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Doggie Rehab — Part 8 — Whirling Dervish

The next day, I took Cricket to a nearby park. The park is mostly grassy fields, so I figured that would help her anxiety, and it did. She wasn’t concerned a bit, and really enjoyed being there. I was getting … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab — Part 7 — Overcoming the Garage Monster

When I’m working with an anxious animal, there are three main tools I use to help them overcome their fear and face whatever frightens them: luring, distraction, and reassurance. After working with Ray’s severe separation anxiety, the process is fairly … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab — Part 6 — Letting Go

The next day was Sunday, and it was beautiful and sunny out. Leaving Cricket in her crate, I went out to the garage and found the ramp I’d bought for Ray when his hip dysplasia made it too hard to … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab — Part 5 — Country Dog, City Dog

I tried walking Cricket around the block again the next day. I’d spoken to Alicia to get her thoughts, and the main bit of wisdom to add to my own assessment was to cross the street if Cricket was afraid … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab — Part 4 — Fear

Cricket’s first night here was fairly uneventful. When I got home I stuck her in the bathroom and set up the massive wire crate, big enough for a small pony, that I’d gotten for Ray. By the time the crate … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab — Part 3 — Adoption Day

When I got home from the shelter, I immediately called my friend Alicia. Alicia knows dogs. Alicia also knows bully breeds, having owned an American Staffordshire Terrier named Joxer, and now two Staffordshire Bull Terriers (affectionately called The Adorabulls). I … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab –Part 2 — How Cricket Found Me

The Lewisburg Animal Shelter only has so much space. They used to euthanize most dogs, but now with the help of the volunteers and a rescue group called Animal Rescue Assistance Team Tennessee (ARATT), that’s all changed. Now dogs that … Continue reading

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Doggie Rehab — Part 1 — Where Cricket Started Out

I’ve decided to do a series of posts on Cricket, and how I struggled at first to help her adjust to her new life. My goal is to help other people who’ve adopted a dog and suddenly find themselves in … Continue reading

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