Mail bag question: Why are some dogs afraid of people wearing hats?
In my last post, I talked about how dogs might learn to fear things that they hadn't been exposed to when they were puppies. People wearing hats is one good example. Additionally, hats frame our faces and can change the way we look. For dogs who aren't used to hats, we might not look like humans at all.
Some dogs have issues with children. They have high pitched squeaky voices, the move about in weird ways.
Men have deep voices and their size can also be frightening.
My Murphy lived in a crowded, noisy shelter for the first 8 years of his life. One might think he'd be excited about finally living in a house. But when Murphy came to live with me, apparently, he was afraid of carpet (and a lot of other things), because he would not leave the kitchen for a week.
Murphy had lived on concrete his entire life. Carpet was something completely foreign (and scary) to him.
Is your dog afraid of hats or sunglasses or backpacks? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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