Can you cope with how cute this pic is? I have it as my screensaver and it just melts me every time I see it.
I almost daren’t write it down, but Watson seems to be going through a phase of not having to go to the vet, and we also seem to be on top of his itching, colitis, and even his anxiety. We had a mini scare last night when he was limping after daycare, but thankfully he seems absolutely fine today. It would have been unthinkable if he had an injury that meant he had to rest whilst we were on holiday. The bit we are both looking forward to is seeing Watson enjoying new walks and smells!
What’s working for his colitis? Small meals and often so he gets half his breakfast after his first walk, then the other half about lunchtime. The first meal is dry kibble, the 2nd is wet with some psyllium husk mixed in. The evening meal is half wet with Psyllium again and then the dry kibble mixed in. This seems to be working and whats more, he’s enjoying it and eating every last bean :0) This is the first time literally since we got him that he A. enjoys his food and B. doesn’t have some kind of health issue to deal with bless him.
The trainer we had out was amazing – well worth the £45 price tag. It broke my heart a little because he told us Watson has genetic anxiety and on top of that my anxiety isn’t helping. However, knowing that it isn’t all my hyper vigilance rubbing off on him helps, and also having some tools to help him is good. I’ve been working hard on leaving him and doing my “homework” which is to get Watson to a point where he doesn’t notice me leaving. I basically put boxes with high value (chicken) treats in the hall but don’t put them down till I leave then just as I’m leaving I say, “Find it” and off he goes. At first he was focussed on me as he knew I was leaving but gradually he is more interested in the treats.
I’ll let you into a secret – I left him this morning to go to Asda and I left the bedroom door open. I came home to find him sleeping on the bed. I’m not going to tell Kev lol, as he doesn’t want him on the bed but I just didn’t have the heart to move him!
I have to try and leave him 3 times a week, as any less and it’ll just not become ingrained for him. It needs to be consistent and continuous. Easier said than done as I don’t always have things to do, but the trainer suggested even going to my car and reading a magazine.
The barking at the window is more of a challenge just now, as when it happens you have to drop everything and try and distract him and lure him to his play area. Work in progress though.
Right, I’m off to make a list for what to pack for Mr Watson, hee hee. x