Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
I let my 3 month old GSD go up the stairs on his own, although I stand behind him to make sure he doesn't barrel roll back down. He's pretty comfortable going up. I carry him down for the most part, although every now and then he'll go down them very slowly so I let him.
The issue with stairs is that their legs are too short to properly go down them, so what the puppies will do is plant both front legs on each stair while going down. They can't do one leg at a time. When they plant their legs on each stair, it's a hard impact. Sometimes my pup will go down slowly and will attempt to do one leg at a time, or he'll kind of go sideways down the stairs. It's usually only if he's tired that he does that. I will let him do it that way. If he's wide awake, he'll attempt to fly down them by hopping from stair to stair and planting his front legs. I don't let him do that and I carry him down.