Don’t focus on your dog’s traumatic past. Focus on the present and help them move forward.
Dogs don’t want to be stuck in that old story to remember what happened to them in the past, they don’t even reflect on the past because all they have is the present moment.
They don’t want to live in fear. They want to move forward.
Sometimes they just don’t know how to get unstuck and they have certain triggers and associations that bring about certain behaviours. It is up to us to help them move forward by focusing on the present. The human needs to let go of their story in order to move forward together.
Stop feeling bad for your dog, and project calm confidence instead.
Your dog will appreciate you being the guiding force that shows them that everything is better from here on out.