Things That Scare Moby
- Kitchen garbage can
- Grocery Bags (mostly paper, but sometime plastic)
- Sudden hand movements
- Manhole covers
- Select vacuums
- Select yard tools
- Laminate flooring
- Extremely loud noises (very close thunder)
- Laundry basket
This list is by no means all inclusive. Every day we seem to find something that makes him slink, shudder or run the other way. We work on his braves all the time.
He’s still conquering the dog door. 90% of the time (that might be an over exaggeration) he can handle the dog door. 10% of the time he doesn’t want to go near it.
Moby is special because unlike other dogs that we’ve had, he can’t be man-handled. Not that that is the proper way to introduce a dog to something anyway, but it makes it extra hard when he is scared of something because he doesn’t want to be touched. We go slow, usually putting the object on the floor, stepping away and letting him sniff it. Sometimes he’s willing to get close enough to do that. Sometimes he just slinks around it and barks, not really sure what he should be doing.
Moby’s foster family did an excellent job helping him with his braves for the 13 months that they had him. Without their diligent work, I’m not sure where our boy would be right now. But, because he knows that we’re not going to cause him any harm, he is a little more trusting and willing to look at things in a new way.
When Moby first came to live with us, he wouldn’t set foot in the kitchen. There were lots of loud noises, a shiny garbage can and just too many unknowns. He’s gotten to where he will walk around the kitchen and past the garbage can – as long as no one is standing next to it – he still freaks out and goes the other way whenever it’s opened.
When we walk in the door with bags from the grocery or other stores, he heads the other way. He’s gotten to the point we he’ll just step out of our path instead of going clear across the room.
When we go for walks, he avoids man holes and grates (I can’t say I blame him there, they scare me too!).
When it comes time for a bath, it takes about 20 minutes (and handfuls of treats) to coax him in to the shower.
Moby has lots of quirks and is somewhat shy, but he is slowly coming out of his shell. His braves are getting better and better every day. Are your dogs scared of anything? What do you do to help them overcome their fears?