With Halloween this weekend, I thought it was a good time to talk about things that scar Lola. You would think with her tough appearance (some may disagree) and the fact that she is a bully breed she would have no fear. With somethings that is true, but with others not so much. Lola has some strange fears and dislikes.
One thing Lola has always been afraid of is water. But not the type of water you are thinking. I have taken her swimming before and she was not a fan, but she was not afraid of the water. She is afraid of sprinklers. Yes sprinklers. I have no idea why. But ever since she was a puppy, when we would walk and there was a sprinkler on, she would do whatever possible to avoid walking through the water from the sprinkler. She will walk in the street, try to completely stop, whatever. I have finally managed to get her to a point, where we can run past it. Otherwise, we have to walk completely around it.
Another thing she is afraid of is umbrellas. One day it was raining, and she needed to go out, so I figured why not open the umbrella when I went out with her. Big mistake. I opened the umbrella and she freaked out and ran inside. It took quite a bit of convincing to get her to go out after that. And now, whenever I get the umbrella out she freaks out. I was just trying to be nice and keep her covered from the rain, but it was not appreciated.
She is also scared of the baby gate. A lot of dog owners I know get baby gates to prevent their dog from getting into trouble. I put the baby gate at the stairs to the basement (there is no door). There is just too much for her to get into down there. Whenever I get it out to put in front of the stairs she gets very timid and backs away. I know where this fear came from. When she was a puppy, the gate fell on her. She jumped on it and it fell. Ever since then she has been terrified of it.
She is also terrified of skate boards. I think it has to be the noise that scares her. She goes into this state of confusion, where she is not sure if she should chase it or hide.
What are somethings that scare your dogs?