Bailey has an aversion to the kitchen. More specifically, she has an aversion to the oven. It is a gas oven. If you reach for the drawer at the bottom she runs to hide. I've discussed what she does with many friends and professionals, the consensus seems to be a fear of the gas itself. I've half heartedly attempted to condition her associations and she will walk past the kitchen after the oven/stove has been turned on, but wants nothing to do with the kitchen itself.
|Gas oven at far left.|
Today, in the name of training, I made more waffles, and cooked food in the oven.
I had a Kong stuffed with frozen, raw food. A towel for her to lay on. And I made waffles. And other things in the oven. And then I took pictures. And she ignored me.
And she stayed, mostly... with her kong. She left twice when I reached for the bottom drawer. When I did actually open the drawer a little later, she looked at me and continued eating.
Wait. Did I just reinforce her fear of the oven?
No, it is not possible to reinforce fear. I did, however, reinforce her for remaining calm, on her towel, and in the vicinity of the scary things. I used my "lazy trainer card" and let the kong do the reinforcing.