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It has been years since I have made Sunny hit the dirt and go into panic mode, but that record is over today.

We all were having a nice lie down, it’s close to 90 degrees here. Sunny was with me, calm as could be. I got up and decided to carry an armload of wooden parquet tiles down the stairs, Sunny was next to me. Even though the stack was on a piece of plywood it was as though the plywood split (it didn’t) and the whole stack came crashing down next to and onto Sunny. He fled down the stairs flat as a pancake, crashed into the baby gate at the bottom and was out the door. Oooops. This would have scared any dog but it has added implications for Sunny since he remains cautious while indoors most of the time.

When I went out to see how he was doing he was giving me that wide eyed look that I was so familiar with. I stopped apologizing and said ‘get your frisbee’ his favorite game, and up went the tail, he pounced on a frisbee and then tried to get me to take it from him, his second favorite game. Whew.

Finding something that your dog loves and associating it with a verbal cue can come in handy.

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5 comments so far

  1. Christine Hibbard on

    The fact that Sunny was able to recover so quickly from such an unexpected accident is testament to all the wonderful work that you’ve done with him. To all the owners of fearful dogs out there, it can be done. It just takes time and patience. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lizzie on

    Poor Sunny, I can imagine how you must have felt for him.

    It is wonderful and always amazing how our scared dogs can and do recover from shocks such as this, and shows that your relationship with Sunny is the all important thing.

  3. Boulderdog1 on

    I can relate. Totally. I have to shout out to your first comment. Recovery is all! And, kudos to you for thinking to go for the frisbee.

  4. fearfuldogs on

    Thanks for touching in on this one. It felt terrible seeing him practically sliding down the stairs to get away, but he didn’t poop! When he first arrived that was a common occurrence when he got spooked.

    We joined friends for a walk on some trails near town, he did as well as he usually does when he’s likely to run into people. Though since we’ve come home he’s not coming inside which could be from his scare today or because my husband is home. Too bad, I just packaged up 40# of chicken necks, his loss ;-)


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