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    I am at a loss on how to deal with this...

    Kuro from nearly day 1, has had free access to outside via the laundry and a dog door to outside.
    In the laundry, we have a tiled floor and we also keep Kuro's food and water.

    Just a few days ago, Kuro just, out of the blue, decided that he is scared stiff to walk on the tiles.
    Funny thing is, sometimes he will come through the laundry without fear, but other times he will stop dead, look at the floor, then try to go back with his feet slipping and sliding in his panic to return.
    He also did this on our bathroom floor.. Half way across, he realised the floor was tiled and so the panic set in..

    Now what I can't understand is why he only panics sometimes, but not everytime he crosses the tiles...

    We have tried laying towels on the tiles with a bit of success, but I'm looking for a better solution...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    I am at a loss on how to deal with this...

    Kuro from nearly day 1, has had free access to outside via the laundry and a dog door to outside.
    In the laundry, we have a tiled floor and we also keep Kuro's food and water.

    Just a few days ago, Kuro just, out of the blue, decided that he is scared stiff to walk on the tiles.
    Funny thing is, sometimes he will come through the laundry without fear, but other times he will stop dead, look at the floor, then try to go back with his feet slipping and sliding in his panic to return.
    He also did this on our bathroom floor.. Half way across, he realised the floor was tiled and so the panic set in..

    Now what I can't understand is why he only panics sometimes, but not everytime he crosses the tiles...

    We have tried laying towels on the tiles with a bit of success, but I'm looking for a better solution...
    Has there been a light reflection on the floor at some point? Some dogs react to that and then become scared.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Has there been a light reflection on the floor at some point? Some dogs react to that and then become scared.....
    I don't think so, but I sure will be checking the next time it happens.. Thanks Cleasanta..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    I don't think so, but I sure will be checking the next time it happens.. Thanks Cleasanta..
    You are soooo welcome mitte

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    Has he come a gutsa through there perhaps?
    That could be enough to have blown his cofidence.
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    I was thinking along the same lines as Choppa. He may have lost confidence somewhere if he has slipped.

    It may also be that sometimes his feet may be feeling as though they are more slippery than normal?? Maybe if they are wet?? Or cold?? Or even dusty??
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    Thanks Choppa, Anne..
    I have thought that myself.. He may have done that while no one was home...
    We gave his nails a trim and that seems to have helped his confidence, though he still has the odd panic attack, but seemingly not as often.
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    Easy fix to ascertain what the problem is, Mitte. I tend to agree with Choppa's first line of thought, so is there a mat or rug or something non-slippery you can put down on that area of floor? Then you can see how he relates to walking across it.

    If he just pops across no problem at all, there is your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    I am at a loss on how to deal with this...

    Kuro from nearly day 1, has had free access to outside via the laundry and a dog door to outside.
    In the laundry, we have a tiled floor and we also keep Kuro's food and water.

    Just a few days ago, Kuro just, out of the blue, decided that he is scared stiff to walk on the tiles.
    Funny thing is, sometimes he will come through the laundry without fear, but other times he will stop dead, look at the floor, then try to go back with his feet slipping and sliding in his panic to return.
    He also did this on our bathroom floor.. Half way across, he realised the floor was tiled and so the panic set in..

    Now what I can't understand is why he only panics sometimes, but not everytime he crosses the tiles...

    We have tried laying towels on the tiles with a bit of success, but I'm looking for a better solution...
    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

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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
    hey, that stuff is really good, I must agree. You can use it for so much, and even if a dog skids across it, it truly doesn't budge. Great stuff.

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