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Me and my Cable

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by Emily in Doggies! | Fostering. | Irrational Fears | Moby Wonderdog

Notice anything different about me?

I have a new accessory that I wear all the time at home. It’s my cable.

You see, I am what Foster mama calls “fear reactive,” which means that I act out when I am scared. Most of the time I just get down really low to the ground and try to disappear, but sometimes, if you move too quickly toward me or try to grab my collar, I will snap at you. I don’t want to bite, but I get nervous and think that if I act tough, you won’t be able to hurt me.

Foster Mama says I am acting silly because she and Foster Dad would never try to hurt me. And I know that too, but sometimes I let my past get the better of me. Foster Mama was telling all of this to her guru friend Aleks from Love and a Six-Foot Leash, and she had the best suggestion ever… since I react when people try to touch me near my collar, Foster Mama should attach a house line to my collar.

A house line a long, lightweight cable that stays attached to my collar at all times when I am at home. Since I wear it all the time, I usually forget it’s even there. But, if Foster Mama or Foster Dad need to lead me somewhere, they only need to grab my lead and then I don’t have to act all big and tough because there is still a lot of room between them and me.

Now, I can’t just wear a house line forevesies… I’d look silly dragging it around for the rest of my life. So what Foster Mom and Dad are doing in addition to me wearing the house line is getting me used to having good things happen when they touch me around my collar area.

So now, when I come inside from doing my business, Foster Mama makes me sit nicely and she will give me a neck massage for awhile. Or when they’re watching a movie, Foster Dad will pet me while I snooze. Or Foster Mama will give me yummy treats while she pets me. They say that eventually I will start associating someone reaching for my collar with happy things, instead of the sad things of my past. I hope that’s true… because that means I will be one step closer to my forever family…

Moby Wonderdog

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11 Responses

  • What a fantastic suggestion! I hope it helps!! Charlie Machete doesn’t like having his collar area touched by strangers. He also gets very nervous every time I remove his collar at home.

  • So glad you’ve found a way to help without scaring.

  • avatar Hannah K says:

    Oh Moby! You’re so silly! We are very glad your Foster Mama and Dad are taking good measures to help you overcome your fears. Stick with it, buddy!

  • Moby, I think you and your Foster Mom and Dad are on the right track, I’m sure you’ll be able to relax in no time. Hang in there!

  • Moby, your foster mom and dad are the best! It makes me so happy that even though you’ve got your issues, they are willing to do whatever it takes to make you the best dog you can be!

    It sounds like you’ve already been making some progress by wearing the cable. It must be nice to get those neck massages too =) When we first got Athena, we could tell that she really didn’t like us touching her around her head area (she especially didn’t like her ears touched), she never snapped at us though. We made sure to practice grabbing her collar and treating her a lot and now she doesn’t mind that. Athena also got lots of head massages in the beginning and she really learned to LOVE having ear massages!

    I know that you’re going to get over your fears, Moby. It just takes some time and some love =)

  • I applaud you for taking the time to help Moby with his issue. It takes very special people to take the time and commitment to help Moby become a Happy Pup.
    Moby you hang in there and you are about to discover there a good people in the world that care.

  • avatar Ohmelvin says:

    You are loved, Moby!

  • What a great idea! I hope that your work with him pays off and he’s able to relax about his collar being touched. I’m so glad you were able to pinpoint a trigger and formulate a plan – that’s the toughest part!

  • Wow what a smart idea! Thank you for sharing. I’ve had foster dogs that would’ve benefitted from this!

  • avatar Mayzie says:

    Dear Moby,

    A) I luvs your Most Magnificent ears. They are almost as Most Magnificent as mine!

    B) I’m sorry that you’re skeered abouts people touching you around your collar but awfully glad you’re in such a good, safe place to learn that it’s not a bad thing. Hang in there! Things are only gonna get better from here!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  • Sounds like Moby (and all the humans too) are working hard!! Can’t wait to hear about progress.