Won’t Walk. Doesn’t Feel Safe. Not Naughty.

Fox Terrier won't walkThis is a puzzling situation. Often Harvey simply won’t walk.

The Fox Terrier is now eight years old and this began several years ago. He became even more reluctant to go out after their other dog died about nine months ago.

The lady and gentleman feel walks are very important, so much so that in addition to a morning walk and an evening walk, they have one of two dog walkers coming in during the day as well. Both were at our meeting which is wonderful. He certainly has plenty of humans caring for and about him!

Naughty?

They may have to drag or carry him out of the door. If he walks a little way to start with, he will then simply sit down. He won’t walk and refuses to go any further without some force.

The man referred to this as ‘being naughty’.

Harvey always pulls on the way back, very eager to get home. Continue reading…

Enthusiasm for Life is Missing

From the moment I walked in the door I was struck by how still and unresponsive Bulldog Buster was.

He stood still and looked at me, in neither a friendly way nor an unfriendly way. Inscrutable.

The lady in particular has been doing all she can to liven him up and inject some enthusiasm for play but if anything, over the year that they have had him, the harder they try the more indifferent he gets.

Buster has no enthusiasm for walks either.

That is unless the walk starts by car. He loves the car.

There are just a few things that bring out the life hidden within five-year-old Buster in addition to the car. Where he is indifferent towards people calling to his house, he is positively pleased to see people he meets when out and greets them with enthusiasm.

When the lady or the gentleman come home, he greets them with some enthusiasm too. It’s all relative of course – but walking to the door to say hello is enthusiasm for Buster!

What also struck me as soon as I saw him was his size. I know that Bulldogs are broad, but Buster is carrying much too much weight and together with his Bulldog brachycephalic nose leading to difficulty in breathing, this could well be sapping his energy and enthusiasm for doing anything (he has been thoroughly vet checked)

The more lifeless Buster becomes, the harder his humans work at pleasing him.

Refusing to eat has even resulted in his raw food diet being hand-fed to him by the lady. When food is involved he may show some enthusiasm and this has resulted in lots of fattening extras.

Where is that enthusiasm and joy a that dog with Buster’s great life should exude?

He walks away when they get the harness out. When out of the front door he stands and sniffs and looks about and won’t move for ten minutes or so which will be resulting in a lot of cajoling. Fortunately they don’t force him but would love him to show some enthusiasm for walks.

He refuses to come down in the morning. He just wants to stay upstairs asleep

In the evening he will get one of his toys and suckle it, going into a sort of trance. It’s almost like he’s trying to escape the real world. I wonder why? His owners adore him and lavish him with everything they can think of but this doesn’t seem to be enough.

The seeds for his  behaviour must surely have been sown during in his life before he came to live with them a year ago.

Bulldog has little enthusiasm for lifeInstead of letting Buster spend nearly all the time sleeping, they now have a list of very short activities with which they can punctuate the day and evening.

They will sort out his eating habits. He can now work for some of his (carefully measured) food and should be more hungry. He can do fun things he likes like hunting games. He can forage for food sprinkled in the grass.

The harness can be put on and left on so it’s not associated with walks. In addition to his two walks – reluctant unless by car, Buster can regularly be taken just to stand outside the front door where he lingers for so long before being willing to walk. If he’s brought back in again before he’s decided he is ready to walk, it just might create a desire for walking!

He may be actually uneasy about the world outside the front door, it’s hard to tell, so this strategy should help. Before walking out, they can lace the environment around the doorstep with food which he can discover once outside.

The Rucksack Walk would be just perfect for Buster and for the lady – so desperate is she to find ways of engaging with him.

I instinctively feel that too much pressure is being put on Buster through the lady’s loving concern for him and in a perverse sort of way all the attention is sending him in the opposite direction. He is being lavished with things but nothing is actually asked of him in return.

I see a comparison between a person in rewarding work doing something useful and a person who has been out of work so long that his life has become meaningless. He may end up sleeping a lot of the time.

I hope, together with getting him into better physical shape, these are the missing links in unearthing in Buster the hidden enthusiasm for life most dogs have, resulting in him being more responsive to his loving humans.

