Teaching stairs/jumping up/body awareness?
I need some tips on helping Tesla become more comfortable with stairs and body awareness/climbing on things.
He used to be scared of stairs as a pup, and I think he might not be totally over it because while he will go up/down them ok, when he goes up the stairs he will run up in one big rush/jump without stopping.
I've done a lot of giving him treats on the stairs and luring him up and down them when he was younger to get him more comfortable with the stairs.
I've tried this again recently to get him to climb the stairs slowly instead of running full-tilt and I've noticed if I try to lure him up to stand on the stairs he will stand at the bottom of the stairs and stretch himself up to get the treats while still keeping his back feet on the ground. If the treat is too far to reach while keeping his feet on the ground he will get nervous and either try to run up and grab them on the move or run to the top and then turn around and get the treats from there if he can.
He doesn't like to put his back feet up on the stairs, except when he is running up them without stopping. I'm not sure how to get him to work on this? He also does the same thing when I try to get him to jump or climb on something-- he will either put his front feet up and stretch without lifting his back legs off ground level, or try to leap up/over whatever it is.
I want him to learn how to climb the stairs slowly and calmly, and I would also like to be able to teach him to jump on things and stuff like that for fun and agility training but I'm not sure the best way to go.
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