If you have a dog that shows any fear or nervousness, have you equipped them with the skills to work through their fear or are you leaving them stuck in un uncomfortable, fearful state, or even worse, tried to keep them tucked away from experiencing life, just so they won’t ever have to deal with their fears? Have you provided them opportunities to face and helped them conquer their fears? Is it your own fears that are holding back your dog? Do you stay in your own comfort zone where you know your dog behaves nicely and you won’t be faced with dealing with their reactive or fearful behaviors, instead of achieving the goals and lifestyle you want for you and you dog? Darren Hardy in The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster has a great quote - "Just do the thing you fear, over and over in great volume for a sustained period of time, and it will lose it’s power over you.” This applies to human and to dog fears. What we fear becomes just another “thing” when it becomes familiar to us and to our dogs.
If any of this hits close to home for you and your dog, I challenge you to take a little risk, but manage the risk by taking time to assess and understand the situation and the fear. Develop a plan of how to use the fearful situation as a teaching opportunity, then consistently practice working through the fears, provide the guidance, structure and support you and your dog need to logically, rather than emotionally, assess if there is really any valuable or significant reason, other than fear of the unknown, that warrants such a stumbling block to the growth of you and your dog.