Why did my dog not come up for air?
Posted February 02, 2018 12:08:03 I had a very stressful day at work and it was only the third day on the job.
The day was about to end with a major change in my life, and I was anxious to get home.
My dog was in a state of anxiety and in a very fragile state.
We had been through a traumatic divorce, and had not had a dog for almost a year.
I had just been on a two-week trip to the Middle East, and we were looking forward to seeing my mum, so I decided to make sure my dog got a bit of sleep and a few treats.
We were going to bed early and I’d have the time to get her some treats and some extra time to think about what we were going through.
I’m sure that if I’d had a bit more time to prepare, my dog might have come up to me and said, “Oh, I’ve had a bad day and I’m not getting up for the day, I’m so scared.”
I knew the time had come to get my dog some food, so we headed to the local pet store and purchased a dog food that I knew my dog would like.
I knew what kind of treats my dog was craving, so after she ate the treats, I offered to get them for her.
She immediately picked up the bowl and took a bite, and immediately she turned her head to me, sniffed at the food, and said “It’s not good, I can’t eat it”.
I looked at her and said to her, “She’s not getting any food from me.”
She said “No, she’s eating it”.
She’s eating a bowl full of treats, right on top of her bowl of food!
So I knew that was a good sign, so my first thought was, “Why is she not eating?
She’s just got the bowl, why does she not eat?”
So I said, I’ll just take the bowl out and let her eat, but I want to make her feel safe.
“After a few moments of this, she said “I know that I’m getting a bowl of treats!
“So I took the bowl back out, put the bowl in the bowl basket, and left the house.
I just sat in the front room and watched her eat.
As I watched, I couldn’t help but think, “My dog can’t be a danger to me.”
I mean, she can go out for walks and be friendly, and go in the garden, and do whatever.
But if she starts to have an anxious reaction, what are we supposed to do?
She could be seriously hurting herself.
So I decided I would give her a bowl so she could have a little bit of peace and quiet.
I’ve been going back to the vet since then, and the vet told me that a lot of dogs are still experiencing anxiety issues because they’ve been in a stressful situation before.
She told me, “They are still reacting and reacting and responding.”
So I’m going to give her another bowl of treat, but this time I’m putting it in a different bowl.
I want her to be safe, and to feel secure.
So we’ve been putting bowls of food in bowls, and bowls of treats in bowls.
I also have my hand up to her face, so she can’t grab the bowl.
It’s really important to put her at ease so she doesn’t need to feel threatened.
But I have to be careful about it, because she could be feeling insecure and scared.
So, I put my hand over her mouth, and she bites her lip.
But then I say, “Well, I think you can go ahead and take the bowls out, because it’s safe for you to go ahead with it.”
She looks at me like I’ve just pulled out the trigger.
I put the bowls back in, and just like that, she doesn: I’m making her feel secure, and confident that she can have a bit less anxiety, but also be safe and relaxed.
I don’t want to upset her, so the bowl goes back in and she has a bowl and treats.
So that’s what I’m doing now.
I’ll make sure she’s safe, but be sure to have some peace and silence for her to get the right balance of food and treats, and feel safe enough to go out and play.
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