Go4aWalk? day #139 . . .
day #139 complete . . . took Jake on a pack dog walk for about 35 minutes just before a spring micro-burst began in our Calgary neighbourhood. there were lots of dark clouds on the horizon, gusting winds and the strong smell of rain in the air. we could see the approaching storm was only minutes away.
when we first adopted Jake from the Cochrane and Area Humane Society (almost 3 years ago) he was deathly afraid of rain, dark clouds and thunderstorms. he would hide under furniture, shake uncontrollably and would not go outside. we have since been slowly and carefully working with him to build his confidence.
at first, Jake was anxious on the walk, but he wasn’t shaking and actually left the house. lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement has helped him to slowly overcome his fears. here he is in full on border-collie-walking-with-a-purpose mode . . . 😉
. . . working with our pets to overcome their fears can be
challenging & takes lots of time & patience but
the bond & trust that it builds is