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Tillie update of sorts ...

Haven't been posting much as school and work are going full force and I am super busy these days again!

I noticed a change in Tillie as we neared the end of our summer that had me slightly concerned ... she was starting to retreat to her crate often and develop a fear of the CAR!?? She would willingly JUMP into the car, but then tremble and pant the whole time we were moving, it was breaking my heart.

So, I thought through things and realized that I had left Tillie often AND it was a very turblulent summer filled with illnesses, surgery and arguing!
SOOOoooooo, I started making a concentrated point to spend TIME with Tillie, time training, time walking, time playing, time snuggling. Not tons of time, just a few minutes here and a few minutes there AND she is back to her old self again! Just full of joy and playfullness again!! Yay!!!

For the car, it was a bit more complicated as I couldn't figure out WHY she started fearing riding in the car. We have never gone anywhere that ISN'T FUN! lol soooooo.... at first I tried getting her a Bully Stick that she only got in the car. NO interest. Then I tried short rides (around the block!) no luck. Even to get the kids from school, which used to be the HIGHLIGHT of her day, still trembling and panting...
So, last weekend, we took her to the bridge here in town, where we go often, and Tillie was on my lap as my husband drove (I know, BAD doggie mama!) and she STILL trembled... BUT on the way HOME she had a few minutes where she wasn't panting OR trembling! yay!!!! SO, we did a few short trips (to the store and back/gas station/bank) with my husband driving and me holding her and she started to do much better!!

THEN, yesterday, my son and I took her to Pet Smart for some socialization (which she did FANTASTIC btw!) and she was lighly panting on the way there, but on the way home, she laid down and took a NAP!!! Yay!!! I made sure to drive very carefully, kept the radio down, etc. Things that never were an issue before, but I didn't want to scare her again. I was totally holding my breath worried she would start trembling again, but we made it all the way home!!!! YAY! so proud of her and so relieved, hopefully it was a weird phase or something because she has always loved the car and never had a problem before! Heck, we drove 10 hrs home when we picked her up as a a baby and she didn't have a single issue!

Anywhooooo.... so, yesterday at Pet Smart, I had to use every ounce of strenght I had because seriously, I SWEAR they had Hav puppies ...4 of them!!!! ADORABLE. It was a local rescue and they SAID they were Shih Tzu puppies, but I've been around awhile and I KNOW what a Shih Tzu puppy looks like ... AND I KNOW what a Hav puppy looks (and behaves like) and I am still sure that if they weren't 100% hav, they were at least 1/2! Anyway, there was a LINE for them, so I am hopeful that they all found loving homes. But, MAN I was SOOOO tempted. I just kept telling myself, "potty training, crying, sleepless nights, crate training, peeing on my carpet...." LOL

Tillie did great with the other dogs at Pet Smart, I am very proud of her, she has come a long way with her reactions towards big dogs. As long as the dog isn't aggressive towards HER and the owner doesn't APPROACH us, Tillie will walk on by, OR if I have her in a sit/stay the big dog will pass by without an issue. In fact, last weekend, when we were at the bridge I was doing sit/stays with her and waiting for a few big dogs to pass while I held her attention in a sit/stay and after they all passed, one of the people in the group called out to me saying what a great job I was doing and thanking me for training her and not just picking her up like so many small dog owners do! I was mighty proud of us.
We start the official class for the therapy dog test in 3 weeks ... with the test in mid October. I do not know if we will pass, but I figure it will be fun to take another class as we haven't had one since June... I will keep ya'll posted on how that goes as the time comes!

Okay, sorry for the novel! Just wanted to let everyone know how we are doing and that we haven't fallen off the face of the earth!

Hope everything is well with you and your havs and WELCOME to the forum any new members that I may have missed welcoming!!

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Sounds like you are continuing to do a great job with that little girl!!!


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Wondered where you were, but I remembered you have young children. Glad to hear your working with Tillie and if she does not pass the first time it's ok, it happens more then you know, also sometimes dogs pass and the org. they are registered with says they need more work, so all the work you do now is great toward the future.

Badly bred Shih Tzu puppies look a lot like Havanese or Lhasa pups as do Maltese....they all are adorable no matter what. My granddaughter thinks all newborn puppies look like colored Guinea pigs Great to see you posting again.

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Hello there! I think they just have days where they are in a funk of sorts, much like us humans. Lord knows Gucci has her days but then snaps right back to 'normal'.


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Hi Tammie, summer is almost over and I hope the new season brings a more peaceful time. You mentioned " was a very turblulent summer filled with illnesses, surgery and arguing!" Our little sensitive Havanese can really pick up on things. I just moved in July and my two are adjusting to a new roommate who isn't used to small dogs. I have had a few situations that have concerned me. Zoey cowers around him and even peed. I'm looking for a new place to live. Life can certainly throw hard blows. PS I still don't have internet I'm at Mcdonalds eating sausage egg Mcmuffin.

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Great stuff Tammy, you never cease to amaze me. As far as the car sickness /anxiety. It can be difficult to see where the issue developed from , when she had no previous troubles. This is generally indicitive of what's called superstitious behavior. Real physical sickness from motion issues is primary carsickness and she never had that problem. So something emotional ???? triggered this superstious behavior. But your BM was bang on. Good for you. Just a word of caution , and I don't want to get you paranoid, but keep an eye on her every time she's in the car and watch for signs of anxiety. Whatever triggered this could come back , but by watching closely, you might be able to identify it. Keep a log of every trip for awhile.
Great work on the socialization. Keep it up. It never ends. I had a challenging weekend watching out for our friends new nine month old Lab trying to constantly get in Mollys's space. LOL. You're doing great. Think POSITIVE.

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uhhhhh, Dave ... what do you mean by BM? LOL ... I see BM and think Bowel Movement!!

Anywhooooo, thanks! Ya, definitly an emotional thing, I am thinking along the lines of perhaps because when we went to my moms 2 hrs away a few times and once there, I LEFT her (with my moms) several times without much warning, maybe that is what set off the behavior, because it started one of the times we were coming home from my moms... and I was pretty sure she just got in the 'habit' of trembling and couldn't figure out how NOT to.
So, like I said, I gave her a few days break from the car and hoped it would help. That along with me riding with her seems to have helped. BUT, I am totally on the lookout for her behavior in the car and hope that it doesn't come back! it made it sooooo stressful for all of us!! Of course my mom would just say, "Oh, she's just HOT" ... grrrrrrr.... no MOM, she isn't JUST hot! it never ceases to amaze me how little people actually KNOW about dogs.

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you could definitely be on to somethere there. She might not have liked your MOM lol. I teased you with BM. I knew you'd ask, because you're so eager to learn. BM is doggerel for behavior modification

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okay, got it! lol

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