Turned out to be a one hour lesson on how many scary things are out there!
Look below for the video!
My dogs are country dogs. I like to get them out into the city just for the sheer fact of having them in environments they would not encounter in a normal day. Yes, I’m kind of *always* training my dogs! My dogs are my life and my life is my dogs (and kids, and husband, and pigs, and well.. I could go on!).
So, today I had to take my car in for an oil change. I figured, oh sure, 20 minutes.. In and out, right? No deal! I handed him my keys and he said “see you in two hours”. What!? What in the world would do for two hours? And, I brought Axl with me so I can’t really go into the shops and poke around… Hmm… So, we started walking. It’s a really, really windy day so everything seemed exaggerated.
Axl is only 7 months old, so I’m always considering things that may make an impact on him. He’s pretty well-rounded for a 7 month old (like I said, my dogs pretty much go with me everywhere!), but every day holds new experiences, right? As we were walking around the square I started thinking, IF he were a fearful dog, how many of these things would I have to be watching out for? As I stepped back and really studied my surroundings, I realizes, sheesh! Practically everything!!
I started taking pictures and videos of things around us that would potentially be scary for a dog. Yes, I was that “weird” lady that was asking people if I could take their picture, haha! Everyone was really nice and happy to help, as long as they got to pet the fluffy dog!
See how many things you can spot in this video that might be worrisome for a young dog, or a dog that didn’t get a lot of socialization, or that may have fear issues..
When you’re on a walk with your own dog, be sure to spot potential “scary” things ahead of time, so you can either work with him to help him understand it’s okay, or if it’s too scary, avoid it and save it for another time!
Have you seen our Therapy or Canine Good Citizen Class? We spent the majority of class creating real world situations to not only help your dog understand that things are not scary or overwhelming – But to also teach YOU how to help your dog work through situations! Check them out, they’re pretty awesome classes!
–Giene & Axl, aka The Ax Man