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Hi everybody! It's been AGES since I was here, but it's been a hectic time. Again, I need advice and suggestions.
Gizmo has grown up to be a wonderful lover-puppy. He's smart and sweet and downright adorable. The problem he has now is that he's extremely afraid of "things". We were walking today (on leash for once) and there was a work truck in a driveway we were passing. A man that he didn't know came out and he got spooked. Then, that man made a noise by lifting a door on his truck. Gizmo came undone!!!! He pulled on the leash, almost slipping his collar over his head. (I need to tighten that up a little). He WOULD NOT walk near the truck. Once we passed it, he was fine.
He was jumpy last night when we visited our son, Chad, at his house. Gizmo has been there several times, but he was immediately afraid of the truck, car and big work trailer in the driveway. Gizmo would not come near the open barn to see Chad. Even when Chad walked out about 10 feet from the barn and vehicles, Gizmo would not come to him....and Gizmo ADORES Chad. Gizmo sometimes would slink up to the barn and then turn and run away. He wouldn't even let me come near him to leash him to go home. (Chad lives in the country, so Gizmo gets to be off leash at his house).
He is afraid of outside noises when he's in the house. He sometimes runs to his "safe place" in the house.
HOW can I help him get over his fears???? Is this normal? Gizmo is almost 4 years old now. He was always a little skiddish, but this is getting ridiculous!