Marshall Chapter 6. - Our First Few Days
It’s been a few days since we’ve been back. It took Marshall three days to learn to make his way from his crate to the back door without assistance. He now runs to it in all eagerness although he still hesitates coming out of his crate.
Once outside he no longer cowers with his tail between his legs. He runs, he jumps and his ears are at attention. He still cringes at every noise or any sudden movement from humans. He has learned to sit, not for long periods of time, but he will sit down outside for several moments. This is a vast improvement from his constant wandering.
He still struggles at the door when it’s time to come in. He goes back and forth with his feet on the step. It takes him about six attempts before he works up the courage. Once inside he doesn’t know what to do with himself. I try to sit with him and we have our daily ‘chats’ with me on the floor and Marshall tucked up next to me. He wants to wander a bit, but gets frightened. Since housetraining can’t happen until he trusts me it’s best not to set him up to fail.
He still cowers when I approach him, but is willing to follow me about the yard. He stays well behind me, as if maybe I won't notice he's there, but he does follow. I consider this monumental.
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