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Old 09-21-2012, 04:46 PM
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Bolla learned to walk up and down stairs in Oklahoma City (river walk thing?) when she was about 5 months or so.
She had never seen stairs before, and she thought they were pretty scary the first time we ran into stairs going down (a pretty long one, about 20 steps maybe).

What we did was that we simply turned around and walked a few meters back, then started walking the same path towards the stairs again with a short leash and treats in one hand as if we we're doing leash training.
Walked straight towards the stairs pretty fast, and when we got to them, she walked right down next to me like she had done it all her life.
I did the whole confident, happy, nose in the air -attitude, like I've learned from watching Cesar Millan (yeap!).
Never an issue with stairs again.
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I am having this same problem with Brisby who will be 5 months old tomorrow.

I have tried just about everything. I have tried her favorite treats up and down the stairs, I have tried one of us beside her and one of us up or down two steps, coaxing and trying to reassure her etc., however she seems terrified and all she wants to do is bolt.

She has no problem doing 4 or 5 steps, however I have 2 long 13 step staircases at my house both up to the second floor and down to the basement and she won't go near them except to lie down and look.

It really isn't a problem right now, because my laundry room is on the main floor so I can bathe her there if I need to, however soon she'll be too large for that and too large and heavy for me to carry without hurting her.

What else can I do to teach her stairs? Help!!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:24 PM
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Amber needed to learn the stairs as her 10x20 kennel is there for the days when we work. We have a dogsitter that comes in at lunch for an hour. We started slow as some suggested, concentrating on sitting on the stairs going down one-at-a-time and treating, ONLY when we had time to spend that was not rushed. It took about a week before she would take that first step, but good after that. Coming up was never an issue. Vicki
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My biggest tip would be to make sure the stairs are well-lit; the top and bottom landings as well. Do not face the pup full front; this is intimidating to many pups - either leave the landing or turn your shoulder to them.

If they are open stairs, consider hanging blankets or something so they appear more solid.

I never actually teach my pups about steps - I just go up or down them and the pups follow Once they get a bit older, they will be taught to take stairs one step at a time as part of rear-end awareness but just to navigate the stairs, they want to be with me so they just follow. If they don't follow, its okay they might the next time.

They are lifted in and out of vehicles until they are probably 50 pounds, but not steps. My Brady even climbs up the steps to the grooming table and has since he was 11 weeks old.
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Charlie never liked the stairs, and as much as he wanted to be with us, he just waited for us on top of the stairs, instead of going down to the basement. I couple times I "made" him go down the stairs but he was never comfortable.
Then one time, he just turned a year or maybe just before, we were all downstairs and he all the sudden came down all by himself. Since then he keeps going up and down all the time. I don't know if he feels just proud of him self or not but it's becoming a bit of a problem because he goes down even if nobody is there to look around. We have to keep the door closed :-) But ya, I think eventually your dog will be fine. Don't make a big thing about it and it will be ok for them.
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Flip doesn't like to do stairs either. He finds it much simpler to leap from the top step to the ground
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Flip doesn't like to do stairs either. He finds it much simpler to leap from the top step to the ground
Ditto for my Tobynator- he frightens the daylights out of me now at his age too!
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Rose is 5 months now. For the past month she has been going up and down the stairs. At first she was a bit scared and she wold just sit at the top and bark at me. I took her and put her down one step sideways so she can go up if she wanted to. At the same time I just tapped each stair with my hand and she would follow my hand. For the first couple weeks we only did it one time a day and now she is free to go up and down as she pleases.
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Hi guys, sometime ago I posted my experience with training Pira to go down a spiral staircase. here it is: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...se-x-pira.html (Scary Spiral Staircase X Pira)

I am not sure about what would be the appropriate age (joints). My dog learned when she was almost 8 months because we didn't have stair before.

In general:
1) making sure the fear is not sound related
2) making sure the paws are not going to slip (nails..) and the she is going to fall or feel unbalanced
3) one step at a time during a long period (maybe months)
4) no more than 5 minutes a day
5) premack principle: she went down one step? Omg! Awesome! Now immediately send her back up as a reward! Give a low value treat when she is the first step. High value treats for going down.
6) no pressure, no rush, your dog has a fear and you should respect that and help her in the best way you can. Imagine someone would ask you to put your hand in a bow with spiders and snakes. The dog does not know if the stairs bite or not. hehehehe

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Bolla learned to walk up and down stairs in Oklahoma City (river walk thing?) when she was about 5 months or so.
She had never seen stairs before, and she thought they were pretty scary the first time we ran into stairs going down (a pretty long one, about 20 steps maybe).

What we did was that we simply turned around and walked a few meters back, then started walking the same path towards the stairs again with a short leash and treats in one hand as if we we're doing leash training.
Walked straight towards the stairs pretty fast, and when we got to them, she walked right down next to me like she had done it all her life.
I did the whole confident, happy, nose in the air -attitude, like I've learned from watching Cesar Millan (yeap!).
Never an issue with stairs again.

This is what I did with Max.

He wasn't keen on the stairs to the basement, but didn't mind the ones in the house. So over the course of one weekend I went down the stairs with Dru and Billy watching, while Max stayed at the top, unsure to follow.

After several times, I took the leash and put it on Max, walked to the basement as if it was the most natural thing in the world to have a leash inside the house, and just went down the stairs. He went with me, no questions asked.

Over the following hours we went down to the basement together many tiems.

Now....you understand....I don't like the basement because of the ghosts down there....so that was quite a chore for me....
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