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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-17-2010, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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refuses to go down the stairs!

Whimsy is about 17 weeks old...she goes up the stairs in the house just fine and dandy but does not go down. I have bribed with the best stuff I got and she just seems very hesitant and scared. It is only about 7 stairs,they are not carpeted. I have even started her out on like the bottom three so it doesn't seem so far down for her to go,, but she still will not move. She would like to...but doesn't seem to know how to get moving. I'm hoping it will happen all in good time...any thoughts ladies???
suggestions maybe....I have tried everything and maybe I just need to forget about it huh??

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Give her time... she's still very young. Start with just ONE stair and lots of good treats. Don't add any more until she's very comfortable with that. Then add just ONE more...

Kodi didn't do the stairs for the longest time, and ours are carpeted, so not as scary as slippery hardwood stairs. One day he got the idea, and he's been a "stair master" ever since!

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Our Cooper went up and down our stairs like a champion until we removed the carpeting to have the stairs refinished. He refused to go up or down and we had to carry him. As soon as we put the new carpet back on the stairs he went right back to running up and down. Maybe you could put a runner on them???

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It takes them a while to learn to go down stairs. I think it's because their depth perception isn't quite developed yet. Mine still have to be carried down my basement stairs. They are kind of at a steeper angle than normal. They are fine with other steps.

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We live in a ranch that has a daylight (but not walk-out) basement. Daisy (2 yrs) has NEVER gone down those stairs. Beau (1 yr) has followed his sister's lead. They will both lay at the top of the stairs and wait if I (or DH) goes down there. The stairs are carpeted.

We're VERY happy with this since the basement door is at the bottom! We basically have storage, play area, TV area, pool table, and exercise equipment in the basement....and prefer they don't follow us down there anyway....

The really ODD thing is, they will run up and down the stairs when they visit our breeders house, and they will run up and down OPEN stair to the deck across the street. They don't seem tentative at all! Can't figure it out, but we're happy with things the way they are!

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Tucker won't go up the stairs. We had carpeted stairs and several months ago put in hardwood upstairs and on the stairs. He had not problem going up or down, just like when it was carpeted until one day his foot slip when he was 3 or 4 steps up and he slid down. Now we have to carry him up at night when we go to bed. He goes down with no problem.
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Lola was hesitant with the stairs at first too [mine are carpeted]. I tried coaxing her with treats a few times...but didn't work with her too much on it b/c figured she'd eventually get it. Once she got a little bigger, she went up and down without a problem. She always has to be by my there was no way she was staying upstairs or downstairs all by herself lol

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Galen does not go down our stairs, even when her ball or toys end at the bottom. She never seems scared. She sits at the top until we come back or get her toy. I worried about this for the longest time until we went to friends, playdates or other places with stairs and she traveled them with the group or on leash without any hesitation.

Galen had a little hitch in her rear when she came to us. No notice of it at all anymore but I did wonder if this was the cause at first. If you or the vet has not noticed any physical reason or the steps are not too steep, then I would just give her time. I remember Smarty being 4 or 5 months old before she attempted going down the stairs.

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Rikky learned quickly to go up the stairs but, he was between 4 and 5 months before he overcame his fear of coming down the stairs. I had to work with him by carrying him part of the way down and putting him on lower steps to get him come down on his own. Over time, I continued to leave him nearer the top and then one day He got it and came all the way down the stairs. Now at 6 months, he can beat me up and down the stairs and we have a long, uncarpeted flight of stairs!
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Panda is over a year old and will not go down stairs. She is fine going up, but refuses to even try to go down. We live in a ranch house, but there are several stairs coming into the house and off the deck. Initially I wanted her to learn, but now it is an effective tool in keeping tabs on her. We can go out on the front porch, I can take my book - she takes her chew bone and we whittle away the hours - I don't worry about her running down the steps and out to the street....

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