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The other day I was walking Kane and a furniture delivery truck slammed it's door behind him.  Kane bolted so hard that he tore his lead from my hands and he ran like he'd been shot out of a canon.  Luckily he didn't run into the street but did run around the block and he did come back home where I found him all four feet bleeding from him shredding his nails down to the quick.  Problem is now he doesn't want to go outside at all and freaks out at every noise he hears.  He stands by the hour looking out the window for the big bad truck or whatever.  When we do go out, I have to drag him out the door and he pulls on the lead trying to get back to the house.  Since we rescued him from an abusive situation a month or so ago, I don't know anything about his background, and was really surprised at this reaction since he's been out many times before, but I'm hoping someone might have some suggestions as to how to deal with this.  Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the input.  I've no choice but to make him go out and I do make him, bringing treats and giving him lots of praise for just being outside.  I have even resorted to a training collar (choke chain type), to try to stop his constant pulling (he's stronger than I am).  I think it is just a matter of time.  He is doing a little better, but he still jumps straight in the air and tries to bolt home whenever he hears normal outside automobile noises.  I've just been taking him out and sitting with him on the lawn so he can be with me and feel reassured and watch the cars come and go, but I can tell he is very nervous.  I can't believe one incident can cause such a dramatic change in him.  Thanks again for your suggestions and I'll keep you posted.
 

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Thanks again for the advice.  I thought I'd read the posts before, but I obviously needed to come back here and reread your advice as I forgot the part about making him sit and calm down.  He weighs almost as much as I do and just keeping him from dragging me behind him is a job.  I'm sure he feels my fear of him taking off again and possibly getting hurt.  I will keep trying and let you know.
 
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