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I bought a puppy 4 weeks ago (a maltipoo). She is now 12 weeks old. She seems to be afraid of the floor (carpet and hardwood). She scurries around walls and corners to find a place to hide. Also, my family has a 9 month old puppy and an older dog and she doesn't seem interested in playing with them at all. Any advice? Will she grow out of these things?
 

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I don't think she's afraid of flooring, I think she's afraid overall.

How do you train her? What is her day like? What were her parents like? How did the breeder treat her?
 

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How do you respond when she messes in the house? How do her "toe hairs" look? The only two reasons I've seen (in my experience) of dogs who were afraid of the floor were rescue dogs who's previous owners shoved their faces towards or in potty accidents, or those who slipped on the floor or because they needed their paw pad hairs trimmed.
 

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Hi! Thank you both for responding.

Amaryllis:
You definitely could be right that she is afraid overall. I got her from a breeder. I can't say I know what her day was like there but the lady seemed like she was so friendly and treated them well. The parents were their own dogs and they only breeded those dogs.

Her day now: she sleeps 80% of the day. I have been trying to work on getting her to not be afraid of the floor by walking her on a leash inside the house (doesn't seem to be helping). We try sit but whenever she is on the floor, the best treats are worthless bc she is too concerned with trying to find a place to hide. I try to encourage her to play with toys but she also doesn't do much of that. Another issue is she can be aggressive when she is on the floor or sometimes for a reason I can't discern. I don't scold her for having accidents. I just treat her when she is on the puppy pad. We are really gentle with her but I also don't know what to do with the aggression. I believe in positive training.

Blenderpie ; her toe hairs look long. I don't scold her but when she is on hardwood she does fall a lot. She doesn't fall on carpet but still doesn't like walking around.

I appreciate any suggestions! Just bought her a playpen but she still chooses to just sit in a corner and not walk around
 

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Also wanted to mention that she is super sweet and loving 90%of the time but then sometimes she snaps and has tried biting me and other family members. I'm guessing something maybe scared her but we also don't know how to stop it. She watches the other dogs but doesn't seem to want to interact more.

Oh and should I trim her toe hairs then? Guessing yes.

Update : tonight she was sleeping in her playpen and woke up, walked to the other side of it to where the puppy pad was located and peed! So exciting! She always pees on the pad when taken there but this is the first time she went there on her own!
 

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Hey, how's it going? I realize you haven;t had a response in a while. Either way my two cents is socialize like there is no tomorrow. Go to the dog park (sometimes dogs can help more than you to fig out their issues), go walking in the town so she can see people, other dogs maybe, anything! She sounds insecure and I think she might be fear biting. Something fixable. I got my pap and he couldn't go to a park because he was so angry. And we just kept working on it. Any chance u get, walk her, play anything!! How does she do on a leash on a walk? I can't say for sure because I can't see her obviously but she sounds like a small scared dog, not because you mistreated her (as far as I know) so don't feel bad but just because she's small and she probably wasn't socialised with outside experiences at the breeder's. And as for her snapping, do not allow her to snap, act crazy and flee or you petting her and trying to calm her. That's not going to help her. Just try to get her and hang on gently till she chills out. Once she relaxes praise her, get her to lie on the floor pet her all over, fiddle with her paws etc. So grooming is easier. Let me know how it's going!!!
 

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Hi! Thanks for the response! My vet actually figured out what was going on... Riley has a liver problem (most likely a liver shunt). Basically her liver isn't clearing out the toxins that her body makes (ammonia) and causes all the symptoms that I described. She is already on a special diet and medicine and is improving. She may eventually need surgery to correct the problem. So FYI if your dog has symptoms like this, request that your vet runs a liver test! The attached link has more info. www.vet.utk.edu/clinical/sacs/shunt/faq.php
 
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