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    I struggle getting Ziggy's attention when she is scared and don't really know anymore what to do to get her focused on me. Here are two examples that happend yesterday.
    We went for a walk early in the morning (it was still dark). On the other side of the road was a woman jogging wearing a dark blue suit and a white bandana (or something like that). Ziggy looked, froze and stared in the direction of the woman. At that point she already didn't respond to me anymore. Then suddenly her tail went under her belly, ears and head down, hackle raised and pulling home. She was scared and was trying to get home. The second example happend yesterday afternoon. We went for a walk when it started pouring down. Ziggy isn't to keen on water and she didn't like the rain (it was like taking a shower). She was scared and was pulling like a maniac on the lead and not responding to me. As soon as the pouring rain stopped she was fine again.
    When this happens it is hard to control her and like a said hard to get her attention. Once I have it it is usally OK and I can calm her down but it takes fairly long to get her attention.

    So any advice and/or suggestions on how to get her attention quickly would be much appreciated

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    Try getting round in front of her and put her in a sit if you can.Blocking/breaking her eye contact or line of vision to the thing that is scaring her with your legs/body should put her attention back on you long enough to get somewhere.

    The rain ? Not too sure what could be done about that. I'd of tucked tail and headed home too if it was that heavy
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Try getting round in front of her and put her in a sit if you can.Blocking/breaking her eye contact or line of vision to the thing that is scaring her with your legs/body should put her attention back on you long enough to get somewhere.
    That, and while you're standing in front of her, try to get her attention with toy, food, or just mock around in playful mood. Also, you could try to see potential threat before her and start getting her attention with toy, just talking or something like that. Also, try to pass the scary thing/person in a slight curve, like you want to go around it.

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    Thanks guys for your advise. That is pretty much what I am doing. I try to get in front of her and get her in a sit but when she is in the pulling mode that is pretty hard. Even if I get her to sit it is just for a second and off she is again... I also use food but it is the only time she is not interested in it. I can hold it in front of her nose and she doesn't even sniff it.... Luckily this doesn't happen that often. Usually when she is scared of something she doesn't know she is also curious and and isn't trying to get away. Just a few things seem to freak her out. The first time it happend was really scary for me. It happend when two girls were arguing with each other by shouting and screaming at each other. We didn't see them but heard them and it sounded really angry. Ziggy took me totally by surprise and almost pulled me over and she only calmed down when we were back home. I had no chance to get to her... Who knows what she has been through before we adopted her...

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