But is a recovery something that is taught or does it have to do with general temperament?
I think that there is something to both...there is an inherent "bounce-back" that they just naturally have...some can bounce back quickly, some don't. Just like some react/startle/etc to some things and not others. But I think there is a lot to be said for teaching coping skills. Inara used to be way worse in settling down after a reaction, but with time and training and treats, she settles very quickly now (for the most part). Just like everything, there's no black and white.
I do wonder too...just musing here, if there is a difference in recovery due to the speed of the reaction. I recover fairly quickly from things that startle me or make me jump in surprise...but things that really scare me...it takes me a bit longer to come "down" from that level of fear. So I wonder if it's a dog-by-dog thing...or just a "how startled/scared were they?" If that makes sense.
I try and do a good job of controlling Inara's environment, so she doesn't have time to really escalate her behaviors...so she can wind down pretty fast.
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