Last night I took Kona to CGC class. Bad idea. I don't know what went through my mind when I thought my dog, who is scared of parking lots, would be able to handle an outing through a strip of coffee shops and restaurants.
The class gave the dogs the chance to practice their CGC drills in the presence of extra distractions. It would be great for any confident dog. Bad of Kona.
I won't go into details, but she was terrified. I was a bad guardian and I didn't leave before she escalated. At the end of class, I broke down in the car. I work hard to have my dog trust me. This was a breach of that trust. What I had a harder time letting go of was the fact that I knew I shouldn't take her, but fell to the naysayers that keep telling me that what Kona really needs is exposure and to deal with her fears.
Today, I'm taking this as a lesson learned. I know what is and isn't good for my dog and I need to stand up for her if I need to. I'm always learning how to help Kona cope and gain confidence, but I don't need help recognizing when she's being challenged and when she's being pushed beyond her limits.
This morning, Kona woke we up at 4am with an upset stomach. Although probably not the root of the problem, stress doesn't help Kona's GI tract. Kona needed to rest her sick belly, so I headed out for a jog around the neighborhood. I feel too naked trail running without my canine friend.
The afternoon called for more Kona rest. We'll take it easy for the next couple days.