She talked to Buttons using a friendly and confident voice. She told him how proud she was of him. She wanted him to know he was safe.
“I no longer set us up for failure,” she says. They took short walks, gradually increasing the distance and destination of each walk. She gave him space and the chance to get used to his surroundings. She took into consideration that his former life, no matter how unfortunate, had abruptly changed. And though it was for the better, Buttons still needed time to learn what his new life and new person was about.
During that time, Lizik realized that Buttons wasn’t the fearful dog she once labeled him to be. He wasn’t afraid of people — he was simply more comfortable with some people than others.