Ember meets a Snowman
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She is so brave. Good girl Ember.
Linda

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I love it. So brave. Her dinosaur fringe still cracks me up.
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#4
She's right to be cautious, you never know what a snowmen will do. But for a dog that has been fearful she seems to have really come out of her shell.
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#5
Haha that's a classic. I am sure my boys would be the same, well at least Max for sure. He would have been ducking, stooping and weaving for ages. Ember was cautious but still quite confident. She did great !
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#6
I think two of mine would have taken longer to accept than that.
Gotta love 'em.
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#7
Very good Ember. Wink I love it when a dog freezes in it's tracks at something I see so much I fail to notice what it is they are warning me of. New eyes, new approach every time. Statues, garden flags, strange stumps..... always worth a laugh. You see the item again later on dog glances keeps going. Yet the memory and smile is still there in my heart and mind for a lifetime. 

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I was on the phone with my mom trying to get my car defrosted to I could make it to her house for dinner (first time I've ever driven across a sheet of ice, fun learning curve there - who knew that 20 mph was much better and easier than 5 mph?!). Ember was pulling in every direction trying so hard to not go back inside (She is really into this snow business!). So I walked her under the building and out the back and that's where the snow man was. She froze and then started barking. I let mom see via Facetime and then hung up so I could video. I don't know when the snowman was built but it wasn't there earlier today. She was so funny trying to inspect it! I'm so proud of her. She is REALLY coming out of her shell, yes! And willing to investigate! This is spilling over into so many areas of life right now. I feel like I have to be careful because she may actually find the wrong thing to inspect, but I'm trying really hard not to hover. I've managed her for 2 years and I feel like she is finally telling me she doesn't need as much. Such a weird feeling.

I love the duck and weave! I've never seen her do that before. It's always been either a direct dart away or a super wide arch that never got closer to the scary thing. I've sort of taken up a new mentality that I am again trying to be careful with, but it stems from my brother being a super picky eater when he was young. We all adopted a "it's okay to hate it but you must try it first before you declare so" methodology. And that seems to be working well with Ember now, where she is at. I can encourage her to inspect scary things at her pace and timing, and if she does and then decides she still doesn't like the thing, I will continue to manage around that thing until she tries it again on her own. But I am now much more comfortable encouraging "just go check it out!".

I wouldn't say she loves snowmen though lol. She kept glancing over her shoulder like she expected it to follow her. It's okay. She goes out that way at night for her bedtime potties, and I'll watch if she notices it (she won't be walking out that far, never does). Tomorrow if it's still there I'll make a point of heading in that direction for a longer walk around the building and see if she notices it (we usually go the opposite way). If she does I'll give her another go if she wants or see if her attitude has changed to a little less suspicious.

I just love it so much. Yes, KBB, I get those feelings too - especially when we walk right past something she was worried about months ago and I realize it's definitely not a problem anymore! And then she picks things to be scary that make me laugh. Like earlier this week it was snow covered cars.
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(01-07-2018, 08:53 PM)Ember Wrote: I was on the phone with my mom trying to get my car defrosted to I could make it to her house for dinner (first time I've ever driven across a sheet of ice, fun learning curve there - who knew that 20 mph was much better and easier than 5 mph?!). Ember was pulling in every direction trying so hard to not go back inside (She is really into this snow business!). So I walked her under the building and out the back and that's where the snow man was. She froze and then started barking. I let mom see via Facetime and then hung up so I could video. I don't know when the snowman was built but it wasn't there earlier today. She was so funny trying to inspect it! I'm so proud of her. She is REALLY coming out of her shell, yes! And willing to investigate! This is spilling over into so many areas of life right now. I feel like I have to be careful because she may actually find the wrong thing to inspect, but I'm trying really hard not to hover. I've managed her for 2 years and I feel like she is finally telling me she doesn't need as much. Such a weird feeling.

I love the duck and weave! I've never seen her do that before. It's always been either a direct dart away or a super wide arch that never got closer to the scary thing. I've sort of taken up a new mentality that I am again trying to be careful with, but it stems from my brother being a super picky eater when he was young. We all adopted a "it's okay to hate it but you must try it first before you declare so" methodology. And that seems to be working well with Ember now, where she is at. I can encourage her to inspect scary things at her pace and timing, and if she does and then decides she still doesn't like the thing, I will continue to manage around that thing until she tries it again on her own. But I am now much more comfortable encouraging "just go check it out!".

I wouldn't say she loves snowmen though lol. She kept glancing over her shoulder like she expected it to follow her. It's okay. She goes out that way at night for her bedtime potties, and I'll watch if she notices it (she won't be walking out that far, never does). Tomorrow if it's still there I'll make a point of heading in that direction for a longer walk around the building and see if she notices it (we usually go the opposite way). If she does I'll give her another go if she wants or see if her attitude has changed to a little less suspicious.

I just love it so much. Yes, KBB, I get those feelings too - especially when we walk right past something she was worried about months ago and I realize it's definitely not a problem anymore! And then she picks things to be scary that make me laugh. Like earlier this week it was snow covered cars.

My favorite is the blow up lawn decorations. Ya wanna see a giant freaky Santa!!! I don't know if it is the wrong thing to do in the situation but I can't help it. It just comes out of nowhere. I pay no attention to Santa. The next thing I know our stroll grinds to a halt. His hair and ears are up and he freezes... stares.... steps forward sniffing... steps back.... bounces forward....etc.  I can't help it. I laugh. I let him go in and investigate anything inanimate on leash at his own pace as long as I know it is not a physical danger. I trust he will return to me when he needs security It gradually gets better by the time Christmas is over he just kind glares at them blowing around in the breeze as we stroll by. "Come on... dare ya....blow this way man" I always make it positive each time we leave the area like "wow that was so cool and interesting." but little attention except what he puts out is quietly acknowledged upon approach. And each time there is less and less reaction before approach as we pass and less needed after passing until it is nothing. Unfortunately snowman and lawn decorations are temporary so every winter it starts over a little each winter

I am a firm believer if I stay comfortable and breezy at stuff that makes him comfortable he will be less tense about it. If I act stoically he tends to take longer to get comfortable. If I laugh it usually turns into playful curiosity. His life is a game.
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