Benny won't walk on tiled floor
Some of you may know of my new guys, Benny and Peg. I have had them for probably a month now. Benny is a 9yo kelpie/collie cross. I wonder about his eyesight, but he gets around our bush block, mostly at full pelt, quite OK.
As of a few days ago, Benny has suddenly decided, more and more, that the tiled floor on our kitchen and lounge is an object of fear to walk across. He can be persuaded by food and sometimes by calling him, but walks as if the floor will collapse under him, or something. He stares very carefully at it and each footfall is done almost as if there is no floor there.
The kitchen fear started a day or two after the lounge one.
He can walk across the hallway, same tiles, and in the small dining nook, same tiles. It seems to be better if the room is darker.
He is very pleased when he manages to get across the floor and I tell him what a good brave boy he is. I am not feigning that: his fear, on whatever basis, is evidently real.
Then suddenly he will walk across no worries, others times are a real effort, and yet others he will only walk around the edges.
The tiles are square 300 mm, probably "salmon"..."apricot" coloured, with a closely matching grout. The only change that correlates with the timing is a new pine table in the lounge, and I think even more when I waxed and oiled the table. So I wondered if he was scared of the table or the smell. That would be far more understandable to me. But that does not explain the kitchen. As far as I know he has never slid or fallen on the tiles. Peg has (she is a mad dog!) and has no trouble at all.
I am able to manage it at present, as I say by cajoling and praise, but I would hate it if it got worse, and I am puzzled and a bit worried about the cause.
Anyone else seen anything like this?
Nick Peg n Benny (or is it Peg n Benny n Nick?)
(nTess, forever in my heart)