My friend's dog (who I am dogsitting) refuses to walk on our linoleum floor. She (Kylee) is an adorable golden brown pomeranian, but this is a rather difficult and annoying quirk. I've even tried tempting her with treats and her own food! She just takes a few steps, then hurries back onto the carpet, whining.
Don't worry too much about it, your only dogsitting. The German Shepherd my mom's new husband has was afraid of it, but he got over it, since the water and food was on that floor. Since its not yours to keep try not to let it bother you. Etsu, my Japanese Chin, doesn't like wooden decks, she'll walk back and forth against a wall, she gets so nervous from it.
Is it new? It could smell funny. It could be the texture of the floor. She could have been punished for peeing on a similar floor. It's hard to say.
I would "walk" her across the floor with treats. First, find a treat she really really likes. Then pick her up and place her on the floor about eight inches from the edge. Give her the treat and praise her like mad. Then let her scurry back to the carpet.
For as long as you have the patience, at random times, keep placing her on the floor with the treat, further and further from the edge. Don't hurry the process. Let her fear and discomfort guide you.
When she gets comfortable a significant distance from the edge, you might even put treats on the floor for her to find on her way back.
That's the only thing I can think of to help.
Of course, if you're only sitting for her for a weekend, I'd just carry her across.
Thanks for the advice. I'll try putting her food on there, then, and see what happens. Hopefully hunger will overpower slight fear. She walks on the tile floors at her own house quite fine. There must be just a certain feel or smell to it she doesn't like.
Other than that, she's a wonderful dog. She's not too good at obeying "Kylee come!" (we're working on it) and she snores, but hey, it's just for the weekend. =)
ah yes, i have 6 poms and when we got brand new wood flooring in the main part of the household it was like a giant slip and slide, they did not at first enjoy it but they were forced to walk on it in order to get to my room or to the front door. I actually have a video of it. Its not a great quality video and it was more funny then anything but i thought you'd enjoy. http://s36.photobucket.com/albums/e13/LovebugPoms/?action=viewĄt=000_1649.flv
You may want to just stick her in the middle of it and let her get over it. She'll glue herself to the floor or run for her life, either way the more often you stick her there where she can't avoid contact with it the faster she'll realize there is nothing to be afraid of. That is what we do with ones that are afraid of the stairs, stick them in the middle, they gotta go up or down to get out of the situation so within a week or so they're A-okay with it.
I agree with everything so far. Whatever you do, DO NOT do the whole 'oh, its okay, see the nice floor?' bit. It's tough but be no nonsense about it. Coddling only reinforces the behavior. It's basically praising the dog for being scared.
You could put the dog on a leash and walk it around on the floor, all the while being strong & loving but non-coddling. A Pom wouldn't be able to fight you too much, so the dog would be forced to comply. Hope this helps.
Go figure. Dogs have goofy phobias. When we moved to our new house 3 yrs ago my dog Grace decided she was afraid of her food dish. I bought different ones, plastic, ceramic, stainless steel, nothing worked. She decided that eating off a paper plate was the only thing. It was like she didn't want to stick her nose inside of anything. So you can imagine the mess at eating time feeding a big dog off a paper plate. Most ends up on the floor.
I know this sounds weird, but are her nails long? Sometimes the noise when they get longer is totally different on a different kind of floor they are notused to. Since again its only for a few days, Try everythin else.