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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
That might be too much too soon for Riley. I would say continue taking him out and getting him used to noises and kids and dogs and people, but it has to be a gradual process. All of that all in one walk is pretty overwhelming for him! To build his confidence, he will need positive/non-scary exposure to these different situations. See if you can find quieter neighborhood to walk him, or go at times when there are not so many kids around. Stay calm and centered when he freaks out, and make him move on in a no-nonsense way. Work with him before he reaches his threashold of fear - for example, with the barking dogs, stay at a distance where he is not reacting, and praise and play and reward for ignoring the dogs, then gradually move in closer.
With the kids on scooters, if there is a park or someplace with lots of kids, spend some time at enough distance that he does not react, engaging him, getting his attention, rewarding his attention on you, then gradually work your way closer.
When I talk about working gradually closer, I mean do it over a period of several days - some people try to get their dog over a their fears like in, 15 minutes, and get frustrated when it doesn't work. Each dog is different, so use your judgement to see when Riley is ready to move in closer and not get past his threshhold.
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