better yet, figure out how he's able to "sneak away" and fix that issue first.
Yeah. Puppies should not be able to sneak away. If you are not able to actively supervise him, pick him up and carry him up to his crate. Otherwise you're kind of missing the point of why you are crate training- so he is somewhere safe when you can't watch him and not pottying in the house.
It's not a bad idea to tether him to you either, that way he can't sneak off.
As far as the stairs and the hips. Up is not as bad as down in my opinion and the occasional stairs are not terrible as long as they take them slowly and carefully and not running up and down at break neck speed. However that said, I raised 2 puppies in a 2 story townhouse and their crates were upstairs. I carried them up and down the stairs until they were about 5 months old. They got very good at being held, restrained, and carried which is a nice thing for when you have to handle them and I saved money on a gym membership.
I still don't let my dogs jump out of the truck unsupported. Not even the 95lb one.
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