Meet Bear. Shes a very insecure lab that seems to be scared of everything. Noises, people, dogs, birds, anything that moves makes her very scared. The nice thing about her, though, is that it never turns into aggressive behavior. She’s the sweetest thing. I knew that it would be easy for me to help her through those issues.

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There’s this cool festival in town called Cardiff Dog Days of the Summer every year, and it draws out hundreds of vendors, thousands of people, and more dogs than you can shake a stick at.

Even though LR participation in Cardiff Dog Days was cancelled, I decided it would be helpful to bring Bear to the event knowing that it would challenge her insecurities. It was the perfect place to both overwhelm and help Bear. We walked the mile and a half to get into town for a pre-chaos energy release. Upon arriving in town, I could tell that she was very unsure of it all, so we walked the empty sidewalk alongside of the event so that she could get used to the idea of all the noise, all of the people, and all of the dogs. After entering the middle of it all, it only took about 5 minutes until she was wagging her tail, meeting people and dogs of all sizes and shapes, and as happy as a clam. We walked through the entire thing twice, napped in the park, and left the event with very tired legs.

Although the first day of her vacation stay was a little challenging (more to come), the joy of watching her as a normal well-balanced happy girl (in the middle of something that could overwhelm the best dog) was well worth it.

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