Springer Spaniel Terrified of Trucks
by Barbara F Smith
(San Juan Capistrano, CA)
We have a very sweet 7 month old Springer Spaniel female from reputable California breeder of field dogs.
Our main concern with her is her fear of even the sound of a truck. When she was about 4 - 5 months old, she was frightened when a trash truck appeared outside our son's yard.
Since then, even the distant sound of a trash truck coming up our street sends her into hiding. We have tried taking her out on a leash and comforting her while the truck is on our block...to no avail. Now even the "beep-beep" of a backing up truck sends her into hiding.
The problem makes it very difficult to walk her and we have now concluded we can no longer let her run in a big lawn area near our home...an activity she really loves.
When she is off leash chasing down balls and happily playing with other dogs, and hears the distant sound of a truck or 'beep-beeping," she takes off running away and will not stop. Luckily she runs to where our car is parked, but we are fearful of losing her.
Any ideas for desensitizing her?From Anna@love-springer-spaniels
This sounds really trciky as you have been doing all the right things. I really hope one of our members can help you out.
Sorry I cannot personally do more to help. Good luck
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