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So up until recently(hes now a year old) he has been getting up my basement stairs easily. Every now and then he'd have a slip(just off the step, not the stairs) and be afraid to go up but eventually get brave and be fine.

Now he won't move at all unless I pick up his back leg and put it on the first step for him. Once it's on the step, he flies up. Hes afraid to pick up the back feet. He won't get into the car on his own anymore or jump on my bed.

It's a scared thing, theres nothing wrong with him. I'm 100% positive.

Should I do a boot camp and leave him down there until he comes up on his own? I did it for four hours and he didn't go up. I finally gave in. The basement is our entertainment area, so don't think its a dungeon. ;p
 

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I bet if you put some bacon on the top step he'll run up there real fast.
 

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Originally Posted By: midnight804I bet if you put some bacon on the top step he'll run up there real fast.
oh good Idea!!
I know Brady would be up in like 5 seconds for bacon
 

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Originally Posted By: rizzodmDo a trail of bacon up the stairs! Then he gets a reward for each step.

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Thats a great idea!!

Then when he gets used to that, do every other step and so on until he does without a treat.
 

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I would look for some sort of non-slip material until he gets used to it. Maybe those rubbery shelf liners you can get at walmart or something?

My mom's dog lived in a shelter until she was 9 months old, she still won't go down stairs to this day, she's 10 years old.
 

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I agree with a combination of non-slip stuff on the steps and then use the treats.

If he's really still slipping, he can get injured.....

And the food will make the stairs actually fun again.
 
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