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Strange things that freak your dog out

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heatseeker14 Sat 27-Jun-20 20:44:33

Our dog is a super confident little chap not scared of the usual things dogs are scared of like fireworks. Instead he gets freaked out by the most random things:
1) A large bindweed flower.
2) A PS4 controller that was on charge. It has a light on it that glows when it is charging.
3) A sieve.
4) A J2O bottle after my eldest blew air on it to make a noise.

Anyone else have a dog as crazy as ours?!

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Sunnydayshereatlast Sat 27-Jun-20 20:46:49

Gave our dpuppy a huge chew bone - she ran away. I left it on the floor and she wouldn't walk past it!!

somm Sat 27-Jun-20 22:13:47

I love the "large bindweed flower", amongst his other scary things :-) We have loads of that, so he'd be terrified in our garden. We have had our nine-year-old boy for just over a year and there's nothing that doesn't scare him. Finally get him outside to do a wee, and if nextdoor start speaking on their side of the fence he's straight back in again before doing anything. Our neighbour's in her 80s, she's not having raves. A plastic bag floating about; that's terrifying.

iamthedanger Sat 27-Jun-20 22:15:48

We have one of these. Couldn't give a crap about fireworks or anything but sees a feather and leaps into the air on all fours.

Carrotgirl87 Sat 27-Jun-20 22:23:48

Carrots! I'd read that sticking one in the freezer helped them with teething, but no, barked and jumped at it like it was the vacuum! grin

Greenandcabbagelooking Sat 27-Jun-20 22:28:38

Fireworks: fine
The hoover: fun toy to chase
Big dogs: yay, new playmate
Being on his own: lovely, time for an uninterrupted nap
An under 5, 100 yards away, being still and quiet: scary, must hide.

He doesn’t bark or growl or anything, but he will not walk past them.

BanburyBun Sat 27-Jun-20 22:29:14

Opening the freezer door 🤷🏻‍♀️He runs and hides upstairs

nattiee Sat 27-Jun-20 22:30:28

-Blowing into an empty bottle
-The dog bubble gun that blows flavoured bubbles
-Talking into an empty wrapping tube
-Corks being popped out on bottles

There is so much she's such a coward but gives it all mouth

Honeyroar Sat 27-Jun-20 22:34:07

My huge lab literally climbed on my knee became a spider ran across the floor. Her ultra cocky brother was scared of a certain candle holder when the sun shone on it.

wingingitalltheway Sat 27-Jun-20 22:35:26

Any bowl on the floor, even his own 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

StillMedusa Sat 27-Jun-20 23:48:36

Mine actually growled fiercely tonight... she rarely barks and never growls so I was on the alert...
Let her out into the garden to see what it was....

A new pot plant , arrrived today and still wrapped in plastic! Obviously a terrible threat grin

She is also scared of bin bags and charity collection bags!

RedRed9 Sat 27-Jun-20 23:50:15

Omg so many. Scaffolding is the most recent.

BiteyShark Sun 28-Jun-20 05:02:09


Curtains moving in the wind

Any bag left on his sofa

A watering can left in the wrong place in the garden

Any new object in the garden

Traffic cones

The wind moving his tail if he out sniffing (this one is just bonkers as he turns round and acts like he is accusing me of touching it)

Sailfin Sun 28-Jun-20 05:48:51

My dog hates Siri. I have to turn Siri off or my dog starts shaking and whining.

heatseeker14 Sun 28-Jun-20 09:11:03

Haha dogs are funny creatures! Have loved reading these posts. 😄 Funny how such simple things can put them on high alert. @BanburyBun, fridges/freezers can be scary places. Look what happened to Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters!

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DeborahAnnabelToo Sun 28-Jun-20 09:14:49

God this is so reassuring! Ours is also scared of feathers! The tube with air being blown into it too. I worry that it's more of an issue because she's a rescue but it sounds like plenty of dogs are shitbags for random reasons grin

AliasGrape Sun 28-Jun-20 09:22:09

When we got a new bin - wouldn’t walk past it for a few days then barked at it on and off for a week.

