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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2007, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Doggie Stairs

I just bought one of those sets of stairs so Gryff can get up on our bed by himself. So far, he doesn't seem to want to use them. I'm pretty sure he will get used to them at some point. Does anybody have any advice?

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Don't have any advice for you, but I was thinking of getting a set of those steps for my Bacci too.

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I have them and Brady uses them all the time. You may have to show him them a few times. I got them because they say you aren't supposed to let havs jump on and off furniture, beds, etc. until they are a year old. Brady always jumped here or there, but he does take the stairs most of the time. He is so cute when he runs in the bedroom at night, runs around to my DH's side of the bed, and climbs up his stairs. Just showing them to him and he will get it.


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I bought two sets last year when my Bichon was sick. I placed one at the end of the sofa (her favorite spot) and one at the foot of the bed. It took her about a week to get the hang of it, but once she did, it was like she had used them forever! I finally used a treat and placed it on the sofa, and after a few tries she was able to go up and down. Unfortunately, she is no longer with me but it helped her tremendously during her last few months. Good luck and don't give up!

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We have stairs, as my bed is very high - Lily has to take a running start to get up on the bed without them. The other two used them regularly, and Lily only just started using them. My problem is that they use them to get up, but never to get down.

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Gryff jumps off the bed, actually he sort of drips off the edge, but then he can't get back on without me getting out of bed. Grrr!

Eileen - sorry about your Bichon. Thanks for the advice.

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Yes, I do have an idea

Put little bites of cheese, chicken or turkey on the steps. He'll venture on them. I baited Gucci up and down the stairs with treats to teach her steps. I also sat with her and helped her down/up, and lotsa praise. Do that for a few days and he'll be flyin' up and down them.

I don't use stairs. We could not find ones that suited our bedroom! Our bedroom colors are black and gold!

I ended up putting a small child's sofa at the foot of the bed and Gucci uses that to hop on and off. It actually looks kinda cute, so I will probably leave it there forever.

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I hope the advice helps. Good advice from Kara, too! I'm sure it will work for you.

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Here’s a pic of my crew getting ready for bed. We use a leather chest at the foot of the bed and when we have a little one around we put a little extra booster step that we made beside the chest. It works like a charm and blends well with our room.

The problem I had with the store bought stairs was they were not deep enough for the dogs to use going down. They would basically just jump over them. I really did not want them jumping off the bed at all.

EVIE and MoJo showing Buddy how to use the steps:
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Here’s a pic of my crew getting ready for bed. We use a leather chest at the foot of the bed and when we have a little one around we put a little extra booster step that we made beside the chest. It works like a charm and blends well with our room.

The problem I had with the store bought stairs was they were not deep enough for the dogs to use going down. They would basically just jump over them. I really did not what them jumping off the bed at all.

EVIE and MoJo showing Buddy how to use the steps:
That's what we did too. We have a cedar chest at the foot of the bed so the dogs can get up and down. Here's a picture I took of it today. Look at all the water spots How do you get them off of your lens? It doesn't stay open so I can't figure out how to clean it. I guess I had too much fun shooting a video of a storm. <sigh>
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