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  1. Blue, my four-year-old smooth coat has, all of the sudden, developed a fear of our kitchen. He is normally sensitive but also quite confident. I run him for miles off leash in the woods most mornings well before sunrise. In addition to being odd, this new behavior is a problem because the only way to get from the rest of our house to the back yard is through the kitchen. Neither my wife nor I (the only two humans in the house) have any idea what started this behavior. Our hopes that it will just disappear as suddenly as it appeared are beginning to wane with the passage of time (about two weeks at this point). He will only transit this small space if one of us do it with him and sometimes not even then. The only thing that has changed in our environment is Bonnie, a four-month-old rough coat that came to live with us at six weeks. For her, Blue was love at first sight. It took him a few weeks to adjust but they then became almost inseparable. They play fight (hard) almost continuously during their waking hours. Bonnie has no fear of the kitchen but did hate being penned in there behind a child gate while she was learning not to pee in the house. She sleeps in a crate (which she likes) but was kept in the kitchen if we both had to leave during the day and would whail like she was being drawn and quartered as we walked out the door. Bonnie LOVES the kitchen because that is where the food is. Does anyone have any ideas about what may have caused this or how to fix it? I feel terrible for normally fearless Blue.
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