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Alright not sure if this should be in general or training but because this is general i guess it fits. My older boxer buster goes nuts when i bring out the bike. I live in Big Sky MT and when summer comes Im going to want to bring out the bike a lot more than I am now. For some reason everytime i ride the bike buster freaks out and barks at it like crazy and tries to bite it. I am really worried that one of these times he is going to actually bite it and get hurt really bad. He doesnt mind the bike if it isnt moving and i try to keep it in visible areas so he gets used to it but he just never does. I have the same problem with skis and shovels and really anything that i use as a tool. He just doesnt like any tools or gadgets or anything that could possibly hurt someone. I havent even tried to take him skiing with me because the sharp edges of my skis will cut him and hurt him really bad. What can i do to get him to calm down with all of these items. Im even worried that one of these days when im shoveling that i will accidentally hit and hurt him because he wont give it any space. He is a very nice dog he has never been aggresive and has loved all dogs and people but all of these things just dont work with him for some reason.
 

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Yes! Sorry! Didn't see this thread until now!!!!

Maybe just keep him separated when you are using these things?

I would say that you should work with him on it, trying to desensitize him to them. Have you tried keeping your bike in the house, like in the living room? Then moving it periodically?

If he becomes aggressive towards it, can you redirect his attention to something else like a treat?
 

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Yes! Sorry! Didn't see this thread until now!!!!

Maybe just keep him separated when you are using these things?

I would say that you should work with him on it, trying to desensitize him to them. Have you tried keeping your bike in the house, like in the living room? Then moving it periodically?

If he becomes aggressive towards it, can you redirect his attention to something else like a treat?
I agree with trying to desensitize him to them. Has he had a bad experience with these in the past? Try placing some treats near and on these items so he associates these items with positive rewards. Also give him plenty of praise. Just remember to take your time and be patient. Rushing things can result in taking substantial steps backward. Good luck!
 

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Yes! Sorry! Didn't see this thread until now!!!!

Maybe just keep him separated when you are using these things?

I would say that you should work with him on it, trying to desensitize him to them. Have you tried keeping your bike in the house, like in the living room? Then moving it periodically?

If he becomes aggressive towards it, can you redirect his attention to something else like a treat?
I have been working with him for a year on it now. I keep the bike in the house every day and right in the living room and he has no problems with the bike untill i get on it and ride. I can even sit on the bike and he still has no problems with it. Its just when I start to ride. Same thing with shovels brooms long boards skis really anything. I dont want to give him treats while he is barking at the bike because i feel that would be reinforcing his behavior. He has gone a couple hundred miles with me so far next to the bike and i just get so embarased because he barks and bites at the bike and all the other bikers and walkers are scared of him and think he is a mean dog but he is very nice. He does it to other people too. A month ago we were walking on a trail and came across a cross country skier and he started freaking out and the lady was afraid of dogs and i couldnt get him away from her. I had to explain the situation to her and she finally calmed down but i thought she was going to call the police because she was so scared. I finally had to pick him up and carry him (60 pound dog) 2 miles home because he kept running back to her. When i am peddaling as hard as i can and going as fast as i can he is close to his top speed so he is sprinting pretty hard and thats the only time i can get him to stop barking at the bike because he is pushing to keep up with it. He is incredibly fast, my bike speedo was saying i was going 43mph the other day and he was still right next to me, not barking but as soon as i slowed back down to 30 he started barking and biting again. Any other suggestions?
 

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I agree with trying to desensitize him to them. Has he had a bad experience with these in the past? Try placing some treats near and on these items so he associates these items with positive rewards. Also give him plenty of praise. Just remember to take your time and be patient. Rushing things can result in taking substantial steps backward. Good luck!
I dont think he has ever had a bad experience with bikes or anything before because im the only one who has ever biked with him and ive never hit him or anything that i can think of. I will try putting treats on the bike while its in the living room.
 
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