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Published on Mar 31, 2011
After eating breakfast, K relaxes. I drop treats into his crate when I walk by - not every time, but randomly. Instead of getting over excited expecting a treat each time, he remains calm, certain that I will return and some kind of good thing will happen!
I greet him quietly or not at all - again to help him stay relaxed and low-key. Anxiety is all about allowing the damaged nervous system to avoid panicked arousal, with the energy focused on healing.
He is able to learn new behaviors because he is calm. He learns to relax because we have been building his 'being alone' and 'liking my crate' muscles according to what he can handle.