Yesterday, it felt like springtime in the morning. I've been seeing mountain bluebirds flit past me in meadows for a week or so but yesterday I captured my first photo of one. I see these beauties most often in the spring, and they make me smile!
By yesterday afternoon, it was snowing, very hard at times. This morning, we awakened to 17°F and a cold wind. It was winter again.
Shyla acted fearful yesterday. I had several ideas about the cause. One idea was the wind. However, it was just as windy today as yesterday, and she didn't seem fearful today. Another idea was that my intensity level about our training had become too much for her. I tried to keep our training very low key today, and I'll continue not to ask for too much intensity from her in the future. I have no idea if that's why she's better today. Maybe time will tell and maybe it won't.
Shyla played fetch with great gusto today. She seemed to enjoy everything we did today, and I don't know why today was different from yesterday in that regard.
Shyla is my first dog with serious fear issues. K had some issues but they paled by comparison to Shyla's. For K, her fear was strongly correlated with her thyroid hormone levels. She took oral thyroid hormone, and we had to gradually increase the dose over her lifetime as her thyroid gland produced less and less of its own hormone. I knew whenever we needed to bump up the dose because her fear escalated. Then, the higher dose would make the fear vanish. That memory made me think that I'll ask my vet to check Shyla's thyroid levels when we're there next month. It's a long shot but worth a look.
Something tells me that I'm going to be trying to understand the inner workings of Shyla for a long time. I've always hoped that someday her fear will be behind us... but I am learning that it may remain an issue, sometimes latent and sometimes obvious, for her whole life.