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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm curious what other owners do. I live in a split level house and I use a baby gate to keep Hercules on the main floor which is our kitchen, my office, master bedroom but to get outside for him to potty you have to go down the stairs from our deck. Right now I carry him up and down the stairs but I realize that this will have to end very soon as he'll start to weigh more than I can carry. He already hates be carried up and down the stairs anyways. I just don't want to risk him injuring his hips. Does anyone else have a similar situation? Luckily winter is over *fingers crossed* so the deck won't be icy anymore but should I maybe leash him and walk him up and down the stairs so he doesn't race up or down them?

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Carry him until he can get up and down on his own. If you can't, get a dog ramp.
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Oh I should probably clarify it's not like 4 steps. It's you access the backyard from the 2nd floor. So it's a full staircase. He can go up and down them, I had just read somewhere that it wasn't good for puppies to go up and down stairs so that's why I was asking.
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It's not good until at least three months this old, but if you can't carry him is there another solution? You also don't want him to fall. A friend lost a puppy falling down stairs.
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Oh I should probably clarify it's not like 4 steps. It's you access the backyard from the 2nd floor. So it's a full staircase. He can go up and down them, I had just read somewhere that it wasn't good for puppies to go up and down stairs so that's why I was asking.
I sincerely don't think you need to worry about stairs. If that were the case there would be a lot more dogs with bad hips running around. Sounds like an old wives tale to me.
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I have a similar situation as you. We have a wrap around porch and you have to go down a flight of stairs to get to the fenced back yard. I carried my puppies down until they got too heavy and it was more of a threat of me dropping them. My dogs are 2.5 and 1 year old, and neither have any orthopedic problems that I am aware of. I'd just be careful your pup doesn't fall and try to keep him from racing down or leaping off the steps (easier said than done).
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I sincerely don't think you need to worry about stairs. If that were the case there would be a lot more dogs with bad hips running around. Sounds like an old wives tale to me.
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The 10 most important things to know about canine hip dysplasia - The Institute of Canine Biology


Puppies raised on slippery surfaces or with access to stairs when they are less than 3 months old have a higher risk of hip dysplasia,while those who are allowed off-lead exercise on soft, uneven ground (such as in a park) have a lower risk (Krontveit et al 2012). Dogs born in summer have a lower risk of hip dysplasia, presumably because they have more opportunity for exercise outdoors (Ktontveit et al 2012). On the other hand, dogs from 12-24 months old that regularly chase a ball or stick thrown by the owner have an higher risk of developing dysplastic hips (Sallander et al 2006).
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I have a similar situation as you. We have a wrap around porch and you have to go down a flight of stairs to get to the fenced back yard. I carried my puppies down until they got too heavy and it was more of a threat of me dropping them. My dogs are 2.5 and 1 year old, and neither have any orthopedic problems that I am aware of. I'd just be careful your pup doesn't fall and try to keep him from racing down or leaping off the steps (easier said than done).
Yes! That's exactly like our house. Good to know, then I'll just continue onward like I have been and then when he gets too heavy I'll just try and make sure he goes slow down the stairs.
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It's not good until at least three months this old, but if you can't carry him is there another solution? You also don't want him to fall. A friend lost a puppy falling down stairs.
Oh that's awful. Yes I definitely don't want to him to fall and no there isn't really another solution other than me carrying him until he gets too heavy. I could always make my husband carry him when he gets too heavy for me but that may be hard if he's not home. He's a week shy of 3 months and he still light enough to carry now. I was thinking maybe after that making sure he's leashed while we go down the stairs.
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Oh that's awful. Yes I definitely don't want to him to fall and no there isn't really another solution other than me carrying him until he gets too heavy. I could always make my husband carry him when he gets too heavy for me but that may be hard if he's not home. He's a week shy of 3 months and he still light enough to carry now. I was thinking maybe after that making sure he's leashed while we go down the stairs.
I don't mean to scare you. Her dog was running and fell. There were bigger dogs involved. I think we need to do the best we can with what we have. If you can't lift the dog easily as he gets bigger, then it's safer for him to walk himself. I have thrown toys for my dog and so far his hips are fine. He climbed in and out of a car before it was really safe. Ours had to go up some stairs by thee months and I just did it. He refused to walk down them so I had to carry. When he was too heavy, I led him up and down slowly until he was bigger.
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