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Irrational fears...

Rouleaux has this odd fear of the blow dryer. He will be 7 months next week.

Everytime I pick it up and turn it on he bolts- just to the other side of the room- and stairs at me.

In the past, anything that scared him, he would bark at. But this he just runs from. I never used it for anything other than my hair.

Any odd fears from other doberman out there?
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Brandy's afraid of the hair dryer too, but she'll stand and bark at me while I'm using it. We've really made it into a game where I'll blow it on her, she'll bark and dance away and then come back for more. I let her smell it without being on and that seems to make her a little more comfortable with it.

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Kane is completely afraid of the sweeper, so much so he ran away paranoid and took a poop. It was hard to get mad at him for pooping in the house haha. But now he doesn't even want to see it, he will sniff it when it's off and but will still run away from it.

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Grizzly is still a bit too young for me to figure out what scares him, but our sweet Porter had a couple that would make me laugh! He definitely hated the hair dryer and the vacuum cleaner, although I can't tell if he was afraid of them or if he was confused. But the funniest thing was if we would leave the broom out in the corner against a wall or something. Porter would bark ferociously at it, but he would be play-bowing and his nub would be going crazy...I would go in and get the broom and he would back up - not run - all the way to the other side of the room. LOL Sometimes I would sweep by him just to play, and he would lunge at the bristles. He was something else. Miss him so much!
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Jaid is total opposite lol she will come up the me and lean on me while I blow dry my hair and wait for me to start blow drying her she just will sit down and stair like o that feels nice and warm lol
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My coworkers dogs will come stick their faces in her hair while she's blowdrying. Elka stays away from the bathroom if I'm blowdrying, and the one time I blowdried her, by the noises she made, you would've thought I was stabbing her.

She's also previously had a fear of plastic bags that we were never able to figure out the source of.

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Common Fears 01 Fear: How to Help Your Dog Overcome It - - a VIN company!
THE CANINE BEHAVIOR SERIES, By Kathy Diamond Davis, Date Published: 1/18/2004 1:24:00 PM

Several things seem to haunt the minds of a great many fearful dogs. Let's look at some of these, why they may develop, and hints for working through them.

Vacuum Cleaners and other Household Appliances

Vacuum cleaners make weird noises. Their use involves a person thrusting the thing around the room in gestures that wouldn't make any sense to a dog. The concept of cleaning a floor, other than by eating any food spilled on it, would also be foreign to a dog's way of thinking. There's not much about a vacuum cleaner for a dog to like! The occasional herding dog will chase it because it moves, and some dogs will "attack" or threaten it because it isn't acting right!

Adding treats to vacuuming time can work through this fear. If the dog is really traumatized about the device, you may need to start with setting up the vacuum cleaner and giving the dog treats in the next room. Over several sessions you can move the treat-giving closer, never faster than the dog's comfort level can handle. Do the process with the vacuum off, next with the vacuum cleaner running, and finally with the vacuum cleaner moving. While going through this program, put the dog in a different place whenever you vacuum so as not to undo all the good conditioning by scaring the dog again.

To condition your dog to appliances that merely make noise without lunging around the room, use the same process. For these appliances as well as the vacuum, you can use not only treats, but also meal times (place the dog's dish increasingly closer to the scary thing, a little closer with each meal) and games. Dogs who like to fetch have a real advantage, because retrieving is so motivating to dogs.

The dishwasher is an interesting case. Dishwashers that open with a big movement can cause dogs to dash out of the room. But if your dog likes to try to sneak a lick off a dirty dish when you open the dishwasher, there's a built-in treat. Some of these enterprising dogs love dishwashers. That makes it your job to avoid hurting the dog with the dishwasher door, or letting the dog eat spoiled food. Dishwasher soap can be toxic.

The dishwasher would be a case for teaching the dog to calmly remain in the room but back from danger. Reward the dog for keeping his head OUT of the dishwasher!

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My boy is afraid of the vacuum. He hides in his crAte. He's also afraid of our large standing fan. It fell over once while he was sleeping and he's been terrified of it ever since. He's also afraid of an open window on a windy day as the wind one time knocked over our curtain rod and scared him
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