Yes, a good week.
Perhaps we are getting our heads above water.
I've been working on counterconditioning with Hachi, primarily focusing on his fear of things touching his body. Back in October, I started introducing him to a winter coat by pairing the appearance of the coat with treats. I'd show him the coat, and I'd give him treats the entire time that it was within sight. I gradually lifted the coat higher, like I'd do if I were about to put it over his shoulders. Then, very very gradually, I let the coat touch him. Eventually, I draped it over his torso. And now, 10 weeks later, I can put the coat on Hachi and close the velcro tabs that keep it on. He does not look at all scared when I do it. You can judge in the video.
I made a video so that you can see the process. I led off with counterconditioning to a harness that he's afraid of - I started counterconditioning to that just 3 days ago. The process with the harness is exactly how I started working on the coat 10 weeks ago so it helps you see how far we've come with the coat. So that you can see where that simple work is going, I next show you our work today with the coat. That included him wearing it outdoors and playing with it on.
Now that someone taught me how to countercondition with emphasis on the details of the process - I see how well it works. It takes a lot of patience but it's worth it.