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07-05-2015 09:54 AM
tcass year old pup won't go down the basement stairs. they're closed and carpeted with sheet rock walls. he'll go up them reluctantly but will only step down one stair. so funny....and a little frustrating. when we first got him we didn't want him going downstairs so we put a gate up...also to keep the other dogs from the litter box....and he never went down them. now that we want him to, coaxing, a helper dog and treats just don't do it. he'll lay at the top of the stairs and whine. so funny. we'll get there eventually. i just don't really want to force him or drag him down. like i said he goes up pretty good although its a little quick but at least he does it.
06-02-2014 08:03 AM
Jillian1104 Last update for you all. :-)

Pierre now goes in and out of her dog door and up and down the stairs like it's nothing. Jeremy1026 is out of town this week, which is screwing up here schedule a great deal. So, now I feel that much better that she is able to go outside during the day while I'm at work.

Thanks for all of the support!
05-29-2014 07:43 AM
madfelix Great!
05-29-2014 05:54 AM
NancyJ Wonderful. Once it is a habit you should be able to get rid of the housewrap.
05-29-2014 12:16 AM
Chip18 Congradulations!!!
05-28-2014 11:35 PM
Jeremy1026 Glad to report that puppy now goes up and down the stairs on her own accord! I added a layer of house wrap under the steps to block them out yesterday and she decided that was good enough to go down while on a leash. She still wasn't having any of that going up thing though. So I went up behind her helping her up as we worked on going down un-aided. When Jillian1104 got home we went to show her the progress and Pierre went right down the steps all by herself without the leash. Then today she decided, if down is so easy, no reason up can't be too right, and now she travels up and down freely. Next step, getting her to use her dog door.
05-27-2014 01:25 PM
Jillian1104 Well, we've tried the leash thing (placing her midway up the stairs), to a degree. We put her leash on and placed her mid-way up the stairs in order to just see what she would do. And she would shake and run down as quick as possible. I havent tried putting pressure on though that might be next.

As far as the backs of the stairs, thought about that too. I read somewhere putting a blanket down might help, so I may try that next.

Thanks to all... we'll see what happens!
05-27-2014 06:24 AM
Originally Posted by Mary Beth View Post
Since the new stairs are outside, they are different than the staircase inside. The outside steps are open and that is probably causing the problem. It might help to get a canine helper to show her that it is no big deal. Another dog that will go up and down the steps and thru the dog door since that could be an issue also. If you don't know someone with a suitable dog, I suggest you contact a trainer.
I think this is quite possibly an issue. Open stairs is one of the "nerve" tests people do with a working dog as many dogs are not comfortable on them.

You could try closing off the backs with something temporary to see if that is the does not have to be durable.
05-26-2014 09:56 PM
Chip18 Maybe a middle ground? Don't feed her for a day then put her foot part way up the stairs? Or if there is an A frame in your area somewhere go up and down that?

Just a couple of ideas no first hand experience this issue.
05-26-2014 09:30 PM
gsdsar I am going to be the big meany here, and say throw a leash on her, and manually place her feet on the steps till one at a time until you are 1/2 wAy up. The you keep walking to the top and put slight tension on the leash until she move forward on her own. She has to go one way or the other.

Quit making a big deal out of it. You are creating a fear, the bigger deal you make of it.

Just make her do it. You are not asking her to scale the Hoover Dam.

I say this with the understanding that nothing traumatic has happened to her on said steps.

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