You might remember reading about Daphne on her assessment day. She has been slow to warm up to the idea of playing, though she has been a great greeter and calm companion. Today, though, she did a complete 180 from her usual self and was busting out the moves! She played hard all morning, with any dog who was willing. Check out a couple clips!
It's always really exciting when a dog starts to play and have more fun here at the Fort. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, and sometimes it can take days, weeks, or months before a dog is in the right "place" to bust out. The right mix of other dogs, and an increased confidence level help a dog to come out of its shell. While the first part can be random, you can help your dog to be more confident by keeping a regular routine and by following the other separation anxiety tips that Grant wrote out for us.
P.S.- If you decide to get Santa pictures with your dog, be sure that you bring in a copy so that we can scan it and put it up here on the blog!