Yesterday when Jo was laying in the dog bed I hooked a leash on her collar but she just pressed herself deeper and tighter into the dog bed. When I reached in to scoop her up to let her stand she SCREAMED!!! Not just a bark – a howl, a scream, a prolonged wail. I hung on to the leash as long as I could but she headed to her hiding spot under the shelves. She was so upset she peed on the floor and at that point I let her go.
I left the building and came back 4 hours later and found her back in the dog bed. She let me unhook the leash and I sat beside her for at least 15 minutes and petted her.
One of the experts that I talked to said abused dogs need to encounter those situations that were very scary for them so they can come to the realization that they are now safe with someone they can learn to trust.
My takeaway from this terrible experience is that I tried the leash too soon – I will know when she’s ready and she’s not. I will become The Dog Whisperer to Jo.