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I have taken my dog out on bike rides before - I ride while she runs alongside. The first time we did it, she LOVED it and was actually pulling the bike forward. The second and third time, however, she was terrified of the bike and even now, when the bike is walked through the house, she hides from it.

The reason, as best I can tell, is the noises my rickety bike makes scare her. Have people had luck desensitizing their dog to a fear trigger like this? I've been putting the bike near her crate and often feed her under it so she gets used to it, and I'm going to start taking her on walks with the bike being walked as well, but I'm not sure if this is the proper procedure.

Thoughts?
 

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This may work for you're dog but also may not. Depends on the level of fear. For example if you knew that an ant nest was under you're bed would you settle and sleep? Maybe after several days you might but then you may also sell the house and get as far away as possible, lol. I think it would be better to make the bike a part of you instead of making it a part of you're dog. Have the bike where you reside and that way the dog can come for pets,treats, etc. Walking the bike however is certainly what I would do as well.You may have missed something that happened during one of those rides and walking will help identify it. I would also make it pretty fun for you're dog play give treats and be very upbeat. It may take a few walks but you can judge how well your dog is doing. I did this just last year with my terrified small dog who had never even seen a bike. I kept it by the couch and he sat beside me so the big bad bike would not get him, haha. He now rides in a basket and gets super excited if he knows we are going for a ride.
 
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