And I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The magic replicated itself when I left to go to the gym after work: she barked, I rapped on the window, she got quiet, and I did a celebratory fist pump. /divdivbr //divdivThis was the first week I was able to truly enjoy my dog. Not gonna lie, those first two weeks I contemplated giving her back to my sister, but I’m really glad I stuck it out, because the progress I’m seeing makes all the hard work and tears worth it. I also had a really good group of friends who were dog owners and encouraged me to stick it out and offered tips, their support and stories of their own. So to A, AA, a href=”http://everydayreasonstosmile.blogspot.com/”Taylor/a, and a href=”http://toddlertracks.blogspot.com/”Carrie/a–thanks for the support and for putting up with my crazy. /divdivbr //divdivNot gonna lie, I’m feeling like a rock star. :-)/divdivbr //divdivspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 238); -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: underline; “img src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SEtHXu9tF_U/TH7_A_7XTbI/AAAAAAAAAaI/H-NMB1LBxgo/s320/IMG00107-20100829-1532.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5512123386573573554″ style=”display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px; ” //span/divdivspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 238); -webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: underline; “br //span/div

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Taylor says:

    You are a rock star! And Ava is super cute.

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  2. Bowdoin says:

    congrats!

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  3. SVB says:

    Thanks guys!

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