Exploits of an Amateur Dog Trainer: Blog Edition: December 2011

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Settling Down Some

Well, we're finally out of the hotel and into our temporary housing and got internet back.

Things are trying to settle back in to something resembling normal finally. That will be good for everyone involved, including Wally.

The first few days with Wally saw him do a lot of whining and being scared to be alone. It must have been yet another sudden change and being in a house again with so much empty space and its all new. I tried to give him a room that we weren't going to use so he could have it, but he would have none of that. Whimpering and whining like a kid scared of the dark. It was a bit heartbreaking to see him regress a bit like this.

I let him stay in my room for those nights and that helped him out. I was able to buy him some things to use for his little area in another room like he used to have - a place that was his in the room/house and he could go lay on it and such. Made him another spot on the lower level. He became much more settled after that. It was like he didn't know where he fit in with this new place and it made him uncomfortable and anxious.

Now that he's calmed down, we're getting back into some of the training groove. A lot of it is revisiting walking off-leash, since he was on-leash the whole time he was out in the hotel. He sort of got used to it again and lost his own keeping up with me. It's starting to come back to him. :)

So at least we're looking back up. It's not home, but at least it's more like home with a neighborhood and being in a house and GRASS for him to walk on and sniff.