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My name is dan and my dog is Cricket. She is almost 6 months old. she is a golden retriever. For some reason she will not go anywhere near the front of our house. She will stay close in the back yard when we take her out to "poop and pea." But if she hears a car go by, or maybe someone out in the front street, she will pull with all her might on the leash to run to the door, or if I attempt to get her to go outside, same response-have to coax her out. I cannot understand why she is so skittish and what is making her so afraid. We do not hit dogs, or yell and scream at them. I don't know of anyone who has had access to her or near her who might have made he so frightened. any suggestions or ideas would be most welcomed.
 

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Has she always been so skittish? Or is this more recent?

Teaching her confidence games actively is a great way of building confidence and ripples into other aspects of life.

For beginners, I'd recommend the "check it out" game by Kikopup and blowing softly through a cardboard tube, then dropping a treat down the tube. I'm a bit pressed for time, but if you like, I can break these down more and add some more resources.
 

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Some of this might just be genetic. Some of this might also be due to fear periods. According to most behavioral literature puppies go through two, the first at some time between 8-11 weeks and the second some time between 6-14 months. (I'm convinced one of mine actually went through three periods, as he got very jittery at around 9 months and again at a bit over a year.)

During a fear period a puppy is nervous around things that wouldn't previously have bothered him. Even worse, he can develop an outsized fear of something that startles him during this period, so he remains nervous around that thing forever. One of my dogs was permanently afraid of big blue US postal service mailboxes because I was careless about posting a letter during his second fear period. As we were walking past the mailbox I casually lifted the flap (which opened with a rusty screeching sound), dropped my letter in, and let the flap drop again with a great echoing boom. My startled dog shot forward in a panic and refused to come within six feet of a mailbox for the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, this was in the time period where dominance training theory was at its peak. With well meaning ineptitude I made the problem worse, because I insisted on walking him past the same mailbox every day. I thought I could get him used to it by repeated exposure. Instead, by dragging him past the mailbox, I simply made him so scared that he learned to slip his collar and run home. Knowing what I know now, I will forever regret mishandling his nervousness.

There was an earlier thread in which someone discussed problems they were having with their puppy, which was afraid of car rides and also leaving their yard. You might find some of the training ideas helpful. Fear of the outside
 
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