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Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:35:47 AM »

The big red dog has just recently started doing this...

she's always been a 'chow hound' so she's always hung around the kitchen anytime there's any activity in there.  Until this fall she'd just get up and walk wherever she wanted.  Then suddenly she'd get up and 'back up' to get out of the kitchen and back on a carpeted floor.  It's really strange to watch her do this although she's pretty good at backing without looking to see where she's going.

I've done a little research online and one suggestion I've seen is to trim the hair between her toes.  My wife has always trimmed her (the dog's) nails so it's not her nails but she does have a lot of hair between her toes.  I guess I don't know if that's recent or not.

Anyone else ever had this happen ??? ??? ???
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2013, 09:12:22 AM »

I can't recall Barlow ever doing that, and Sadie only knows one speed and direction.......fast and balls out straight forward.  I have seen her bust herass going across a freshly waxed floor, but apparently she doesn't retain it and at the first sight of a cat going across there then she is off again. 
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2013, 01:39:48 PM »

She's just started doing this in the last few months...

I can't remember if she's 10 going on 11 or 11 going on 12...

I'll have to look it up.
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2014, 08:57:50 AM »

I asked the vet about this and he didn't seem too concerned and really didn't give me a reason for it either.  She hadn't done it again for several months and then night before last she came in the back door and up the steps and then turned around and backed all the way across the kitchen floor and then turned back around when she got to the carpet...   but hasn't done it since then...   strange :o :o :o
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2014, 09:07:04 AM »

As dogs get older, mobility becomes an issue.  The hips start to go, muscles weaken, etc.  It sounds to me like the kitchen floor is slippery enough she may have done a spread eagle and now feels safer going backwards.  Try putting down some throw rugs and see if she goes forward on those.  Our 14 year old Lab has mobility issues (especially getting up) so I have throw rugs throughout the kitchen.  Once those went down, she started coming back in the kitchen which is where the water and door to the outside are so coming in the kitchen was a necessity.  You may also want to ask the vet about a low dose of pain meds, too.
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2014, 09:14:13 AM »

Has she been watching Michael Jackson videos...
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2014, 09:15:20 AM »

Has she been watching Michael Jackson videos...

She does have quite a little 'shuffle' she does when this happens...
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2014, 09:24:34 AM »

As dogs get older, mobility becomes an issue.  The hips start to go, muscles weaken, etc.  It sounds to me like the kitchen floor is slippery enough she may have done a spread eagle and now feels safer going backwards.  Try putting down some throw rugs and see if she goes forward on those.  Our 14 year old Lab has mobility issues (especially getting up) so I have throw rugs throughout the kitchen.  Once those went down, she started coming back in the kitchen which is where the water and door to the outside are so coming in the kitchen was a necessity.  You may also want to ask the vet about a low dose of pain meds, too.

This dog pretty much lives in the kitchen anytime something is cooking.  She is a chow hound!!!  She only does it once in a while and hadn't done it for months until this week and then only the one time. 

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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2014, 10:27:26 AM »

Your story reminds me of the old youtube video.. PugBowling.  What a great flashback lol.

Pug bowling
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2014, 10:40:53 AM »

Your story reminds me of the old youtube video.. PugBowling.  What a great flashback lol.

Pug bowling


I'll bet the fuzz could entice his cats to do that ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Ever have a dog back across a slippery floor?
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2014, 10:59:05 AM »

Hahaha!!  My cat goes nuts with a laser pointer.
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