Today, Brando had his umpteenth training class. He has this new fear of shiny floors, so he drops to the floor the minute we step foot into anywhere that has a shiny floor. Training is no exception. He now shakes with fear if we're doing any exercise that requires my daughter and I to step away from him. I feel that at this point, I should discontinue Brando's training. It seems cruel to put him through this. Today, a man in our class was complaining to my daughter about Brando. (Sometimes it takes Brando a little longer to accomplish something because of his fearfulness.) I wished I had been there to set him straight, but she ignored him, which was probably the right thing to do at that moment.
Like I've mentioned before, Brando's trainer wants the vet to put Brando on medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The vet wants to give him a little more time before we do that, and it seems like a wise choice. We've seen some amazing progress. I think if we work one-on-one with him, maybe he will come out of his shell. He's no longer afraid of other dogs, or his trainer. He will also take affection (in small doses) from a stranger. I want to look into other ways to help Brando, instead of relying on a drastic drug with who-knows-what type of side effects it has. I don't want to close the door on anything right now. If we decide that we've exhausted every possible avenue to help Brando, then we can talk medication. As of next week, Humphrey Bogart will take Brando's spot in training. Brando will still continue to do workshops towards CGC. If it takes Brando a little more time to earn CGC, I've got nothing but time.