I was out walking Scarlett the other evening and it had began to rain.A lady stepped out of her terraced house with an umbrella up and ready to leave with her friend.Scarlett and I were walking by at this moment and Scarlett just froze, flattened to the ground and wouldn't budge.I didn't comfort her, I just allowed the lead to trail from her to me and stood in front of her calling her happily holding out a piece of cheese from my dog walking satchel.It took some time for her to move and ran around me and off the curb to avoid the brolly (the street is a dead end and I live in a very rural area).
I think I know how this happened and I feel terribly guilty - like I caused her to be afraid What happened was, when she was first with us, I had to dash out quickly without her.It was raining and we seem to have a collection of "poorly" brollies that need binning:- crushed arms, dodgy buttons etc -so I had to test one before leaving.
Scarlett was pottering about in the kitchen and I'd not seen her as my back was to the kitchen door, so I went ahead and tested the brolly (I'm not superstitious ) yup you guessed it, one woosh! and Scarlett scampered into the living room.I didn't say or do anything and Jon knows not to mollycoddle her either.
But my question is, what do I do? And seen as we get more rain that anything else these days and with April coming up....
Scarlett has never been with me when I've used a brolly as I don't use them dog walking....any advice is much appreciated as I'm not sure how to mend the situation without scaring her further