|Barked: Sun Feb 18, '07 5:54pm PST |
|Hey Zoey-- my mom thought I was weird for being afraid of the sounds of the rope hitting a flagpole, it's nice to know I'm not the only one!
When I was first rescued I was very shy/scared of anything unusual including strangers, strange noises, new places, and moving objects like automatic doors. My mom started taking me for long walks that went to areas with businesses and places like that to get me comfortable with all the sights and sounds, to parks, and also taking me everywhere possible in the car to get me used to different things. This combined with taking a lot of obedience classes and then agility classes once I knew obedience all helped me a LOT to get over my fears and shyness! It took some time but I learned that I didn't have to be afraid of things or people, and I got over all my fears... Now I LOVE strangers and I love going to festivals and other crowded places, I don't get scared of weird noises or moving things anymore or anything... I am even a therapy dog now! It took time but it really helped to go everywhere possible with mom.
What we also did was once I had some obedience training, if we were somewhere and I was scared of something we would go a little ways away from it and work on easy obedience behaviors like sit, down, heel and that way I would get rewards for responding to mom's cues for obedience, and I would be focusing on that instead of on the "scary" thing, and I learned that I got good treats by responding to mom around the "scary" stuff and it made the stuff less scary...
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