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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-06-2018, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Tried blocking off the open side of the stairs- no dice. Took her in through the exterior basement door, played and trained, then tried to take her up....tried being the operative word lol.

She has apparently forgotten she can move her hind feet. She would walk her front feet up and then cry at being stuck. I sat up the stairs talking to her for about five minutes and she finally tried to go up a step with her hind feet. Then she got terrified and froze while crying herself hoarse so I went down to try to lift her up the rest of the stairs. In hindsight that was a stupid plan, I think it might have been better to let her try to calm down and figure out what she wanted to do and that she was okay. Instead I half carried her to the top of the stairs while she cried like I was murdering her. If I didn't see her go up and down stairs multiple times a day to get from our house to the sidewalk I would have been seriously worried there was something wrong physically that made the stairs painful

So, back to the drawing board. I think I am going to spend some serious time working on rear feet awareness with targeting and once she's more solid there we'll work on applying it to the stairs. Oh dogs
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-06-2018, 12:06 PM
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Basement steps can be scary! They are usually steep and a straight flight of 9-11 steps and can be open. There was an older thread where the problem was that the op had built an open outside stair leading up to the second floor so her dog could go outside from a dog door. The dog would not go down the open stairway so she tacked a blanket underneath the steps. That did work. But I think you are on the right track to leave it for now and use other entrance while you work on her rear feet awareness.


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