 NB. For the sake of the story and for confidentiality also, this isn’t a complete ‘report’ with every detail, but I choose an angle with maybe a bit of poetic licence. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out for Buster. Finding instructions on the internet or TV that are not tailored to your own dog can do more harm than good as the case needs to be assessed correctly. One size does not fit all so accurate assessment is important. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Help page)

 

 

 

Stubborn or Simply Unmotivated?

They would like their two dogs to be more cooperative, to be less demanding for attention and for English Bulldog Winston, age 3, to stop toileting in the kitchen at night time.

Winston is stubborn

Stubborn English Bulldog

Winston

Or so they feel. For the purpose of my story I will concentrate on Winston as apart from being too excitable, their other dog Dylan, an adorable one year old Pug Jack Russell mix, tends to take his lead from Winston. We can probably make a significant change to Dylan’s excitability by changing away from Bakers Complete dog food. (It’s tasty of course, but who would feed this stuff if they knew what it contains)?

Winston’s taxing behaviours are symptoms of the same thing. I would call it mainly lack of motivation. He’s not being stubborn for the sake of it.

Acting ‘stubborn’ gets results. He is under-stimulated both mentally and physically.

He dislikes his harness being put on. Possibly he’s a little intimidated by how it’s used. Possibly he likes the effort his humans have to make in order to get it on him!

Once the harness is on, he may refuse to go to the door whereupon he is dragged, half-carried by the harness. He is put on a flexilead. Once outside, he may not walk. He will simply stop. Once again he is dragged/carried forward in the hope that he toilets before bedtime.

Why does he do this?

I immediately noticed that the dogs took little notice if they were spoken to or called.

When they call Winston or want him to come or to sit, they repeat it over and over and even then he may ignore them.

How can they motivate Winston to be cooperative?

Food!

I gave him a small bit of food so he knew I might be worth listening to, and then a started to call him over to me. Even when he was lying down he would get up and come to me after just one call. I asked him to sit, once, and waited (trying to stop the family repeating the cue because he wasn’t yet doing anything). He had heard me. Half a minute later Winston sat. I rewarded him.

It was mid evening and already dark. I suggested we rehearsed the bedtime outing to see how stubborn Winston really is.

Because he immediately walks away and lies down when he see the harness, we started there. For now they will still need to approach him, but soon, when he realises that having the harness put on is nice, he will come over when asked I’m sure.

We used grated cheese: the man took harness to him-cheese, put it over his back-cheese, did up one clip-cheese, did up the other clip-cheese.

Now comes the crafty bit! Winston will now expect the whole ritual of trying to get him out to start but we walked away and left him.

We need to abandon that flexilead. This will always make him feel restricted as it has a spring and it’s vital he feels that he has a choice, that he’s free. My lead is 8 feet long. We walked to the door calling him as we passed. He got up and followed us. No stubborn dog yet!

We popped the lead on and walked down the path to the village green opposite. As we walked Winston had praise and, at the man’s side, food.  We walked across the green in the dark. the lead went tight and the man stopped. He patted his leg and called Winston to him. Winston came. Reward.

It’s so important to engage with the dog.

The man asked ‘what do I do if I want to turn around?’. I took the lead, walked away from Winston to the end of the eight feet but keeping it loose still and then called him, sounding exciting. I fed him and praised him and made it fun to be with me. Simple!

We had a lovely short walk. If walks are like this every time, Winston won’t be stubborn for long!

What should the man do if Winston still goes on strike and refuses to move? Call his bluff. If one invitation to move is refused, turn around and go home. No walk for now. Try again later.

One reason the evening walk in particular is so important is Winston’s frequent toileting in the kitchen, both pee and poo. They leave a pad on the floor and he always aims for that which makes me feel he’s not marking and that he simply needs to go. There is no evidence of anxiety of any sort.

I know he is a Bulldog with a Bulldog’s body, but to my mind (and looking at Winston’s ‘waist’), I feel he is fed too much. They will cut down, bearing in mind the rewards he now will be eating. They will also try him on another food. The better the food, the less waste will pass through the dog.

Dylan lying at my feet

Dylan lying at my feet

He may refuse to walk, but he constantly demands attention in various infuriating ways, mostly when the lady has her attention on the baby! He is a bored dog. He’s also a clever dog. They do their best, having a dog walker twice a day but because of his being ‘stubborn’ he is usually left at home and Dylan is taken by himself.

