This is a picture of my little (three pound!) dog, Chelsea. She has her harness and leash on and is ready to go for a walk. Does she look apprehensive?
When Chelsea hears the word “walk” or sees us bring in her leash and harness, she will run and hide or try to make herself invisible by sitting as far back in the corner of the sofa as possible and she will sit there trembling as she waits for us to get going.
I sometimes feel guilty watching this reaction as we get ready for a walk. I can almost hear her saying “I don’t want to go outside, I want to stay at home”.
Many times as I’ve prepared to go somewhere new and unfamiliar I’ve felt the same way, and I have wanted to stay home where I feel safe and comfortable. Chelsea is fine once we get outside and begin our walk, and I too I am usually fine once I arrive at my destination.
Chelsea has no time for sniffing and looking around when we walk. She just wants to get the walk over with so she can get back home. Often, as we round the corner toward home she begins to pull on the leash wanting to get home faster.
Again, I understand her perfectly. When social events are over, I’m most always glad that I made the effort to attend, but when it’s time go to home, I begin to feel the anticipation of settling back in to my home where I feel safe and secure.