Not long ago I wrote a post about Phoebe’s seemingly sudden fears of several things. I was over-analyzing and going out of my way to try things that would reduce or eliminate the fear.
I received a comment that politely pointed out that my making a big deal about something being ‘scary’ only furthered Phoebe’s fear – just like coddling a dog when they whine.
Keep in mind, I am talking about fears that pop-up after our little rescue dog settles in and gets over any anxiety and extra baggage that put him or her in the position of being a rescue dog in the first place.
In this case, Phoebe had a sudden fear of going on the lawn. After reading the comment in response to my concern, I simply dropped the subject and let Phoebe figure it out on her own.
Yesterday, I walked outside and guess what I saw?
Phoebe wandering around the lawn. She eventually made her way to the shade of her beloved plum tree.
I have learned two lessons:sometimes it is good (and beneficial) to let your dog work out some issues on their own, and commenting on posts goes a long way.
We are a community with a common interest (otherwise, we would not be reading dog blogs). Sharing knowledge and offering feedback is what this is all about.