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Golden retriever overcomes his fear of carpets
His fear of carpets may be irrational, but his solution is completely hilarious.
Patricia Lynn
05.03.22

Trying new things is always a bit nerve-wracking.

Whether that’s something as simple as buying a different type of shoes than normal or as big as traveling halfway across the globe, it always takes a bit to get over those first feelings of fear.

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Humans are notorious for being anxious when it comes to new things. Unless you are one of those strange people that “loves change and wants adventure constantly,” you have probably felt some anxiety about “the new and changing”!

Funny enough, dogs can feel the same way about things.

When a dog goes through a change, it often needs help to adjust.

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Today.com brought in Laura Garber, a professional dog trainer, to explain how dogs can get anxious about new things.

Dogs can be sensitive to changes in their lives, just as humans can be. A family member going off to college, the arrival of a new baby, a change in the family’s work or school schedule — all of these can upset a dog’s routine and trigger troubling behavior changes. A dog who has been comfortable with human absence in the family’s old schedule may start to whine or bark upon departure, be destructive when no one is around, even to the point of self-injury, or even break housetraining.

It takes a creative mind and some willpower to overcome. When you do finally conquer that fear, it’s time for celebration. Overcoming fears and anxiety is some of the toughest yet most rewarding things we can do. That’s what makes this video so funny!

One dog had a strange fear – of carpet.

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This golden retriever went viral because of his hilarious antics, namely, trying to walk through a threshold!

He was terrified to step over the divide between the hardwood floor and carpet for some odd reason. The small crack between the two different floorings presented itself as a challenge that the golden almost didn’t overcome!

As the video opens, we see Arnie patiently waiting for someone to carry him over.

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The easiest thing to do would have been to have someone carry him over the edge. Like any good family, they decided not to go with the easiest path here and allow Arnie a chance to overcome his fear.

Looking a bit panicked, he backs away from the divide a few times.

Who knows what Arnie is perceiving.

It could appear to be a drop-off that doesn’t have a bottom. Maybe the carpet itself looks strange, and he feels uncomfortable? We may never know. We do know that it would require a creative solution to get Arnie into that room.

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Suddenly, Arnie moves to action.

In a stroke of genius, Arnie enacted a foolproof plan. Scared to walk into the room? Go backward! Spinning around tail first, Arnie walks into the room completely turned around! He must have recognized that it was all a mental game and he just needed to find a way to get over it.

Obviously, the funny move had the entire room in tears when they saw a golden retriever walking backward into the room that he was terrified of moments ago.

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Even if we humans can’t quite understand Arnie’s fear, it’s real to him, and we’re proud of him for finding a solution that works for him. Hopefully, he was rewarded with treats for being a brave boy.

Check out the sweet video below!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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