The vacuum cleaner scares the dogs, but remote controlled toys and mini drones TERRIFY them. We can only play for short periods of time because the barking is so loud that it gives me a headache.
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My small dog is afraid of just about EVERYTHING. We have had her now going on four years and she is finally a little better than she was, but still pretty much anything that makes too much noise or moves too fast scares the beejeebers out of her. Surprisingly she isn’t afraid of fireworks or thunderstorms but she is scared to death of most children (other than DD), especially the loud squealy ones.
Our other dog isn’t really afraid of anything that we have noticed. Our last lab was terrified by fireworks, thunderstorms, anything loud.
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My dog is terrified of the Dustbuster. As soon as she sees it coming out, she runs. Oddly enough, she isn't scared of the vacuum. She is also scared of a brush I brought for her. I guess the bristles are too rough for her taste and she won't let me anywhere near her with it.
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My first dog was terrified of everything. Balloons, loud noises, clicking sounds, strangers, paper bags, thunderstorms. Poor girl was a neurotic mess.
Along comes dog 2, she was afraid of the sound of Harley Davidson motorcycles traveling by our house. Only the Harleys.
Dog 3: He is afraid of bare floors. Lately, he has become afraid of laundry being folded.
Cat 1 is fearless. She watches with delight as cat 2 takes flight due to her numerous fears. Cat 2 is most afraid of the vacuum, me, and trash/market bags. Cat 1 enjoys checking out what is in said market bags.
Update: A holiday video song for dogs "Raise the Woof" was created. I played it for the Whippet, he could of cared less so I guess it was beneath him to be entertained by a silly video. Played it for the Greyhound and she freaked out. Ran from the computer and into the bedroom where she stayed most of the day. She seems to be over it now, but is very wary of the laptop.
Original Post: Nothing seems to bother the Whippet.
When we first got the our current rescue Greyhound, she was afraid of everything. Spent about the first 10 days hiding in the bedroom. Was afraid and ran if you tried to hand her a treat, if her food bowl made noise when she was eating, tall men, wind, thunder, anything dropped including an plastic grocery bag and the list went on and on. The vet feels she was abused either at the kennel or the farm.
We have had her sixteen months and with tons of reinforcement she has improved 95%. She still does not like thunder, a tad shy but is so much more outgoing and so much more social, acts pretty much like a "normal" dog.
My dog doesn't like the flash of the camera, a flashlight, or any blinking light. It was forever before I could get a photo of the dog because he knew it might flash. Finally, when I got a phone with a camera in it, I was able to get a photo of him. Silly dog! He didn't like the Roomba when I first got it but got used to it and now it doesn't bother him. He doesn't like fireworks--or loud noises either.
Ruby, our King Charles Cavalier, really dislikes old ladies with short white hair. My daughter would take her for a walk and they would run into an old lady and Ruby would bark her head off. If I take her and I see an old lady coming I cross the street to avoid the encounter.
She also doesn't like garbage bags, thunder and my DH yelling and complaining about something or other. He has a big booming voice when he gets excited. She just books it to her kennel.
I have a 100 lb “fierce” German shepherd. Aside from thunderstorms, he leaves the room when I open up packages. Many years ago, my son popped one of those air bag thingies that startled him, so ever since, he’s been scared when I open a box.
Sneezing - our Bunny Frost really freaks out when I sneeze, anyone else can, but if I do, he just freaks. He also vibrates in fear with lightning. His bonded Buddy Cinder is only afraid when Frost is picked up and he isn’t. Or it could just be attitude that he wasn’t picked up instead.
Post by Darcy Collins on Nov 27, 2020 15:09:32 GMT
People wearing masks - who knew? It's never seemed to bother him on our walks, but I think he's so busy concentrating on everything down low - it's never seemed to bother him. But a friend stopped by to say hi to my daughter wearing a mask, and holy heck it freaked out the dog - and this was someone the dog knows well - although granted hadn't seen in 3 months.