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When did your hav learn to walk down stairs? Snowflake is almost 6 months and she has been going up stairs for about a month now. I'm in no rush for her to come down the stairs but it's funny to look for her and see her several times a day at the top of the stairs stuck trying and just waiting quietly for someone to bring her back down! lol!

Her favourite game right now is to run upstairs with a ball and roll it down, have someone bring her down and do it all over again.
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Going down stairs is pretty scary for them I think. I worked with Molly on going down by putting her on a step a couple from the bottom and coaxing her down. We gradually worked on coming down from higher up. I praised her like crazy when she would come down to me. I wanted her to be comfortable and safe on the stairs so that is why I did this.



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Going down stairs is pretty scary for them I think. I worked with Molly on going down by putting her on a step a couple from the bottom and coaxing her down. We gradually worked on coming down from higher up. I praised her like crazy when she would come down to me. I wanted her to be comfortable and safe on the stairs so that is why I did this.
That's exactly what I did. But I waited quite a while. A fall down the stairs can permanently injure a puppy. So I wanted to make sure he was really ready before I taught him how. Even then, I usually kept him gated down stairs unless I was going up too… partly for potty training reasons, and partly because I didn't want him getting wild and silly and hurting himself.


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I was very concerned about Truffles walking up and down the stairs. She was only nine weeks and a tiny little thing. Within a couple of weeks she was hopping up the steps. I would carry her down the stairs because she would just stand there and look down. It didn't take very long for her to follow Scout up and down. She has been a hopper and leaper from the beginning. We have two bean bags in the living room for them. Truffles always takes a running start and leaps onto the bean bag It's pretty cute!

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With Sassy it was the opposite she would go down the steps to our deck but not up. Till one day I had her outside letting her run around and the dog next door let out a loud WOOF. Next thing I knew she was up the steps and waiting by the back door before I knew she had left my side. Didn't know she could move that fast. Since then she hasn't had a problem with the steps.
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To this day Henry is dubious about going down stairs. It is a rare occurrence for him to do this.
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Zoe has always loved hopping up stairs and still waits for someone to carry her down. She also loves hopping up onto things that are not too high. She seems to know what she is ready for. But I too was wondering at what age they can safely go down. Is it something to do with a puppy's depth perception?
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Zoe has always loved hopping up stairs and still waits for someone to carry her down. She also loves hopping up onto things that are not too high. She seems to know what she is ready for. But I too was wondering at what age they can safely go down. Is it something to do with a puppy's depth perception?
No, it has to do with the fact that they don't have good body awareness, and in the case of our breed, they are just very small. A tumble down the stairs could cause a serious injury to a Havanese puppy… sometimes something that is obvious right away, other times if they damage a growth plate, it can show up much later, as a crooked limb that can eventually become arthritic.


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Our Hav has really never taken to stairs. Used to go up about 5 or 6 occasionally as a puppy. Now he goes up or down about 3 max -- I think we've spoiled him by carrying him up and down too much!
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Coco visited me and she only 12 weeks old Chocolate Hav and she doesn't have a lot of experience yet. We have two steps down into our sala (living room) and Coco afraid to go down those two steps. She would stand at the top with her legs shaking while she was getting the courage to go down two steps. I don't bother going up and down the steps, I just fly in one leap either way. Well Popi was very gentle with Coco and encouraging her to go down the steps with doggie treat. Hey Popi, look at me, where is my treat for flying up and down? So Popi give me a little treat oh, sorry about your hand Popi. Well pretty soon Coco is going up and down the steps, one at a time with her little short legs. Then she likes going up and down the steps again and again, over and over. She thinks that is mucho fun! Then I teach Coco how to play a little ruff house and RLH. Coco learns quick because she steals my Kong and then RLH to keep it away from me around the coffee table we go, and then up the steps and down the steps. She is learning way too quick!

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