However, I have to share this news ~ Chewy had agility class last night, and Oreo actually CHOSE to get out of the car and go in the building. He hopped right out of the car before I could even get his leash on.
For the past 4 months or so, I have let Oreo decide if he wanted to come in the building. Each week, he has opted to stay in the car.
Yesterday, I gave him many opportunities to change his mind, and was set on putting him back in the car if he showed any signs of hesitation about going inside.
He strolled right in.
My teacher was kind enough to set up a few jumps, and Oreo did a few. Then, I put him in his crate.
He did a bit of barking when I worked close to his crate with Chewy.
We went outside for a potty break, and again, Oreo willingly went back inside.
After Chewy's class, I decided to see if he wanted to do some agility. We had been working "letter P" jumping sequences.
At first, Oreo only did two jumps, then went into terrorist scanning mode. There were other people in the ring.
They left for us, and Oreo happily did the sequence. I gave him big rewards of chicken and then put him in the car.
Who knows what will happen next week. We may have another 4 months of him hanging out in the car, which I'm totally fine with. However, I was so proud of my brave boy.
I know that, for most dogs, getting out of a car isn't a big deal! Most dogs get excited to go some place new. But, for Oreo, this was HUGE!
I know that Oreo is never going to "get over" his fears. There is no magic pill. That is why every little moment of confidence means so much.