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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #60 on: August 30, 2018, 05:31:46 PM »
We had two strangers to Misa, come over last weekend.  We asked both of them to not talk to her or make eye contact.  Neither did.  Misa went up to them!  I think there is hope that Misa will learn to trust humans eventually.  I just have to get people to not make the first move.  At least for awhile. 

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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #61 on: August 30, 2018, 06:25:58 PM »
WOW!!  That is HUGE!  And is shows how well you know her now, and how much she trusts you.  She knows you told those people not to approach her.  You made her feel safe!

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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #62 on: August 31, 2018, 02:32:41 PM »
We have a husband and wife team that come to our home to cut our hair.  Last time they were here, I asked them to ignore Misa, before I brought her out.  They did.  Misa did okay.  In fact, she went up to the lady and gave her a little nose bump.  That is a request for a neck rub.  :)
This time... Misa was happy to see them!   She stayed in the hallway and was in the process of deciding if she was going to come into the room.  The lady called her name.  Misa turned around and went back to her safe spot. 
If you are wondering... no, I wasn't upset with the lady.  Since Misa was okay with her last time, the lady assumed.  Normal assumption. 
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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #63 on: August 31, 2018, 07:10:16 PM »
Yes, normal assumption.  And now they know that you know your dog, and they will follow your instructions.

And Misa, too, was very good at letting her own feelings be known!  AND, since she was let to turn around and walk away 9with no one trying to hassle her or force her to be sociable) she knows she is being heard.

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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #64 on: November 09, 2018, 05:45:54 AM »
How did Misa do with the resident pet sitter while you were away recently?  :-*

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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #65 on: November 09, 2018, 12:56:35 PM »
How did Misa do with the resident pet sitter while you were away recently?  :-*

I've been thinking about Misa lately, too.  How's she doing?
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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #66 on: November 10, 2018, 08:41:03 AM »
Misa is doing well.  We love her to pieces.  She is soooo sweet.  We have to remind ourselves constantly that she is different... and not hug the snot out of her!  I think she will always be a work in progress.  Thank goodness she loves neck rubs.  That is our "in" with her. We get the joy of petting her and she enjoys human contact.

I know some will likely cringe or gross out, but...  I'll tell anyway.   Silly7 I was sharing french fries with her the other day.  Food is a HUGE motivator.  I use what is handy, when the opportunity arises.
Anyway....I decided to put a french fry in my mouth, with the end sticking out.
Eye contact AND face to face... waaaay out of her comfort zone.  I let her think about it.  She did her little Misa song and dance.  That's what she does when wanting to do something, while working up the courage to do so.  She decided to go for it.  She very nicely took the french fry from my mouth. 

A normal fearful dog would likely do a grab and run.  That isn't Misa. 

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We shared steamed broccoli yesterday.  My hand to her mouth.  It cancelled out the french fries from the day before.   ;D
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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #67 on: November 11, 2018, 07:59:41 AM »
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We shared steamed broccoli yesterday.  My hand to her mouth.  It cancelled out the french fries from the day before.

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Thanks for the update.  Love the ff story. But what I wanted to know was how she did while you and hub were away?

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Re: Misa - Learning To Trust Humans
« Reply #68 on: November 11, 2018, 10:59:04 AM »
funny2 funny2 funny2

Thanks for the update.  Love the ff story. But what I wanted to know was how she did while you and hub were away?

I wrote out instructions for the furkid caretaker.  He also had two rules. 
1.  Don't kill any of them
2.  Don't lose any of them

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