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Why is my dog scared of everything?

i have a 3 year old dachshund terrier mix and she is scared of everything. she is spoiled, but is scared of the vacuum, going on walks, even a sock. she just lays on the couch all day. how do I get her to not be scared of everything and get her to exercise?

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Some dogs tend to be high-strung and nervous, and a lot of dogs are afraid of noisy things like vacuum cleaners. However, you can help her to not be so afraid of other things by showing them to her in a relaxed, completely non-threatening way, talking to her in a normal tone of voice the whole time. Do this one thing at a time over a period of weeks. Too much all at once won't work.

Most dogs aren't afraid of going on walks, though I have heard of a few that don't like to walk on grass. Can you pinpoint what's causing her fear? Is there a big dog nearby that barks at her and seems threatening? Kids who tease her? Is it too hot for her? Do her collar and leash fit well?

Try taking her outside for short periods of time, when you can be reasonably certain it'll be fairly quiet and not many other people or dogs will be around. Gradually extend the time as she becomes more comfortable.

I adopted one of my dogs from a family that lived in an extremely quiet neighborhood. I live in an urban neighborhood with much more traffic and a ton more siren noise. Took a while and I wasn't able to walk her down the sidewalks of the busiest streets in my neighborhood for months, but now she's great, couldn't care less when a fire truck or ambulance screams by.

Be gentle and patient; she'll come around in time.

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Thank all of you for answering, but she is most afraid of walks. We live in a very quiet neighborhood. We got her when she was 8 months old, and she was never abused in any way. We socialized with her alot and we also got a new puppy about a month after we got her. Our newest puppy is very outgoing and loves walks, but our first is scared of even going outside? Thanks.
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Dogs can be neurotic and you may have unwittingly adopted a dog with neuroses. If you haven't already, discuss this with your veterinarian or consult an animal behaviorist. I don't put any stock in those who claim to hear the animal's thoughts, but a behaviorist is sort of the equivalent to what a psychologist is for humans.
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Let her be and get a new dog would be the best way! apparently your dog is suffering from a common problem that alot of animals that I have came across suffer from.

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You can record the sounds that your dog is scared of and play them to your dog with a low volume. After several days or weeks, play the sound again but this time increase the intensity of the sound. This will make your dog get used to the scary sounds. Visit http://www.cooldogtoys.com/nervousdog.php for more information.

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a lot of small dogs have a nervous disposition anyhow and we humans 'teach' them to keep being scared by doing what we see as cuddling and comforting them but to them is really just a positive reinforcement of their frightened behavior

teaching her to not behave that way would require changes in behavior for both you and the dog. and you'd be teaching not to 'act' afraid. don't think you can teach her to not be afraid any more easily than you could be taught not to be afraid of snakes or spiders or clowns or heights or whatever your particular issue is.

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