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7. Fear of Traffic

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Tense body language, tail low or tucked, change in activity level, startle, retreat, escape in response to sight and sounds of vehicle traffic
  • Is comfortable and at ease around traffic regardless of intensity
  • Slightly apprehensive around heavy or noisy traffic
  • Signs may include:
    1. mild tongue flicking, and/or mildly tense body language (ears low & pulled back slightly, lips pulled back)
    2. recovers quickly
  • Maintains Work
  • Mildly apprehensive or distressed around heavy or noisy traffic
  • Signs may include:
    1. very mild hurrying to walk away from area
    2. frequent tongue flicking
    3. transient mild panting and/or moderately tense body language
    4. good recovery
  • Maintains work and improves with subsequent exposure
  • Moderate signs of apprehension or distress around heavy or noisy traffic
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderate hurrying to walk away from area
    2. tense body language
    3. startle with
    4. quick recovery and does not retreat
  • Loses focus on work but handler can support dog through it
  • Fearful around traffic
  • Signs may include:
    1. tense body language
    2. retreat
    3. startle
    4. slow recovery
  • Cannot perform its work and tries to escape
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