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Do you have any cafe's in your town with outdoor seating out front? One of the best ricks I discovered for socializing my pup to loud traffic was to go to such a cafe. After she got used to (but was still nervous of) traffic on walks in our neighborhood we started going to a great little restaurant downtown for breakfast. We got an outside table, put down a blanket for Merlow, and got breakfast. We'd give treats every couple of minutes. It took only three 45 minute breakfasts for the pup to become totally nonchalant about traffic.
We are working on the vacuum still, but it is going well. I started by giving her wet food in another room and running the vacuum at the same time. I did this every day, and each day moved her food closer to the room I was vacuuming. Eventually she started having her wet lunch in the same room while I vacuumed. Now I don't need to bribe her with food. She still doesn't trust the vacuum, but it doesn't scare her to death, either. She mainly hangs out in her crate while I run the vacuum.
Same technique for lawn mowing. Today she actually followed me around the yard, which was a big first!!!
Just as a safety issue, not a training one, if he's really freaking out/trying to flee when he sees cars, even sometimes, I'd walk him in a harness until he desensitizes. Dogs pop their collars off in situations like that quite often. A harness is not escape proof, but it is significantly more secure than a collar. I'd hate for him to pop his collar and bolt. A panicked dog can be very hard to locate and capture.
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