Obviously, he's terrified of it. I wonder if desensitizing him to it would be helpful? Like leaving it out on a table or something, where he could see it but no one would be actually touching it?? Just a thought.....
I think they are afraid of things they haven't seen before. Mine freaks out over the broom. First time he saw it he was barking at it and it fell over. OMG it was so funny he bounced about 4 ft in the air but when he got done that broom knew who was boss! Now every time he sees the broom he gets real low and growls real deep!
Certain dogs react to certain things, I guess. Sassy runs for her box (her crate) when we are about to throw something (a ball for Yota to fetch, for example). Her past is unknown to us with the exception of the last 3 years we've had her. Maybe it's the sound of the tape measurer when it's rolled out or reeled back in? Just don't encourage him/her - don't panic when the barking begins. Sometimes you have to gently hold the the object near your dog, praising him/her when he/she's not barking. Sassy used to freak out at her hairbrush until I let her sniff it and sniff it, brush her, then let her sniff it. Yota used to scream bloody murder with the hair dryer until Sassy would come over (she loves it), then he would calm down. ?? These things are funny sometimes, aren't they?
I have to add a ROFLMAO at Thlynda!
***Edited By: Cecile on 9/10/2005 4:33:36 PM*** Reason: add
ours is going throught the same thing with anything new we put in his enviroment...trashbags, boxes, my purse. Check out this web site. I found it interesting. Puppies are like babies and go through developmental stages too.
we have one afraid of plastic bags, not sure why we have had her since a baby and nothing has happened to het related to a bag
we have one deathly afraid of the fly swatter, got her a few months ago at 9 months old, thinking someone used it as discipline.....we tried lying it on the table so she could see it, and maybe not be so afraid of it, she refuses to go that room at all as long as it is out.
That's funny. My maltese is afraid of the vacuum. Even when it's not on. My sister used to tease him and chase after him with it. He runs for his life and hides behind the rocking chair whenever it's out, and peaks out the side to see if it's still there. So cute!
I rescued my little Mrs. MacKenzie right out of a public park, so obviously I have no record of her previous life.
She was terrified of any household object that could be used to hit a dog: brooms, mops, dustpans, toilet bowl wands, rigid vacuum cleaner wands (not the motor running, the plastic cleaning wand!), etc. etc.
She was also terrified to come out the basement. I would have to go down and hunt for her and then sit on the steps with Mickey in my arms, singing and crooning to her until she stopped trembling. Then she would go happily up the stairs. She never in three years has recovered from this.
I finally got so tired and frustrated by the basement routine that I banned her from the basement altogether.
Mickey also expects to be beaten if she comes into the house with a bit of poop on her butt. Sometimes she will stand at the bottom of the porch steps and cry, she's so afraid. I try to keep the hair on her botton clipped so that poop does not stick to it, but if it does, I just clean her up and let her go.
I'm not sure, but I think these behaviors are all from trauma. She'll never get over it completely.
I love her so much, it hurts me to see her unhappy. I just try to make her feel as safe and secure as possible.
My toy poodle does this, actually when it makes the noise when it is winding back up he will make a bark that sounds like a scream and try to bite it. Same thing with poker chips clanking.
Dunno why, I hardly even use the tape measure and he surely doesn't get beaten. If you lay it next to him he doesn't care even if you touch it to him, but once it makes that noise forget it. Just weird I guess. Probably hurts his ears/freaks him out....
So I have special "No shuffling poker chips" and "Wind it up quietly" rules.
***Edited By: Pope1982 on 9/11/2005 12:07:50 PM*** Reason: ...
I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I have a feeling he can hear some loud obnoxious sound that humans cant.. I couldnt hear a sound when I just opened the tape measure (this includes the fabric/plastic ones.. But I ended up with a dog BOUNCING on me snapping trying to get the tape measure.. I just gave it to him to let him show it whos boss.