It is understood for agoraphobia the exaggerated fear, or phobia, to being in open spaces. As any other variation of conduct, the adequate at the time of establishing a proper process of sensibility suppression is to determine the origin of it.
Agoraphic behavior is usually originated as consequence of a traumatic experience, with or without pain that happened out of the primary zone of territorial influence, theof the owners.
The causing events could be from a simple closing of metallic shades in a commercial store, a possible traffic accident or a being frightened by a passing car, or even a sudden or weird reaction of a human. Any behavior variation that a dog could manifest has an origin. The problem is to find out what exactly has caused the dog to fear that . . . whatever it is. It could have been an event or attitude that for us would be considered as normal.
If it where fire crackers, for example, it isn’t because of the luminosity of the lightning or the sound of thunder, but a combination of both with not where it comes from. Who hasn’t seen at least once his dog running terrified looking to hide or to be under the shelter of their owners.
That is why when associating this negative event with determined areas the dog will avoid it as a measure of self-defense. What really is a problem is when the dog generalizes, what he does most frequently. If we try to force the situation what we will do is to reinforce his fear to determine objects or elements and even extend it to a wider spectrum of things and areas the animals that suffer from this type of trauma within the stage of socialization or before attaining maturity ( between 18 and 24 months of age) are specially poor receptors to the application of a sensibility suppression program. In extreme cases the results will be null.