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Our 2.5 yr old Labradoodle is a wonderful dog and we've had

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Our 2.5 yr old Labradoodle is a wonderful dog and we've had no problems. We followed our normal routine Friday night with no problems. On Saturday, the dog refused to go down the hallway to the bedroom, and has not gone into the hallway since. He absolutely refused to step into the hallway. We have not forced him but this is highly unusual behavior for a dog who loves to be wherever we are. He is fine elsewhere and his normal playful self. My guess is something/one scared him while we were out by possible knocking on the window -- any other guesses? Recommendations for helping him feel comfortable again?
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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago
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Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

usually when this happens suddenly they something did scare him or he got hurt while in the area. Do you have carpet or a wood flooring type in the hallway?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
We have wood flooring in the hallway, there is a carpet runner. I agree that something must have scared him while we were out . We just don't know what or how.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Any suggestions on how long it might take, or what we can do to help him feel comfortable?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
are still there or did my initial question get answered with info I already knew?
Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

Sorry I am here, the site showed you as being offline.

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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

What you may have to do is recondition her to the hallway, but that can take some time. Use some behavior modification to do this.

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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

sometimes though, if there is another dog that gets along with your dog that will go down the hallway in a playful mode , your dog may follow the lead.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks, ***** ***** thought we'd just give him some time and/of have another dog around. Nice to know we're on the right track. Anything we should avoid?
Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

I might try bringing in the other dog first because that would seem like a more pleasant atmosphere to help recondition.

I would not coax or coddle with soft talk as this can make the behavior worse

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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

Sometimes too when you clicker train the commands in the house you may be able to get the dog to go down the hall on command

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
OK, good to know about the soft talk, we don't do that usually but he looks "sad" that he can't follow us
Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

There is a video of a trainer reconditioning to a floor, let me see if I can find that for you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CCJxF-9U4

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
We've done clicker training before too. Might do that for awhile on something fun and then move to the hallway. Thanks again...it was a sudden change and we really don't know what happened.
Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

That video will give you some idea of how to do it without force and in a relaxed way

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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

Just be sure the treat is worth making the effort for, so no regular dog biscuits,up it to turkey dog slivers or liver

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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

Is there anything else I can help you with?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Sounds good, thanks for the help. Sounds like we're on the right track. I'm not aware of any behavioral issues with Labradoodles and he's been such an easy dog thus far.
Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 2 years ago

Ah they are a great breed! I have tested many for Therapy work, they have the personality for that!

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