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Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Brut Root
Brut's larger than life exterior has masked much of the fear that runs through his veins and erupts into aggression. As we began to touch on this fear we found ourselves dealing with a hurt and frightened puppy under that tough outer barrier and doing a balancing act between these inner and outer forces.
I have known since Brut was young by his reactions that he riddled with fear, unlike any I'd ever seen in a dog, but he expressed it so violently it made it difficult to known how to handle it or even fully recognize it. In the midst of a dog fight, my first reaction wasn't, "Gee, Brut looks scared maybe he needs a hug" And while he did show his fear in other ways, there was no comparison to when he exploded with it.
It has been a long process. For all of us. When we began to help Brut make his decision for him, we turned down a road that is changing everything we know about dealing with a so-call aggressive dog and exposing that deep seeded fear that he has been protecting. Finally we have found a way to work together and bring that fear out in the open so that it can safely be acknowledged and tended to. Taking every measure we have with all the time, love and patience that Brut needs to heal from it.
one small altercation that was diffuse quickly with no one getting hurt. It is amazing. Every step taking us further into the complex mind of a dog who learned way too early that he had to protect himself to survive. It is working. It IS working.
And as we continue into the next phase of our journey, we can not imagine where it will lead us, but know there will be oodles of hope along the way.
You can read the basis for our new method dealing with Brut's flare ups HERE.