I have a new-to-me puppy. He is 5 months old and is slow to warm up to me and my house. The main problem I am having is that he refuses to walk on any floor that is not carpet.
I have a older home where 95% of the flooring is hardwood or tile. He refuses to walk from carpet runner to rug. I was told to ignore him and go about my business so he had to eventually come to me. I have added a few rugs so he only has to bridge a small gap. My plan is to slowly remove the rugs one by one. Is there any other advice you have or am I going about this all wrong. Thanks.
Hi James Actually, you're approaching this in exactly the right way :o)
Your new pup probably has never encountered hardwood/tile before - he may have been kept exclusively outside, or indoors on carpet. Many dogs find hardwood/tile a bit scary if they're not used to it because they don't feel secure or safe walking on it.
There's no 'traction' and they can slip and slide which they don't like. Make sure your pups nails are not too long also as this can make it even more difficult for him to walk on a smooth surface.
He's in a new situation/enviroment and there are lots of new things for him to adjust to. If you give him lots of love and attention and are patient but consistent with him, he will soon feel more at home. Once that happens, his self-confidence will improve and he'll be braver.
If he's not had a lot of socialization I would suggest that you start to socialize him as soon as you can (be sure all his vaccinations are up to date before you take him out and about though.)
You can find lots of tips and advice on socializing on my Socialize Your Puppy page. Take it slow and easy at first, but try to introduce him to new people, places and things on a regular basis.
I wish you the best of luck with him, he looks like a sweetheart!