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So, I have a female golden retriever who has no trouble eating food, but won't eat it near the food bowl because she's scared of hard floors

She is terrified by tile floors, hard wood floors, etc. has no issues with carpeting.. She picks up her food and carries it across the room to carpeting to eat. How do I get her to eat at her bowl?

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Place a rug or some spare carpeting under the bowl. Give her some space to move the food onto. Sometimes it's the bowl they don't like to eat over and she may want to put the food in another place.

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Well, the food is next to the water bowl and its always getting dumped. I don't want to have to wash the rug every day, you know? And it's not the bowl because if we give her treats then she takes them to a carpeted room as well
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maybe try training her to use a designated area. Try meeting her half way (until you find a true solution) and identify a spot where it is okay. Maybe a corner where she likes to lay, or a place easy to access and clean. That way you don't have food/treat pieces and crumbs all over the house.
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And maybe put a carpet or rug right in front of her bowl so it's not under the bowls but where she could stand. It could be an accent rug, or a runner so it shouldn't look bad in the area you put it in. It could be a comfort thing, not liking where she is standing because it's slick to them.
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Hi, Mollie. I'm sitting here laughing, not at you, but at the fact that every puppy (no matter if it was 10 years old) has done that and I have no idea why. I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me, but in the scheme of things in life, I just learned to laugh at it and I just finally gave up and picked up the hand-vac at the end of the day or when I knew someone was coming over!

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Yeah, isn't it funny how so many of them like to do that? Amazing...
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Haha, it's just annoying because she takes it into out downstairs hallway where EVERYBODY walks!! and it's inevitable to be stepping all over the dog food! We end up vacuuming all day long! But thanks!
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I just sit in the living room and watch mine and get so tickled I can't stand it. But the older I get, the more I see things as being funny. I guess I finally learned to pick my battles. But I can't help but laugh at it. She's got a special rug underneath her food and water. But sometimes she's actually almost lost traction doing it on her way to the living room. It's like, "I gotta get outta here! I gotta get this in the living room!" I'm sitting there just dying. ROFL
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If my dog is in the kitchen and we come walking in one way she will start slipping and get scared and finally get her balance and run away. And all we did was walk in the room. And our whole house is carpet free with the exception of 3 rooms all right together, so she's always on edge and can't seem to get over the hardwood! Haha, I'm not really concerned about it, just basically annoyed! :)
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Oh, my gosh. That's just hilarious. I see things like that and get so tickled. I doubt you're old enough to remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, but there was one where this dog used to LOVE to surprise this cat by coming in and surprise it by suddenly start barking & the cat would end up on the ceiling upside-down shaking and holding on for dear life by its claws. Needless to say, the dog had a reason for doing that! LOL
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They don't like slick floors (hardwood) because they can't get good traction on them.

Here's what I did for my dog ... get some carpet squares (Flor or "samples" from a carpet store) and put down near the food bowl. Then the dog can stand on those to eat. And they can be quickly vacuumed, or taken up for cleaning, or when guests come over.

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Good idea, Walt.
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Don't put it on hard floor

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