Gus, my 11 m/o doodle, is terrified of inanimate objects. The funniest part of it is that he'll suddenly realize that "it" (trash can, yard ornament such as a bird bath, treadmill, shrub, you name it) is there and freak out, almost as if it has snuck up on him. He barks and growls so forcefully that he gets his front feet off the ground and he'll usually settle down after myself or Flash, his 21 m/o gsd mix brother, checks everything out. Flash is the top dog and is very protective of Gus and takes care of him. When I take Gus anywhere by himself he barks/growls at every single inanimate object and is a major velcro dog. Does anyone else have a doodle like this? I'm not sure if he acts that way when we are alone because he feels that he needs to step up his protection level of his mom since Flash isn't there or if he is just that worried because Flash isn't there. Does he carry on when he suddenly sees an inanimate object to let his mom and big brother know of the "intruder"? He is definately my noisy boy and makes all types of sounds but he is easily startled and is hesitant to go check out the offending object himself. Flash is fearless and will bound right up to it. Any thoughts?