The only exercise Winston gets apart from irregular walks that start by car and which he loves, is spasmodic high-energy football out in the garden with the son which isn’t the right sort of thing for a Bulldog at all.

He needs more brain work, more sniffing, more exploring – and motivation.

I’m sure he will soon be joining Dylan for the two daily walks with the dog walker. The family will do less over-arousing stuff and give him more breed appropriate activities and brain stimulation. They will be working hard on teaching him to come immediately when he’s called.

Life should be a lot better for everyone, particularly the lady who, trying to care for a young baby, has found herself spending time upstairs during the day in order to escape from two demanding dogs.

At the end of our three months together: “Both dogs are much better and we’ve come a long way in our ability to train and work with them. We’ve not had a single kitchen accident from Winston since seeing you, the walking is much better and so is the barking. Evenings are also quieter.”
NB. For the sake of the story and for confidentiality also, this isn’t a complete ‘report’ with every detail, but I choose an angle with maybe a bit of poetic licence. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out for Winston and Dylan. Finding instructions on the internet or TV that are not tailored to your own dog can do more harm than good as the case needs to be assessed correctly. One size does not fit all so accurate assessment is important. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Help page)

Young Dog Scared of Everything

Young British Bulldog chewing Stagbar This British Bulldog is only seven months old and is scared of everything. He’s also very brave. Facing fears takes a lot of courage. When I came to the door his flying all over me and humping was fuelled not only by friendliness but also by anxiety, I’m sure. There was so much panting, drinking, jumping and stressing that I eventually offered him a Stagbar to chew. He went at it like his life depended upon it, and gradually he calmed down a bit.

It was hard to know where to start because Reggie wasn’t really interested in any food – not even in cheese. Possibly he was too fired up and probably due to how he currently receives his food, it has little value to him.

The list of things he is scared of could fill a page. The most difficult thing is that he is so worried outside that he has to be forced out into the garden. Consequently he pees in his crate – on newspaper – not because he wants to but because he has no choice. An example of his strange ways is that when he goes to someone else’s house – and this is quite frequent – he will go to one spot and freeze for the whole time he’s there. Even the presence of another dog makes no difference.

It seems that his parents were stable and relaxed, but Reggie was an anxious puppy from the moment they got him home. Despite being loved dearly and the couple doing everything they can to make him happy, he spends much of his life feeling unsafe. He has a pen which is his haven, but even there he will spook if there are shadows on the wall or if he hears something bang upstairs or a vehicle outside. Ironically, the one place he feels safe and happy is in the woods, where he may meet and play with other dogs and sniff and run about happily. Getting him there, though, is an operation in itself and it has to happen daily because he can’t relax sufficiently to poo anywhere else.British Bulldog chewing Stagbar

When his harness is brought out he runs and hides (I suggest they put this on earlier now and leave it on). He very slowly creeps to the front door, ‘grumbling and begrudgingly’ and they then lift or push him out. He still needs pushing or pulling until he nears the parked car where he makes a rush for the open car door and for safety. At the other end he is very scared of getting out of the car because he will hear traffic. He then makes another dash for safety – the safety of those woods. Whenever they try to take him for a short walk around the block, it is a matter dragging him. As soon as they turn for home, he is pulling like a train to get back.

Because of his refusal to go out – or often to move at all – there is a lot of cajoling and enticing, and I feel this puts added pressure on him in a way. There is anxiety because he may not eat so his meals contain the tastiest of stuff and there is more cajoling. We really do need food and fun to start working on his fears, but at present food has no value. Keeping his meals basic and the tastiest food not available at any other time unless associated with desensitising work is the way to go.

We are starting on a ‘Plan A’. It will take time because he has probably been like this all his short life.

Reggie needs to spend more short spells in his pen – his ‘den’ where he feels the safest – each time he gets too aroused and needs rescuing from himself. This place should be associated with good stuff – with a special box of things to chew and do. In order that he goes in willingly, they will do a training game of ‘in and out of the pen’ using high value rewards. Because he ignores them when they call him (what’s in it for him, after all?), they will do lots of short ‘come’ games using food or fun as incentives. When they want him off the sofa they have to drag or push him, so they will now do ‘up and off’ games. Slowly he should become a bit more motivated and willing – and trusting also as he becomes allowed to make his own choices without any force being used.

