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It is not unusual for a elder dog to change like this. Both the hearing and sight begins to decrease and this makes them see and hear things that might not really be there. They also begin to loose some cognitive function much like humans do with dementia.
I would make sure to keep walks short, and in well lit areas and use familiar commands to redirect her when she gets spooked. I might even think about playing some calming music over your smart phone when you walk placing the sound on the side she is on as well bring a bright flash light for visibility.
Here is a youtube site with music just for dogs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OHEB41yRdU
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