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Subject: My dog is suddenly afraid of neighborhood park
My dog is acting very strange. She is a 4 1/2 year old border collie, spayed female.we have lived in the same neighborhood, and frequented the neighborhood park - like twice a day. She goes nuts when we are ready to go to the park, or sing the "parque!Parque" song k. She chases the ball with joyful, workmanlike focus and doesn't socialize a whole lot. She isn't fearful of other dogs, she mostly ignores them in her focus. She is usually reluctant to leave the park, and She really likes people. at doggie daycare, she is a play monster.

Then, just the other day, we are tossing the ball for her , and she just runs towards home without me. I catch up with her (she was waiting for me a half block away) and she looks afraid and pulls me home once I get her leashed up. There had been only two other dogs in the park, and there was no altercation or loud noises. I can think of no incident in the prior days. The next morning we go again and go to the other end of the park - she appears a little uneasy, but she does not run off. In the evening, she is uneasy again but seams to relax and is fetching.... Until she takes off again towards home. There were a smattering of people and dogs there, but nothing out of the ordinary. I had explained what was happening with Mandy to my neighbors while we were there, and when she ran off, I asked them if there was something out of the ordinary. Nothin'. The next morning she won't even walk in the direction of the park. I drove her to another dog park and she was normal - not afraid, and back to chasing the ball. Today we drive by the neighborhood park and she is all tail wagging happy looking at the park and all the other dogs, so I stop at the far end, and she bounds out the door. She is "greeted" by some other dogs without incident, but After retrieving once, she runs to the car, I let her in and she lays down, cowering.

At home she is eating and sleeping as normal. She has no limp or other injury apparent to me. Other parks do not affect her. It is just going in the direction of the park seems to fill her with dread. I will not try now for a while - I am sure I am just reinforcing the fear reaction. My husband thinks that a neighbor in that area has installed some kind of ultrasonic pest repellent device. But why are the other dogs not apparently affected? And how could we locate this devise?

or could it be something else? Does BT have any ideas?

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2013-07-30 6:43 AM
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was there anything that maybe scared her? even if your friends didn't see it, something might have happened

I have a 3 year old German Shepherd - who loves going to PetSmart - you say let's go see Miss Kathy (the trainer who he loves) and he runs around like an insane lunatic - we go for a car ride - but when we get there, he parks his butt and will not move
2013-07-30 7:29 AM
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My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.
2013-07-30 8:08 AM
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You need the Dog Whisperer.
2013-07-30 8:33 AM
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Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

2013-07-30 8:38 AM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

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2013-07-30 8:39 AM
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Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 

2013-07-30 8:47 AM
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Subject: RE: My dog is suddenly afraid of neighborhood park
Originally posted by gr33n

Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 



Quit it. You're freaking me out man!
2013-07-30 8:50 AM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 

Quit it. You're freaking me out man!

Most of the time with dogs their reaction is one of curiosity only. That means the spirits are ok. Horse are a bit more nervous and afraid of everything though. If you have cats its a non starter because cats can't see spirits. Thus their don't give a darn attitude to most things.

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Originally posted by gr33n
Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 

Sound.  Dogs hear a much wider range of tones than we do.  It's hard to say what type of wires or pipes or whatever is underground near that park.....but my bet would be a very high pitch frequency.

2013-07-30 8:52 AM
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Gr33n....is your dog wearing a spirit detector in your avatar? Laughing


2013-07-30 8:53 AM
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Originally posted by Left Brain Gr33n....is your dog wearing a spirit detector in your avatar? Laughing

Exactly. Its kind of like a tin foil helmet. Only for dogs.

2013-07-30 9:29 AM
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Originally posted by Left Brain
Originally posted by gr33n
Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 

Sound.  Dogs hear a much wider range of tones than we do.  It's hard to say what type of wires or pipes or whatever is underground near that park.....but my bet would be a very high pitch frequency.

. It wold have to be something new - for over 4 years, the park was her happy place. Not to mention it does not appear to have affected any other dogs.

Regarding the spirits - there IS a Catholc church at the aparantly scarier en of the park. Maybe they would send out an exorcist.

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2013-07-30 9:36 AM
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Originally posted by bootygirl
Originally posted by Left Brain
Originally posted by gr33n
Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 

Sound.  Dogs hear a much wider range of tones than we do.  It's hard to say what type of wires or pipes or whatever is underground near that park.....but my bet would be a very high pitch frequency.

. It wold have to be something new - for over 4 years, the park was her happy place. Not to mention it does not appear to have affected any other dogs.

Regarding the spirits - there IS a Catholc church at the aparantly scarier en of the park. Maybe they would send out an exorcist.

Then I'm going with spirits too. Cool  I apparently have the paranormal channel (whatever that is) to fall back on.

 

2013-07-30 9:40 AM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n
Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by gr33n My guesses are it could be smell related as dogs have super strong senses of smell and she's picking up on a fear scent. The other thing it might be is she sees spirits. Dogs and horses can see spirits you know.

Huh?

Its true. Dogs and horses can see spirits. I read it somewhere. or saw it on the paranormal channel. What else do you think it could be when you're sitting there and they suddenly get all spooked with nothing else to account for it ? At least through the human sensory system that is. 

Sound.  Dogs hear a much wider range of tones than we do.  It's hard to say what type of wires or pipes or whatever is underground near that park.....but my bet would be a very high pitch frequency.



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2013-07-30 11:04 AM
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Subject: RE: My dog is suddenly afraid of neighborhood park
We had a mama bear and her cub at our bird feeder this spring. Our dog saw them as they stayed until the seed was gone. She barked at them through the door, but we shushed her. For about a week after, she was afraid of that area in the yard. She could still smell them and definately remembered.

Maybe the issue is a scent with which your dog has a bad association. I hope that over time this will improve for the dog.


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We had a mama bear and her cub at our bird feeder this spring. Our dog saw them as they stayed until the seed was gone. She barked at them through the door, but we shushed her. For about a week after, she was afraid of that area in the yard. She could still smell them and definately remembered.

Maybe the issue is a scent with which your dog has a bad association. I hope that over time this will improve for the dog.


That's what I'm thinking too - bear or coyote in the area.

She's a shepherd - he job is to keep the flock out of danger which means getting you out of the scary park.

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We did have mt lions trying to get into a casino downtown last year.... We will walk elsewhere for a few weeks before trying again.
2013-08-17 1:32 AM
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Just an update. Mandy went for 10 days to another town with my husband. Upon return, she seems to be better, but still a bit wary of something to them north....
2013-08-17 1:41 PM
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Originally posted by bootygirl Just an update. Mandy went for 10 days to another town with my husband. Upon return, she seems to be better, but still a bit wary of something to them north....

Must be something she sensed, something beyond human detection.  Was there any earthquake activity in your area? 

You may want to work on desensitizing her--take her to the area of concern on leash and praise/reward her for calm behaviour.  Glad to hear it has improved.

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