Re: New puppy & stairs
I had a sort of similar problem with my Wolfie and I found out that the type of treats used makes a world of difference. I was going nowhere with the garden variety dog treats -- he wouldn't come anywhere near the stairs. Then somebody on the forum recommended hotdogs and viola! He would do anything for bits of hotdogs. With Wolfie, his limit was 3 steps -- he wouldn't venture beyond that. What I did was give him a taste of the hotdog first, put him on the fourth step from the bottom, put a piece of hotdog on every step and lure him that way. Slowly, I increased the number of steps and by the end of that evening, he was scampering up the stairs and staring at me from up there in the hope of more hotdogs. Eventually, I phased it to hotdogs on every other step and within a week, he didn't need treats to get up and down the stairs.
Wolfgang vom Kolenda (Wolfie) 5/5/08 - 7/24/12 -- You taught me so much, sweet boy
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Foxy 8/13/12 (Gotcha Day -- 1.5 year old at adoption)