Long story. Sorry. Daughter got an 18 mo girl rehome/rescue. Her name is Lucy and she’s just the sweetest good girl. Our issue started when we tried to get her to go down the basement steps - she wouldn’t. We get her to put her two front legs on the first step but her back legs NEVER leave the landing. No how, no way, no amount of treats will work. So, we originally thought she had a fear of steps until...she raced up and down our main steps, no problem. No fear at all. Up and down, stop in middle and turn around and even sit on them. Difference between the types of steps? The basement steps have walls on each side at the door at the top of the steps. The main steps are open on one side with railing. Our daughter’s house has a garage entry into her basement so she can walk Lucy into her basement easily. Lucy will go up the same steps and through the door if it is open only. If door is closed she will stop on the steps where the walls start on either side (bottom of steps are open with railing each side) then she will stop, turn around, and retreat down. Today Lucy was crying, wanting to come to me from one room to another through a doorway. She had come through it many times but this time she sat and cried. My wife pointed out that Lucy didn’t like that there was a cardboard box sitting to the side of the doorway - it made for a tighter fit (still way more space than needed for Lucy to walk through). Sure enough when we moved the box she trotted through happily. Discussing this situation with my daughter, she said she had similar happen to her this weekend when Lucy retreated and ran from walking through a path between some items in her basement - when she moved things aside Lucy was fine. So it seems Lucy has a fear of places or pathways where she feels squeezed. She loves her crate (with cover!) and will walk down normal hallways no problem. Our first thought was to put her food bowl at the bottom of the steps and leave it there till she gets good and hungry. Daughter doesn’t have the heart to do this lol. Any help? Being able to traverse these steps is very important. Thank you!!!