Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Vader, Washington
Jake too, at 8 months gets alittle scared. Like the little dogs and heeler run out in the back barking at something, Jake, who is much bigger, hangs back by me. While the others are ferociously barking, Jake doesn't make a sound. Normally. I figure he's got the puppy brain thing and let's the grown ups handle the front line. We live in the country, quiet, not a lot of things to expose home too . I drive into town sometimes to walk him. He does well, but approaching strange things, like small signs, statues or even fire hydrants, his hackles would go up. He's getting desensitized now, but there's still a lot of scary things in town. To help him overcome his fears, I would make him confront them. Just calmly take as long as he needs to sniff or study an object. Then it's all good. Sometimes we just sit on the bench in town for a little while and let him just observe everything around him, until he's totally calm and bored, then we move on. Staying calm and patient seems to work for us, as far as helping Jake get over the little things that scare him. Don't know what to do about the wind. Confront a tornado maybe? About the dogs, maybe have her just sit for awhile until she calms down enough to move on a few more steps. ( we have the opposite problem, Jake just want to get to the other dogs). Patience and perseverance .