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    Hi guys
    Had friends and their kids over last night. Kids played with both Misi and Lola and everything was fine. They were all having fun. Our friends were about to leave and the little boy (9yo) put his hood on. All of a sudden...in an instant....Lola totally freaked out! She tried to jump over the coffee table and hide under it. You could see fear all over her little face. Not agro just scared. Everyone just stood there in disbelief. The boy took his hood off and slowly approached Lola again, gave her a pat and she was ok.
    Any ideas on why she freaked out?
    Is it something to do with her past? or just something she's not used to seeing?

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    i think it would be something she is not used to seeing thats all. it must have just come as a bit of a shock for her
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    Lady gets a bit strange like this also. We adopted her when she was 1.
    My cousin was being silly and put his collar up and hunched into his coat and lady cowered and looked very an-easy.
    I dont know anything about her past, but she has aways been afraid of brooms, sticks, mops etc.
    Im assuming she is a bit scarred.
    Did you adopt Lola?
    My best guess is something from her past.

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    Something similar happened with Oscar the other night. My brothers gf came over wearing this new huge jacket and Oscar went beserk and he was barking and growling and wouldn't stop until Jade took her jacket off.

    Axle once barked at me when I had a hood on as well. Maybe it's because they don't recognise you because they aren't used to seeing you like that?
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    We've had a similar thing happen with Griffen, my OH came out of the bathroom with a towel over his head. Griffen freeked out and hid behind me. He was ok when the towel was taken off.
    He's really unsure if he cant see a persons face, had alot of touble taking santa photos, he didn't want to go near santa

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Lady gets a bit strange like this also. We adopted her when she was 1.
    My cousin was being silly and put his collar up and hunched into his coat and lady cowered and looked very an-easy.
    I dont know anything about her past, but she has aways been afraid of brooms, sticks, mops etc.
    Im assuming she is a bit scarred.
    Did you adopt Lola?
    My best guess is something from her past.
    Hi & Thanks!
    Yes, i adopted her 4 months ago. She was 4 months old and thrown over the fence of a shelter as little pup.

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    Even though its not the same thing, my daughter used to be petrified of my brother when he had Blone hair.. I still don't know why, he used to have to wear a beanie or hat around her!

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    It could just be she was upset by the sight of something unfamiliar to her. I remember my mother once putting on a gorilla mask belonging to one of the grandkids and my old Pug Mary was furious and went into the nearest thing a Pug ever does to attack mode. She adored my mum but hated that gorilla mask.

    It could also be some association from her past. I recall a thin, terrified GSD pup handed in at the Shelter by his owner who was a very tall man. The pup was adopted by the shelter manager and grew into a very gentle, super friendly dog. However until the day he died Ace hated tall men and was always on the defensive around them. He was only about 10 weeks old when he was surrendered so who knows what his original owner had done to him.

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    Leo got freaked the other day cuase a pair or pants had fallen off the washing line and where on the ground, in HIS yard! (Can you beleive it!, LOL) They're funny!

    Hes also been terribly spooked by and old car seat in the middle of one of our regular walking fields, simply as it was new.

    When hes like this i just try to ignore him and tell him he is being silly! and show him its ok. Dont baby or fuss over them as it only reinforces their fear is valid

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    He,he Poor Leo
    No...we didn't make a fuss. We were just stunned. She can be a bit of a chicken sometimes but we'd never seen fear like this before.

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