Have you ever let your dog take the reins and let him guide you?
I had a unique experience with Chance and an anxiety attack that had occurred just before I was ready to take him for a walk. I had almost talked myself out of it because a walk meant facing a few extra fears and I hadn't begun to calm down from my previous one. A post written by the House of Carnivores has been ringing through my head ever since I read it about her experience with horses and that no matter how weak or scared you feel when thrown, you get back on that horse. So I bit the bullet and took Chance.
We did a couple more short burst, then cruised up the hill and back down all at top speed and all the while laughing so hard I could barely catch my breath. This was the Chance I had started running with before we started leash training and he was in his glory, but it was more than that, he knew what we needed and he flourished in the trust I gave him.
When the scent of a rabbit was more than he could handle it was time to take the reins back and at that point he was willing to give up the control. What an awesome experience to be able to share! My anxiety was long gone and I had let go to experience the trust in this relationship that had been built. I couldn't believe when that little stinker was waiting for ME to calm down, something I have done for him many times before. How do you even begin to explain the depths of a relationship like that? Talk about being touched. Tears and a smile come to my face when I think of that moment. And when we ran...he lead, I followed. It was that simple and miraculous at the same time.
And the only way to sum it up...that's my boy, Chance. :)