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Dog fear of electric wheelchair

I am helping a woman that has a new golden retriever that is afraid of her electric wheelchair. The dog had been used to a manual wheelchair with a previous owner but is afraid of the electric wheelchair.

Ideas on how to help the dog? The dog is doing everything else well.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Nov. 9, 2009 in Pets

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  • Desensitize! sit the dog next to the wheel chair and give her a treat. walk the dog around it and give a treat. the dog will associate the new chair with treats.

    Eliminate obsessive thought! this dog needs to learn the "watch" command. whenever a stimulus is present that the dog doesn't do perfectly, you say "watch" and the dog will make eye contact. Whenever she acts afraid, tell her "watch" and her focus will be off the "bad" stimulus.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 6:17 PM on Nov. 9, 2009

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