Post # 1
Out of nowhere our 8 month old puppy became scared of the kitchen. At first it was just when we were using the stove. Now, if somebody is in there doing dishes or even just putting away groceries she runs around cowering and shaking. And if she can’t get into our bedroom she hides under our feet in the kitchen shaking… I don’t get it! She wasn’t like this before! But since January it has gotten progressively worse. It is to the point that if we know we will be in there doing stuff for a little while we just open our bedroom door and let her cower and shake on her corner of our bed. I mean, we thought it was funny/weird when she was afraid of the broom. Then we noticed she had the same reaction to wrapping paper tubes around Christmas. And now the hose too. Pretty much anything long and skinny terrifies her.
I just don’t get it! We have had her since 9 weeks and have never given her a reason to be scared of any of these things! I just worry that this is the beginning of some strange nerosis. What do I do? Just leave it?
Post # 3
maybe it’s the sounds that are bothering her. i have no experience with this other than i have had some pretty neurotic dogs before, and if you have raised her from a pup and she hasn’t been abused, it might just be that her hearing is super sensitive.
Post # 4
My dog is scared of a lot of weird things. It started out with boxes in the alley (I know right?), and developed in to a phobia of anything changing at all (like she notices if we move something on the bookshelf, and gets upset) and then developed into other weird things like men with beards and the broom. We did everything that you’re supposed to do training-wise to make her more comfortable. I got her at 8 weeks old and nothing ever happened to her.
I think after years of soul searching and training and confidence building and vet and trainer visits and the like, I have come to the conclusion that she’s just a skittish weirdo personality-wise. You’re not supposed to baby them when they’re scared and it helps if you’re not overly stressed out about it, but other than that I think some dogs are just more nervous than others and that they are nervous for their own weird dog reasons!