Wow... a lot of these guys are WAY heavier than what Grim is!! He was light when he came, but he's been putting on tons of weight quickly, he just stays very very lean. No, it's not a medical thing, I think it's the food I have him on that's supposed to slow his growth through puppyhood.
Anyway... I've been carrying him down our back deck steps since I got him. They are steep, and I'm worried about him falling. Well, I have a bad back that's held together with metal rods and screws, and other parts that are bad in my back that aren't held together by anything. Now he's not such a little lamb... his last weight was 35.5 lbs and I'm sure he's now closer to 40. I just can't keep carrying him down the steps, especially when I first wake up and haven't had my pain meds yet!!
I know he trusts me, he will do anything I ask of him whether he feels 100% comfortable or not with it. So today I tested that and started down the deck stairs without picking him up. I told him "let's go" and stayed just a few steps down from him so that if he did start to go I could catch him. He got all the way down! He's been coming up on his own for many weeks. I used to keep a hand on him, but one day he stopped mid step and looked back at me and nipped at my hand "I got this now, OK?" He's a very independent boy, but given the way these steps are in the back (open back, open railing) I really didn't know if he could do it. He tends to be a 'wall hugger' when going down stairs inside. The last 2 times we went to my MIL's house, I made him go down her few steps out front which are kind of slippery (they are plastic type stairs) and there's no 'wall' to hug. He did OK there. I am just SO glad at the thought of not having to carry him down anymore!!
We have less than a week left in this house and then the problem will be solved anyway, but I felt bad that I hadn't given him a chance again to tackle the back steps. Not an easy feat for a pup. Especially not a pup that's just gaining some good coordination finally!