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Old 11-30-2019, 02:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm back with a new fun question. What random or funny things are your BOXERS scared of?

I'll get us started with one of mine.

MOTORBIKES!

When she was a very young pup on her first season we were on a slow easy walk around the city streets. I always wanted her to see as many things, and hear as many sounds as possible.

Anyway... suddenly out the blue a very very loud motorbike pulled up and she froze. They young guy sat their revving the engine and her fear levels shot up - lip licking, one paw up, making herself smaller, and tail tucked all the way under. All her stress signals going off at once.

It got worse. He mounted the pavement and continued to ride towards us. This was too much. She backed away, dipped her head, and slipped straight out of her collar (This was the first and only time she slipped her collar - and at this point she had NEVER been off lead in a public place!)

She made a run for it. Cars everywhere beeping their horns as she frantically ran for her life.

Naturally as a first time owner I went into panic mode and tried to chase her. She looked back but just ran away even faster! I thought she would surely get knocked over.

Then I remembered what games we played at home and how attached we already were. So I screamed her name (she was pretty far by now). As she looked I threw myself onto the floor and lay there hoping she would react.

Peeping I could now see she had stopped running and was standing totally still and looking at me.

She slowly crouched down a little so she was low to the ground, and started walking back towards me.

She was still very scared it felt like i was on the floor for 15mins (it was probably more like 15 secs) She eventually got close enough and I grabbed her, put her collar back on, and showered her with praise (she was still too scared to accept a treat - so lots of hugs and cuddles)

This was the start of a year long fear of Motorbikes and busy streets.

About 6 months ago I had enough and decided I will help her to get over it. So we started walking busy steers daily and I made it as fun as possible each time. Suddenly running then stopping, getting her to jump over stuff, pushing her around so she plays and jumps on me... and if a noisy bike passes by and her tail drops I don't let her run or hide. I act totally calm, get her to sit and to watch it go by - then if she stays calm I make a super big fuss of her and we run off playing again.

She is 100x better. But more work to do. Consistency pays off.

She is ANAZING!

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Old 11-30-2019, 05:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just Chillin.

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Old 11-30-2019, 08:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Aww you did a great job. This is basically the Look at that game done by some positive trainers. You talk to them telling them stuff you can say look at that big ol noisy motor bike and just happily chat showing there is nothing to fear. And you did that. Your a great dog owner/trainer!
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Old 11-30-2019, 10:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I got really lucky. My guy has awesome nerves. Plus I exposed him to everything I could when he was a pup.

The only thing I found that bothers him, is a garbage can getting rolled on wheels. lol go figure.

He gives it a wide birth when I bring them in. If its stationary he doesn't care.

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Old 12-01-2019, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow yeah, you are a pretty awesome trainer/owner! And you Princess is gorgeous!
Um Snowball is afraid of anything loud and unknown lol she was sheltered living in the country until I got her at 7.5 months. We went to this dog training class when I first brought her home and it was in a pet store. During the training some loud noise (a vent, door opening, shelf moving - something) came from right behind us and I happened to be sitting on the floor with her. She kind of cowered & backed up a bit and then climbed into my lap & wouldn't move lol
She still does this when she gets scared lol she will sit on my foot if I'm not sitting down.


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Old 12-01-2019, 12:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So only had Thor for 2 months now, and he’s still learning to walk on a leash. I have two other big dogs that need walking, so it’s a work in progress. He still finds lots of stuff to bark at on our neighborhood walks, but the funniest are the realtor signs with pictures of the realtor...apparently he thinks they are actually people, jumps back about two feet when he realizes it’s there, then barks at it trying to make it go away (until we do the “Thor, sit, treat, Thor, quiet, treat, Thor, come, treat). Treats, of course, dependent on success.

Then there’s the time he saw the giant lady on the plumbing truck parked in front of a house. Thought he was going to have a stroke!

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So only had Thor for 2 months now, and heís still learning to walk on a leash. I have two other big dogs that need walking, so itís a work in progress. He still finds lots of stuff to bark at on our neighborhood walks, but the funniest are the realtor signs with pictures of the realtor...apparently he thinks they are actually people, jumps back about two feet when he realizes itís there, then barks at it trying to make it go away (until we do the ďThor, sit, treat, Thor, quiet, treat, Thor, come, treat). Treats, of course, dependent on success.

Then thereís the time he saw the giant lady on the plumbing truck larked in front of a house. Thought he was going to have a stroke!
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WOW well that sucked and I can well imagine that was "Scary" in the extreme! That kinda stuff fall's firmly into my "Crap Happens" category!

And the car's??? Would add an additional level of stress for you! And no ... your not gonna chase them down??? But that was a pretty heads up solution you found based on what she knew! Pretty heads up, you did good! And you handled her recovery well! The only thing I would add is "Sit on the Dog!"

But yeah "Boxers" and uh apparently ... "Boxer/Pit's" are particularly "Slippery" Dog's?? They can "chuck" a collar at will, if they feel the need?? They only "tolerate them to humor us.

My first Boxer/Mix puppy Stewie, could chuck his collar at will?? If crap was going down ... "he was like I don't need this stuff on me!" And he would do whatever in a blink and he was collar free?? But no big deal as he would "still stand right by my side??" He just did not want the "crap on him!" So no big deal with him. But "Bella" doubled down on that crap! She slipped a "Harness!!!" Open desert after a bunny and she was "Gone!" So yeah "Not" my Struddell! She was gone for 24 hours and then we got her back ... another story

But Motorcycle's were nothing I ever a thought to??? None of "my other dog's cared??" But I almost Bella on our second walk when I Harley with the stereo blaring came around the corner we were standing on and she "tried" to dart in the street after it??? I was fumbling with the long leash and had to much slack to stop her??? Buttt ... I did have my stick and slammed it down in front of her!! That stopped her cold and now I know! But yeah she did try again a few months later. I'd forgotten she did that crazy crap and on a walk a Quad Runner came around the corner and she tried again??? But on a six leash this time so she did not get far, still. It's certainly gonna be a bit before she is off leash on walks, sigh if ever???

I have never seen a dog do that kinda crap before??? Somethings, some dog's ... you just don't know???
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My dogs are pretty good about loud things as I walk them near a small airport and train tracks and I live in a noisy neighborhood but the one thing that bothers both of them is if their metal dog bowls get knocked they freak out! That was good thinking getting the Boxer Princess back, it had to be terrifying for her to be loose around traffic. A lot of people forget about positive training on their dogs I always pet and reward my dogs for coming back to me so they know that coming back is always a good thing.
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My dogs are pretty good about loud things as I walk them near a small airport and train tracks and I live in a noisy neighborhood but the one thing that bothers both of them is if their metal dog bowls get knocked they freak out! That was good thinking getting the Boxer Princess back, it had to be terrifying for her to be loose around traffic. A lot of people forget about positive training on their dogs I always pet and reward my dogs for coming back to me so they know that coming back is always a good thing.
Yes. Coming back has to always be the best thing ever. Even if you have been calling them for 15minutes haha!

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