Most importantly, they will do doorway games. He is terrified of moving doors and of going through certain doors, particularly the door into the garden. They can play ‘out and In’ games with easy indoor open doorways first, moving on to more difficult doors, gradually building into the process doors moving, opening and closing and so on. Then there is desensitisation to all sorts of sounds and objects in different places to work on. A big task. All family and friends must be taught not to stir him up unnecessarily or reward hyper behaviour with attention so that his basic arousal levels can be kept as low as possible which will help him to cope.

I am really hoping the confidence he will be slowly gathering will snowball, leading to a breakthrough. It could however take many months even for Reggie to actually ask to go out into the garden, let alone to be happily walking down the road, oblivious of traffic.

One month has gone by and I have just called in to see Reggie. I found quite a different dog. He greeted me much more calmly, more interested in sniffing than jumping up or humping me. He did have his over-excited moments later on, but was happy to go to his pen for a short while. He is now going willingly outside into the garden apart from times he wants to play the lady up – he is a teenager after all – but it’s not due to fear, and although he may run in again if there is a loud noise from somewhere, he is coping with a lot more.
The front door holds no fear fo him anymore and in fact he was beside me at the door as I was leaving and a car drove past – Reggie didn’t react at all. His wariness of traffic in general has improved although there is still a long way to go, and we have adjusted the plan for further progress.  Another great bit of progress – because he now is okay going into the garden there is no more toileting in his pen! They take him for walks in places where there are no cars, and are still working on getting him from and back to the car with more desensitisation work with any other cars that may be passing at the time.
I can see an eventual rosy future for Reggie and his walks due to the patience and dedication of his owners.

NB. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out for Reggie, which is why I don’t go into exact details here of our plan. Finding instructions on the internet that are not tailored to your own dogs can do more harm than good. One size does not fit all. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Get Help page).

Fear of Sounds and Won’t Walk

Worried Border CollieThey have had Max for nearly four weeks now. After a life where he was alone for many hours a day followed by several months in rescue kennels, the five-year-old Border Collie has a great deal of adjusting to do and his new owners, knowing already some of the problems they were taking on, are giving him their all. He really wasn’t doing well in kennels.

Initially they were walking him down the road or putting him in the car to take him to open places and he was only somewhat worried by sounds and bangs. It was manageable. Over the past month this has intensified until now he may often refuse to go out of the door at all. On a good day he won’t go further than about fifty yards from the house to his favourite sniffing and marking spots. He will no longer get into the car.

A sort of ritual has developed. Max frequently goes to the front door obviously asking to go out, and they will probably jump up, pleased to do his bidding. I watched as they put his lead on – he was excited and happy. The lady then opened the inner porch door and he was with her, then she opened the front door and he put the brakes on. The next thing they do is to cajole and entice him in every way they can. This is quite heavy reinforcement for refusing and may even put pressure on the sensitive dog. Upon his refusal and until she spoke to me a few days ago, the lady would then take him straight out the back into the garden for a game instead.

We experimented with the man going out of the front door ahead for a minute, then the lady following but with no lead on Max. He followed her happily outside and sniffed about. We tried then the man going out first and the lady taking Max out on lead. He refused to go out of the door. Next time, with the man outside again, the lady carried the lead. The dog was reticent but after one call joined them. He doesn’t like that lead, although he’s initially really eager to have it put on. Is it because he feels trapped so that if he does hear a sound he won’t be able to freely dash back in? Is it because he feels that with someone holding the lead he loses control and choice?

Things aren’t always all they seem. In ‘behaviour speak’ the clue is in the A and C of the ‘ABCs’ – the Antecedents preceding the Behaviour, and the Consequence – what happens as a result. Leading up to going, they do just what Max wants in terms of when they try to take him out – going when he indicates at the door and putting his lead on. Then when the door opens he completely changes. Tail stops wagging and he refuses. What are the consequences? Immediately following this is persuasion and lots of effort and attention to encourage him go out with them. When they give up he is immediately rewarded with fuss, food and fun in the garden.

