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He-Said-She-Said, Safe House – He Said | Sit, Stay – She Said

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HE Said vs SHE Said

HE Said vs SHE Said


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The LORD is a good and safe house in times of trouble. He knows those who come to him to be safe. Nahum 1:7

We have a neurotic rat terrier. Spike is afraid of everything. If someone walks past our house, he spouts a hateful bark then runs upstairs to hide. Guess he thinks he’s tough, shielded behind the banisters of the upstairs hallway. He gobbles his food in seconds for fear it will be taken away. When we walk Spike and his brother Alf in the park, Alf springs to the front, tail extended and ears perked, while Spike lags behind, tail tucked and hunkered in a squat.

We’ve never lifted a finger to hit the dog or scolded him harshly and it puzzles me why he’s so fearful. I’ve recently begun to work with Spike. I figure with fifteen years of experience as a vet tech, I could surely turn him around. So I watched him a couple of days, observing the things that seemed to haunt him. It was obvious, building a trusting relationship with Spike, was the place to start.

Spike’s fears pushed him into my lap and my face every time I sat down. My training began by gently sitting him next to me on the couch. When he crawled into my lap, I petted his head, reassured him, then moved him onto the couch next to me with a firm command to “stay.” It took time but we kept at it. Reassurance, love, discipline. After a few days, I could command Spike to sit at my feet, stay, and be content that he was safe.

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