Jewel is practicing her down stays while I'm working on a presentation at my group member's house. She is getting lots of breaks, though, as she has been having some weird issues in down stays for the last...3, 4? (maybe more) months--she quivers for *almost* no apparent reason. She'll stay, but even under no stress (ears up or relaxed, sometimes tail wagging), her back legs and sometimes whole body will shake. I already know she is afraid of her farts (this sounds silly, but it's actually been a ridiculous challenge)--she gets very anxious if she has one, will usually not take treats and will tuck her tail and slink. It's difficult to pull her out of these moods. It helps to keep her mind working, not focused on what scares her. But down stays provide a challenge to that. She has to stay put, and I believe it causes her mind to focus on that little issue. I'm concerned that the shaking has gotten more prevalent and it may be because I've accidentally encouraged it in some instances. In any case, this is pretty much the only issue holding her back.
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