Atlas is getting more and more neurotic with age. He has started to freak out at certain objects (with no encouragement from us, there is no logical explanation for why he hates certain things).
His seemingly ever-growing list includes:
Credit Cards that are set down on surfaces
Lighters (he especially hates lighters)
I'm trying to work on positive conditioning... just like we did with cutting his nails. Distracting him with a treat while trying to downplay the existence of the other object and rewarding him for ignoring it, but he is intent on barking and growling at these objects it seems like all I can do is temporarily redirect his attention.
He'll listen to me if I say "No" most of the time, but he still will whimper and cry at the object and will often time give into his impulses and have a barking fit again.
Do I need a stronger diversion, do I need to bombard him with more positive experiences with these objects?