Monday, December 27, 2010

Tips for Dogs Fearful of Tiles/Floorboards

As pet owners we want to ensure our pet/s are healthy physically and mentally and as well-adjusted as possible to optimise their quality of life and happiness and the relationship between pet/s and owners.

Pet behavioural issues are common, however, so l thought why not share tips here to counter those pesky issues and improve everyone's happiness quota =) Feel free to email me any issues you want covered.


1. The sound of their nails on flooring may spook them

» Keep nails trim and filed

2. They may have slid on tiles when very young which has led to avoidance

» Praise them when they walk on tiles and use distraction to focus their attention elsewhere than on their fear

3. They may not have been exposed to slippery floors before

» Gradual exposure, not pandering to their fear and making the floor a fun and calm experience (toys, treats...) is the answer


Always be Positive, Patient and Encouraging when training your pet.

Put food bowl at edge of tiles, then move it over time further onto tiles (this is desensitisation, as opposed to flooding which can make dogs more nervous)

Put dog on a leash and walk back and forth over tiles – use treats as encouragement

Lie on the floor with treats and favourite toys and the dog will want to come onto tiles and play with you

Rugs with rubber backing or clear plastic runners with slightly sticky undersides can result in dogs feeling more secure underfoot

Doggy booties with traction may have your best friend running up and down the hall in no time =)

Paw wax from a pet shop can help reduce the slipperiness factor