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I have a two-year-old mixed breed dog (probably Irish terrier, border collie, Golden) that we rescued and has become increasingly fearful. At home she's fine, and she does okay in the car or in another friend's house. But if we try to walk her in the street, within 200 feet she pulls to get back in the car or back to the house -- and she's strong! She's at the verge of panic. We thought that exposing her to the outside world would condition her to feel safe, but it actually seems to be getting worse. Suggestions? Happy to answer any questions. Thanks.

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If you don't know anything about the dogs history there may be issues that cannot be resolved. Without knowing why you must go on what you have. With the dog being 2 there are certain things that the dog will be set on. You have to slowly introduce the dog to new environments a little bit at a time. If this is not successful let me know. This is a difficult area to address since I am not around the dog to see how they react. Try your best to introduce the dog to each outside influence one at a time until you can determine which is worse and how the dog reacts.

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Chris Cantrell

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Typically answer questions about basic obedience and search and rescue training for any types/breeds of dogs. I DO NOT answer questions regarding any health related issues. I DO NOT PROMISE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OTHER THAN THE AREAS I HAVE LISTED. If you are going to ask a question I do expect to get sufficient information. I cannot make any promises that I can answer your question if it is a behavioral issue because you have to be around the animal to properly evaluate what the animal is or is not doing so do not expect a miracle through email.

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Chief of local rescue squad. I have 2 trained K-9's. One is trained for live, cadaver and HRD. The second is trained for live search and in training currently for cadaver and HRD. Formerly trained Police K-9's for Patrol, protection and Narcotics.

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Alabama Association of Rescue Squads, North American Search Dog Alliance

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NASAR, AARS, Alabama Fire College

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