A and C are things we can change. They will no longer try to take him out when he is asking, but when they decide. They will experiment with leaving the lead outside and putting it on after he is out. They will experiment with putting his lead on, calling him casually out of the door and coming straight back with no further attention given if he refuses. On the occasions when he does go out to his favourite sniffing and peeing places, they must come back in well before he has had enough – while he still wants to stay outside. Coming back must then be boring!

The fear of sounds wasn’t so bad when they first got him home and may almost be a separate issue.  It needs first to be dealt with in the garden where he reacts less intensely as he can always run back in and also with noises on a CD. With some hard work and lots of repetition he will be taught a self-rescue strategy of running to his people for pieces of chicken instead of running indoors or dropping to the ground in panic. They aren’t really sure that his panic attacks are always due to sounds as they often can hear nothing themselves. Walks will have to be very near to home until this is firmly established. Bit by bit each new place he goes to has become ‘contaminated’ until the whole world away from home is a dangerous place to Max.

Max’ new owners are, understandably, very concerned about getting him out on walks – for his own good – and their very concern will be exerting pressure on him. It’s very natural for any beings to resist pressure. The Border Collie needs exercise, stimulation and interest but any forcing him out will do a lot more harm than good.

About six weeks later: ‘He is now happy getting into cars, visiting other walk areas. Getting him to walk from house.  Have got a long training lead, he appears to be more relaxed on this than with the previous 2m length lead, we can still bring him close when required.’

NB. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out for Max, particularly where fear issues are concerned, which is why I don’t go into exact details here of our plan. Finding instructions on the internet or TV that are not tailored to your own dogs can do more harm than good. One size does not fit all. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Get Help page).

Border Collie Hears Bangs and Drops

Mia is very fortunate to live with such dedicated people who have the time to help her with her fear of bangsMia is a real sweetie. She is an 8-year-old Collie/Shepherd cross and sadly had to be found a new home due to her previous family’s change in circumstances. I could go on and on listing her good points.

However, Mia has a problem and it is getting worse. It started with her hearing a bang shortly after she arrived – a gunshot. She dropped to the ground shaking, and refused to move. Over time she has refused to go to places associated with bangs. Then she refused to go to places not knowingly associated with bangs.  Loud noise as such is no problem. It’s sudden surprise bangs that terrify her.

Now Mia, nine times out of ten, simply refuses to get out of the car. This results in all sorts of ploys from her people like throwing her ball to one another to lure her, enticing her or bribing her. Only sometimes does this work.

Now she even drops down and refuses to move out of their driveway for a walk down the road – unikely to be associated with any bangs.

They feel they have tried absolutely everything. ‘Going on strike’ seems to be growing into a habit, reinforced by so much attention, fuss and concern. Although a dog’s hearing is a great deal more accute than our own, most of the time the people can hear nothing.

Mia is much of the time focussed on her ball, wanting it thrown or kicked. Out on walks there is little sniffing and exploring because of the ball. At home, her clever Collie brain is probably understimulated but she is repeatedly worrying over the ball.

So, they will remove balls and ration ball play, introducing brain and scenting games. They will spend as long as it takes walking her around the house and garden, as many times a day as they can, gradually advancing – out of the door but not attempting to go off the drive. When they do step beyond the drive they will come straight back again. All the time she is walking around calmly she can be earning some of her food.

If they see her slow down as though to go on strike, they will immediately and cheerfully turn around and keep her busy. This is a very good time to bring out that ball! I suggest that if she does drop down, to simply wait it out in silence. When she does eventually move, to turn around and go home without a word – like nothing has happened. Play it down.

Exiting the car will be dealt with in a similar way – broken down into small increments.

Most importantly they will work on the original root of the problem – Mia’s fear of bangs, starting with controlled bangs inside the house. She will learn that bangs are associated with either food or her beloved ball. She will learn to look at her people when she hears a bang.

Mia is very fortunate to live with such dedicated people who have the time to do these things. They love her to bits and recognise that as things are getting worse they need to do things differently in order to help her.

Refuses to Walk. English Bull Terrier Won’t Walk

English Bull Terrier refuses to walkThis is English Bull Terrier Indie and he is now two years old.

Ever since he was a puppy he would, throughout a walk, frequently put the anchors on. He refuses to walk. This starts a few yards from their own drive. He would simply lie down and ‘refuse to budge.

Indie is well known in the area!

