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Old 10-09-2013, 09:50 AM
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Puppy afraid of shadows

I just figured this out last night.

My 4 month pup is scared of shadows, especially those on walls that move as cars pass by. She stands still, ears back, tail slightly tucked and won't move. Sometimes she barks at them.

I don't know what to do!

Ideas?
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:05 AM
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Dogs don't seem to realize that not everything that moves is alive - Like plastic bags skittering around in the wind or, shopping carts, or even shadows that move across the walls. Keep socializing your puppy to new things. Socializing includes introduction to new objects, and movements as well as live things like people and other animals. This helps build confidence. Try distracting her when she appears frightened of the shadows - play with her for a minute or two to make her forget about the shadows. She'll probably learn to ignore them when she realizes it's business as usual - shadows or not.
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Oh lordy, Cobber gets worse and worse with this as the seasons change and the days get shorter. Since we now have to go out at dusk and at night with a flashlight, everything looks different and becomes a new threat. The flashlight, no matter how still I try to hold it, plays up all sorts of "moving" shadows that he barks at. The leaves blowing by are major problems - LOL! His own shadow against a wall causes all sorts of ruckus. It's just something he will have to get used to. We explore everything so he can see it's *just* a shadow, leaf, trash can, etc. Can't wait for summer to come back
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