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    Default Bully afraid of flooring?

    We've had her for three whole days and have discovered that she is afraid of our concrete flooring. Any tips on how to help Scuttle over come her fear?

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    How about a few throw rugs for the time being? or even a big towel? Also, Scuttle may just need more adjustment into her new environment 'cuz i don't think 3 days is very long. You can put some of her toys on the floor and sit down on the floor with her, and also give her some treats on the floor. Putting her food bowl on the concrete floor will also help her not be so fearful of the floor (positive association). Hope that helps a little!




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    Yeah, we've found that she is very eager to be with people. She responds when you call her over. This morning I was able to coax her off of the back door rug and into the kitchen doorway. It was huge and she got a nice treat for it.

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    Lola is afraid of just about everything, and has been since we brought her home at 8 weeks old. Laundry baskets are the worst, but really anything new we introduce into a room. She does seem to get used to it (or tolerate it at least) if we leave it there long enough, though. I've heard others say their bullies have OCD. I'd agree!

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    Our vet has two bullies and also claims they are very sensitive to new items in their home. I just hope it isn't long until she is able to stroll casually around the house without fear of the flooring. Seems kind of silly when you really think about it.

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    HRH is scared of anything new or different. She would never leave the house or "her" room for that matter if we didn't make her. It took almost 9 months to get her to come into the kitchen with us and stay to eat there. She still won't stay in a room by herself except this one. Love and patience and more love are the only suggestions I have.

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    could be an issue with her too being neglected etc. If she was one of the garage pups then I can see why she would be timid on cement maybe. All advice has been given that I can think of. Rugs in the short term are a good idea anyhow but you do need to get the fear worked on slowly. Poor thing.

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    She had a huge improvement today! While we were eating our lunch in the kitchen she almost wandered in! I was so amazed and stunned. She would stand in the doorway and look at us then run back into my parent's room (which is right next to the kitchen doorway).

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    Sounds like she's getting settled in her new happy home. I know for us, our 14-year old shepherd helped Lupe get over stuff far more than we could help her. Once she sees your other dog (i read you have golden) is fine with the floors then she may start following whatever is the norm. You might try "walking" them together across the floor. Anyway, I'm so happy you've given a second chance to a bully! Congrats.

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    Bea doesn't like to walk on "shiny" floors and will take some steps to avoid them, if possible. Nowhere was this more obvious (and more problematic) than a recent stay at a cabin on the Olympic Peninsula. The entryway and hallway to the bedroom was tile and she did NOT want to walk on it; even when the reward was getting up ON the bed with me and Bo to go to sleep. The first night, I carried her back there, after coaxing got no where and following Bo wasn't enough of a lure for her. Needless to say, bedtime was a bit of an ordeal. In general, I didn't fuss over her fear or buy into the drama of it (calm! assertive!) and over the course of that week, she got better about it.

    Now, the neighbor's patio umbrella? That's a completely different story! You'd think that thing was going to swoop down and kill them both.

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    She'll come along, just give her time. It took Zeus a week to get used to everything. He wanted to be on the carpet with us and wouldnt even go have some water - because he had to wander off in the kitchen over hardwood floors. I had to put the water and food for him next to his crate for a while.

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    Default Re: Bully afraid of flooring?

    Little dumbass Heff is the same way.
    He hates concrete, pavement etc.
    Now recently the vet discovered he had a mild yeast/bacteria infection between his toes.
    We are wondering if perhaps this did not cause the little dumbass some discomfort when walking on hard surfaces.
    We now have him on a antibiotic and have finally found a food that agrees with him.
    Time will tell if that was the problem however now I fear it will be psychological with him more then anything.

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