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    I know lots of dogs don't like the garden hose. Not sure if that is conditioning because they've been sprayed by it for a joke and got a fright or if it's something else.

    It is the only thing so far that I have noticed Banjo is scared of (apart from that blowfly but she got over that ). It's not a big deal, but I was wondering if there might be a way to make her less scared of it?

    She will go hide under the house before I even turn the tap open when I pick it up. She's even scared of things that she associates with the hose. The first time she noticed our wading pool with some water in it, she seemed quite interested. But then I filled it up with the hose and now she won't even come near it. I would love her to use the pool so she can cool down on hot summer days when I'm not home.

    Any tips?

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    I don't know maybe some reward based training when she is near the hose, sorry not much help I know.
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    Just read the above comment and was going to suget the same reward thing while the dog was on a lead and collar with you holding the hose.

    We had a Rottie that was not scared of the hose until we put her in a boarding Kennel.
    When we got her home and I started to water things that needed it after us being away she took off.
    So we thought that maybe while in the kennel they might have just washed out the block while the dog was still inside.
    It is all we could come up with then and even now.

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    I would get the hose out and just lay it on the ground (not turned on) and put some treats around it.

    Then once she is comfortable with that turn it on a little so it just trickles and repeat the process.

    Mine don't have any problem with the hose... sometimes I wish they did though

    Brody the Poodle chasing the Sprinkler - YouTube

    Brody, Prada and the Hose - YouTube

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    Very cute. And I love how Brody does indeed only chase one arm of the sprinkler!

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    He's a dead set nutter that dog. He's a Border Collie in a Poodles body.

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    I agree with the above posts lots of desensitizing around the hose off then turning it on slowly. perhaps think about feeding his dinner near the hose as well as that is the best reward a dog gets all day
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    Id actually keep her wary of the hose. If you live in an area where snakes are common you dont want her mistaking a large poisonous snake for a hose, being comfortable with it and turing it into a game. I knew someone who had a dog that was scared of hoses so he made a game out of it. He'd wiggle the hose and reward the dog for approaching it. Eventually the dog got comfortable with the hose, played with the water coming out of it, she would pick it up and carry it around. She then did this with a brown snake and got bitten. Lucky she was ok.

    Im not saying all dogs cant tell the difference between a snake and a hose but if you're going to teach your dog that theres nothing to be afraid of, dont do it this way. Perhaps, place food a distance away from the hose while its off and reward any efforts to approach it. After time, slowly move the food closer. Then you can turn it on very slightly and place food nearby, reward your dog for approaching the hose with praise. Eventually you could turn the pressure up and continue rewards. Obviously this wont happen over night. It sounds like it'll take at least a few weeks if you stick at it everyday.

    After a while he shouldn't fear the water coming out of it or the sound (whichever bothers her). Cheese is a good reward food as its not something you often feed dogs. It makes it more of a treat. Be consistent and do NOT acknowledge any signs of fear she may display, give no response to these and she will eventually work out that if she wants your affection she needs to make an effort, even if its a small one.

    Good luck!

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    Funny how the snake thing came up...Our geese hate the hoses and they attack it like they would a snake. It may be an association to her.

    But desensitising should work, even if only to the pool. Sit in it yourself and have the most awesome treat. Or get a dog like my Kate who loves water and plays in it. Sometimes a "Icebreaker" dog works wonders.
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