I just got through reading in Breed Basics: The German Shepherd Dog, that it's best if you carry your pup up and down the stairs for a while. You don't want to cause potential damage to the joints or potential arthiritis.
I was actually thinking that picking him up over and over again could cause potential damage.it's best if you carry your pup up and down the stairs for a while. You don't want to cause potential damage to the joints or potential arthiritis.
I should add that my girlfriend and I share responsibility of him. 5 months huh...I could see him getting too heavy for her to carry down stairs, which I would then be more concerned about her health down the stairs as he is being carried.Wolfie wouldn't go down the stairs until he was 5 months old. I have a video of him running away every time I mentioned going down the stairs. He went up just fine. Then, one day, he just walked down the stairs on his own.
Agreed. My boy is 4 months old and came home with us a week ago today. In the week he's learned to go up and down stairs on his own as well as jump up and down from the bed/couch.You might try putting him on the first step at the bottom and calling him, so he has just one stair to go down and then gradually increasing how far up you put him. His confidence will grow and eventually he'll "get it".
No. The funny part is he tries harder to go down the back steps from the deck, that do not have a back, then he does the front steps in side the house.Are the stairs open at the back seems like it took longer for my dogs to go down stairs like that, but like others on here one day they just did it.
I would keep working with him on this. Keep him hungry in the am and keep up with the treats on the stairs and lots of praise.Sounds like he's going to figure them out at his own pace!
Way to go!Just an update...using the methods that have been said above...Diesel has been going up and down the stairs for the last four days in a row without us needing to pick him up.