If there is one thing we would never do to our two, it is creep up on them. We have spent the past 3 years trying to stop Susi jumping in fright when we enter a room when she is eating, we never come up behind her. We talk as we enter the room they are in if they are asleep. This is the only 'baggage' she still carries from the days as a research beagle. Snoopy doesnt seem scared anymore.