As soon as the leash came off he'd hop onto his couch, curl up in a ball, and give me that "deer in headlights" look that made me wonder when (if ever) he would feel comfortable on his walks with Daisy and me!
What caused this breakthrough, you ask? First and foremost, I believe ALL dogs can be rehabilitated. Second, I increased the minutes of his walks at his own pace and comfort level over a matter of three weeks. Third, I firmly believe that dogs are pack animals by nature and will learn from their elders which was one of the reasons why I introduced him to Daisy. As one week turned into three I asked permission to allow Daisy to romp in Ajax's back yard (pictured here in a calm moment) prior to heading out on the town and that final act, dear reader, brought on more bonding making him feel even more at ease!
I'm not a certified trainer but I instinctively knew that with practice and patience he would eventually walk with confidence. As I study this last picture in comparison to ones above I am proud because his transformation is quite noticeable! Can you tell the difference?
Dog walking has been a rewarding experience for me throughout the years and this one is no exception! I'm proud that I chose professional dog walking as a profession and I'm sure Ajax would agree!
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