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One evening while walking my dog he jumped at a moving truck and was nearly hit. The truck run over his leash but luckily missed him.

Now he is scared of going out for walks (previously he was very enthusiastic) and is constantly fighting to go back home.

I'm concerned that this may even be impacting upon how frequently he can urinate.

How can I get help him get over this fear? enter image description here

  • Hi Rhonda, welcome to Pets SE, I've edited your question to try and improve readability for people and hopefully improve your chances of getting a useful answer. – motosubatsu Jan 31 '19 at 17:37
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    i know little about dogs,but i know they are sensitive to our emotions so you need to put the incident out of your mind when walking the dog,this thing have been scary for you too. – trond hansen Jan 31 '19 at 20:51
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    It really was I instantly started thanking god for sparing him and he wasn’t hurt. The trunk run over the leash his leash and busted it. That’s how close it was. But I am scared he is holding his BM AND PEE in and I feel it’s dangerous!!! He does use the pee pee pads but not as much as I feel he needs – Rhonda Feb 1 '19 at 1:34
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The recommended way to help a dog over a fear is to grasdually approach the frightening situation while the dog is in a positive headspace.

Preparation

Choose a game your dog loves most, like fetch, tug of war or abort.

If your dog doesn't like to play that much, you could wake his interest in a prey dummy or tread pouch that is filled with treats. First let your dog eat from the pouch, then throw it a few meters (can be done indoors) and let him take a treat from the pouch when he brings it back to you. If he doesn't bring it to you at first, let him make the experience that he cannot open the pouch on his own, but don't let him walk away and destroy the pouch. He must learn and understand that fetching the pouch means he gets a treat, but that only you can open the pouch to get the treat.

Train this game for about a week until your dog understands the rules and has fun playing it.

Desensitization

Start playing the game in an environment where your dog feels safe. This could be your living room, your yard or garden. Play with him for a minute or two, then slowly and gradually move the game towards the environment where he doesn't feel safe anymore. Stop as soon as your dog gets nervous or distracted by the street and take a step back into the safe territory, continnue playing for 5 - 15 minutes.

At first, it's enough to move from the living room to the front door, from the back of the garden to the front gate. Don't overdo it and be happy for every small step your dog takes. Repeat this training for another week or more if your dog still shows clear signs of fear when approaching the street.

Then start stepping out of your "home territory" into "street territory". Put your dog on a leash for safety, but continnue playing with him like before. Start playing at home, then move out onto the side walk. It will probably take another week or two until your dog looses his fear.

  • Very good ideal.thank you for taking the time to explain this not only for me but for my best friend!!! You have a bless day – Rhonda Feb 3 '19 at 13:04
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I recommend walking in areas where there are no cars. Perhaps a park trial, would be more comfortable for him. Pay attention to where your pup is (when loading and unloading from your own car). And talk to your pup while you walk so he will hear your calm voice and be reassured that everything is ok.

Another thing you could do is work on his training skills. It would be a great distraction (or maybe a trick) so that he doesn't realize he is being "walked".

Neither of these things are likely to cure his fear right away. The primary objective should be to help him relax and enjoy the walk or training time. Don't forget to teach him to heel and to sit (or stay) next to you when you stop so he won't be close to car tires and get hurt.

  • Thank you so much I am willing to try anything – Rhonda Feb 1 '19 at 1:30

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