Outdoor Patio Areas are rewarding!
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It was too beautiful not too...


We are in the low 70s today with low humidity (rare for beach side SC). So I took my work to the local coffee shop, which has a patio (-ish thing - really it's the walkway with 6 tables). This is a "Market Commons" area where it's business after business with housing above them, so there are always people out and about - and many many dogs too.

I made a snap decision that Ember should come to. We are working on exposure to movement (her biggest trigger). I knew I was sort of putting her in the line of fire, but at the same time this is an area she knows with people she knows (they were the first ones to meet her when I brought her home).

She did fabulous! She even joined a soft-spoken couple at the next table over and laid out under their feet until they got up. They even slowly worked up to petting her. I worked off to the side and occasionally tossed treats her way when she was especially patient.

When they got up and left, she came back to me and lay at my feet next. This put her right at the walkway for customers coming in. By this point, though, she was calm and relaxed, and just watched people come and go (something I thought I'd NEVER see!). Every time feet walked passed her and she just watched, I dropped treats from over her head to between her front paws (so she didn't see me drop then - just "feet" then "treat!").

For those who don't know, Ember doesn't play, really. All her "games" that get her happy are food oriented.

We only spent about 45 minutes out, but it was enough! When I left I had a calm, happy dog that didn't want to get in the car - she was ready to explore!


(ps: I'm testing out posting a photo from Facebook - there is one below. if you don't see it, say so!)

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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#2
Way to go Ember! Yahoo Glad to hear she's getting braver!
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Sometimes, the smallest things bring the greatest joy.
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#3
WooHoo!!! That was a huge step forward!!
Gotta love 'em.
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#4
That is great! What a brave girl!
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#5
It is SO FUN getting to push some of her boundaries now without causing harm. She is finally ready for life outside of my four walls. In small doses of course, but she is learning and not always so pent up anymore!
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
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very happy for you and Ember. Jolie' is learnig fast and becoming more comfortable with strangers. She is great fun in the yard and as Peggy and I sit by the fire pit or garden she is on patrol walking the fence and looking at the neighborhood. She has gone from running scared from noisy motorcycles to woofing at tehm and running along the fence in pursuit that for us is miraculous progress.
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#7
What an impressive demonstration of all of the hard work you and Ember have put in!
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