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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Hachi Chronicle

Hachi continues with his up and down behavior. He clearly worries about lots of things, as you can see in this photo. He was worried about something outside - but I didn't know what it was.

But then, almost instantly, he relaxed and snuggled into his brother. Look at those soft eyes.
A dog's "recovery" ability is important. That means how fast they recover after they worry about something. In this case, it was fast which is super.

Soon, he was asleep.

A little later on, he went out to play with his sister. His recovery from neuter surgery is over and was uneventful so he can play again! Shyla really wanted him to play stick with her. But, she's still a bit too strong for Hachi, even when she is taking it easy for his sake. So, he tends not try to wrestle the stick from her.

Like all little brothers, he did stick out his tongue at her!!
I am still struggling to accept how long it will likely take to teach Hachi to be less afraid. Indeed, just after this photo, a pair of people came into sight, running through the meadow. Hachi has played in this meadow since January but he has never ever seen anyone else in it. He barked reactively at them, and I couldn't back him up fast enough to calm him down. Fortunately, they have had a reactive dog themselves so they were very understanding.

There's so much for our boy to learn... Fortunately, he's already wonderful most of the time. He's so loving with us, his family.

20 comments:

  1. we have to master this challenge too... we hope that we and you can win soon ;O)

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  2. I think he will overcome but only because you are an excellent trainer. he is so beautiful staring into the camera...

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  3. You will ace this, Hachi, because you have the most loving family♥

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  4. We think you got this too Hachi!

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  5. Hachi is so lucky to have two wonderful big siblings to find comfort in and parents that will help him learn everything he needs.

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  6. He sure is a good looking pup. I know you'll teach his the way he should be. That's all you can do. Yes, he's family to you and most important you're family to him.

    Have a woof woof day all you pups. My best to your smart mom. ♥

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  7. Awww Hachi...no worries little one they will give you wrinkles way before your time.
    I'm very thankful your worry was short. With your sibs help and your loving peeps I send many hugs as they all help you adjust to your new world only full of love.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  8. Every creature has their problems. He is lucky he has someone who understands there is a problem and is willing to work on it with him.

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  9. Sweet Hachi, we have our paws crossed that each day you will have less worries.
    hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

    Pee es
    Thank you KB, for your suggestions for Hazel. The first thing we did when the diarrhea started was get some pumpkin but she refused to eat it, even mixed with her food. She used to love pumpkin. Little stinker is being very difficult about eating. Thank goodness we have gone 4 days with no diarrhea. Hugs, Linda

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  10. Summer is coming , and Hachi will have more opportunities to help him be calm,, I just feel it!
    So wonderful he is feeling better!
    love
    tweedles

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  11. We know with all the love, patience and training you are showering on this sweet boy he will grow into a marvelous addition to your pack!

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  12. he is such a darling dog. Just like kids, as you know, each dog is born with their own "package", so that might just be how he is "wired".......he is wonderful, I am sure he will be less and less worried as he gets older. He might just be a serious sort of soul.

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  13. I am sure with your patience and teaching he will get there

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  14. Things are going forward and that's always best, even if it's slower than we might like.

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  15. Now that is a very familiar look. I see that on Luke quite often. He also has a good recovery though, so he does have that going for him. I'm glad Hachi has that as well. ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  16. Even our little Xena, who has never had need to reactively bark, barks at everyone she sees. *sigh* If you get Hachi over this, let me know how you did it. Oh, and the book arrived today, yay!

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  17. Well, Lightning has been a scaredy dog since he was a baby. But his reaction is different, not aggressive at all, just wants to get home or away from what he perceives as a threat. He is much better now. It is mainly bikes that terrify him, or strollers, skateboards, etc. We are sure with the work that you can accomplish, Hachi will do fine in time. Such a little cutie:)

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  18. I was a scaredy dog too when I was a wee lass! Lookie at me nows! Okays, so I am super reactive to other doggies, butts not like I used to be. I thinks you can help him lots...if anyone can you can!
    Okays, now Shyla....give me that stick!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  19. With your knowledge, understanding, and love for him I'm confident that he will be fine.

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  20. It's always an ongoing saga with reactive dogs. Hachi has received so much love and training, he's doing a decent job with it. My last reactive dog suffered from PTSD and never came close to being able to be anything close to resembling normal dog.

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