This is a bit of an older video (2 weeks) but I think it's important to show!
During Jupiters fear stage, any noise, including ones he was familiar with that were louder than a normal talking voice, and even some pretty quiet but weird ones, terrified him. He would totally shut down, tail tucked, shaking, sometimes flattened to the ground or try to take off. If he was spooked, he could not recover. He would just have to leave and only then would he calm down.
This door made a different noise than the other automatic doors. You can hear it in the video.
When we first walked by it, he spooked by tucking his tail and walking forward a couple steps, but he didn't hit the end of my 3 foot leash. He almost immediately recovered and his tail was back up. The next time the door was triggered he startled a little but then was fine. And then the next time was this video. Walks up, hears the noise and walks away.
We also practiced having someone trigger the door while his back was turned to it. Loud noises that he couldn't see were the scariest. He didn't jump anymore but he did turn around to look. He refocused when asked so I did not mind it.
Jupiter will probably never be a super bomb proof dog. His work ethic, trainability, etc make him an amazing service dog but he doesn't have the highest confidence. It's much higher than he used to be, but it will never be as high as some dogs. That's just the way he is and I love him anyway, and he works just fine through it. He will never need to be exposed to super loud noises, as I am noise sensitive myself and avoid places like that.
Anyway, I've just been really proud of him lately. For a long time, I really thought Jupiter would wash. I've never heard of another dog on Instagram going through a fear stage as long as his (4 months). My trainer knew/trained dog who went through ones that lasted 6 months, but I was never there to see it obviously. I thought his one bad experience with loud noises during a fear stage, an honest accident, would be the end of his career. If I was owner training I would have washed him after a month of the fear stage probably, because I was so uncertain and emotional about it. Basically.. (Cont)