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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeTheDeedNotTheBreed View Post
    Hey Mitte I was thinking if Kuro doesn't get over his new phobia you could try this stuff I use as a bath matt. Its a better than towels and better than replacing your tiles lol.

    Its a plastic rubber non slip matt material that I brought from Spot Light (have you got spot light there?) Its brilliant for non slip, it doesn't go mouldy etc if it gets wet and its REALLY CHEAP! It comes in a roll that you cut down to size/shape.

    I use it for everything....bathroom, laundry and even to open the lids on jars, bottles etc.

    Might be worth having a look at if his 'phobia' continues Hope this helps
    Now that is sounding like a plan to me... Lets see, Google tells me Mt Gravatt, QLD is my closest store.. I like the 'other uses' idea too...
    Thanks muchly !!!
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    There's also a non-skid paint you can get, I think the one we used on boats was called "Deck tread" or similar. It puts a rubbery coating on the tiles, it might be ugly but it would be worth it to get the dog through the door.

    You can also get those stick on mats for the bottom of the bath tub or a raised wooden planking bath mat thing. Or even ute rubber. though that's pretty stinky for a long time.

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    Mitte, you can also buy it at most discount stores around Australia. Don't know what you have there, but stores like Chickenfeed, Solly's, Northern Warehouse...

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    I too think it sounds like he'd had a couple of slips which has shaken his confidence, the non-slips mats are a great idea, I might look into those myself - last week I looked after a dog that was fine on the tiles, but hated the floorboards - I ended up finding some old hall runners to make a path to the doggy door for her which worked, only trouble was another dog I was minding discovered that if he took a running leap down the hallway on to them he could carpet surf all the way across the living room into the kitchen! Hehe it was funny to watch (I kept an eye on him to make sure he didn't come a cropper).

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    Hi Mitte,

    I had a similar problem with one of my dogs when they were a little younger. Not only do I agree with the comments here, I actually saw my girl slide on tiles and whacked into the corner of a wall. I could see that it shook her confidence.

    I realise that this might not be a great practical solution to you (but you never know?). I had a friend who was doing some tiling so I asked if I could have any leftover tiles, which they did. I also went to a 2nd hand place and paid $20 dollars for a carton of left over tiles. These combined did the trick.

    I lined the tiles in a walking pattern in the back yard and gradually had my girl approach them, touch them, step on them. Whilst it was a tentative and slow process, she was gradually more inclined to approach them without much fear. I used treats intermittently along the pavers and guided her to walk along. It surprisingly didn't take too long for her to walk the tiles with great confidence. When I knew she was confident I added water to make it more challenging. Again with treat rewards, she became quite a superstar on the tiles.

    She still is and does water park like slides on the tiles when she's excited (inside), but never seems distressed anymore.

    See what you think. I thought it might be a little bit cheaper than ripping up your tiles.

    Cheers,
    Josh

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    Frosty seems to like slippery surfaces.

    She's extremely naughty when the pitch cover comes out at the cricket oval. Loves running on that and the wetter and more slippery the better.

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