Protocol for Relaxation

As it is summer and we have to be a little more low key, work brains a bit more.  We decided to work on Dr. Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol for a while.  I have used this before with rescue dogs and high energy dogs that struggled to relax.  I thought it would be a nice break for us to work on as long down stays are something I really don’t love teaching and it gives us something else to do during training.  We are a week in and Grimm has gotten the hang of it pretty well.  He is no longer disappointed that we aren’t “doing the exciting things” and lays right down on his mat.  Hoping it will help with long down stays when we are out in places like doctor’s offices in the future.

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Happy First Day of Summer?

Hello Summer!!!  All of the kids are out of school, the pools are open, time for the beach, and vacations….  Wait, my kids are homeschooled and I haven’t left the house willingly in a month.  As anyone in TX can tell you it has been “Summer” for FOREVER and it doesn’t look like it will be improving any time soon.  For those of us with chronic health problems like MCAS and POTS summer is a hard time of the year.  Last week I had to leave the house in the middle of the day 3 days in a row of doctor’s appts and it was AWFUL.  My allergist advised wearing light cotton, a cooling vest, staying hydrated, and staying indoors during the day.  I heard I should go nocturnal until summer is over.  Works for me, unfortunately I think we would keep poor Tim up all night.  I do feel sort of bad as I watch all of the other kids enjoying their summers, swimming, going to the lake, camping.  I can’t handle the sun or the heat and neither can Terror so we don’t go anywhere that isn’t air conditioned for months.

 

Tim is still on crutches.  He got out of the cast last week but he doesn’t start weight bearing until tomorrow and won’t be off of crutches for several more weeks.  The combination of Tim’s broken leg and the oppressive heat changed some of my training plans.  I had intended to start wheelchair training with Grimm but I wanted Tim to help with that so it looks like we may be waiting a while longer, possibly until fall.  I also wanted to start taking Grimm on more of my normal outings.  While I am working on this we are not leaving the house much right now and have to plan to get as much done as possible which makes it a struggle.  I have to purposefully plan to bring one of the kids with me to handle any unexpected issues as Tim cannot push a cart, carry anything, or really do much at all right now.  We are figuring it out and he is doing very well on the outings he is joining me for.  He has had a couple more restaurant trips, and several trips to Costco now.