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My 18 month old Labradoodle has started slipping on my vinyl floors and hence is hesitant to walk around this area. He was fine until now and used to run and play everywhere. If I put boots on his feet, he will walk confidently, even if it is just one boot. At times he forgets and walks normally across, especially if he is excited about food etc. how do I work around this. His nails are clipped and hair around his paws are cut short.
 

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Can you put a throw rug or runner in the area that he needs to walk across? Slipping on a smooth floor is a true concern for a dog, and can lead them to being scared or actually even hurt themselves.
 

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Can you put a throw rug or runner in the area that he needs to walk across? Slipping on a smooth floor is a true concern for a dog, and can lead them to being scared or actually even hurt themselves.
That is what I am considering, it is behavior that just developed around 3 weeks ago..
 

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We have hardwood floors throughout our house and got some good-looking runners from Lowes to help our senior lab-mix get around. They are non-slip and machine washable.

In her case, she's not afraid of the slippery floors but watching her struggle get up, it seems like she should be.
 

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That is what I am considering, it is behavior that just developed around 3 weeks ago..
It's possible she slipped once & it startled her enough to cause the ongoing caution. Very often adolescent dogs go through a secondary fear imprint phase & can be even more effected by a single event that might even normally happen.
 

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In dogs entering K9 training fear of slippery floors is one test for suitability. The fear is rarely created by exposure to slippery floors. It is typically genetically based and these dogs wash out.

Yes to runners and carpeted walkways! A bad slip can be a very expensive vet bill and once a dog starts to scramble it can escalate as the dog panics.
 

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Make sure that the hair is trimmed between the pads as it can make a dog slip.
 
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I don't know if this will help. I adopted a 1.5 yo Lab mix. He had no experience on hardwood floors. After slamming into walls, he eventually learned how to be careful on turns, glide around corners, and to begin stopping to account for the sliding. Maybe incremental build up of slow walking experiences could help her learn to adjust?
 
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