So if you read my letter to Leroy or noticed my lack of blogging, you may have gathered that I’ve been a little bit busy. But I’m back! This month I received my MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (WOOT! If you’re interested in the other half of my life, you can check that out) I will be busy and working to figure life out, as always. But I promise to start providing more regular updates on Leroy’s progress! However, it was a good time to take a blogging break, because Leroy is officially on Prozac (it takes 6 weeks to see any noticeable changes). So I am ready and able to say that we are making progress! But I am 100% certain that this progress is a combination of Prozac and very diligent training. The Prozac is helping Leroy to stay under threshold more easily, and the training is giving him something active and productive to do when he becomes stressed out or overwhelmed. It had been a great combination! Not without mistakes, meltdowns, or errors of course. But the overall trend has been progress.
Leroy is more capable of coping with a slowly moving cat in the distance, or even a very still cat a few feet away! He uses his new favorite command, “Look at that”, to find something that is exciting and chase-worthy. When he sees the exciting kitty, he has a moment. Maybe we’ll call it a mental freak out. He sees the cat and he wants to chase it! That’s what he knows- that’s what he does! But then he remembers- If he sees something exciting and he looks up at mom, he gets treats! Good boy Leroy, good boy 🙂
We are still struggling with skateboards. Those buggers are a challenge. But we had a nice moment yesterday with a boy walking past us who was holding a skateboard. Leroy didn’t quite go over threshold, but he was crying and worked up about it. On the one hand, I could have been upset. He wasn’t even riding the skateboard, he was just carrying it! But on the other hand, I knew what to do! And guess what?! Leroy knew what to do! I waited Leroy out while he had a minor freak out… and then he gave me a very nice look away. YES! Good boy Leroy, Michaela would be proud. 🙂 Leroy got a nice reward and we left!
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