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Old 02-24-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the comments everyone! We pretty much started to ignore his neurosis. He's getting better. He is going in and out the door regularly. Although he's not getting on the sofa often, he has a few times. He has gone up the stairs twice. But nothing like he used to. I do believe it's possible he is developing back problems so I'm glad we have started him on the supplements.

I laughed when someone asked if it was a problem he wasn't getting on the sofa. So true! And I've come to the conclusion that life wouldn't be bad if the dog never got on the furniture and never came upstairs. Keeping all of the dog hair on the first floor certainly would make cleaning easier. So the ball is in his court. If he wants to come upstairs, that's fine. If he doesn't, that's fine too. But I'm not carrying him upstairs---only if he barks asking to come up and he's the type of dog who does bark for what he wants. Same with the sofa. If he asks for help getting onto the sofa, I'll certainly lift him up but I'm not inviting him or initiating it.

I've taken to sitting with him on the floor more to give him loving and attention. That's fine with me.

Oh, his happy personality is definitely coming back because he is back to dancing when we feed him!
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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Thanks for the comments everyone! We pretty much started to ignore his neurosis. He's getting better. He is going in and out the door regularly. Although he's not getting on the sofa often, he has a few times. He has gone up the stairs twice. But nothing like he used to. I do believe it's possible he is developing back problems so I'm glad we have started him on the supplements.

I laughed when someone asked if it was a problem he wasn't getting on the sofa. So true! And I've come to the conclusion that life wouldn't be bad if the dog never got on the furniture and never came upstairs. Keeping all of the dog hair on the first floor certainly would make cleaning easier. So the ball is in his court. If he wants to come upstairs, that's fine. If he doesn't, that's fine too. But I'm not carrying him upstairs---only if he barks asking to come up and he's the type of dog who does bark for what he wants. Same with the sofa. If he asks for help getting onto the sofa, I'll certainly lift him up but I'm not inviting him or initiating it.

I've taken to sitting with him on the floor more to give him loving and attention. That's fine with me.

Oh, his happy personality is definitely coming back because he is back to dancing when we feed him!
So glad his happy personality is coming back! Everything should fall into place from there.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:17 AM
 
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He's still a bit neurotic. This dog is acting weird. But he's heading in the right direction.

We're going to give him another week to recover, and then we're going to start taking him lots of places.

We're hoping excitement of NEW SMELLS will wear him out and he'll forget he is afraid of the 4" patio step.

That seems to be the only thing he's super afraid of still.

Coming inside must be fearful too because he leaps inside and runs to his bed. But at least he's coming inside without hesitating!
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