He’s not a fan of change in general. When DH put a potted plant in the garden he growled and barked at that for a while. When I picked the plant up to show him he ran away.

We ordered a baby bath as baby due next month. It was just on the kitchen table and he was very unhappy about it. He was ok once I lifted him up and allowed him to inspect it more closely though.

If we walk him somewhere near water/the sea he likes to charge up to it all enthusiastically, for all the world as if he’s about to joyfully leap in, then about 2cm from the edge he’ll slam the breaks on and freeze before gingerly backing away. He’s been caught out by waves a few times and forced to get his feet wet which he’s not been impressed by.

Vinosaurus Sun 28-Jun-20 09:27:08

Currently getting off the 2 metre diameter rug in our living room is to terrifying for words apparently, she's about a metre and a half long herself and sharing it with a coffee table!

Admittedly - she is a rescue and this is only day 2 with us. Poor lass is super nervous, but utterly delightful. Treats (even the super high value ones) aren't cutting the mustard. She's gotta go to the toilet at some point ... right? Hopefully not on the carpet.

TaighNamGastaOrt Sun 28-Jun-20 09:39:24

Our rescue vizsla is a bag of nerves! When our other Viz farted loudly while they were asleep, she leapt out her bed like she'd been stung and scrabbled frantically to get out!! Our boy Viz was confused!
She also won't poop in the garden. Terrifying place apparently!
Last week on a walk she shrieked and ran between my legs. Looked down and she had a bit of grassy poop hanging out her bum which freaked her right out!
Lots of other things too, poor lass wasn't socialised but is settling down with us.
Oh people with hats or face masks terrify her too. Actually people in general, bless her!

Ellmau Sun 28-Jun-20 12:23:21

The sea! She stared suspiciously for a few minutes, backed away slowly, backed faster, and then ran for the back of the beach. Water that moves - very scary, we aren't having that thank you very much. (Standing belly deep in a river, fine.)

Floralnomad Sun 28-Jun-20 12:38:35

Our dog is fine with storms , fireworks etc however I have had to get rid of my Ninja Foodie cook pot as the beep when it turns on sends him into nervous decay , it got to the point where I only had to go near the plug and he went mad . He has also started randomly barking at motorbikes , bikes and cars in the last couple of months so we are working on that , he’s 10 so maybe he’s going a bit senile .

drinkingwineoutofamug Sun 28-Jun-20 13:00:51

Dog is scared of I think everything
Little dogs especially black (she's a black Belgian Mali x whippet)
Bags, bin, shopping etc
Trucks she tries to jump at them
Bikes /scooters/ kites
Face masks
Tin foil
Xmas decs
Bike covers
Road cones
Anything new deserves a leg trembling sniff , ready to bolt if it moves
Them swinging signs outside shops, nearly pulled me into the road
Baths and any water
Hoover /lawn mower/hair dryer
The oven (she did burn her nose )
The dark (rescued out of a cellar)
The wind /rain
But will happily stand at the window watching fireworks

BiteyShark Sun 28-Jun-20 13:26:52

Oh I forgot about the toaster. When it pops up BiteyDog legs it out of the kitchen grin

Spidey66 Sun 28-Jun-20 13:32:50

Not freaked out as such, but Maggie has a weird obsession with the washing machine and tumble dryer. When she sees us with armful of clothes, she knows what it means and runs to the machine and tries to "help" load it, than watches it as it goes round. She then goes as bit mad at th e end of the cycle when it beeps. She is the same with the dryer and can in fact close the door, again watches it when its running.

We reckon she was Dot Cotton in a previous life.

ArbitraryNameChange Sun 28-Jun-20 14:04:07

The in laws last dog hated the Eastenders theme tune.

Corrie was fine though

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