Thanks everyone. I read that link and it says.."Continue positive socialization exposure, but be careful to avoid overwhelming situations.
Almost every morning Bentley goes to the nursing home with me to visit my MIL. He loves it there and he's always on his best behavior because he gets spoiled rotten. Nothing bothers him and if something is different he usually approaches to check it out.
This AM in the hall on the way to her room a man walked by us with a rather squeaky walker, normally Bentley wouldn't even pay attention to something like that but today he was visibly afraid, pulling on the leash and trying to run the other way. I put him in a sit/stay until the man turned the corner then we continued on but he was walking with his tail and head down, looking around like the boogey man was hiding somewhere.
So should I avoid taking him there for awhile? It says continue socialization but be careful to avoid overwhelming situations so is this overwhelming for him? It never has been in the past. When we pull into the parking lot he gets super excited because he loves all the attention but I don't want to overwhelm him if it's a fear period.
MIL has a roomie that has a breathing machine, he has never paid it any attention but today he seems a bit spooked by the noise it makes. I would hate to have to stop these visits because everyone there looks forward to spending the morning with him but at the same time I don't want to create a fearful dog.
It's strange because we always joke that Ky is raising Bentley to be an Akita, he's very brave normally and she taught him to "walk the perimeter" to check for danger
which he loves doing, they take turns doing it but now he's spending more time hugged up tight to Ky when they go outside.
Raising babies was a whole lot easier than figuring out what's going on inside this little munchkins head