I took Shyla to town today, after skipping it last week. Last week, she was stressed out by having to wear socks around the house to protect her paw injuries. Having her be nervous before we even drove to town would have been a recipe for Shyla's fears to run rampant when she tried to navigate the bustle of town.
I'm learning, slowly but surely, how to handle a sensitive girl like Shyla. On days when she's nervous already, due to sock-wearing or other things, it's much better not to ask her to do something that might make her even more stressed out. Combining scary things is called "trigger-stacking" in training lingo - and it's to be avoided.
Now, I'm going to lie down with my pups, including the cute brown-noser named Shyla.