|Barked: Wed Sep 12, '12 4:33am PST |
|A trash compactor comes along picking up dumpsters and emptying them, or a stranger out in the distance is approaching -- and Olive totally loses it. My happy confident dog shuts down - ears back, tail tucked, pulling as hard as she can in the other direction.
Sometimes it's hard to expect a reaction because these things catch me off-guard, too -- I didn't know when we turned the corner a trash collector was going to be there or a stranger was going to be getting out/into his car.
In my head I find myself getting mad at OTHER PEOPLE because MY dog can't handle these people going about their normal business, which is totally irrational.
What can I do when situations like this happen? It's never clear to me if I should let the dog pull away and go in the opposite direction, make her stay and watch from a safe distance, or keep going?
I have treats - but she is totally non-responsive to me in her panicked state. She won't listen to me, look at me, accept treats, or follow any commands.
Please help, this is so hard and discouraging. We've been to several confidence training classes which has helped her approach non-moving scary objects ("check it out" and "touch it") but didn't address scary things that move. Some days I just don't know what to do anymore.
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