BY the humans   Wed, 8 Feb 2012

Kaiju has not improved so much in terms of his inability to walk in most public places without being very scared. He's still on medication, and he will be for a long time.

What has changed recently is that we have sort of given up on doing regular walks, for now. After Dr. Dodman (our behaviorist) told us not to force the issue, we've stopped asking Kaiju to go once around the block, which we insisted before in the mornings and afternoons. Now, Kaiju only goes out for quick potty breaks. At night, we no longer take him to long walks in our residential neighborhood. Instead, every single night, we drive (10+ minutes) him out to a park for an hour walk. It's not a big park, so we make multiple rounds sometimes, to make it an hour. Kaiju loves this park. He runs around, gets the craziest zoomies, chases rabbits, runs around with dogs if we encounter them, mostly in the dark.

Basicaly, we've stopped trying to make him "better". For now, we focus on giving him a fun and safe life. We do ask Kaiju to take extra steps to go some extra feet every morning, with the help of good treats. When he feels good, he does, just for a few minutes. When he does not, he stops and looks back towards home. Then we go home.

Now that we are giving him practically no pressure, his body language during morning and afternoon potty breaks are noticeably more relaxed. We hope that the quality of life for him has gone up considerably also. One thing for sure. The quality of our (the humans') lives have definitely improved. We are not in despair nor stressed at every single walk. We are not sure how long we will continue this, but for now, we are all happier.

BY nobuko   Sun, 5 Feb 2012

I had a plan to visit somebody in Rhode Island, and I took Kaiju with me so we could stop by at a beach. We went to the beautiful Second Beach in Newport.

Kaiju didn't run around as much as I expected him to. Instead, he frequently laid down and refused to move, causing the passersby to smile and giggle at us.

We went there after the play time with Jewels. An hour and half drive to and from Newport, and visiting the stranger's home where a 9 week-old labradoodle puppy jumped around made Kaiju SO tired. He slept and slept through the Superbowl and everything else.

During our long walk in the park, We put a piece of chicken jerky treat on this bench. It's a very high-value treat for Kaiju.

We gave him about 3 minutes.

In the end, he decided that he'd rather not have the treat if it meant he had to grab it from the bench.

Oh well.

BY kaiju   Sun, 22 Jan 2012

All the fun with Knox made me so tired. I don't care about the food nor the toys.

BY kaiju   Sun, 22 Jan 2012

Knox and his pack came down to the city for some play time. We had tons of fun in the snow. I hope the snow keeps coming. We Shibas look awesome on it, as you can see in the photos 🙂

After playing lots and lots in the snow, we invited them to come visit us at home, and they said yes!!

They drank beer and watched "the playoff" while Knox and I played, and got treats from Knox's humom.

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BY kaiju   Sat, 21 Jan 2012

I think he needs some grooming, though, so I help out..

BY kaiju   Mon, 16 Jan 2012

if I like to sit like this all the time...


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