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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Teaching Blaze to leash walk has presented many challenges for me and has been completely different than training Chance. Being that she was one of our pups that was returned abused, I find that working with her, I am extremely sensitive to this fact. I find myself flowing with a sense of guilt about what has happened to her and find I am easy on her in our training. While I don't let things slide, pulling for example, but I finding myself compromising training so that we can just walk.
I have never forgotten those days when she came back home. I will never be able to shake those images and feelings from my mind, nor the guilt I still feel about letting her go. While she has come along way since those first days, I have always had an extra soft spot for her, regardless of how much she may aggravate me when she is in hyper drive. I suppose that this sensitivity to her could be seen as letting her get her way, but I found that I was asking too much of myself to expect to "train" her like I did with Chance and realized if I can't do it, I can't expect her to. So I had to let go and let us find our way together. We have been too far out of sync with each other when it comes to our walks that we needed to find a simple answer that works for both of us.
This revelation has been a blessing in disguise. I can not tell you how nervous I have been trying to leash train her, finding it so hard to relax and be comfortable with her. I have been so frustrated before walking Blaze as we have done a lot of head butting in past, but as I take these simple steps of walking, we are beginning to come together to a higher level of respect and understanding between us. Blaze is helping me by letting me follow her lead and in return she is following mine. Simple trust for the joy of a walk.