Orson slipped on the kitchen floor in a slapstick, Chevy-Chase-doing-Gerald-Ford way twice in the same day. Now the floor is free of what was making it slippery, but he's so terrified of stepping on the floor that he walks in a very strange, stiff-legged, toes-splayed-out way and ends up slipping because of his goofy walking technique.

His food and water bowls are on the kitchen floor, and the back door is in the kitchen. Hence, the problem. I thought about moving the bowls until he felt more comfortable, but figured that'd avoid solving the problem.

I put a throw rug down, which seems to comfort him a bit, but the shape of the kitchen and the hang of the back door being too close to the floor don't allow for rugs to cover even half the area where he needs to walk.

I'm not babying him coaxing him to his food or anything like that, and you know it's bad when I set his food bowl down and he just stands 3 feet away, afraid to come into the kitchen.
But this morning he broke my heart. I put his food bowl down and just walked out of the kitchen. He gingerly tiptoed in, stretching out his neck like a giraffe to reach the bowl. After a few gulps (too scared to chew), he froze. When he heard my keys jingle as I prepared to leave for an errand, he started *crying,* seemingly glued to his spot near his bowl. I moved the rug
6 inches closer to him and he did his Chase-as-Ford imitation getting out ofthe kitchen. I left him to work out getting the rest of the food on his own.

If this were your dog, would you put something on the floor (maybe I can find a very thin rubber mat?) or let him tough it out? (It's been 3 days so far.) If the latter, is it possible to make him stop walking in such a ridiculous way?
Cate
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If this were your dog, would you put something on the floor (maybe I can find a very thin rubber ... 3 days so far.) If the latter, is it possible to make him stop walking in such a ridiculous way?

poor guy! is he able to locate stinky, yummy treats? if so, how about placing a few really, really irresistible treats on the floor, with the hope that he would be so interested in the treats he would forget about the floor?
alternately, what i'd probably try with my own dogs, is to leash them and walk them around the eeevil room in a, unconcerned, no nonsense way while stuffing them full of super tasty snacks.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Aww - poor Orson!
If this were your dog, would you put something on the floor (maybe I can find a very thin rubber ... 3 days so far.) If the latter, is it possible to make him stop walking in such a ridiculous way?

I would put something down. After all, feel is a sense he usually can use quite well, and he's not trusting it. If you use very thin rubber matting - use heavy duty double sided tape to secure it. You can always use the ever-populat duct tape too of course! Once he's confident about entering the kitchen again, you can wean him off the runner by eliminating pieces at the end, little by little.
Janet Boss
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Oh no Cate, I am sorry to read this. Poor Orson.

If this were your dog, would you put something on ... to make him stop walking in such a ridiculous way?

I would definitely find some sort of rug or something to help from slipping. I need to do the same myself. The laminate floors are great but they are slippery.
Let me know what you find to use.
Gwen
poor guy! is he able to locate stinky, yummy treats? if so, how about placing a few really, really irresistible treats on the floor, with the hope that he would be so interested in the treats he would forget about the floor?

Yeah, he can smell them from his spot in the dining room, but he won't come in even for that. He just stretches his neck out really far.

Eeevil light bulb: Maybe I could use this as a training opportunity! I'll put the cat in there, and then he'll have to get used to her being in such close proximity.
No, not really.
alternately, what i'd probably try with my own dogs, is to leash them and walk them around the eeevil room in a, unconcerned, no nonsense way while stuffing them full of super tasty snacks.

That is a great idea. Unfortunately, my kitchen walking area is shaped like a T and is only about 3x3 feet in any part of the T. It's also only about 6 feet across. (Can you say tiny?) We hardly fit together in the whole kitchen at the same time. With two humans and one dog in there together, it's hard to turn around.
Cate
I would put something down. After all, feel is a sense he usually can use quite well, and he's not trusting it.

You're right I didn't even think of it that way. It should've occurred to me when he cried. God, that melted me.
If you use very thin rubber matting -
use heavy duty double sided tape to secure it. You can always use the ever-populat duct tape too of course! Once he's confident about enteringthe kitchen again, you can wean him off the runner by eliminating pieces atthe end, little by little.

Thanks, Janet. I'm hoping I can find something with that neoprene-like substance on the bottom, so I won't have to tape it. Maybe that or just a carpet pad.
Cate
I would definitely find some sort of rug or something to help from slipping. I need to do the same myself. The laminate floors are great but they are slippery.

They are that's why I've never liked them, I think. Our floor is vinyl, though, and I've no idea what made it so slippery in the first place.
Let me know what you find to use.

I will. I hope Home Despot will have something for me.

Cate
I would definitely find some sort of rug or something ... myself. The laminate floors are great but they are slippery.

They are that's why I've never liked them, I think. Our floor is vinyl, though, and I've no idea what made it so slippery in the first place.

Oh but they are wonderful to clean and great for allergy sufferers like myself. I can't do carpet. I would have prefered tile in a way but it is awfully heavy. It is also colder in the winter time and harder one one's joints. At least with the laminate there is a padding put down first.
Let me know what you find to use.

I will. I hope Home Despot will have something for me. Cate

Thanks! I need some sort of runner down my hall. I just can't think of what would be best.
Gwen
Thanks, Janet. I'm hoping I can find something with that neoprene-like substance on the bottom, so I won't have to tape it. Maybe that or just a carpet pad.

how about something like this?
http://www.heskins.com /
it'd be a *** to clean in the short term, but you could put it down just where you needed it, then pull bits of it up to shrink the size of the "safe" area.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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