Silas just couldn’t decide if he was having a good time at the park yesterday afternoon or not. He ate some treats! He never eats treats when we’re out, so this is a sign of the lowest-possible stress.
Then he got stuck in an infinite loop. Leaving the turtle pond to either side was too scary, so we just had to keep walking back and forth. He would get to one end and then flatten to the ground in a panic, then go to the other end and do the same. Finally I used my most powerful park trick–a cheerful “Are you ready to go back to the car?” can work wonders.
After that he settled down enough that we didn’t have to go directly back to the car. He asked to go down his favorite side trail instead.
He got stuck again on that trail, though (I should have known better than to go, once he’d been so overwhelmed), and then he pulled like crazy the rest of the way to the car. But, I don’t know, he seemed kind of happy pulling back to the car.
This is why we don’t go to the park more often.