Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Scared at run through
Nino has morale that is essentially unbreakable, but an incident today has left him quite shaken and not himself. Wednesdays are his training days. Two obedience schools have run throughs, one evening and one midday. We love the evening one, but his littermates has been at the midday one, so we have been going to that one over our preferred one. Construction at the business next door (with a wall shared) just started. Halfway through class, a loud jackhammer began to shake the entire building, and I have never seen Nino react to anything the way he did. He was cowering, unwilling to move, and panting, shaking, and crying. Other dogs were visibly upset, but none quite as much as Nino.
We left early, along with a couple others, and our guy is still badly shaken. His tail hasn't stopped wagging (I would be incredibly worried if it did, knowing him), but he's still shaking and panting and not leaving my side. We are going to stay away for a few weeks to wait out construction and ensure he isn't associating the building itself with fear. Anything I can do in this moment to help settle him, or do I have to wait it out? Fear in general, even just a bit, is so out if character for him, that the extent of his fear now has me a bit worried. Any help would be appreciated, but for now I'll just give him some love.