We've been in our new house for a little over two weeks and for some strange reason, Brandy absolutely refuses to go into the back of the house.
For clarity, it's a one story house where the front door opens into a living room, that flows into a family room, which, if you walk through and go to the left will lead to the kitchen then to the mud room. Straight through the family room is a sun room that leads to the back yard. Brandy has no problems at all with any of these rooms (except the mud room, which is Mister's domain and cut off with a pet gate). Off of the living room and before the family room is a hallway that leads to the bedrooms. Brandy will not go into the hallway without much coaxing or unless she's on a lead. Even with coaxing and treats, she acts frightened and leaves as soon as she can (or as soon as she has the last treat in her mouth). We took her back there this evening on a lead and sat with her until her tail came out from under her legs, petting her and just hanging out. I took her off the lead, and she seemed to be okay with it. She walked back and forth from front to back a couple of times and I thought we'd made some progress. But when I tried calling her back about a half an hour later, she went straight into her kennel (this is par for the course when we try to call her back with us in the evening). So, back to square one.
I don't understand why she won't come into the back area. I'm not sure why I want her in the back area other than I don't want her to be afraid of anything in the house. Plus, I like having the pets in my bedroom at night. I dunno why, I just do. She had no problem at all sleeping next to my bed in our old apartment (which had no hallways). I can't think of anything that would be frightening her back there. There aren't any machines that make loud noises and we've done all we can to make it as accommodating as possible to both pets.
So, my question is, what can I do to make her less frightened of the back area? I thought of putting her food back there, but I have to feed her in her kennel or the cat will steal her food, and there really isn't a place for her kennel back there. Also, should I even try to help her get over her fear? or am I being selfish to want her in the back area? I have a feeling she would come back if she wasn't afraid because whenever we go back there, she comes to the edge of the hallway and lies down until we come back. She tends to sleep just at the hallway entrance too.
Just a reminder
, we've had Brandy for just over a month. She's a skittish dog, but she seems to be coming out of her shell, I think that every obstacle we overcome will help, and this is one we can work on right now.
Just a data point, we don't have to drag her back when she's on a lead, she'll walk back without a fuss, but I can tell she's not happy about it, ears down, tail tucked, etc...