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Eva has started to show sudden fear without what I can see as a trigger. You know the kind of physical response many dogs show to fireworks? Panting, wide eyes, ears back, tail between legs, crouching, hiding in small area.
Well, out of the blue, Eva will suddenly show all that. Like she has heard or felt something that I have not.

I am at a loss as to how to calm her when I can't find a trigger.

I'm wondering if something like an ultrasonic pest deterrant or a power tool used by someone in the area might be a cause.
I don't know how I could stop that but maybe there is a sound to "white noise" over it?

To note, Eva has always been a scardey cat so its not a total personality change or anything, just that every other time I could pinpoint a trigger like fireworks, gunshots, heavy machinery but not lately.
 

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Good suggestions on the fire and CO alarms, I checked and both are well within their 10 year sealed battery lifespan.

Its a stand alone house so probably not something INSIDE a neighbor's home.

The front porch was where I first noticed it and assumed that she was remembering some particularly startling fireworks from this June/July (yeah, it was like 4 weeks worth of the 4th) but then I installed a new screen/storm door and she's spooked inside the house when the door is open to the screen and slightly spooked if open to the glass but not screen.

Once though was with the regular exterior door shut completely so there was no visual of the porch at the time.

I wonder if it could really be just lingering fear from the holiday? Like doggie PTSD?
I did some counter conditioning on the porch with chicken gizzards a few times but didn't see any change.

I tried doing a voice recording of ambiant outside noise on my iPad to see if that picked up any peaks of sound on its chart (for something maybe I can't hear) but nothing seemed to show up.

I think the idea of taking notes for correlation/possible causation is a great plan. Will start that asap.

If I had a confident dog bcome fearful, I would jump faster to a vet visit. Eva's fearful of so many things (new things mainly and we've always had success working through the "changes are scary" factor; just wanna be clear that day to day she is fine) that her behavior is not unusual, only the lack of discernable trigger. We've built enough trust that she'd follow me into Mordor but at least in that case she'd be right to be scared.
 

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The idea of a transference of a trigger is intriguing.

So I don't think it was the fireworks. Or a least they were not the start of it. I was scrolling back through photos in my phone and noticed a few pics from May where Eva was trying to climb into my lap even though the patio chairs don't accomodate that or shoving her head under my leg when I had my foot resting on my other knee. Two of her "I'm scared, save me hooman" actions.
 
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