I started a new pet sitting job this week and encountered a slight problem on the first visit.
The bashful Beagle, Ellie, did NOT want to come inside when she finished pottying. She would approach the screen door as if she was coming, then fear would overtake her and she’d dart.
After about 10 minutes of coaxing, cooing, sitting down and letting her approach me on her terms, then finally giving her some of my McDonald’s french fries, she crossed the threshold and was homeward bound!
Timid, fearful dogs often need more patience and a caregiver that can think outside the box. Their little souls (and bodies) have been wounded in some ways and with love they can learn to trust humans again.
Ellie is learning to trust me: 5 minutes of coaxing today, without food even!