Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Terror in the Hallway

As of a few days ago, my dog Nook is afraid to walk down the hallway. She will only sit at the end of the hall and cry, which is a heartbreaking sound. :(

I have tried everything I can think of to coax her down the hall. She won't budge for treats or even a big bowl of food, whether I place it in the middle of the hall or just a foot away from her.

I could carry her down the hall, but she is afraid of being carried, so that would only add more fear to the situation.

I have no idea why she suddenly became so terrified or what it is that scares her. The only noises in the hallway are the washer and dryer in the laundry closet and the water running in the bathroom, but she had not shown any fear of those sounds before.

It's baffling! And I wonder what happened in her past that made her so fearful of everything. :(

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  1. Oh no! Is it possible that soemthing fell in there and the noise cared her?

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    1. That was my first thought... but there's nothing on the hall walls to fall, and I didn't find anything out of place in any of the rooms.

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  2. Maybe she skidded down the hall and crashed into a door or something while you were at work?

    My Siamese cat is afraid of anyone wearing shoes.

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    1. It's possible. She does sometimes get startled, and in her haste to get away, she slips around a bit before getting traction to run.

      That's odd! But a good impetus to take one's shoes off at the door, I suppose. :)

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  3. Oh no! Poor thing :( it sucks that they can't just tell us what's wrong sometimes!

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    1. Absolutely! I kept asking, "What are you scared of?"... mostly as a question for myself, of course, but that didn't stop me from wishing she could answer!

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  4. Oh, poor baby. I hope you're able to find out the source of her fear so that you both can deal with it. Such a sweet, scared little baby.

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    1. It just breaks my heart hearing her whine and cry. :(

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  5. Have you changed anything in the hallway recently?

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    1. No. Same floor, same bare* walls, same doors which are closed when I'm not home.

      *I really should hang some decor on the walls!

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  6. That's…… really curious. Maybe something fell and startled her?
    I hope you're able to figure this out.

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    1. It's bizarre! And it makes me crazy not knowing what scares her.

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  7. Oh dear poor thing. Animals can be scared of the most seemingly benign things- I used to ride a horse that way petrified of plastic carrier bags caught in the hedge! Would bolt away everytime she saw one.

    I think skidding is a good candidate for what happened to Nook - my auntie had a small dog and it skidded across our lounge and bumped it's nose on the patio door once, the floor was very similar. Could you try covering the floor with a rug temporarily to see if that changes her attitude to the hallway?

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    1. Sometimes it seems Nook is scared of everything. I have to be very careful not to make loud noises or let anything fall. I accidentally dropped a drinking glass the other day; Nook ran terrified into her kennel and wouldn't come out for an hour. (Indigo, on the other hand, immediately ran over to investigate. I had to swoop her up off the floor before she stepped on a piece of glass.)

      Yes, I do have some rugs.

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  8. Aww what a poor pup. My boy is afraid of bridges and slippery-type floors. I agree with the previous commenters that she could have skidded and hurt herself. Try getting her used to being carried, then you can try carrying her to the floor?

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    1. We're working on the carrying, just in general so she won't be afraid when I do need to pick her up.

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  9. Oh, poor baby! And poor YOU! Have you tried laying a "trail of treats"? If each one is only an inch or so away from the one before it, perhaps she would feel she's not really moving down the hall. Maybe not a trail down the whole hall, but just for a short distance in the beginning, then lengthening it a bit each time. Time-consuming, yes, but something to consider if nothing else works!

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    1. I did try that. She wouldn't budge. She wouldn't even stretch her nose out to get a treat... which surprised me because she loves to eat anything and everything.

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  10. Awww, poor baby! It is so hard knowing what scares animals, the most silly things can set them off. I like the idea of a treats trail and a rug, I would say you are doing the right thing not just carrying her through if carrying scares her too. Are the two dogs friendly enough that the other one could lead her down the hall and encourage her?

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    1. They are, and Nook does take courage from Indigo. She's afraid of anything new, but after she sees Indigo show no fear, she'll usually be a bit braver. In this case, though, it didn't work. Even we she saw Indigo getting treats at the end, she wouldn't go down the hall with her.

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