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Does anyone's dog experience claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) or acrophobia (fear of heights)? Can you attribute that fear from an incident during their puppyhood? My dog suffers these phobias, but because I adopted her when she was year old, I don't know where her fears comes from. Any comments?
 

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hmmm... the history can be directly related to some phobias, sometimes not. my one dane is terrified, i mean TERRIFIED of... feathers. :rolleyes: nothing bad has even happened with feathers to her, ive had her since she was 10wks old. she just is so scared of them for no reason...
 

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Ratchet is terrified of basements. He's a rescue though, so there is probably a reason there. :(

Tesla is scared of cats even though she was socialised with them when she was a puppy.
 

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Deedee's afraid of loud noises, including yelling (which my parents do to her often, annoys the hell out of me). She was abused before she ended up in the shelter though.

Sparky? He's a bit scared of some things, no big phobias though. Big trucks going past can scare him a bit (they can scare me too sometimes). But don't be telling him that, he believes he is a fearless beast ;)
 

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Lol my dogs have some strange phobias too. Maggie will go UP a set of stairs but is deathly afraid to walk down them, its cute but sometimes irritating to us as she always runs up the stairs and then sits at the top whining to get help to come down. Mind you she is a German Shepard, not exactly easy to carry her down haha.
 

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Unusual Phobias in Dogs Discussed

I've only seen the claustrophobia show up when we're in small bathrooms or bathroom stalls. She's always been fine with her crate. I imagine the reason for claustrophobia is easy to figure out for a dog of unknown history. Maybe her previous owners shoved her in a small bathroom all the time. As I typed that last sentence, I was just thinking that it took a long time before she would come in the bathroom with me at home - our bathroom isn't small.

Now as to the fear of heights - that fear only shows when we've climbed up lookout towers when we travel. Where would she get that fear from? Do dogs have a sense of distance in heights? Can they tell that the ground is a long way down and if they go over that they would fall and die? It's like sjohn324 with the descending of stairs problem. Is that a heights fear too? As for myself, I have an easier time ascending than descending. I don't feel as steady when I climb down.

(FYI - Tessi is my first dog. I knew nothing about them when I first decided to get one - did a lot of research then. I have since learned an amazing amount about them.:))

I guess it's like us when we can't figure out our own phobias. It's all a part of the great mystery of life. :ponder:
 
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