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I'm wondering at what age / size Hav's will normally start walking stairs?

Fionn is 4 1/2 months old now and weighs about 9lbs but still will not do stairs. He'll do stairs that are lower than standard height, but he won't walk up or down standard height stairs. Does this seem right?

I have to carry him up and down stairs from my deck to the backyard to go potty so I'm wondering if that has gotten him accustomed to not having to walk them. I'm suspcious because once about 6 weeks ago I left him in the front hall alone for a few minutes and when I came back he was half way up the staircase, just laying on the stair looking at me.... So, I know he has done it once but he refuses to now!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 04:13 PM
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Hi Pooch, yeah he's stair-crazy. LOL Just kidding. I pm'd you with an article.

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Fantastic, thanks Dave! I thought that might be the case.....

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I don't have any stairs and the only set of stairs at work is a tall set with an open back and I don't let Brody walk up those since when he was little I tried to get him to go up (thankfully on a harness and leash) he slid right through. It's a long drop and there is lumber and stuff below so I just don't want to risk it. I was so thankful he was in his harness on the leash and I was able to pull him back when he went through.

I'm going to my parents' place next week and they have stairs, so we'll see how Brody does there. Hopefully he doesn't expect to be carried. He went up those stairs when I first got him home from the breeder though so I'm not anticipating it being a problem.

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Tillie had NEVER been around stairs before last week... and I was TOTALLY impressed, she went up and down them like she'd been doing it all her life!

I bet that the little ones that were carried up and down just think that's the way it's SUPPOSE to be done, so maybe they are thinking WHY isn't she picking me UP, while you are thinking WHY won't he go up the stairs!? LOL

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As a pup I had the stairs blocked so Henry could not go on them. Once, he climbed up but then was so little he could not get down and I was in another room and he started crying loudly.
I do not think steps are a good thing for a pup until they are fully grown, but if they are with an open back it is a no-no.
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Maya was terrified of the stairs when we brought her home at 12 weeks. I just took it slow with her, a few stairs at a time. Now she races up and down them. probably skips a few steps along the way.
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Lucy is only 7 lbs and she can do the stairs but we often carry her because she isn't the best on them. We have had accidents on wood stairs so they make me nervous.

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My guys did stairs very early on. I had to teach them though. I would let them do one step, then 2 then 3 etc.





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Rosie was nearly a year and a half before she did stairs. I have stairs at home and work and she would not even try. Then I realized that I could put her upstairs at home and she couldn't come down and I didn't have to lock her in a room if someone was here that I didn't want her with--like little children who dropped her all the time. At work my office is on the second floor, so Rosie has the run of that floor. Employees throw her ball down the hall about 150'. Then she learned the stairs one day. she just went down the stairs at work and scared me to death. I had to teach her not to go down those stairs ever. I let her go up them so I don't carry her anymore; but I always carry her down. At home though she now goes up and down the stairs with ease. She always is touching the wall with her shoulder depending on which way she is going up or down. she still won't do the stairs in the middle.
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