Forcing him to walk

Believing that they should not be beaten, that he should not ‘dominate’ them, his owners would then drag him until he was forced to move forward again.

With one of the daughters he would sometimes go on strike and lie on his back in the middle of the road. There was simply nothing she could do while the cars had to drive around them.

The relationship between the dog and his family has deteriorated because he refuses to walk. It’s largely fuelled by anger at being ‘defied’ by him which has led to quite a confrontational relationship with the lady in particular. Indie is a constant trial to her now.

The dog gets all his attention from being ‘bad’. It has now got to the stage where the lady is at odds with her family. She feels so angry and upset with him, at her wits’ end, that she would be happy to see Indie go.

Misunderstood

Having put so much work and love into our dog, having done our very best, we can feel exasperated, let down and angry. It becomes a sort of downward spiral as we increasingly try to gain control. The relationship with our dog can become a shadow over our lives, making us feel helpless and unhappy.

What I saw was an intelligent and misunderstood dog that was seldom given the chance to please. He was frequently being corrected – crossly. His attention came either when he was insistent and demanded it, or when he was doing something they didn’t like.

Over the months their efforts to ‘control’ him have led to him growling and snapping. This is mostly when someone has physically tried to move him or when he is protecting a valued resource. This could be a huge bone or the daughter’s boyfriend.

Whereas the people would say NO as he tried to leap onto someone on the sofa, I gently clapped my hands and pointed at the floor with a gentle ‘Indie Off’. I knew that he would come down straight away and he was rewarded with ‘Good Boy’. With Indie it’s a question of showing him what he should do – not what he shouldn’t.

Refuses to walk, so no walks at all

He’s crying out for attention but is getting it for all the wrong things, like when he refuses to walk. Because of the problem on walks he now has little exercise or happy stimulation.

A mix of gaining his willing cooperation in all aspects of his relationship with his owners should change his life. They will do this through encouragement, reward and praise rather than force and confrontation. We created a cunning plan to get him walking willingly – making sure that if anxiety is anything to do with it that it’s treated appropriately.

This will make his owners happy too – especially the lady.

I bought a T-shirt at the Victoria Stilwell seminar I attended last weekend printed with ‘Kindness is Powerful’. That says it all really. But what is kindness? It’s not doing everything a dog demands and giving it control over you (spoiling it), and then despairing when it won’t cooperate when you wish it do to do something. Bonding comes through understanding and patience, not the use of force.

Molly Needs to Get Her Old Mojo Back

SpringerToday I visited Molly, an eight year old Springer Spaniel. It is strange that I have recently been to two or three dogs that seem to be going through an unusually withdrawn and ‘worried’ phase.

There has been upheavel in Molly’s life, similar to Maisy I saw a week or so ago. There has been bereavement in the family which has meant Molly has been completely out of routine. She has been left with friends for days at a time, the comfortable daily pattern of accompanying her lady owner on her gardening work has been disrupted, she must be picking up on the grief around her and, to top it off, at the start of it all in January she was spayed.

The problem with owners being unhappy is that they like to take comfort from their dogs. Because this comfort may be a bit extreme from the dog’s point of view by way of cuddling and so on, their negative emotions can transfer.

Molly never did like sudden loud noises, but now she goes and hides if the TV goes loud; she doesn’t like raised or high voices nor the bustle of lots of people. If the gentleman shouts at his football team she beats a retreat behind the sofa. She is doing a lot of hiding. She has lost her former joy in walks and after a few yards simply lies down and refuses to budge. Since January she has developed various behaviours that she didn’t do before, and existing ones have become more extreme.

This again is a sort of leadership issue. She now needs strong owners to behave like her ‘rock’ and not to fuss her. We all know that if we are feeling depressed or nervous, lots of fussing isn’t what we need. We want support and people to be there for us, but we also like to be left alone. In nearly every aspect of Molly’s life she is making the choices, whether it’s where she sleeps, when she eats. when she comes in, where and whether they walk and so on, and this would be a big pressure upon a child let alone a dog in a human’s environment.

Molly’s humans are going to consider life from Molly’s perspective as a dog and make a few personal sacrifices, take some of the decision-making from her shoulders and just be there for her, giving her the sort of support she needs to get her old mojo back.

I can help you, too, with these problems or any other that you may be having with your dog.