Building a routine helps one get that sense of stability and security. Knowing what would happen next always helps increase one’s confidence.
That’s what Paige Wood did for her dog, Steve. She built a routine.
One of Paige’s friends works at a doggie daycare. When Steve came to the daycare, she immediately called Paige and told her about him. She insisted that Paige meet him.
Steve was brought into the world visually impaired and hard of hearing, and that is all he truly knows. He has adjusted well to the daycare and the people there.
Paige went to the daycare, and dogs were playing in groups. When suddenly, Steve jumped on Paige’s lap and cuddled up to her. That’s when she knew that she couldn’t come home without him.
The first few night home with Steve was a nightmare. He would unceasingly bark. He would not sleep or eat.
Steve had severe separation and anxiety. Steve has gotten so used to his environment to the daycare that a new surrounding was scary for him.
The usual people did not surround him, and he did not have other gods to play with. He must have felt alone. Being blind and deaf, that might have been very scary for him.
That’s when Paige built a routine for them to help Steve feel secure. It took some time before everything became alright. It took five years for Steve to build enough trust and know that he is safe with Paige.
Living with Steve has taught Paige a lot. It taught her how to be more patient and how to adjust to Steve’s pace.
Her journey with him was not easy, but it was worth all the effort. Paige loves Steve, and she is happy that he finally feels safe with her.
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