I finally got something that Brut has been trying to teach me. Lord knows I'm a slow learner, BOL! but Brut is always a patient teacher.
He has been trying to show me when he doesn't want to do something and to trust him with the why. It happened the day the vet came to our house for heartworm test and shots. Brut paused quite dramatically while I dangled a leash in front of him. Just the sight should have made him do cartwheels. He made the pause noted and then came when I called him to go out to the driveway to see the vet. He growled, then made a grab for her face while she started to draw blood.
I remembered the pause that he gave me before coming when called later while relaying the story to hubby. But it was what happened later that night when Brut wanted a head rub from hubby, hubby kept insisting he get on the couch next to him. Brut refused, still vying for a head rub. I told hubby, Brut doesn't want on couch, he wants his head rubbed." I knew the position Brut was being put in was going to have a bad outcome. But hubby didn't listen, kept coaxing him up and so Brut finally gave and within seconds was snarling and growling at Fiona across the room in the next chair. All Brut wanted was some attention and then go to his room. He had no intentions for wanting to stay.
It was this pause that made me see the light of the situation that happened with the vet that day. I wasn't angry with Brut, but I was having a hard time hearing what he was trying to say. And he taught me something very valuable that day.
I've even see him pause in the middle of dog fight, trying to get my attention and not to react in the same manner. And of course I did and he kept on fighting. Like OK, if this is what you want.
Brut is molding me to what he needs. And I am doing the same with him. And the more I realize he is listening to me, the more I'd better start listening to him.
We bonded a little bit more this past weekend. Another secret into the world of Brut unlocked. I am always awestruck when I realize he's trying to get my attention, and I finally "get it."
Changing lives two at a time
Glad to see that you've taken the bad experience and turned it into a learning opportunity.
Nice one. Onwards and Upwards. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly
Sounds like you and Brut are becoming closer.
Good job on listening!
I'm sorry you had such a tough time. Some things you just have to chalk up in the lessons learned category, I think!
That's a good thing, then. We're glad everyone is for the better after that little episode.
Togo, Tagar & Gamby
Mom always says I need to work on my listening! Glad everyone is doing better.
Learning each of our dog's quirks is often an on-going lesson. It sounds like you and Brut are getting to that place where there's a deeper understanding of each other. Good for you!!
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