Just last night my mom was talking about what it would be like if Alvin got over his fear of being touched and she thought that he would then be a Velcro dog. I looked at her like she was an alien and asked her what was the probability of Alvin ever getting over his issues to that extent.
Then just today, Alvin showed two signs of progress. I have to remind myself that Alvin can't ever be counted out and his possibilities remain endless.
First, I was over at my mom's house and I had shut the back door at my house because it was just too hot outside. I knew that if Alvin had to go potty that he wouldn't be able to wait and he would go inside. When I got home there was no puddle and I opened the back door and sat in a chair outside. Alvin came right out and went potty. I am assuming he was holding it earlier and it's the second time I have seen him be able to hold it when the door was previously closed. I realize that most people wouldn't find that to be a big event but I was so darn proud of him! While still sitting in the chair, I praised him and he came over to me and let me repeatedly pet his back. He is more receptive to being pet when I am sitting, but considering I was seated up off the ground, it was definitely progress! I am always so pleased for him in those moments because it has to feel good to be touched and it's nice when his fear doesn't get in the way and deprive him (or me) of those moments.
I am editing this to add that after I wrote this entry, I came back again from being at my mom's house and when I opened the back door, Alvin again went right out and went potty again. Goodness gracious, if he keeps this up I am going to have to get him his own dog to play with as a present.......just kidding, mom!
So Alvin gets a big gold star for the day!