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Paranoid about steps?

I have read that it is not good for puppies to do agility training or go up and down steps before one year of age. There are 2 steps (about 3 feet apart) to exit our apartment. Each step is 3.5-4 inches in height. I have been carrying our pup but sometimes she gets up the 2nd step while I am locking the door. Is this harmful to the point that I should secure her in her carrier each time we go out?
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I have not heard that steps are harmful to puppies. Two steps going in and out of your apartment are no problem. If your puppy can do it by herself that is great. If she is scared to go up or down you can always encourage her with a treat. If you have other staircases that have more steps you may want to put a gate there until she is a little older and better able to handle them.



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Oh she has NOOOO problem clearing them and then looking back at me with beaming pride! Glad it's not harmful. Thanks!
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Sophie's breeder said no more than 2 feet down until growth plates close (can be up to 18 months or so). Hard to keep four on the floor with Havanese LOL
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Jane Killion has some good guidelines
https://puppyculture.com/appropriate-exercise.html

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I hope stairs aren't a bad thing for puppies ! Maggie has been navigating our stairs since she was 12 weeks old. She initially took it very slow one step at a time, now she zooms up and down at lightening speed.
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Scout was navigating the stairs in the house at 12 weeks also. He was also trying very hard to trip me by biting my heels. Truffles was able to get up and down by nine weeks old. Now they zip up and down chasing each other.

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Ruby has used our back deck stairs since she was 10 weeks old without any problems but she won't even try one tread of our indoor stairs. When I go up she cries for me at the bottom until I return. The indoor stairs are more slippery than the back deck so I won't push her to try them until she is ready.
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I hope stairs aren't a bad thing for puppies ! Maggie has been navigating our stairs since she was 12 weeks old. She initially took it very slow one step at a time, now she zooms up and down at lightening speed.
The trouble with long, bare, stairs like these is what happens if she gets going to fast and slips? There is a really possibility of injury. While Panda does the 4 steps up and down from our deck (and porches) to the ground, I don't let her do the full flight of stairs inside the house unless I'm right with her, and they are carpeted, so have good traction for furry feet.

It's not a matter of whether they CAN get up and down the stairs, it's a matter of, should we let them?


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Ruby has used our back deck stairs since she was 10 weeks old without any problems but she won't even try one tread of our indoor stairs. When I go up she cries for me at the bottom until I return. The indoor stairs are more slippery than the back deck so I won't push her to try them until she is ready.
I think that's wise. A few steps is fine. Puppies are quite fragile, and damage to a growth plate can cause a permanent deformation of a leg. Not something I want to take a chance on!


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